House lawmakers want more information on the second round of Market Facilitation Program payments. They asked specific questions of Chief Ag Negotiator Gregg Doud and USDA Under Secretary Ted McKinney during a House Agriculture Subcommittee hearing on Tuesday. Missouri Representative Vicki Hartzler asked McKinney about trade aid and tough planting conditions. McKinney responded. “I think the first tranche of MFP payments will be heavier, because of the immediate need. Beyond that, I’m disallowed by law to get into the specifics,” says McKinney. “We are sensitive to the additional complication of flooding and consistent rains.” McKinney also told Hartzler he wasn’t sure when farmers would know the county rates for MFP, only that it was with the Office of Management and Budget.
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