USDA rolls out Market Facilitation Program What this means for Clay County farmers

Not long after Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced details of a support package for farmers, Scott Stiles phone started ringing.

On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture rolled out the Market Facilitation Program, Food Purchase and Distribution Program and Agricultural Trade Promotion Program, all intended to help farmers affected by the international battle over tariffs.

“The phone never stopped ringing with farmer questions about the Market Facilitation Program,” said Stiles, an extension economist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. “Questions largely revolved around the timing of sign-up and how the payments will be split and whether prevented planting acres qualified for the program.”  

“There was a lot to digest,” he said.


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