Washington D.C. — Due to the prolonged and extensive impacts of weather events this year, the USDA has extended the deadline to Dec. 20 for producers to enroll in the Market Facilitation Program (MFP). The original sign-up date was Dec. 6. USDA announced it is also continuing to accept applications for the Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program for the 2020 calendar year through Dec. 20.
“2019 has challenged the country’s ag sector. Prevented or late planting followed by a delayed harvest has been further complicated by wet and cold weather,” said Bill Northey, USDA under secretary for Farm Production and Conservation. “Because some of our producers are still in the field, time to conduct business at the local USDA office is at a premium.”