The National Corn Growers Association is seeking a new payment formula for the next round of Market Facilitation Program payments. “A National Corn Growers Association study done by the University of Illinois showed a 44 cent per bushel loss to corn farmers,” says North Dakota Corn Growers Association President Randy Melvin. “Other corn byproducts, such as ethanol and dried distillers grains, have also been negatively impacted by trade negotiations.” Throughout much of the Midwest, harvest has been a challenge. With that lies concerns about applying for MFP Program payments. “If you only have have part of your bushels harvested, you can’t apply until all are harvest,” says Melvin. Corn growers are asking USDA to reevaluate that policy as well.
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