WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Tina Smith (D-MN), both members of the Senate Agriculture Committee, announced that dairy producers are now eligible to sign up for the Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program for calendar year 2020, which helps dairy producers better manage the volatility of milk and feed prices. The Senators encouraged dairy producers to sign up at their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office. Enrollment Ends Dec. 13, 2019.

“Dairy farmers continue to face low prices and market instability, and they deserve our support during tough times like these,” Klobuchar said. “I encourage all dairy farmers to sign up now for the Dairy Margin Coverage program, which can help mitigate the serious challenges they are facing.”

“The Dairy Margin Coverage program helps offer stability and predictability to dairy farmers when they’re hit by low commodity prices and high feed costs,” Smith said. “During the 2018 Farm Bill debate I fought to make this program more affordable and flexible to help producers during challenging times. I encourage all Minnesota dairy operations to take advantage of this opportunity.”

USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) opened signup this week for the program that helps producers manage economic risk brought on by milk price and feed cost disparities.

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.

For additional questions and assistance, contact your local USDA service center. To locate your local FSA office, visit farmers.gov/service-locator.