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MFP Program Signup Open Until December 6

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By Tyson Redpath, The Russell Group

Signup remains open until December 6 for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Market Facilitation Program (MFP). Announced in May, the USDA Market Facilitation Program compensates farmers and ranchers financially hurt by the retaliatory tariffs imposed by key importing nations negotiating revised trade agreement terms and conditions with the Trump Administration.

The MFP will provide payments to eligible producers of temperate japonica rice. Assistance is based on a single-county payment rate multiplied by a farm’s total plantings of MFP-eligible crops in aggregate in 2019. Single county payment rates can be found at this link .

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 trade retaliation in that county. Acreage of non-specialty must be planted by August 1, 2019 to be considered eligible for MFP payments.

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Winter Rice Meetings will go Virtual This Year

Due to COVID-19, many of the winter meetings for the rice industry will be held virtually this year.

Our Industry Calendar is a good resource for these meetings. Currently, the scheduled meetings include Corteva Virtual Rice Herbicide Seminars on February 3 and 10, and the University of California Cooperative Extension February 11. Please note, the UCCE Rice event requires advance registration and a $10 fee. More information and links to these events are available at our calendar section.