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Dairy Producers Have One Month to Apply for DIPP Program
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 11/26/2012

Farmers who have been directed by state or federal agencies to remove their milk from the commercial market because of contamination due to no fault of their own may be eligible to participate in the Dairy Indemnity Payment Program. The Farm Service Agency says to be eligible to participate in DIPP, producers will need to provide certain information to their local FSA office before the end of the year.

Producers are asked to supply a completed CCC-373 'Dairy Indemnity Payment Program Application,' which will show the number of cows milked, pounds marketed in the base and claim periods, milking practices. They also need to bring a letter explaining how the milk was contaminated.

Documentation showing removal from the market as well as reinstatement must also be provided, as well as base period production from the milk handler or the full month of production prior to the milk being dumped.

Producers who suffered losses October 1, 2011, through September 30, 2012, have until December 31 of this year to file an application for DIPP. Producers suffering losses from October 1, 2012, through March 27, 2013, must file an application by close of business on March 27, 2013, to be eligible.

Payment of DIPP applications is contingent upon the authority and availability of funds to pay the claims. Claims will be paid from available funds on a first-come, first-serve basis on the date the claims were approved. Approval of the claims will continue until all funds have been exhausted. Claims received after the funds have been exhausted will not be paid.

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