WASHINGTON, D.C. — The United State Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Purdue has announced that the Market Facilitation Program (MFP) that helps to pay farmers for their crop and livestock production has been extended due to the government shutdown.
In a press release Tuesday, Secretary Purdue was quoted explaining how long the MFP deadline will be extended.
“We will therefore extend the application deadline for a period of time equal to the number of business days FSA offices were closed, once the government shutdown ends. Farmers who have already applied for the program and certified their 2018 production have continued to receive payments.”
With the uncertainty of when the government shutdown is going to end, there are continued efforts to push for an bill that will continue to help American farmers amid the shutdown.
“Meanwhile, I continue to urge members of Congress to redouble their efforts to pass an appropriations bill that President Trump will sign and end the lapse in funding so that we may again provide full services to our farmers and ranchers.” Purdue said.