FSA reminds dairy producers of MILC program requirements
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[February 24, 2012]
SPRINGFIELD -- The state executive
director for USDA's Illinois Farm Service Agency, Scherrie Giamanco,
reminds dairy producers of some important program requirements to be
eligible for payment under the Milk Income Loss Contract program.
"At this time, prices haven't fallen to a level to trigger a
MILC payment," Giamanco said. "However, we want all dairy
producers to be aware of the program requirements should there
be an opportunity for payments."
Giamanco said it is very
important to notify the FSA office if there have been any
changes to dairy operations. Also, any new dairies that have not
previously participated in the MILC program will need to fill
CCC-580, Milk Income Loss Contract.
If a payment rate is announced, dairy producers enrolled in
the MILC program will need to provide their local county office
with documentation showing the eligible milk production and
commercial milk marketing for the months with a MILC payment
rate in effect.
When producers enroll in MILC, a payment
start month is selected. This month remains the same through all
program years, unless a change is requested by the dairy.
Producers who wish to change their MILC program start month can
do so an unlimited number of times during their enrollment in
MILC, provided the changes are made on or before the 14th day of
the month prior to the new MILC production start month. The
production start month designated cannot be changed if the new
month being selected has already begun or has already passed.
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MILC program participants are also required to comply with FSA's
adjusted gross income requirements each fiscal year. This AGI
certification, on a
CCC-931 form, must be completed prior to a payment being
For more information the MILC program, contact your county FSA
office or visit www.fsa.usda.gov.
[Text from file received from
Illinois Farm Service Agency]