Naig: Farmers Want Long-Term Trade Agreements

DES MOINES, Iowa (July 25, 2019) – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig issued the following statement today in response to the USDA’s announcement of a $16 billion aid package to support farmers affected by the ongoing trade dispute. Market Facilitation Program (MFP) signup at local Farm Service Agency offices will run from July 29 through December 6, 2019.

“We appreciate efforts by President Trump and the USDA to support farmers in Iowa and around the country that have been affected by trade disruption,” said Secretary Naig. "As I travel the state the message from farmers is loud and clear: we want trade not aid. We must secure trade agreements, and I urge Congress and the Trump Administration to make that a priority. It is imperative that Congress pass USMCA as quickly as possible, and that we secure trade deals with China and Japan”

Producers who filed a prevented planting claim and planted an FSA-certified cover crop, with the potential to be harvested, qualify for a $15 per acre MFP payment. Acres that were never planted in 2019 are not eligible for an MFP payment. Sign-up for cover crop cost-share is currently available statewide through the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship.

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About the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship

Led by Secretary Mike Naig, the Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship serves the rural and urban residents that call Iowa home. Through its 12 diverse bureaus, the Department ensures animal health, food safety and consumer protection. It also promotes conservation efforts to preserve our land for the next generation. Learn more at iowaagriculture.gov.

Contact: Keely Coppess
515-281-3375 or 515-326-1616 (cell)
Keely.Coppess@iowaagriculture.gov