The U.S. Department of Agriculture has extended an important deadline related to the Market Facilitation Program (MFP).

The MFP helps Ag producers affected by foreign tariffs by compensating them for losses. To date, more than $8.3 billion has been paid to nearly 600,000 applicants.

The deadline for Ag producers in the program to certify their 2018 crop production has been extended to May 17th. The USDA says they’re extending the program due to rain and snowfall in parts of the country that have caused harvest delays.

In order to receive payments through the MFP program, Ag producers taking part in the program must certify their 2018 crops by May 17th. The original deadline for certification was May 1st.

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