“Dairy Risk Management Strategies” is a short workshop conducted jointly by the Farm Service Agency and University of Minnesota Extension, comparing the new farm bill’s Dairy Margin Coverage and other risk management strategies of Risk Management Agency’s Dairy Revenue Protection and Dairy Livestock Gross Margin.
    This two-hour workshop will use spreadsheets and other tools to analyze how the new DMC compares with the old Margin Protection Program. Prices for the coverage levels and the pounds of coverage will be examined. In addition, the new Dairy Revenue Protection program, which works similar to a crop insurance product that provided quarterly coverage, will be compared with Dairy Livestock Gross Margin.
    Knowing your cost of production is important; tools to help calculate your cost of production will be shown. Please note there is no registration required. For questions on the workshops, contact your local extension agent. For DMC signup, eligibility and related dairy program information, visit the DMC webpage or contact a United States Department of Agriculture service center
    - July 2, 10 a.m. to noon. Library basement. 200 W. Maple Ave., Mora.
    - July 9, 1-3 p.m. Extension office. Room H1403 at Heintz Center, Rochester.
    - July 10, 10 a.m. to noon. Extension office. 1961 Premier Drive, Sakatah Trail Room, Mankato.
    - July 16, 1-3 p.m. Southwest Central Service Co-op. 1420 E. College Drive, Marshall.
    - July 17, 10 a.m. to noon. Extension office. 46352 State Hwy. 329, AgCountry Auditorium, Morris.
    - July 18, 10 a.m. to noon. Government services center. 520 Fur Ave. W., Fergus Falls.
    - July 23, 10 a.m. to noon. City hall. 225 First St. N.E., Melrose.
    - July 24, 1-3 p.m. City hall. 615 Lake St. S., Long Prairie.
    - July 25, 1-3 p.m. AmericInn. 150 Commerce Drive, Wabasha.
    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.