If you’ve not made it into your local Farm Service Agency office to enroll for the Dairy margin Coverage (DMC) program or the Market Facilitation Program (MFP), you’ve still got time. USDA on Wednesday announced enrollment extensions for both programs due to prolonged harvest and “extensive impacts of weather” this year.
Dairy farmers now have until December 20 to enroll in DMC, the deadline had previously been December 13. Additionally, USDA will continue to accept applications for the MFP program through December 20.
“2019 has challenged the country’s ag sector – prevented or late planting followed by a delayed harvest has been further complicated by wet and cold weather,” said Bill Northey, USDA Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation. “Because some of our producers are still in the field, time to conduct business at the local USDA office is at a premium. We hope this deadline extension will allow producers the opportunity to participate in these important programs.”
The DMC was authorized by the 2018 Farm Bill and replaced the Margin Protection Program. The 2020 DMC enrollment reported by individual states as of November 25, 2019 shows 4,015 or 14.84% of the 27,059 dairy farms with established production history are enrolled in the program.
The MFP is well-known to farmers at this point. Intended to help mitigate losses cause by the ongoing trade war, two rounds of payments through the program have been issued in 2019. If authorized, a third round would be distributed in the same amount in January or February 2020.
To enroll in either program, visit your local FSA office or visit www.farmers.gov.