Margin Protection Program workshop for dairy producers to be held in Bloomington October 14

The 2014 Farm Bill provides the most comprehensive reform to the U.S. federal dairy farm safety net seen in decades. In place of milk price and revenue support programs the new Farm Bill creates a new Margin Protection Program for Dairy Producers (MPP). MPP is a voluntary program which places an emphasis on protecting income over feed cost margins. MPP protects against severe downturns in the milk price, rising livestock feed prices, or a combination of both.

Dairy farm families now have a voluntary safety net program that helps them through tough times and keeps pace with the challenges facing the U.S. dairy industry. MPP is a flexible program that allows a dairy operator to self-select coverage options to protect the farm against declines in national average production margins. Different coverage options reflect a producer's ability to protect different margin levels (from $4 to $8 per hundredweight) and different coverage percentages (from 25% to 90%). MPP is administered by U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the University of Illinois as lead for the National Coalition for Producer Education has partnered with the National Program on Dairy Markets and Policy to develop a web-based decision tool for MPP dairy. At this workshop, Dr. John Newton will lead discussions on the new MPP program, explain how it may help dairy operators manage financial risk, review key sign-up and enrollment dates, and will engage participants in hands on activities using the new USDA sponsored MPP decision tool. Also, at this meeting Dr. Phil Cardoso will discuss the Dairy Focus toolbox that will enhance farmers’ understanding of income over feed cost (IOFC). Understanding of IOFC is pivotal in defining the best margin level and coverage percentage for you farm.

The workshop is entitled “Are You Ready for the MPP?” It will be held on Tuesday, October 14th from 10:00am – noon at the Illinois Corn Grower’s Association, 14129 Carole Drive, Bloomington. There is no cost; however, pre-registration is required.

To register for the workshop, please call 217-333-4397.

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HiDee Ekstrom
Dairy Focus Lab
University of Illinois Department of Animal Sciences

PDF flyer for the workshop