During a roundtable discussion on the new USDA trade assistance, North Dakota Farm Service Agency Executive Director Brad Thykeson stressed the program won’t make producers whole. “This new MFP is still in its infant stages. USDA is still working on the details. We’ll be ready and willing to help producers get enrolled and participate.” Thykeson says farmers are in survival mode to get to 2020, and this new MFP has a great vision for doing that. However, farmers enrolled in prevent plant are not eligible for the second round of trade aid. Prevent plant was brought up in the discussion. “We heard some talk about the new disaster bill passed by the Senate has provisions. We’re trying to look at different avenues of enticing the prevent planting buy-up,” says Thykeson. “It sounds like there are other things in the works to make producers whole on prevent plant.”
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