Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced approximately $11.2 million in financial assistance to American dairy producers enrolled in the 2016 Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy). The payment rate for May/June 2016 will be the largest since the program began in 2014. The narrowing margin between milk prices and the cost of feed triggered the payments, as provided for by the 2014 Farm Bill.
"We understand the nation's dairy producers are experiencing challenges due to market conditions," said Vilsack. "I want to urge dairy producers to use this opportunity to evaluate their enrollment options for 2017, as the enrollment period is currently scheduled to end Sept. 30, 2016."
Dairy producers who enrolled at the $6 through $8 margin trigger coverage level will receive payments. MPP-Dairy payments are triggered when the national average margin - the difference between the price of milk and the cost of feed - falls below a level of coverage selected by the dairy producer, ranging from $4 to $8, for a specified consecutive two-month period. All final USDA prices for milk and feed components required to determine the national average margin for May/June 2016 were released on July 29, 2016.
The national average margin for the May/June 2016 two-month consecutive period is $5.76277 per hundred weight, resulting in the following MPP payment rates:
State specific payment amounts can be found at http://www.fsa.usda.gov/dairy.
To learn more about the Margin Protection Program for dairy, visit the Farm Service Agency (FSA) online at http://www.fsa.usda.gov/dairy or stop by an FSA office. Producers may visit http://www.fsa.usda.gov/mpptool to calculate the best levels of coverage for their dairy operation. To find an FSA office near you, visit http://offices.usda.gov.