The deadline to enroll for the dairy Margin Protection Program for coverage in 2016 has been extended until Nov. 20.
“The fall harvest is a busy time of the year for agriculture, so this extension will ensure that dairy producers have more time to make their choices,” said Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack. “We encourage all operations to examine the protections offered by this program, because despite the very best forecasts, markets can change."
Vilsack encouraged producers to use the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Agency Service (FSA) online Web resource at www.fsa.usda.gov/mpptool to calculate the best levels of coverage for their dairy operation. The secure website can be accessed via computer, smartphone or tablet.
He also reminds producers that were enrolled in 2015 that they need to make a coverage election for 2016 and pay the $100 administration fee.
Although any unpaid premium balances for 2015 must be paid in full by the enrollment deadline to remain eligible for higher coverage levels in 2016, premiums for 2016 are not due until Sept. 1, 2016.
Also, producers can work with milk marketing companies to remit premiums on their behalf.
To enroll in the Margin Protection Program for Dairy, contact your local FSA county office.
To find your local FSA county office, visit http://offices.usda.gov