Senate Democrats claim MFP picks winners and losers
November 13, 2019 By Mark Dorenkamp Filed Under: Crops, Michigan, News
The Ranking Member of the Senate Ag Committee has released a
report claiming the Market Facilitation Program unfairly benefits big farms and
producers in the southeast.
Michigan Democrat Debbie Stabenow alleges the formula used
to calculate MFP payments picks winners and losers between regions and
National Farmers Union president Roger Johnson agrees. He says farmers in every county have been affected
by withering export markets, but the county payment rates arbitrarily have
helped farmers in some counties much more than others.
NFU claims while farmers in the North, Midwest, and West
have experienced the greatest harm from trade disputes, 95 percent of counties receiving
the highest payment rates are based in the southeast.
USDA defended its methods Tuesday, pointing out 60 percent
of payments have gone to farmers in the Midwest.
The Senate report calls on the Trump Administration to improve its trade assistance program, and pursue a focused, consistent trade strategy to rebuild the markets American farmers lost.
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