Farm Service Agency Program Updates for Greenville and Pickens Counties, SC - USDA Opens Signup for Market Facilitation Program

August 23, 2019


CED Message

- August 27th - August 29th - The farm program staff will be out of the office on these dates for farm program training. The office will be staffed with a temporary co-worker who can reach us if needed.
- September 2nd - This office will be closed in observance of Labor Day.

Greenville and Pickens FSA County Updates

Greenville and Pickens FSA County Office

301 University Ridge, Suite 4700 Greenville, SC  29601

Phone: 864-920-6407 Fax: 855-589-8995

County Executive Director: Glenn Thomas

Acting Farm Loan Manager:     Ashley Acuff

Program Technicians:
Marina Pariente, Lead FP PT
Kelly Moon, FLP PT

County Committee:
James A. Scott, III, Chairperson Jeff Pepper
Rocky Burdett
Margaret Harrison, COC Advisor

Next County Committee Meeting:  Tentatively set for:
October 8, 2019 @ 9:00 AM

USDA Opens Signup for Market Facilitation Program (MFP)

Enrollment Now Open through December 6th

Signup opens today for the Market Facilitation Program (MFP), a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) program to assist farmers who continue to suffer from damages because of unjustified trade retaliation from foreign nations. Through MFP, USDA will provide up to $14.5 billion in direct payments to impacted producers, part of a broader trade relief package announced in late July. The sign-up period runs through December 6, 2019. MFP payments will be made to producers of certain non-specialty and specialty crops as well as dairy and hog producers.

Non-Specialty Crops
MFP payments will be made to producers of alfalfa hay, barley, canola, corn, millet, mustard seed, oats, peanuts, rapeseed, rye, safflower, sesame seed, small and large chickpeas, sorghum, soybeans, sunflower seed, triticale and wheat.

MFP assistance for 2019 crops is based on a single county payment rate multiplied by a farm’s total plantings to the 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. View payment rates by county.

Dairy and Hogs
Dairy producers who were in business 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.