Are you a farmer or rancher whose commodities have been directly impacted by unjustified foreign retaliatory tariffs, resulting in the loss of traditional export markets? The Market Facilitation Program was created for producers just like you.
[This page has been archived.] Enrollment for the Market Facilitation Program (MFP) ended on December 20, 2019.
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced May 23, 2019 that USDA would again provide aid to assist farmers hurt by trade disruptions prompted by unjustified foreign retaliatory tariffs on their products through MFP. President Trump authorized USDA to provide up to $14.5 billion in direct payments through MFP for 2019 to assist impacted producers, which is in line with the estimated impacts of the retaliatory tariffs on – and non-tariff barriers to exports of – U.S. agricultural goods.
Sign-up Now Closed
Sign-up for the program ended on December 20, 2019. The original sign-up deadline was December 6. For more information, see our December 11, 2019 news release.
About the Market Facilitation Program
MFP payments for 2019 are being made in up to three batches. The first round of payments began in August 2019 and was comprised of the higher of either 50 percent of a producer’s calculated payment or $15 per acre. For producers who received payments in the first round, their second-round payments were 25 percent of their calculated payments and were issued November 18-28, 2019. The third and final round of payments were announced on February 3, 2020. For more information, see our February 3 news release.
Broader USDA Effort
MFP is part of a broader USDA effort to help producers whose commodities have been directly impacted by tariffs. Other USDA programs include:
- The Food Purchase and Distribution Program will purchase the unexpected surplus of affected commodities.
- And the Trade Promotion Program will restore lost markets and develop new export markets for our nation’s farm products.
This is the second year of MFP. So far, USDA has made about $8.6 billion in payments to producers who applied for MFP in 2018.
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