MISSOURI — The Market Facilitation Program (MFP) is a program provided by the USDA to help farmers who have been directly impacted by the trade war tariffs.
This program helps crop and livestock farmers by making direct payments to them and to help them cut their losses and keep their businesses running.
KMZU’s Dan Watson spoke with Rebecca Walker, with the Carroll County Farm Service Agency (FSA), to provide insight into what the program is and how it helps local farmers.
Click below to hear their conservation, which aired Tuesday on KMZU.
The application deadline for the MFP is January 15 and all applications must be turned into a local Farm Service Agency office.
No additional paperwork is required to sign up for the program , but a farmer will need to either certify their production with the program, or provide production evidence if subjected to a spot-check.
While the aid is helpful, there are limitations to the amount a farmer can receive through the program regardless if they raise crop or livestock.
“So the payment limitation for this program is $125,000,” Walker said, “You have a $125,000 payment limitation for your crop commodities, and you have a $125, 000 payment limitation for your dairy and hogs combined.”
Payments for program participants will be made within 30 days of reporting their production to the Farm Service Agency.