House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson says he is concerned about the time frame to implement the new Dairy Margin Coverage program. Listening to farmer feedback, Peterson says the June timeline is too long. Sign-up for the program begins mid-June. “If they wait until June, there could be some farmers give up their ghosts by then, even if the program is retroactive.” Peterson says USDA can’t speed up the implementation, they have to go through a process. Peterson doesn’t want this confusing farmers. “I’m afraid farmers will look at this, not sign up for the highest level and then, they’ll end up spending money and not getting anything out of it.” Parker, South Dakota farmer Allen Merrill says dairy farmers are cautiously optimistic about the new program and it’s hard to say more until the program is in place.
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