Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue spent time with dairy farmers Tuesday at the World Dairy Expo. During the town hall-style meeting, producers questioned the Secretary about everything from organic certification enforcement to supply management and trade.
Meeting attendees brought up a concern that Wisconsin farmers who regularly plant alfalfa and grass mixes are not eligible for the Market Facilitation Program. Perdue said he was not aware of this issue, and explained that there are specific rules around which crops qualify for MFP.
Farmers in attendance thanked the Secretary for the flexible prevented planting dates for 2019, which allowed many of them to plant new seeding alfalfa this fall on acres that were in the prevented planting program. When asked if USDA is willing to make the new, earlier harvest dates permanent, Perdue said it’s something USDA is working on. However, he said he hopes we don’t relive 2019 record-setting weather again.
Read more about Perdue's stop at World Dairy Expo here.