Clements: The Department of Agriculture has extended the deadline to certify acres from May 1 to May 17 for payments from the Market Facilitation Program. Dave Salmonsen, senior director of congressional relations at the American Farm Bureau Federation, says the deadline extension allows farmers who are facing delays to wrap up needed paperwork.
Salmonsen: The Farm Service Agency did this because they know that many producers were having a hard time getting out there to get their acres certified. Harvesting was delayed because of the rainfall and snowfall events we had across many parts of the country. So, a little extra time to get the paperwork done and make sure people get the payments that they’re eligible for.
Clements: Salmonsen says producers must turn in their crop production for 2018 on acres for which they will receive payments.
Salmonsen: They have to know their production, because that’s what the payments are based on. So, they need to have that information in and any other information that the FSA office would require from them. So, get it done as soon as possible and make sure your information is complete.
Clements: The program covers a variety of commodities that were harmed by retaliatory tariffs, and provides a set rate per unit of production.
Salmonsen: They’ll be paid on what’s called the MFP rate for that commodity. Of course, we have to remember this was all based on the impact retaliatory tariffs placed on the U.S. by countries last year, on that commodity. Get all the information that you need to make sure this happens, make sure you’re in contact with your local FSA office, or you can go on the website farmers.gov.
Clements: Micheal Clements, Washington.