Statement from the Illinois Farm Bureau Regarding Second Tranche of MFP Payments

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Statement from the Illinois Farm Bureau Regarding
Second Tranche of MFP Payments

November 8, 2019 

Andrea Casali
Media Relations Specialist
Illinois Farm Bureau®

The following is a statement from Illinois Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert, Jr., regarding news of the upcoming release of USDA’s second tranche of 2019 Market Facilitation Program (MFP) payments to farmers affected by retaliatory tariffs.

“As Illinois farmers continue to wrap up harvest 2019, we find ourselves in choppy, uncertain financial waters. The first round of MFP improved farmer cash flow and this second tranche gives hope for farmers facing additional challenges as the next year of depressed prices, expensive inputs and household expenses approach.

“We sent a letter to USDA Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue to urge a second tranche of MFP payments as soon as possible – clearly our message has been heard. Secretary Perdue announced yesterday that we will see the release of a second round of payments near the end of this month or early December.

“We are extremely grateful to USDA and Secretary Perdue for their deep understanding and prompt response in our time of need.

“Agricultural producers across the state will be relieved to see 2019 come to a close as we look to the next year for expanded market opportunities. This second round of payments will certainly aid producers as we push through to the end of this extraordinarily difficult year and prepare for 2020.”

The Illinois Farm Bureau is a member of the American Farm Bureau Federation, a national organization of farmers and ranchers. Founded in 1916, IFB is a non-profit, membership organization directed by farmers who join through their county Farm Bureau. IFB has a total membership of more than 386,291 and a voting membership of 79,159. IFB represents three out of four Illinois farmers.