Is Ad Hoc Assistance Justified in the Presence of Commodity Programs? May 4, 2021

🕔May 4, 2021
The ad hoc Market Facilitation Program (MFP) compensated farms for the estimated loss of exports due to retaliatory tariffs placed on US farm exports by other countries in response to tariffs […]

2019 Covered Commodity Dashboard and Implications for the Crop Safety Net Feb 19, 2021

🕔Feb 19, 2021
USDA, FSA (US Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency) has released 2019 crop year payments by the ARC (Agriculture Risk Coverage) and PLC (Price Loss Coverage) commodity programs. Together with […]

Southern Farmers Gained The Most In 2019’s Tariff Payments, GAO Finds Oct 15, 2020

🕔Oct 15, 2020
The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released a report that reviewed USDA’s 2019 Market Facilitation Program (MFP) and payments.  USDA has reported that it made $14.495 billion in payments […]

Farmland Values Still Healthy – Recent Sale at $10,750 an Acre Apr 28, 2020

🕔Apr 28, 2020
Although farm finances are tight for the fifth year in a row and the cash flow outlook is grim, farm tenants are generally honoring their leases this spring, real estate […]

Third Market Facilitation Payment? DC Sentiment Brewing – DTN Mar 5, 2020

🕔Mar 5, 2020
With questions growing about China’s commitment to buy U.S. agriculture commodities as that country deals with the coronavirus outbreak, the ranking member of the House Agriculture Committee on Wednesday urged […]

Trade Aid: Dependent on Future Exports, Not Prices – DTN Feb 28, 2020

🕔Feb 28, 2020
There was an important two-letter word in President Donald Trump’s tweet last week suggesting there could be a third round of trade assistance payments. “It said ‘if,'” Agriculture Secretary Sonny […]

Trade Aid: USDA Issues 3rd Tranche of 2019 Payments Feb 4, 2020

🕔Feb 4, 2020
Farmers should see the third and final round of Market Facilitation Program payments in the bank by the end of the week, USDA announced in a news release on Monday. […]

Arkansas: Making Decisions with ‘Phase One’ Signed, No Word on 3rd MFP Payment Jan 24, 2020

🕔Jan 24, 2020
Farming has always been a contest of wills between farmers and forces largely beyond their control — weather, the economy and the glacial pace of legislation. In 2020, all three […]

Trade Aid: Last Payment “Assured and Imminent” – DTN Jan 23, 2020

🕔Jan 23, 2020
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said Monday the third tranche of Market Facilitation Program payments is “assured” and the payment is “imminent” but he did not have a specific date when […]

Trade Aid: How Did Payments Change in 2019 Over 2018? Dec 20, 2019

🕔Dec 20, 2019
Previous analysis of the Market Facilitation Program (MFP) compared the 2018 and 2019 MFP programs, outlining differences in the design and implementation by USDA and the resulting differences in county-level […]

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