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From the USDA: Market Facilitation Program Information

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Market FacilitationAs announced in July 2018, USDA will offer three programs to assist agricultural producers just like you.

  • The Market Facilitation Program will provide payments to eligible producers of corn, cotton, sorghum, soybeans, wheat, dairy, or hogs.
  • 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 support will help you and other producers nationwide manage disrupted markets, deal with surplus commodities, and expand and develop new markets at home and abroad.

Read about the three new programs in the August 2018 USDA press release and the most recent USDA press release on September 4, 2018.

Learn more about the Market Facilitation Program

What commodities are included?

The Market Facilitation Program will provide payments to eligible producers of soybeans, sorghum, corn, wheat, cotton, dairy, and hogs.  

Current payment period

The USDA Farm Service Agency will accept Market Facilitation Program applications for the current payment period starting September 4, 2018. The payment by commodity during this period will equal: 

Market Facilitation Program Rate x 50% of Total 2018 Actual Production = Payment

The Market Facilitation Program rates for the current payment period by commodity:

  • Soybeans at $1.65 per bushel
  • Sorghum at $0.86 per bushel
  • Wheat at $0.14 per bushel
  • Cotton at $0.06 per pound* 
  • Corn at $0.01 per bushel
  • Dairy at $0.12 per cwt** 
  • Hogs at $8.00 per head***

* Extra long staple and upland

**Payment for dairy production is based off the historical production reported for the Margin Protection Program for Dairy or MPP-Dairy.  For existing dairy operations, the production history is established using the highest annual milk production marketed during the full calendar years of 2011, 2012, and 2013.  Dairy operations are also required to have been in operation on June 1, 2018 to be eligible for payments. 

*** Payment for hog operations will be based off the total number of head of live hogs on August 1, 2018.

Note that Market Facilitation Program payments are capped per person or legal entity at $125,000 for dairy production AND hogs, and at $125,000 for corn, cotton, sorghum, soybeans, and wheat.

Additional payment period

The USDA may announce an additional payment period.  If announced, the payment by commodity will equal: 

Additional Market Facilitation Rate x Remaining 50% of Total 2018 Actual Production = Payment

Who is eligible?

Only producers of corn, cotton, sorghum, soybeans, wheat, dairy, or hogs are eligible for the Market Facilitation Program at this time.

Producers also must meet the following criteria:

  • Have an ownership interest in the commodity and be actively engaged in farming 
  • Have an average adjusted gross income or AGI for tax years 2014, 2015, and 2016 of less than $900,000 per year
  • Comply with the provisions of the “Highly Erodible Land and Wetland Conservation” regulations, often called the conservation compliance provisions
  • Provide verifiable and reliable production records by crop, type, practice, intended use, and acres if requested by the Farm Service Agency

Download the Farm Service Agency's Market Facilitation Program fact sheet for more information.

Ways to apply

Starting September 4, 2018, you can complete your application for the Market Facilitation Program.

The application is one page, front and back, and shouldn’t take too much of your time. You’ll provide some basic contact information and specifics about commodities that have already been harvested to date.

Note that you’ll need to sign the application form and provide production evidence, like receipts, for each commodity. In the future, we can work with you to add more commodities to your application as the information becomes available.

There are several different ways to submit the application form to meet your needs.

Download and print a PDF form

Download a blank Market Facilitation Program form here, and start the application process at home.

The application form should take about thirty minutes to complete, including the time you’ll need to review the instructions and gather the information. You can drop the completed form by your local USDA service center or send to your service center by: Fax, Mail, or Email.

Remember that you’ll need to sign the application form and provide production evidence for each commodity.

In person at your local USDA service center

Stop by and see us. We can complete the Market Facilitation Program application form together.

What to bring to the office?

  • Your full name and address or the name and address of the entity (company) being represented
  • The full name and telephone number for the primary contact
  • For each individual commodity:
    • Production records post harvest in bushels, ctw, or heads
    • Types of production evidence such as scale tickets, feeding records, bale listing, and combine monitor printouts
    • If not you, the name of the person who will sign the application form for the individual commodity only

Are you new to USDA farm production and conservation programs? Read through the prepare for your visit section below before you visit us.

Prepare for your visit to the service center

Producers who have not participated in a USDA program should contact their local USDA service center to establish farm records. To establish a farm tract number, be sure to bring the following items:

  • Proof of identity such as driver’s license or Social Security number/card
  • Copy of recorded deed, survey plat, rental, or lease agreement of the land (You do not have to own property to participate in USDA programs)
  • Articles of incorporation, estate, or trust documents for entities

During your visit, you may need to complete or update the following forms for your farm records:

  • CCC-941 – Reports your average adjusted gross income for programs where income restrictions apply
  • AD-1026 – Ensures a conservation plan is in place before lands with highly erodible soils are farmed, identified wetland areas are protected, and conservation compliance provisions are met
  • CCC-901 – Identifies members of a farm or ranch that is a legal entity

Also for the Market Facilitation Program, you may need to complete:

  • FSA-578 – Identifies crops, intended and actual uses of the crop, and if the crops are irrigated/non-irrigated
  • SF-1199A – Identifies the financial institution you wish to use for direct deposit of your MFP payment

Source URL: https://www.farmers.gov/manage/mfp

Additional resources: 

Market Facilitation Program updates


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