Dairy producers can now enroll in the Dairy Margin Coverage for 2020.
    The United States Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency opened signup for the program that helps producers manage economic risk brought on by milk price and feed cost disparities.
    The DMC program offers reasonably priced protection to dairy producers when the difference between the all-milk price and the average feed cost (the margin) falls below a certain dollar amount selected by the producer. The deadline to enroll in DMC for 2020 is Dec. 13.
    Dairy farmers earned more than $300 million from the program in 2019 so far. Producers are encouraged to take advantage of this very important risk management tool for 2020. All producers who want 2020 coverage, even those who took advantage of the 25% premium discount by locking in the coverage level for five years of margin protection coverage, are required to visit the office during this signup period to pay the annual administrative fee.
    Dairy producers should definitely consider coverage for 2020 as even the slightest drop in the margin can trigger payments.
    The 2018 farm bill created DMC, improving on the previous safety net for dairy producers. DMC is one of many programs that FSA and other USDA agencies are implementing to support America’s farmers.  
    For more information on enrolling in DMC and taking advantage of an online dairy decision tool that assists producers in selecting coverage for 2020, visit the DMC webpage at https://www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/dairy-margin-coverage-program/index
    For additional questions and assistance, contact a USDA service center. To locate a FSA office, visit http://www.farmers.gov/service-locator.
    Farm Service Agency is an Equal Opportunity Lender. Complaints about discrimination should be sent to: Secretary of Agriculture, Washington, D.C. 20250. Visit the Farm Service Agency Web site at: www.fsa.usda.gov/ for necessary application forms and updates on USDA programs.