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USDA expects to begin 2nd round of MFP payments before Thanksgiving

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture is expected to begin making the second round of 2019 Market Facilitation Program payments the week before Thanksgiving to help farmers suffering from trade retaliations by foreign nations. Producers of MFP-eligible commodities will be eligible to receive 25% of the total payment expected in addition to the 50% they already have received from the 2019 ... Read More »

What is going on in the cotton market?

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• By Seshadri Ramkumar • Demand, trade wars and global economic scenarios are all playing their part in the weak cotton market. About 80 people involved in different aspects of the cotton sector gathered recently in the new building of Lubbock, Texas-based Plains Cotton Growers Inc. and discussed the current cotton scenario. Cotton demand is weak, says Darren Hudson, a ... Read More »

Market Maintenance A Must

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U.S. cotton sales to China are substantially below what was expected in the absence of tariffs. What does this USDA package provide? ■ Producers of cotton and many other crops can sign up for the latest MFP at Farm Service Agency offices through Dec. 6. FSA made the first tranche of payments in August. Two other payment tranches may be ... Read More »

USDA Releases County-By-County MFP Payment Information

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released a county Market Facilitation Program payment schedule for growers with commodities that have been affected by foreign retaliatory tariffs. The assistance covers specialty crops, non-specialty crops, dairy and hogs. The rates range from $15 to $150 per acre, depending on the impact the tariffs have had on that particular county. They are the ... Read More »

Ensuring Ease Of Entry

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From NAFTA re-negotiation to China tariffs, the National Cotton Council is communicating with government officials and legislators regarding trade policy issues to ensure the U.S. cotton industry has continued access to key markets. Is the NAFTA re-negotiation acceptable? ▪ The NCC is pleased the modernization of the North American Free Trade Agreement preserved market access for U.S. cotton exports and ... Read More »