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USDA Announces details of assistance for farmers impacted by unjustified retaliation

Posted on Friday, September 7, 2018 at 6:41 am

USDA is acting to assist farmers in response to trade damage from unjustified retaliation by foreign. As announced last month, USDA will authorize up to $12 billion in programs, consistent with our World Trade Organization obligations.

These programs will assist agricultural producers to meet the costs of disrupted

Packing silage at the Mike Martin farm in Thompson.

Packing silage at the Mike Martin farm in Thompson.


  • USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will administer the Market Facilitation Program (MFP) to provide payments to corn, cotton, dairy, hog, sorghum, soybean, and wheat producers starting Sept. 4, 2018. An announcement about further payments will be made in the coming months, if warranted.
  • USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) will administer a Food Purchase and Distribution Program to purchase up to $1.2 billion in commodities unfairly targeted by unjustified retaliation. USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) will distribute these commodities through nutrition assistance programs such as The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) and child nutrition programs.
  • Through the Foreign Agricultural Service’s (FAS) Agricultural Trade Promotion Program (ATP), $200 million will be made available to develop foreign markets for U.S. agricultural products. The program will help U.S. agricultural exporters identify and access new markets and help mitigate the adverse effects of other countries’ restrictions.

The Market Facilitation Program is established under the statutory authority of the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) and administered by FSA. For each commodity covered, the payment rate will be dependent upon the severity of the trade disruption and the period of adjustment to new trade patterns, based on each producer’s actual production.

Interested producers can apply after harvest is 100 percent complete and they can report their total 2018 production. Beginning Sept. 4 of this year, Market Facilitation Program applications will be available online at www.farmers.gov/mfp. Producers will also be able to submit their applications in person, by email, fax or by mail.