Payments for farmers hit by trade war expected to continue through government shutdown

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- Many farmers are expecting payments, and they should see them despite a partial federal government shutdown.

Those payments are meant to help offset financial damage caused by China retaliating amid a trade dispute with the United States.

The payments are the second round of the United State Department of Agriculture's Market Facilitation Program.

On Friday, USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue tweeted, "Need to make something clear because of some reporting on MFP payments & commodity purchases in trade mitigation program. Farmers who have certified production WILL receive payments even with a government shutdown. Commodity purchasing will go on. Don't want confusion about this."

Farmers who still need to apply for the money will have until January, 15th to do so, and the USDA says that can be done through your local farm service agency office.