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USDA announces important updates on the MILC program

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[February 02, 2013]  SPRINGFIELD -- Beginning Tuesday, USDA will issue payments to dairy farmers enrolled in the Milk Income Loss Contract program for the September 2012 marketings. The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 extended the authorization of the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 (the farm bill) through 2013 for many programs administered by the Farm Service Agency, including MILC. The farm bill extension provides for a continuation of the MILC program through Sept. 30. The announcement in Illinois was made by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's FSA state executive director, Scherrie Giamanco.

MILC payments are triggered when the Boston Class I milk price falls below $16.94 per hundredweight, after adjustment for the cost of dairy feed rations. MILC payments are calculated each month, using the latest milk price and feed cost.

As announced by FSA on Jan. 22, all dairy producers' MILC contracts are automatically extended to Sept. 30. Eligible producers therefore do not need to re-enroll in MILC. MILC operations with approved contracts will continue to receive monthly payments, if available.

The payment rate for September 2012 is approximately 59 cents per hundredweight. The payment rate for October 2012 marketings is approximately 2 cents per hundredweight. The payment rate for November 2012 marketings is zero. 'Before the October MILC payment can be issued, dairy farmers must complete a new AGI form for 2013. The new form, CCC-933 Average Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) Certification and Consent to Disclosure of Tax Information, must be completed by producers before they can receive payments for a variety of programs administered by FSA and USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service. Producers may obtain the CCC-933 form at their local USDA Service Center or online at Specific details about AGI are available there.

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Dairy operations may select a production start month other than October 2012. Producers who want to select a production start month other than October 2012 must visit their local FSA office between Feb. 1 and Feb. 28, known as a relief period.

FSA will provide producers with information on program requirements, updates and signups as the information becomes available. For more information on MILC, contact a local FSA county office or visit

[Text from file received from USDA Farm Service Agency]

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