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New cover crop payments through USDA MFP program for cover crops planted by August 1

Earlier today, USDA announced details of the $16 billion aid package aimed to support American farmers impacted by current trade disruptions. The announcement outlines the assistance from the Market Facilitation Program (MFP), Food Purchase and Distribution Program (FPDP), and Agricultural Trade Promotion Program (ATP). 

Producers who have filed prevented planting claims and planted an MFP-eligble cover crop qualify for an MFP payment. The cover crop acreage of non-specialty crops and cover crops must be planted by August 1, 2019 to be considered eligible for MFP payments. 

Having an NRCS cover crop contract does not disqualify you from getting this MFP cover crop payment from the Farm Service Agency.  Farmers can receive payments from both programs on the same field. 

MFP provides payments to eligible producers of:

  • non-specialty crops, including alfalfa hay, barley, canola, corn, crambe, dried beans, dry peas, extra-long staple cotton, flaxseed, lentils, long grain and medium grain rice, millet, mustard seed, oats, peanuts, rapeseed, rye, safflower, sesame seed, small and large chickpeas, sorghum, soybeans, sunflower seed, temperate japonica rice, triticale, upland cotton, and wheat.

  • specialty crops, including almonds, cranberries, cultivated ginseng, fresh grapes, fresh sweet cherries, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pecans, pistachios, and walnuts.

If you have questions about the MFP program, please contact your local FSA office. 

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