Dairy producers have a few more days to enroll in the Dairy Margin Protection Program. The Department of Agriculture extended the enrollment period by a week, meaning producers have now until this Friday, June 8th, to enroll. The National Milk Producers Federation and several lawmakers asked USDA to consider the enrollment extension to allow farmers additional time to enroll or adjust their existing coverage in the MPP for calendar year 2018. NMPF President and CEO Jim Mulhern says late spring planting in numerous dairy states made farmers unable to sit down and make a decision on risk management options. Dairy producers must select new coverage in the MPP for 2018, even if they enrolled during the previous sign-up period last fall. Coverage choices made this spring for calendar year 2018 will be retroactive to January 1, 2018. Producers can participate in either MPP or the Livestock Gross Margin program for dairy, but not both. Dairy producers are encouraged to visit their local Farm Service Agency office to learn more and enroll.
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