There’s hope the new Dairy Margin Coverage Program will be helpful to dairy farmers, but some still don’t fully understand how the program will factor into their farm’s business plan. That’s according to Melrose, Minnesota dairy farmer Sadie Frericks. “The Farm Service Agency has done a good job in the past of providing education and consult for farmers,” she says. “Once the FSA has the tools in their hands to continue the outreach process, it will help some of those farmers who are still making decisions on sign-up level.” University of Missouri Extension economist Scott Brown says dairy farmers need to know the DMC isn’t the Margin Protection Program. Frericks and Brown testified during a House Agriculture Subcommittee Livestock and Foreign Agriculture hearing on the dairy economy Tuesday. The dairy farm economy, farmer health and well-being and trade were also discussed at the hearing.
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