Dairy assistance sees improvement in 2018

Next farm bill also offers significant boost in dairy safety net to help struggling producers.

More than 21,400 dairy producers opted for coverage through the Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy) in 2018, up by more than 2,000 producers from the previous year. This U.S. Department of Agriculture program was significantly updated in February by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said those changes attracted more producers to enroll in the safety net program or to increase their coverage. 

“Dairy producers have long been battling low prices, high input costs and a surplus in the global market. Unfortunately, the 2014 farm bill did not provide a sufficient safety net to dairy producer