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Trace Minerals 101

Today's Feed Forum Friday, Dr. Mike Hutjens looks at recent research from the Netherlands looking at different sources of trace minerals in the feeding program:

December Deadline To Apply For CFAP-2 and DMC

National Milk Producers Federation's first-ever virtual annual meeting was held this week. Chris Galen joined us on Dairy Radio Now with a recap and a reminder of an important December 11th deadline for both CFAP-2 and DMC:

Wisconsin Dairy Farmer On NPR

Wisconsin dairy farmer Rick Roden of West Bend shares his candid thoughts about the election and Covid-19 with NPR's Noel King: Listen on NPR's site

“Biggest Challenge Of Our Lifetimes”

The extreme disruptions and financial upheaval caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have created real struggles for dairy producers – and the industry has responded by rising to an unprecedented occasion, said Randy Mooney, chairman of the National Milk Producers...

The Importance Of Animal ID Tags

Animal identification and traceability continues to evolve. Today's guests are Jodi Legge, executive director of the Wisconsin Livestock Identification Consortium and Curt Larson with Equity Livestock Cooperative Sales Assn from a recent Dairy Signal:

Is U.S. Dairy Herd in Expansion Mode?

September milk production was up more than expected. Is the U.S. dairy herd in an expansion mode? Lee Mielke poses the question to HighGround Dairy's Lucs Fuess:

Reducing Methane

Dr. Mike Hutjens has ways to feed cows and also reduce methane:

FARM “Quick Convos” Scheduled

The National Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) Program will host a series of online informational sessions beginning Nov. 4. The “Quick Convos” will feature FARM staff and industry stakeholders discussing program components, expectations, and available...

Market Update

Strong dairy prices would seem to indicate that dairy product commercial disappearance must really be great. Not necessarily, according to Matt Gould, analyst and editor of the Dairy and Food Market Analyst newsletter. He talks with Lee Mielke about it:

Useful DHIA Records

Dairy Herd Information Association (DHIA) helps dairy producers create and manage important records and data about their cows Dr. Mike Hutjens tells us more on today's Feed Forum Friday:

MPP Enrollment Extended Until Friday, June 8th.

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue extended the deadline for producers to sign up for the Farm Service Agency’s Margin Protection Program – Dairy (MPP) for one week. The program provides a much-needed safety net for dairy producers, and signup will continue until Friday, June 8, 2018, for them to elect coverage. All dairy operations must make new coverage elections for 2018, even if the operation was enrolled during the previous 2018 signup period. Coverage elections made for 2018 will be retroactive to Jan. 1, 2018.


The Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy) is a voluntary risk management program for dairy producers authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill through Dec. 31, 2018. Significant changes to MPP-Dairy for the 2018 coverage year are further authorized by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018. The MPP-Dairy offers protection to dairy producers when the difference between the all-milk price and the average feed cost (the margin) falls below a certain dollar amount selected by the producer.


Changes to MPP-Dairy

Based on feedback from dairy producers, Congress made several changes to MPP-Dairy in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, including:

  • Calculations of the margin period are monthly rather than bi-monthly.
  • Covered production is increased to 5 million pounds on the Tier 1 premium schedule, and premium rates for Tier 1 are substantially lowered.
  • An exemption from paying an administrative fee for limited resource, beginning, veteran, and disadvantaged producers. Dairy operators enrolled in the previous 2018 enrollment period that qualify for this exemption under the new provisions may request a refund.

USDA is mailing postcards advising dairy producers of the changes. For more information, contact your local USDA service center.

2018 Registration and Re-Enrollment Period

The registration and re-enrollment period for the coverage year 2018 will begin April 9, 2018, and continues through June 1, 2018. Dairy operations must make a new coverage election for 2018, even if you enrolled during the previous 2018 signup period. Coverage elections made for 2018 will be retroactive to January 1, 2018.  More Info

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