Market Facilitation Program Update

The Market Facilitation Program part of the Trade Mitigation Package will provide up to $14.5 billion in direct payments to agricultural producers who’ve been affected by unwarranted retaliatory tariffs on U.S. farm goods.

California Farm Service Agency is requesting trade groups/community partners to please inform your producers that sign-ups will begin Monday July 29th. Please recommend your producers to contact their local county office and make an appointment to come in and sign-up since we are anticipating large number of producers that will be affected.

MFP Eligible Commodities

Non-specialty crops: alfalfa hay, barley, canola, corn, crambe, dried beans, dry peas, extra-long staple cotton, flaxseed, lentils, long grain and medium grain rice, millet, mustard seed, oats, peanuts, rapeseed, rye, safflower, sesame seed, small and large chickpeas, sorghum, soybeans, sunflower seed, temperate japonica rice, triticale, upland cotton, and wheat

Specialty crops:  almonds, cranberries, cultivated ginseng, fresh grapes, fresh sweet cherries, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pecans, pistachios, and walnuts

Hogs and dairy

The signup period will be from July 29th to December 6, 2019. Payments will be based on 2019 planted acres with some additional restricts.  Producers affected by natural disasters who filed prevented planting claims then planted an MFP-eligible cover crop, with the potential to be harvested or for subsequent use as forage, qualify for a $15 per acre payment.