Burt County Farm Service Agency Executive Director Julie Hall reminds producers to sign paperwork for the Market Facilitation Program before getting busy in the field.

Hall said nearly 80 percent of the county’s producers have enrolled for 2019.

Signup runs until Dec. 6, however, 50 percent of the projected payment is being made upon application approval if all eligibility paperwork is submitted, Hall said.

The second and third round of payments will be made if conditions warrant. Their status depends on market conditions and trade opportunities.

MFP payments will be made to producers of alfalfa hay, corn, oats, sorghum, soybeans and wheat in Burt County. MFP assistance for 2019 crops is based on a single county payment rate multiplied by a farm’s total plantings to the MFP-eligible crops in aggregate in 2019. The producer’s total payment-eligible plantings cannot exceed total 2018 plantings.

Dairy producers who were in business as of June 1, 2019, will receive a per hundredweight payment on production history. Hog producers will receive a payment based on the number of live hogs owned on a day the producer selected between April 1 and May 15, 2019.

MFP payments are limited to a combined $250,000 per person or legal entity for crops and another $250,000 per person or legal entity for livestock.

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