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Friday, July 26, 2019
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USDA Unveils Support Package for Farmers Enduring Retaliatory Tariffs
Atlanta, GA USDA has announced the details of the relief package for farmers suffering losses from unjustified retaliatory tariffs. Georgia farmers can start signing up on Monday, July 29 at their local Farm Service Agency office for the Market Facilitation Program and the Food Purchase and Distribution Program.
"Our farmers have certainly had their fair share of challenges this past year," said Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black. "We are proud of Georgia's farmers for displaying strength and resilience during this trying time and for the Administration and USDA for their efforts to assist. This substantial effort is very encouraging, and we believe that it will greatly benefit all of our Georgia producers, especially our pecan, peanut and cotton growers."
The Market Facilitation Program will assist row crop growers based on a single county payment rate multiplied by a farm's total plantings in 2019. County payment rates can be found at http://agr.georgia.gov/documents/Georgia-Counties-from-PaymentRates.pdf. Pecans who have been profoundly affected by the retaliatory tariffs are also available for assistance through the Market Facilitation Program with a payment of $146 per acre.
In addition to the Market Facilitation Program assistance to dairy producers with a per hundredweight payment on production history, USDA's Food Purchase and Distribution Program will assist dairy producers by purchasing surplus milk for distribution by the Food and Nutrition Service to food banks, schools, and other outlets serving low-income individuals.
More details regarding the support package for farmers can be found at https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2019/07/25/usda-announces-details-support-package-farmers.
About the GDA The Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) is the voice of the state’s agriculture community. The department's mission is to provide excellence in services and regulatory functions, to protect and promote agriculture and consumer interests, and to ensure an abundance of safe food and fiber for Georgia, America, and the world by using state-of-the-art technology and a professional workforce. For more information, visit www.agr.georgia.gov.