Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue came to Capitol Hill Thursday to participate in a Senate Agriculture Appropriations subcommittee hearing. North Dakota Senator John Hoeven, who chairs the subcommittee, praised the Market Facilitation Program and the support it provided farmers over the past two years. Given the coronavirus and the impact on trade, Hoeven asked about the prospects for MFP this year. Perdue has been on record that farmers should not expect a MFP payment in 2020. That message was reiterated at the hearing. “The MFP program was a trade disruption program, not a price support mechanism,” said Perdue. The USDA leader said China is still on track to fulfill its phase one trade commitments irrespective of the coronavirus outbreak.
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