USDA announces second round of trade support for farmers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released county payment rates for the Market Facilitation Program (MFP) today. Minnesota Corn Growers Association President Brian Thalmann released the following statement:

“The state’s corn farmers appreciate the quick rollout of the MFP program and USDA’s efforts to better reflect the impact of ongoing trade disputes. While we look forward to learning more about the program, Minnesota’s corn farmers continue to prioritize long-term solutions supporting corn farmers, including stabilizing our markets and ending ethanol demand destruction through small refinery waivers.”

To learn more about the second round of trade support, including how payments are determined and the timeline, click here. Sign-up began Monday, July 29, with farmers able to sign-up through Dec. 6. Additional details to consider include:

  • MFP provides payments to eligible producers of non-specialty crops, specialty crops and dairy and hogs
  • There will be a $15 minimum payment and a $150 maximum payment
  • 2019 MFP payments will be paid on a single county payment rate that was determined based on historical crop mix and production level in a county in addition negative financial impact on trade disruptions
  • In Minnesota, county payment rates range from $15 per acre in St. Louis County to $79 per acre in Hubbard county. Average county payment rate in Minnesota is $55/acre (See below for a complete list of county payment rates)
  • Payments will be based on total planted acres to eligible crops and are not dependent on which specific crops were planted
  • USDA will make payments in three different rounds with the first round of payments to occur in mid-to late August and is limited to 50 percent of the per acre county payment rate
  • Second and third round payments are not guaranteed and will be evaluated based on market conditions and trade opportunities
  • 2019 prevented plant crop acres are eligible for a $15 per acre payment for eligible crops
  • Pay limit for row crops = $250,000 subject to spousal rule
  • Pay limit on eligible specialty crops = separate $250,000 subject to spousal
  • Pay limit on eligible livestock – separate $250,000 subject to spousal
  • Overall cap of $500,000, subject to spousal
  • Follows the supplemental disaster law requiring 75/25 rule where if 75 percent or more of income is derived from farming, ranching, $900,000 AGI not applicable

MCGA has worked alongside the National Corn Growers Association to put forward recommendations to USDA that provide both short-term assistance and support market access for farmers. The resolution of ongoing trade disputes, along with UMSCA ratification, and much-needed changes to the small refinery exemption process will continue to be a focus for MCGA and its national partners.

Minnesota county payment rates:

Aitkin$38
Anoka$38
Becker$51
Beltrami$35
Benton$51
Big Stone$64
Blue Earth$74
Brown$66
Carlton$15
Carver$63
Cass$28
Chippewa$61
Chisago$54
Clay$51
Clearwater$35
Cottonwood$72
Crow Wing$29
Dakota$58
Dodge$68
Douglas$57
East Otter Tail$48
East Polk$53
Faribault$76
Fillmore$54
Freeborn$69
Goodhue$60
Grant$62
Hennepin$66
Houston$44
Hubbard$79
Isanti$49
Itasca$53
Jackson$72
Kanabec$49
Kandiyohi$58
Kittson$42
Koochiching$43
Lac qui Parle$68
Lake of the Woods$46
Le Sueur$73
Lincoln$63
Lyon$68
Mahnomen$54
Marshall$43
Martin$71
McLeod$62
Meeker$60
Mille Lacs$48
Morrison$42
Mower$69
Murray$70
Nicollet$69
Nobles$69
Norman$52
North St. Louis$15
Olmsted$60
Pennington$46
Pine$44
Pipestone$66
Pope$61
Ramsey$34
Red Lake$51
Redwood$69
Renville$66
Rice$65
Rock$70
Roseau$43
Scott$69
Sherburne$48
Sibley$67
South St. Louis$15
Stearns$44
Steele$67
Stevens$62
Swift$60
Todd$43
Traverse$63
Wabasha$47
Wadena$43
Waseca$70
Washington$60
Watonwan$70
West Otter Tail$55
West Polk$48
Wilkin$54
Winona$43
Wright$62
Yellow Medicine$68

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