Sign-up for the 2022 Dairy Margin Coverage Program begins today. The USDA expanded the program, allowing farmers to enroll supplemental production. There are also updates to feed costs. “One of the changes we were able to make is to allow 100 percent of the costs of premium alfalfa hay for producers starting now, going forward,” said Zach Ducheneaux, administrator, Farm Service Agency. “There’s also a retroactive component that goes back to January 2020 to accommodate producers going through challenges.” In an interview, Ducheneaux told the Red River Farm Network the USDA should be able to reach more dairy farmers with these changes. The FSA paid out more than $1 billion in 2021’s DMC program. The sign-up period runs through February 18.
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