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Congressman Ralph Abraham

Representing the 5th District of Louisiana

Bill introduced to help Louisiana soybean farmers

November 27, 2018
In The News

Louisiana Congressman Ralph Abraham has introduced legislation to help soybean farmers better access a program designed to offset losses caused by Chinese tariffs. 

The US Department of Agriculture announced the Market Facilitation Program (MFP) earlier this year that offers payments to soybean farmers based on losses to their harvested acres incurred by Chinese tariffs.

Dr. Abraham’s bill, HR 7147, would amend the MFP to allow payments in some circumstances based on “planted acres” instead of “harvested acres.” This change will allow soybean farmers who could not take their crop to market the ability to still participate in the tariff relief program.

“Louisiana soybean farmers cannot be left out of the MFP. The problem they are facing is not of their making, and they should not be forced to bear the heaviest burden caused by market disruptions,” said Dr. Abraham, a member of the House Agriculture Committee. “The USDA told our soybean farmers that it would have their backs during these trade negotiations, and this bill ensures that the USDA will be able to honor that commitment. Congress should do the right thing by these hard-working farmers and pass this bill.”

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