The original deadline to sign up for the Market Facilitation Program (MFP) was January 15, 2019; however, the deadline will be extended.
Earlier this week, USDA Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, announced the deadline to submit applications for the MFP will be extended for a period of time equal to the number of business days the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices were closed, once the shutdown ends.
FSA office were closed on December 28, 2018 and are still closed as of this blog post (January 11, 2019).
The MFP is designed to provide direct payments to eligible producers whose crops took a loss as a result of retaliatory tariffs on soybeans, sorghum, corn, wheat, cotton, dairy, hogs, shelled almonds and fresh sweet cherries.
For more details about the program, review our initial blog post about MFP.
You may also find more information about how to apply for the Market Facilitation Program from Farmers.gov.