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Thompson Applauds USDA Rule Change to Let Dairy Farmers Enroll for More Coverage Through MPP

March 22, 2019
Press Release
Previous restrictions lifted, retroactive enrollment starts March 25

BELLEFONTE, Pa.– U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson today applauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) decision to allow more dairy farmers the option to enroll in both the Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy) and Livestock Gross Margin for Dairy Cattle Program (LGM-Dairy) for 2018 coverage.

Dairy producers who elected to participate in LGM-Dairy now have the opportunity to retroactively participate in the MPP-Dairy for 2018 coverage. Sign-up will take place March 25 through May 10, 2019. 

Producers enrolled in 2018 LGM-Dairy, administered by USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA), were previously determined ineligible for coverage by the 2014 Farm Bill under MPP-Dairy, a safety net program available through USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA).

“I commend USDA for making this adjustment to allow dairy producers to take advantage of both coverage programs,” Rep. Thompson said. “Dairy provisions in the 2018 Farm Bill were designed to help provide better coverage, make programs more affordable,  and increase risk-management. Today’s announcement is good news for Pennsylvania’s dairy farmers, and I encourage them to take a good look at this option.”

Eligible producers can enroll during the sign-up period at their local USDA service center. To locate your office, visit farmers.gov. Along with the significant improvements to the dairy safety net, the Margin Protection Program has been renamed by the 2018 Farm Bill and is now known as Dairy Margin Coverage.

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