"Producers are aware that
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Dear Secretary Perdue,
Although a resolution to the trade dispute with
Producers are aware that
We request that any future MFP assistance does not incentivize non-market based planting decisions and we strongly encourage you to develop a program that fairly and equitably addresses producers' trade-related losses across all commodities. We were encouraged to see Undersecretary Northey's recent remarks encouraging farmers to "Plant for the market. Don't plant for trade aid."
Additionally, we encourage you to consider allocating 2019 crop-year assistance based on a producer's 2018 planted and considered acreage of each eligible crop, and that each crop's payment yield would be calculated based on the higher of the county average yield for the county in which the land is physically located or the producer's Actual Production History (APH) in the crop insurance unit in which that crop was grown in 2018. We believe the 2018 crop acreage would be reflective of each crop's acreage likely to be planted for the 2019 crop year and that calculating future MFP payments based on 2018 certified acreage and the higher of county average yield or APH would allow
Finally, when determining the MFP payment rate for individual commodities, we strongly encourage you to account for the substantial indirect effect retaliatory tariffs are having on all commodities and all producers. Though not all commodities have been retaliated against directly, the overall effect on the market has occurred across the entire agricultural sector in the form of depressed prices. Additionally, all farmers are negatively impacted by higher costs for inputs and equipment that have been caused by the trade dispute and tariffs.
We appreciate your steadfast attention to rural America, our farmers and ranchers, and your desire to expeditiously provide relief from trade inequities. We appreciate your prompt attention to this matter because rural America needs economic assistance as soon as possible.
Thank you for your efforts on behalf of