September 1, 2018
MARKET FACILITATION PROGRAM DETAILS
USDA has authorized up to $12 billion in a “Trade Retaliation Mitigation” (farm tariff) aid package for 2018 to help offset the financial impacts on farmers that have been created by the ongoing trade disputes with China, Mexico, Canada and other countries. The aid package will include direct payments to producers of affected farm commodities, purchases of surplus commodities for food and feeding programs, and trade promotion programs. The financial aid package will be administered in a manner that is consistent with World Trade Organization (WTO) requirements.
The USDA aid package will be implemented in 2018 and will include three components:
- • Direct payments to farmers — USDA will provide direct aid payments under the “Market Facilitation Program” (MFP) to producers of the following commodities: soybeans, corn, sorghum, wheat, cotton, hogs, and dairy. The MFP program will be administered under the USDA Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) through local Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices. The MFP payments will be made in two phases, with the first payments to begin after September 4. Total allocation for phase 1 of the MFP program is approximately $4.7 billion, plus a similar amount for phase 2, if all payments are allocated.
- • Purchase of surplus commodities — USDA will purchase excess pork, beef, dairy products, rice, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and other ag products for distribution to school nutrition programs, food banks and other outlets. Approximately $1.3 billion has been allocated for these commodity purchases.
- • Agricultural Trade Promotion (ATP) Program — The ATP programs will be administered by USDA’s Foreign Agriculture Service (FAS), with the goal of securing new agriculture trade relations and agreements in the future. Approximately $200,000 has been allocated for ATP programs.
Following are the details for the Market Facilitation Program (MFP):
➢ The sign-up period will begin on September 4, 2018 and continue through January 15, 2019.
➢ MFP applications can be made at local FSA offices, or can be submitted electronically to FSA offices via scanning, e-mail, or fax.
➢ To be eligible for MFP payments …… A producer’s adjusted gross income may not $900,000, the producer must meet FSA requirements for “actively engaged” in farming, as well as wetland and conservation requirements.
➢ Total MFP payments to producers for all grain crops will be capped at a combined $125,000 per person or legal entity. Similarly, total livestock payments for hogs and dairy will also be capped at $125,000. MFP payments will not count against other farm program payment limits.
➢ Crop producers that are requesting MFP payments must have a 2018 crop acreage report on file at their local FSA office. Application for MFP program can be made once they have completed their 2018 harvest and submit the MFP application form, which includes the method of production verification.
➢ FSA will be doing “spot-checks” to verify crop production levels, so be sure to keep verification records on file. Acceptable crop production verification methods will be similar to other required yield verification through FSA or Federal crop insurance. Be sure to not co-mingle 2018 grain production with previous years, prior to verifying the 2018 production levels. If there are questions on verification of crop production, it is advisable to check with the local FSA office.
➢ Payments for dairy producers will be based off the historical milk production levels that have been reported to FSA offices under the Margin Protection Program (MPP) for dairy producers, and dairy producers must have been in operation on June 1, 2018.
➢ Payments to hog producers will be on a per head basis and will be based on the number of hogs owned on August 1, 2018. Production records for hogs will include breeding records, inventory record, sales receipts, rendering receipts, and veterinary records.
➢ The first payment will be 50 percent of the calculated payment, based on the payment formula. The first payments to producers will be made after September 4, once the production information has been verified by FSA.
➢ USDA will determine later if there will be a second payment and what the payment level will be, which will be paid on the remaining 50 percent of the 2018 production levels (as calculated earlier). Details on the second MFP payments (if they occur) will be announced by USDA in December, 2018.
➢ The MFP payment rates are listed in the adjoining Table.
2018 MFP PAYMENT RATES :
Soybeans = $1.65 per bushel
Corn = $.01 per bushel
Wheat = $.14 per bushel
Sorghum = $.86 per bushel
Cotton = $.06 per pound
Hogs = $8.00 per head (based on August 1, 2018 inventory)
Dairy = $.12 per cwt. (milk)
Notes — Based on 2018 production levels.
Soybeans and corn produced for seed will be eligible for MFP payments.
Corn or sorghum used for feed (silage) will not be eligible.
First payment will be 50% (.50) of calculated payment.
➢ The formula for the first payment will be bushels (grains), head (hogs), or pounds (milk), times the payment rate for each commodity, times 50 percent (.50).
Soybean Example — 50,000 Bu. harvested x $1.65/Bu. x .50 = $41,250 (first payment)
Corn Example — 200,000 Bu. harvested x $.01/Bu. x .50 = $1,000 (first payment)
Hog Example — 6,000 Head (on 8-01-18) x $8.00/Head x .50 = $24,000 (first payment)
FSA offers the following suggestions to expediate the MFP sign-up process:
- • Hog and dairy producers are encouraged to apply in September before crop harvest is completed.
- • Crop producers are encouraged to apply one time for all crops after harvest is completed.
- • Producers are encouraged to make MFP application online (web address below), using Form CCC-910.
- • Producers do not need to supply production information when they apply for the MFP program; however, they should keep records on file for FSA “spot-checks”.
The MFP application form (CCC-910), a MFP fact sheet, and other very useful application tips for the program are available on the USDA web site at: www.farmers.gov/MFP.
Note — For additional information contact Kent Thiesse, Farm Management Analyst and Senior
Vice President, MinnStar Bank, Lake Crystal, MN. (Phone — (507) 381-7960)
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