USDA Announces Third Round of Payments to Farmers
WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Donald J. Trump and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the third and final tranche of 2019 Market Facilitation Program (MFP) payments for farmers and ranchers impacted by unjustified trade retaliation. U.S. Congressman Roger Marshall, M.D., issued a statement following the announcement:
“We have recently celebrated several massive trade wins, which will have a substantial impact on farmers’ bottom lines in 2020,”said Dr. Marshall. “But when I am in Kansas I continue to hear about the impacts and hardships facing farmers following multiple years of low commodity prices. Agriculture has remained the tip of the spear for trade negotiations and I applaud President Trump and Secretary Perdue for continuing to fight for Kansas farmers and ranchers by ensuring they are compensated for the short-term impacts of the ongoing negotiations. I look forward to continue working with the Trump Administration as we push for more market access for Kansas agricultural goods around the world.”
Farmers will begin receiving checks in their accounts by the end of the week. Payments are based on the same single-county payment rate used in the second round of payments. The rate will be calculated by the farm’s total plantings of MFP-eligible crops in aggregate in 2019.
Producers can visit Farmers.Gov to learn what crops are eligible for payment, the per-county non-specialty and specialty crop payment rates, as well as livestock payment rates.