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May 29, 2019

Current details on the USDA's next round of trade assistance for farmers, under the Market Facilitation Program; an agricultural law update; the day's agricultural news headlines; Gus van der Hoeven’s “Stop, Look and Listen…”

00:01:30 – Trade Assistance, Round 2:  The state director of the Farm Service Agency, David Schemm, talks about the details as they're known to date on the USDA's next round of trade assistance for farmers, under the Market Facilitation Program:  he outlines the general formula that will be used to calculate the county rates around which the M-F-P payments will be based, saying that producers will only need to provide their planted acreage number when eventually applying for the assistance.

00:13:00 – Agricultural Law Update:  Agricultural law professor Roger McEowen of Washburn University goes over several important things to consider when Market Facilitation Program payments are used as collateral for farm loans...he says that these payments would likely be treated as farm "proceeds" in a lending situation, although there has yet to be any case law to clarify that.

00:24:30 – Ag News:  Eric Atkinson covers the day's agricultural news headlines.

00:33:02 – "Stop, Look and Listen":  K-State's Gus van der Hoeven presents "Stop, Look and Listen", his weekly commentary on rural Kansas.


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