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Dairy Margin Protection Program Sessions Planned for Five Vermont Locations

Five Locations, VT

The Dairy Margin Protection Program (MPP-Dairy) marks the most significant change in dairy policy since 2002 and replaces the USDA's now-defunct MILC--Milk Income Loss Contract-- Program. The goal of this new program is to protect farmers from margin disasters such as occurred in 2009 and 2010. 

The meetings are sponsored by University of Vermont Extension, the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) and the Vermont dairy cooperatives. All meetings begin at 10 a.m. and finish at noon. Speakers will include Dr. Andrew Novakovic, Cornell University, and Dr. John Newton, University of Illinois, who will describe the program and work through examples using decision tools. 

No registration is needed. Dates and locations are as follows: 

  • Oct. 13--St. Albans, American Legion, 100 Parah Dr. 
  • Oct. 14--Middlebury, American Legion, 49 Wilson Rd. 
  • Oct. 15--Rutland, Holiday Inn, 476 Holiday Inn Dr. 
  • Oct. 16--White River Junction, Fairfield Inn, 102 Ballardvale Dr. 
  • Oct. 17--Newport, Eastside Restaurant, 47 Landing St. 

To request a disability-related accommodation to participate, please contact Pam Smith at (802) 349-2966 or by Oct. 1. 

MPP-Dairy requires more farmer involvement than previous programs, such as MILC, with dairy farmers having until Nov. 28 to decide if they want to participate and at what level of involvement. A huge difference between MPP-Dairy and the MILC program is that participation is voluntary and dairy farmers only pay for the level of dairy price protection desired. 

For more information, contact Bob Parsons at (802) 656-2109 or, or the FSA state office at (802) 658-2803.