Peterson: MFP Picks Winners and Losers

A recent letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue from House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson says the current Market Facilitation Program creates “winners and losers among neighbors” and urges USDA to consider a list of concerns in issuing the next round of payments under the program.

Peterson says acres not certified or enrolled in farm programs in 2018 are not eligible for the program, which is problematic for farms that recently changed hands where the previous owner didn’t participate in farm programs. Peterson also expressed concerns that crop rotations have prevented farmers from receiving payments, and the payments don’t account for the impact on crop basis created by trade disruptions.

Peterson says farmers have many questions about why dairy payments were based on established farm program production history, and not actual production.