WASHINGTON, D.C. — Producers that have not submitted their crop production reports to their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office now have until May 17 to submit their reports for Market Facilitation Program (MFP) payments.

According to a press release Monday, the United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the extension from the original deadline of May 1.

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The FSA is a branch of the USDA that oversees farm loans and other agriculture programs to aid both crop and livestock producers across the U.S.

The MFP, administered by the Farm Service Agency, helps farmers that have felt the impact of trade tariffs, by providing short-term relief through payments to keep their operations running.

However, what prompted the extension was not trade, but the severe weather conditions that caused harvest delays throughout the country.

Producers of  corn, cotton, dairy, hogs, shelled almonds, sorghum, soybeans, sweet cherries and wheat are eligible to recieve payments through the MFP. Payments will be made based upon the certified total production of a commodity multiplied by the MFP rate for each crop.

For more information about certifying commodity production, producers can visit their local FSA office or visit farmers.gov.