Cover photo for Market Facilitation Program

Market Facilitation Program (MFP)

Farm Service Agency

Closed December 20, 2019

About

The Market Facilitation Program (MFP) provides assistance to farmers and ranchers with commodities directly impacted by unjustified foreign retaliatory tariffs, resulting in the loss of traditional export markets. Assistance is available for agricultural producers of non-specialty crops, dairy, hogs, and specialty crops.

Assistance for non-specialty crops is based on a single-county payment rate multiplied by a farm’s total plantings of MFP-eligible crops in aggregate in 2019. Those per-acre payments are not dependent on which of those crops are planted in 2019. A producer’s total payment-eligible plantings cannot exceed total 2018 plantings. County payment rates range from $15 to $150 per acre, depending on the impact of unjustified trade retaliation in that county.

Commodities

Eligibility

MFP provides payments to eligible producers of covered commodities, which includes non-specialty crops, specialty crops, dairy, and livestock. 

To be eligible for payments, applicants also must either:

  • have an average adjusted gross income for tax years 2015, 2016, and 2017 of less than $900,000; or

  • derive at least 75 percent of their adjusted gross income from farming or ranching.

Producers also must:

  • comply with the provisions of the “Highly Erodible Land and Wetland Conservation” regulations, often called the conservation compliance provisions.

  • have a farm number with USDA's Farm Service Agency.

In certain cases, producers who did not meet the adjusted gross income limitations for 2018 may now be eligible for payments under MFP.  

Terms

Payments are calculated differently by the type of commodity. 

Non-specialty Crops

For non-specialty crops, assistance is based on a single-county payment rate multiplied by a farm’s total plantings of MFP-eligible crops in aggregate in 2019. Those per-acre payments are not dependent on which of those crops are planted in 2019. A producer’s total payment-eligible plantings cannot exceed total 2018 plantings. County payment rates range from $15 to $150 per acre, depending on the impact of unjustified trade retaliation in that county. Acreage of non-specialty must be planted by August 1, 2019 to be considered eligible for MFP payments. 

   Find payment rates for your county

   Download a list of all county rates

** **

Dairy, Hogs, and Specialty Crops

Dairy producers who were in business as of June 1, 2019, will receive a per hundredweight payment on production history, and hog producers will receive a payment based on the number of live hogs owned on a day selected by the producer between April 1 and May 15, 2019. 

For specialty crops, producers will receive a payment based on 2019 acres of fruit or nut bearing plants.

Rates include:

  • Dairy (milk): $0.20 per hundredweight

  • Hogs: $11 per head

  • Nuts: $146 per acre

  • Cranberries: $.03 per pound at 21,371 pounds per acre 

  • Ginseng: $2.85 per pound at 2,000 pounds per acre

  • Sweet cherries (fresh): $0.17 per pound at 9,148 pounds per acre

  • Table grapes: $0.03 per pound at 20,820 pounds per acre

Cover Crops

Producers affected by natural disasters who filed prevented planting claims then planted an MFP-eligible cover crop, with the potential to be harvested or for subsequent use as forage, qualify for a $15 per acre payment. Acreage of cover crops must be planted by August 1, 2019 to be considered eligible for MFP payments. 

Resources

Similar Programs

Details

Deadline

December 20, 2019

Organization

Farm Service Agency (FSA)

Financial Instrument

Grant

Image Credit

CHUTTERSNAP

Updated July 12, 2021

This information was gathered from public sources. Ambrook is not responsible for or able to affect the results of any financial programs listed, nor are they responsible for any incorrect information that is listed or is on the hyperlinked external sites. All information is subject to change.