Program Description

The Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Diary) is a voluntary program that helps dairy producers protect the financial "margin" between milk prices and the feed costs incurred to produce that milk. Dairy producers can choose among: (1) catastrophic coverage, at no cost to the producer, other than an annual $100 administrative fee; and (2) various levels of buy-up coverage. Catastrophic coverage provides payments to participating producers of dairy operations when the national dairy production margin (defined as the difference between the national all-milk price and average feed costs) is less than $4.00 per hundredweight (cwt) and cover 90% of the production history. Producers may purchase buy-up coverage that provides payments when margins are between $4.00 and $8.00 per cwt., and a coverage percentage of their existing production history. To participate in buy-up coverage, a producer must pay a premium that varies with the level of protection the producer elects. To receive coverage, a producer must enroll annually; pay the administrative fee, and premiums, as applicable.

General Program Requirements

To be eligible for MPP-Dairy, a dairy operation must:

  • Produce and commercially market milk from cows located in the United States.
  • Provide proof of milk production at the time of registration.
  • Not be enrolled in the Risk Management Agency's Livestock Gross Margin for Dairy program (LGM-Dairy).
  • Be in compliance with Highly Erodible Land and wetland conservation provisions.
  • Dairy producers who are members of the dairy operation must share in the risk of producing milk and make contributions to the dairy operation that are at least commensurate with their share of the proceeds of the operation.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

For more information on how to apply for MPP-Dairy, visit the MPP-Dairy page or contact your local Farm Service Agency (FSA). office.

Program Contact Information

For more information, contact your local FSA office.

For Native American/Alaskan Native specific information, please contact:
Dani Cooke
Program Manager
Danielle.Cooke@wdc.usda.gov
202-720-1919

Additional Information

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number10.116
Current Method of Tribal EligibilityProgram not specifc to American Indians and Alaska natives, but they are eligible
Funding TypeMandatory
Matching Funds RequiredNo
Number of People Served by this Program (Approximate)24,748
Length of ProgramThrough 2018
Recurring Base Funding for TribesNo
Do Tribes compete with other entities for funding from the program?No

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