Farmers who are being financially hurt by international trade disputes will be able to apply for a second round of payments from the federal government starting Monday.
Unlike last year, row-crop farmers will get payments based on their county, not the specific crop they planted.
U-S-D-A Under-secretary Bill Northey says checks will start going out next month.
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County rates reflect how much money the U-S-D-A calculated an area lost due to reduced exports and range from 15 to 150 dollars per acre.
U-S Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue says the payments are meant to help, but won’t make anyone whole.
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Pork and dairy farmers, and producers of specialty crops like fruits and nuts, will be paid separately.
The U-S-D-A raised the amount a farmer can get from the payouts to 500-thousand dollars, if they’re eligible for payments in two or three categories.
Perdue says it’s all in keeping with President Trump’s promise.
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Iowa State University ag economist Chad Hart says the change from the 2018 payment program will eliminate complaints that soybeans got a much bigger payout than corn.
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Overall, the government plans to distribute more than 14-billion dollars in aid to farmers and ranchers through the Market Facilitation Program, or M-F-P.
Sign-ups will be taken through December 6th.