Market Program

By: News Release
Sep 7th, 2018

Cindy Freeze, Executive Director of the Clayton County Farm Service Agency, reminds Clayton County farmers that sign-up has begun for the Market Facilitation Program (MFP). Commodity Credit Corporation funds will be used to provide relief to both crop and livestock producers because the products they produce were negatively affected by tariffs across the world.

All eligible farmers need to sign an MFP Application (CCC-910) to start the process. Sign-up began on September 4 and will end on January 15, 2019. If you farm in multiple counties, please go to your recording county to file an application.

Payment rates for eligible 2018 production have been set and will apply to 50% of the counted production. Later in the year, it is possible another round of payment rates will be announced, if determined appropriate and needed due to a disrupted market situation.

FSA is encouraging hog owners to come into the FSA office as soon as possible as the MFP payment will be based on the number of head owned as of August 1, 2018. This includes all hogs owned at any location on that date. Verifiable and reliable records are needed to document the inventory. Hogs will earn $8.00 per head for the first 50% of total head count.

For dairy producers, FSA will utilize MPP-Dairy hundredweight records of milk production. If you are not participating in the MPP-Dairy program at this time, please bring in your milk production records from 2011, 2012 and 2013 calendar years. Milk will be paid at $0.12 per hundredweight, again on only 50% of the production number.

Covered crops and their MFP payment rates include: soybeans ($1.65), corn ($0.01), sorghum (0.86), wheat ($0.14), and cotton ($0.06). 2018 yields will need to be collected before these payments may be issued for 50% of eligible production. If you had crop insurance in 2018, records computed by your agent and adjuster will provide good proof of your yields and need to match records in the MFP program.

If you have questions, please contact the Elkader FSA Office at 563-245-1713, extension 2.

Farm Service Agency is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Lender. Complaints of Discrimination should be sent to:

Secretary of Agriculture, Washington, DC 20250