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Congressman Ralph Abraham

Representing the 5th District of Louisiana

Abraham bill provides relief to Louisiana soybean farmers impacted by Chinese tariffs

February 15, 2019
In The News

Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-La., reintroduced legislation to help soybean farmers better access a program designed to offset losses caused by Chinese tariffs.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the Market Facilitation Program (MFP) last year that offers payments to farmers based on losses incurred by Chinese tariffs.

Many soybean farmers in Louisiana were unable to participate in the program last year because they were unable to harvest their crops.

Dr. Abraham’s bill would amend the MFP to allow payments to be based on “planted acres” instead of “harvested acres” for soybeans, which would allow many farmers unable to harvest their soybeans to participate in the tariff relief program.

“For many Louisiana soybean farmers, an MFP payment could make or break their farms. Our farmers who have felt the impact of the Chinese tariffs and resulting market disruptions must be included in the relief program,” said Dr. Abraham, a member of the House Agriculture Committee.

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