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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 1:00 am

Tariff help offered to county farmers

Journal Gazette

Two informational meetings have been planned for this month in Allen County to help farm producers who have been affected by tariffs.

The meetings will cover the Market Facilitation Program in Allen County, which provides direct payments to help corn, cotton, sorghum, soybean, wheat, dairy and hog producers who have been directly affected by retaliatory tariffs, resulting in the loss of traditional exports.

The staff of the Farm Service Agency, a unit of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will provide an overview of the program and discuss eligibility and documentation requirements.

“USDA is taking action to assist farmers in response to trade damage from unjustified retaliation by foreign nations,” a news release said.

Meetings are set for 8:30 a.m. Sept. 20 at the Allen County Service Center, 3718 New Vision Drive, and 6:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Purdue Extension Office, 4001 Crescent Ave.

Producers interested in attending one of the meetings are asked to call the local Farm Service Agency office at 484-5848 by Sept. 19.