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WELCOME NEW! MPP details announced. See info below.

2014 Farm Bill
Margin Protection Program
Details Announced

USDA has announced details of the Margin Protection Program (MPP), which was authorized through Dec. 31, 2018, by the 2014 Farm Bill. MPP replaces the Milk Income Loss Contract (MILC) program. The new voluntary program allows producers the opportunity to select coverage based on the needs of their individual operations. The program was developed to provide risk protection for periods when the difference between the all-milk price and the average feed cost drops below a certain level specified by the participating producer.

The initial sign-up period for producers to get coverage under the MPP for 2014 and 2015 will begin on September 2 and end on November 28, 2014. Producers interested in participating in the new program should visit their county Farm Service Agency (FSA) office to sign up.

Additional MPP program information, including details of informational meetings throughout the region, can be found by clicking on the various links below:

Fact Sheet - MPP
This USDA-FSA document provides key information on the program, including eligibility, registration, production history establishment, coverage election, premiums, margin calculations, payments, contract modifications and how to find more information.

This document in Q/A format answers more than 50 of the most common questions surrounding the new MPP program.

Final Rule for the Margin Protection Program
This is the final rule issued by USDA and published in the Federal Register on August 29, 2014.

USDA Media Release
This is the media release from USDA regarding the MPP and the MPP Tool.

Informational Meetings for Producers, Conducted by Cooperative Extension
Several Margin Protection Program meetings for producers are being conducted across the country. Below are state-specific meeting announcements that have been issued. Please click on your state to learn more details.
Links to other websites with additional information:

USDA Farm Service Agency

Dairy Markets and Policy (DMAP)

National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF)

Additional archived documents related to development and implementation of MPP can be found here.

About the Midwest Dairy Coalition
The Midwest Dairy Coalition consists of farmer-owned cooperatives acting on behalf of the region's dairy producers to shape federal policy impacting the Midwest dairy industry.

For nearly 20 years, the Midwest Dairy Coalition has worked to ensure the region's dairy producers have a strong and respected voice with policymakers in matters of federal dairy policy. The Midwest Dairy Coalition is the longest continuously operating organization of its kind in the region and has built a solid reputation in our nation's capital as a knowledgeable representative for the region's dairy industry. Learn more.

Dairy cooperatives are owned by the dairy producers they serve. They provide a number of services for their member-owners, from manufacturing and marketing dairy products made from members' milk to providing insurance and other benefits to promoting dairy product consumption.