November 16, 2018 / Montpelier VT - Vermont Swine Producers - did you know you that you are eligible for the Market Facilitation Program (MFP), administered by the USDA Farm Service Agency? The Market Facilitation Program provides direct payments to help corn, cotton, sorghum, soybean, wheat, dairy, hog, shelled almonds and fresh sweet cherries producers who have been directly impacted by illegal retaliatory tariffs, resulting in the loss of traditional exports.
Payment for hog operations will be based on the total number of head of live hogs on the preferred date August 1, 2018; however, for the few producers for whom that date is not representative of the number of head of hogs that they own, those producers may choose any day to from July 15 through August 15, 2018, as the date for which the ownership is reported. Production records for hogs may include, but are not limited to, breeding records, inventory records, sales receipts, rendering receipts, or veterinary records.
Producers may apply for MFP through January 15, 2019. MFP applications are available online at www.farmers.gov/MFP and can be completed at a local FSA office or submitted electronically either by scanning, emailing, or faxing.