USDA says a dairy farmer’s payment in the Market Facilitation Program will be based on Margin Protection Historical Production. National Milk Producers Federation Senior Vice-President of Communications Chris Galen confirms payment will be calculated by using the first half of this year’s production times 12 cents per hundredweight, generating about $127 million for dairy farmers. That’s less than the dairy industry expected “by quite a margin.” NMPF is disappointed in the level of assistance. “If you look at the size of the dairy business, there were farm-level sales of about $35 billion last year. The $127 million is less than one-half of one percent of that. It is something, but it is certainly not a lot of money.”
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