USDA Adds Cherries and Almonds to the Trade Mitigation Mix
Earlier this month, the USDA launched a trade mitigation package to assist growers impacted by trade. Originally, all fruit and nut growers would be limited to the Food Purchase and Distribution Program stating on Oct. 1.
Just last week, USDA announced the addition of shelled almonds and fresh sweet cherries to the Market Facilitation Program (MFP). Growers can apply for program payments at their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office.
The sign-up period for MFP for other eligible commodities is now open and runs through Jan. 15, 2019, with information and instructions provided at www.farmers.gov/mfp. 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% 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.
The initial MFP payment rates:
- Shelled Almonds – $0.03 per pound
- Fresh Sweet Cherries – $0.16 per pound
MFP payments are capped per person or legal entity at a combined $125,000 for shelled almonds