Reopens Enrollment for Improved Dairy Safety Net Tool
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[April 21, 2018]
USDA’s Farm Service Agency encourages dairy
producers to consider enrolling in the new and improved Margin
Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy), which will provide better
protections for dairy producers from shifting milk and feed prices.
With changes authorized under the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018,
the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency
(FSA) has set the enrollment period to run from April 9, 2018 to
June 1, 2018.
About the Program:
The program protects dairy producers by paying them when the
difference between the national all-milk price and the national
average feed cost (the margin) falls below a certain dollar
amount elected by the producer.
Calculations of the margin period is
monthly rather than bi-monthly.
Covered production is increased to 5
million pounds on the Tier 1 premium schedule, and premium
rates for Tier 1 are substantially lowered.
An exemption from paying an administrative
fee for limited resource, beginning, veteran, and
disadvantaged producers. Dairy operators enrolled in the
previous 2018 enrollment period that qualify for this
exemption under the new provisions may request a refund.
Dairy operations must make a new coverage election for 2018,
even if you enrolled during the previous 2018 signup period.
Coverage elections made for 2018 will be retroactive to January
1, 2018. All dairy operations desiring coverage must sign up
during the enrollment period and submit an appropriate form
(CCC-782) and dairy operations may still “opt out” by not
submitting a form. All outstanding balances for 2017 and prior
years must be paid in full before 2018 coverage is approved.
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Dairy producers can participate in FSA’s MPP-Dairy or
the Risk Management Agency’s Livestock Gross Margin Insurance Plan
for Dairy Cattle (LGM-Dairy), but not both. During the 2018
enrollment period, only producers with an active LGM-Dairy policy
who have targeted marketings insured in 2018 months will be allowed
to enroll in MPP-Dairy by June 1, 2018; however, their coverage will
start only after active target marketings conclude under LGM-Dairy.
USDA has a web tool to help producers determine the
level of coverage under the MPP-Dairy that will provide them with
the strongest safety net under a variety of conditions. The online
resource, which will be updated and available by April 9 at
allows dairy farmers to quickly and easily combine unique operation
data and other key variables to calculate their coverage needs based
on price projections. Producers can also review historical data or
estimate future coverage based on data projections. The secure site
can be accessed via computer, smartphone, tablet or any other
USDA is mailing postcards advising dairy producers of the changes.
For more information, visit www.fsa.usda.gov/dairy or contact your
local USDA service center.
[USDA Farm Service Agency]