USDA announced today the second allocation of 2019 Market Facilitation Program (MFP) payments to farmers who have been impacted by the trade wars. The payments will begin the week before Thanksgiving. Producers of MFP-eligible commodities will now be eligible to receive 25% of the total payment expected, in addition to the 50% they have already received from the 2019 MFP. If conditions warrant, the third allotment will be made in January 2020.

Cory Lunde

Yesterday, Western Growers President/CEO Tom Nassif attended the signing of the U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement in the Roosevelt Room at the White House. The trade agreement opens up market opportunities for the fresh produce industry, and WG members will now have access to the Japanese market on equal footing with the Asia-Pacific signatories of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership.

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