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Farm Bureau Pleased with Federal Budget Deal
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 02/14/2018

The state's largest farm organization is applauding the budget deal approved by Congress and signed by President Trump last week. In a statement, the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation said the continuing resolution and budget deal provides disaster assistance and other important provisions to support farmers.

"We thank Wisconsin's congressional leaders Sen. Tammy Baldwin, Speaker Paul Ryan, Rep. Glenn Grothman, Rep. Sean Duffy and Rep. Mike Gallagher for their important votes on this package," WFBF President Jim Holte said. "Wisconsin farmers are stressed, and these improved policies can help. We are very pleased to see positive changes to the policies for dairy farmers."

One of the provisions raises the catastrophic coverage level for the Margin Protection Program from $4 to $5 for the first tier of covered production for all dairy farmers. It will also be adjusted to include the first five million pounds of annual milk production for every dairy producers. And the margin calculation will be modified to a monthly basis, rather than bi-monthly, to make the program more accurate and responsive during difficult months.

Meanwhile, another budget item removes the $20 million annual cap on all livestock insurance, including the Livestock Gross Margin program.

"This will allow a wider variety of additional risk management tools for dairy farmers to have an alternative to MPP," Holte said.

The Farm Service Agency is already working to implement the changes to best serve farmers.

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