Elizabethtown FSA Service Center Updates

September 2018

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Elizabethtown FSA Service Center Updates

Elizabethtown FSA
Service Center

250 Sportsman Lake Road
Elizabethtown, KY 42701

Phone: 270-765-2702
Fax: 855-612-9681

County Executive Director:
John H. Goff

Farm Loan Manager:
Donna Marsch, Hardin
Myron Mattingly, LaRue

Program Technicians:
Sue Atcher
Stephanie Jackson
Candace Mabe
Kellie Samuels

County Committee:
Richard Preston
Jimmy Boyd
Shirley Ogden
Caleb Ragland
Paul Crutcher
William Curle, Advisor

Next County Committee Meeting:  September 19, 2018

USDA Launches Trade Mitigation Programs

USDA launched the trade mitigation package aimed at assisting farmers suffering from damage due to unjustified trade retaliation by foreign nations.  Producers of certain commodities can now sign up for the Market Facilitation Program (MFP).

USDA provided details in August of the programs to be employed. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will administer the Market Facilitation Program (MFP) to provide payments to corn, cotton, dairy, hog, sorghum, soybean, and wheat producers. An announcement about further payments will be made in the coming months, if warranted.  USDA is currently working to determine how to address market disruptions for producers of almonds and sweet cherries. 

The sign-up period for MFP is now open and runs through Jan. 15, 2019, with information and instructions provided at www.farmers.gov/mfp.  MFP provides payments to cotton, corn, dairy, hog, sorghum, soybean, and wheat producers who have been significantly impacted by actions of foreign governments resulting in the loss of traditional exports.  Eligible producers should apply after harvest is complete, as payments will only be issued once production is reported. 

A payment will be issued on 50 percent of the producer’s total production, multiplied by the MFP rate for a specific commodity.  A second payment period, if warranted, will be determined by the USDA.

Market Facilitation Program

Commodity                Est. Initial Payment**            Initial Payment Rate (in $1,000s)

Cotton                         $0.06/lb.                                  $276,900
Corn                            $0.01/bu.                                 $96,000
Dairy (milk)                  $0.12/cwt.                               $127,400
Pork (hogs)                 $8.00/head                              $290,300
Soybeans                    $1.65/bu.                                 $3,629,700
Sorghum                     $0.86/bu.                                 $156,800
Wheat                         $0.14/bu.                                 $119,200
Total                                                                           $4,696,300

 **Initial payment rate on 50% of production

MFP payments are limited to a combined $125,000 for corn, cotton, sorghum, soybeans, and wheat capped per person or legal entity.  MFP payments are also limited to a combined $125,000 for dairy and hog producers. Applicants must also have an average adjusted gross income for tax years 2014, 2015, and 2016 of less than $900,000. Applicants must also comply with the provisions of the Highly Erodible Land and Wetland Conservation regulations.

For more further information or to locate and contact local FSA offices, interested producers can visit www.farmers.gov