The application deadline for the dairy Margin Protection Program
(MPP) will be extended until Dec. 19, 2014. The program,
established by the 2014 Farm Bill, protects participating dairy
producers when the margin – the difference between the price of
milk and feed costs – falls below levels of protection selected
by the applicant.
For just $100, a farmer can cover 90 percent of production at $4
margin swings, and with affordable incremental premiums, dairy
farmers can cover up to $8 margin swings. Those who apply this
year will receive a slight increase in production protection
that will not be available in the future. Farmers who do not
sign up for the Margin Protection Program for 2015 will forfeit
the 1 percent base production increase.
Producers can use the online Web resource at www.fsa.usda.gov/mpptool
to calculate the best levels of coverage for their dairy
operation. They can type in specific operation data and explore
price projections and market scenarios to determine what level
of coverage is best for them. The online resource is on a secure
website that can be accessed from computers, mobile phones or
tablets, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Farmers also have a chance to share comments and help shape the
Margin Protection Program for the future. Last month, the U.S.
Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the extension of the
opportunity for public comments on both the Margin Protection
Program and the Dairy Product Donation Program until Dec. 15,
2014. Comments can be submitted to USDA via the regulations.gov
website at http://go.usa.gov/GJSA or send them by mail to:
Danielle Cooke, Special Programs Manager, Price Support
Division, FSA, USDA, STOP 0512, 1400 Independence Ave. SW,
Washington, D.C., 20250-0512.
To learn more about the Margin Protection Program for dairy,
contact your local USDA Farm Service Agency county office at
offices.usda.gov or visit us on the Web at
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Please contact your local County FSA Office with questions regarding
the December 19, 2014 application deadline for the Dairy Margin
Protection Program (MPP).
USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. To file a
complaint of discrimination, write: USDA, Office of the Assistant
Secretary for Civil Rights, Office of Adjudication, 1400
Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (866)
632-9992 (Toll-free Customer Service), (800) 877-8339 (Local or
Federal relay), (866) 377-8642 (Relay voice users).
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