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Federal farm aid to start Sept. 4

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced details about payments it will make to farmers whose crop profits will likely suffer in the trade war between the U.S. and China.

Farmers should apply for payments through the Farm Service Agency after their crops are completely harvested. They will be paid based on half their 2018 harvest. If another payment is issued, it will be based on the other half, the agency said.

The rates:

• Soybeans will be paid $1.65 per bushel.

• Hogs will be paid $8 per head.

• Wheat will be paid 14 cents per bushel.

• Corn will be paid 1 cent per bushel.

• Dairy will be paid 12 cents per hundredweight, based on production history.

• Sorghum will be paid 86 cents per bushel.

The agriculture department will also buy up to $1.2 billion of commodities that were hit with retaliatory tariffs and distribute them through nutrition programs such as the Emergency Food Assistance Program and child nutrition programs.

The department said it will also spend $200 million to develop foreign markets for U.S. agricultural products.

Applications for assistance will be available online at www.farmers.gov/mfp beginning Tuesday, Sept. 4. Producers will also be able to submit their applications in person, by email, fax or by mail.

To be eligible, farmers must have an average adjusted gross income of less than $900,000 for tax years 2014, 2015 and 2016. Dairies will have to have been in business on June 1, and how farmers will be paid is based on the total number of hogs on Aug. 1. No farm or farmer will receive more than a combined $125,000 for corn, cotton, sorghum, soybeans and wheat.

For more information, visit www.farmers.gov/mfp or contact the Farm Service Agency in Douglas County at 320-763-3191, ext. 2.

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