After months of uncertainty and murky details, USDA announced payments for the 2019 Market Facilitation Program (MFP) in late July. The per-acre payments will vary by county and range from $15 to $150. While USDA planned to issue payments in August, software hiccups will mean some farmers don’t receive their payments until September.
USDA officials acknowledge there are several “glitches” in the software being used in county FSA offices to implement the 2019 MFP—and in some parts of the country, FSA offices have not yet received the software necessary to process payments. According to Pro Farmer’s Jim Wiesemeyer, $7.25 billion in payments was expected to go out to farmers by the end of August.
USDA Undersecretary Bill Northey previously told Pro Farmer that USDA “is aware of the [glitches] and we are looking into it.”