The $400 million Dairy Donation Program will be funded through COVID-19 relief money. In this new program, eligible dairy organizations can partner with non-profit organizations that distribute food to individuals and families in need. “This new program is based on the Milk Donation Program, but can be used for a full-range of dairy products, not just fluid milk,” explained Jewel Bronaugh, Deputy Secretary, USDA. “It also reimburses dairy processors for a significantly larger portion of the cost of the donated products. Interested partnerships must apply by submitting a dairy donation plan.” The U.S. dairy industry is awaiting another announcement on updates to the Dairy Margin Coverage program. Bronaugh said the upcoming DMC changes, to be announced in September, will be permanent and will provide an estimated $800 million in additional baseline for the dairy safety net in the upcoming farm bill.
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