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Agriculture

Market Facilitation Program meetings start Sept. 12

PRINCETON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is encouraging farmers and crop-share landowners to attend public information meetings conducted by the Bureau County Farm Service Agency (FSA) on the Market Facilitation Program (MFP) that was established to address the repercussions of the recent tariff activity by other countries on U. S. agricultural products.

The MFP, which was authorized under the CCC Charter Act and administered by FSA, provides a direct payment to farmers to help soybean, sorghum, corn, wheat, dairy and hog producers.

The $12 billion aid package will allow farmers to better time the marketing of their products and help them adjust to disrupted markets, manage surplus commodities, and expand and develop new markets at home and abroad.

In preparations for this effort, the Bureau County FSA Office will be conducting several meetings at the Bureau County Farm Bureau at 535 Elm Place, Princeton.

Meetings will last about an hour unless additional information presents itself. Please be advised space is limited so plan accordingly. The scheduled dates and times are as follows:

• Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 6 p.m.

• Monday, Sept. 17, at 9 a.m.

• Wednesday, Sept. 19, at 6 p.m.

Signup to participate in the MFP began nationwide on Sept. 4 and will continue through Jan. 15, 2019.

For more information, contact the Bureau County FSA Office in Princeton at 815-875-8732, ext. 2, or visit their website at www.fsa.usda.gov or www.farmers.gov/manage/mfp.

Persons with disabilities who require accommodations to attend or participate in this meeting should contact Justina Chlum at 815-875-8732, ext. 2, or Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339.

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