Thompson Announces Enrollment for 2016 Dairy Margin Protection Program to Begin July 1

Jun 29, 2015 Issues: Agriculture

Washington, D.C. –Today, Congressman Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (PA-05) announced that starting July 1, 2015, dairy farmers can enroll in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Margin Protection Program for coverage in 2016.  Established by the 2014 Farm Bill, the program provides voluntary financial assistance to participating dairy operations when the margin—the difference between the price of milk and feed costs—falls below the coverage level selected by the farmer.

The Margin Protection Program gives participating dairy producers the flexibility to select coverage levels best suited for their operation.  Enrollment begins July 1 and ends on Sept. 30, 2015, for coverage in 2016.  Participating farmers will remain in the program through 2018 and pay a $100 administrative fee each year.

“I strongly encourage eligible dairy farmers throughout the Commonwealth to take advantage of this important safety net and utilize the online resources that USDA provides to help farmers determine what level of coverage is most appropriate for their needs,” said Congressman Thompson.

USDA’s Online Web Resources are available at

For more information, visit FSA online at or stop by a local FSA office to learn more about the Margin Protection Program.  To find a local FSA office in your area, visit

Thompson is a member of the House Agriculture Committee and served on the Conference Committee that was tasked with resolving differences between the House and Senate versions of the 2014 Farm Bill.