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The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently stated that producers of almost 17,000 dairy operations have registered for the Dairy Margin Coverage program since registration opened June 17. Producers interested in 2019 coverage must register before Sept. 20.

The Dairy Margin Coverage program offers protection to dairy producers when the difference between the all-milk price and the average feed cost -- the margin -- decreases to less than a certain dollar amount selected by the producer.

To date more than 60 percent of dairies with established production histories have enrolled in the program.

The best-five states have been recorded.

  • Wisconsin has seen the most participants with more than 4,832 dairy operations.
  • Minnesota has 1,865.
  • New York has 1,779.
  • Pennsylvania has 1,511.
  • Michigan has 702.

The USDA’s Farm Service Agency began issuing program payments to producers July 11. The Dairy Margin Coverage program provides coverage retroactive to Jan. 1, 2019. The producers who have registered to date will receive a total of more than $219.7 million in payments for January through June, when the margin of income as compared to feed cost was $8.63 per hundredweight. That triggered the sixth payment for eligible dairy producers who purchased the $9 and $9.50 levels of coverage with the Dairy Margin Coverage program. Visit www.fsa.usda.gov for more information.

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