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Perdue Grants Another Extension for MPP Sign-up
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 06/13/2018

For the second time in as many weeks, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue is giving dairy producers an extension to fill out their enrollment forms for the modified Dairy Margin Protection Program. On Tuesday, the USDA announced that farmers will now have until June 22 to sign up for participation in the MPP.

"Last week we re-opened enrollment to offer producers preoccupied with field work an additional opportunity to come into their local office to sign-up. We did get more than 500 new operations enrolled but want to continue to provide an opportunity for folks to participate before the next margin is announced," said Secretary Perdue. "More than 21,000 American dairies have gone into our 2,200 FSA offices to sign-up for 2018 MPP coverage but I am certain we can do better with this extra week and a half."

The agency has already issued more than $89 million for margins triggered in February, March and April, and USDA offices are continuing to process remaining payments daily.

The MPP program benefits farmers by paying them when the difference between the national all-milk price and the national average feed cost falls below a certain dollar amount elected by the producer. The USDA implemented the new program retroactive to January 1.

Officials with the Farm Service Agency remind producers that all dairy operations must make new coverage elections for 2018, even if the operation was enrolled during the previous 2018 signup period.

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