market facilitation program

Top Democrat Assails Trump’s $16B Trade Bailout for Farmers

Stabenow asked Perdue to improve the program before more payments go out.

MINNEAPOLIS–A top Democrat says President Donald Trump’s $16 billion bailout for farmers hurt by the trade war with China unfairly picks winners and losers, pitting the South against the North and small farms against wealthy producers. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, of Michigan, is the top Democrat on the Senate Agriculture Committee. She says Trump’s trade agenda has irreparably harmed farmers. She…

North Dakota Farmers Union Calls for Acceleration of MFP Payments

The NDFU President Mark Watne says farm families need the payments now.

JAMESTOWN, N.D.–The North Dakota Farmers Union called for acceleration of Market Facilitation Program payments to farmers impacted by the trade war with China on Wednesday. In August, farmers who enrolled in MFP received 50 percent of a calculated payment for crops covered under Title 1 of the Farm Bill. The USDA has said a second payment of 25 percent would…

Sen. Hoeven Hosts Roundtable Discussion Around Market Facilitation Program Payments

The USDA is Providing Assistance to Eligible Farmers Impacted by Tariffs

FARGO, N.D. — With tariffs, trade negotiations and low commodity prices, farmers are still struggling. The USDA is providing eligible farmers nationwide with $14.5 billion in Market Facilitation Program payments. But North Dakota producers have a unique set of challenges. “Certainly some crop diversity that we don’t see everywhere across the country. Weather challenges, obviously, too that compound the situation that…

Sen. Hoeven Meets With Producers Affected by Tariffs to Discuss Agriculture Assistance Plan

The $16 Billion plan has three elements

FARGO, N.D. — Many farmers across the country are hurting because of the trade war. North Dakota Senator John Hoeven met with producers to discuss an agriculture assistance program. “We’ve lost so much income because of the decline in the markets, and it’s just been really difficult and a challenge for everyone in the cattle industry,” Shelly Ziesch, a cattle rancher from…