Washington, D.C. (July 25, 2019)—The National Council of Farmer Cooperatives today applauded the announcement of Market Facilitation Program payment rates by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). In late May, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the MFP as part of a package designed to mitigate trade damage from unjustified retaliation and trade disruption.
“I want to commend Secretary Perdue and the entire team at USDA for their efforts to get this trade assistance in the hands of farmers and ranchers as soon as possible,” said Chuck Conner, president and CEO of NCFC. “Tariffs imposed by other countries continue to cause many in agriculture to struggle and help in any form is welcome news.”
Since 1929, NCFC has been the voice of America’s farmer cooperatives. Our members are regional and national farmer cooperatives, which are in turn composed of nearly 3,000 local farmer cooperatives across the country. NCFC members also include 26 state and regional councils of cooperatives. Farmer cooperatives allow individual farmers the ability to own and lead organizations that are essential for continued competitiveness in both the domestic and international markets.
America’s farmer-owned cooperatives provide a comprehensive array of services for their members. These diverse organizations handle, process and market virtually every type of agricultural commodity. They also provide farmers with access to infrastructure necessary to manufacture, distribute and sell a variety of farm inputs. Additionally, they provide credit and related financial services, including export financing.