USDA Extends Deadline for Margin Protection Program for Dairy
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced an enrollment extension for those interested in the Margin Protection Program for Dairy.
The program protects participating dairy producers when the margin falls below levels of protection selected by the applicant.
USDA has already issued more than $89 million for margins triggered in February, March, and April. The re-enrollment deadline was previously extended through June 8, 2018 but that has now been extended to June 28.
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue made the announcement Tuesday, saying, “Last week we re-opened enrollment to offer producers preoccupied with field work an additional opportunity to come into their local office to sign-up. We did get more than 500 new operations enrolled but want to continue to provide an opportunity for folks to participate before the next margin is announced,” said Secretary Perdue. “More than 21,000 American dairies have gone into our 2,200 FSA offices to sign-up for 2018 MPP coverage but I am certain we can do better with this extra week and a half.”
To find out more about the Dairy Margin Protection Program, visit www.fsa.usda.gov.