WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture has extended the signup deadline for the Market Facilitation Program and Dairy Margin Coverage to Dec. 20.

The Market Facilitation Program deadline had been Dec. 6, while Dairy Margin Coverage deadline had been Dec. 13.

“2019 has challenged the country’s ag sector – prevented or late planting followed by a delayed harvest has been further complicated by wet and cold weather,” said Bill Northey, USDA Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation. “Because some of our producers are still in the field, time to conduct business at the local USDA office is at a premium.  We hope this deadline extension will allow producers the opportunity to participate in these important programs.”

For more information, visit the DMC webpage, the MFP webpage or your local USDA service center. To locate your local FSA office, visit farmers.gov/service-locator.