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MFP Program Signup Open Until December 6

By Tyson Redpath, The Russell Group

Signup remains open until December 6 for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Market Facilitation Program (MFP). Announced in May, the USDA Market Facilitation Program compensates farmers and ranchers financially hurt by the retaliatory tariffs imposed by key importing nations negotiating revised trade agreement terms and conditions with the Trump Administration.

The MFP will provide payments to eligible producers of temperate japonica rice. Assistance is based on a single-county payment rate multiplied by a farm’s total plantings of MFP-eligible crops in aggregate in 2019. Single county payment rates can be found at this link .

Per-acre payments are not dependent on which of those crops are planted in 2019. A producer’s total payment-eligible plantings cannot exceed total 2018 plantings. County payment rates range from $15 to $150 per acre, depending on the impact of trade retaliation in that county. Acreage of non-specialty must be planted by August 1, 2019 to be considered eligible for MFP payments.

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ARC and PLC Election and Enrollment Period now open

ARC and PLC Election and Enrollment Period now open

By Tyson Redpath, The Russell Group 

Producers have until March 15, 2020 to elect and enroll acres in either ARC or PLC for program year 2019 and until June 30, 2020 for program year 2020. Enrolling less than 100% of a covered commodity’s base acres on a farm is not allowed. This election will apply to the farm for 2019 through 2023 however election changes are permitted in crop years 2021, 2022 and 2023.

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