Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Extension and Farm Service Agency offer Farm Bill seminars for dairy producers.

University of Minnesota Extension and the Farm Service Agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture begin a series of free dairy education seminars this month to help farmers make decisions brought about by the 2014 Farm Bill.


The seminars are offered at 18 locations through early November and will be led by Extension educators and FSA staff; no registration is required. Near Dakota County, a seminar will be held at the Zumbrota VFW on Monday Oct 27, from 10 AM to 12 PM. On Monday, November 3, a seminar will be held in Rochester at the International Event Center from 10 AM to 12 PM.


Dairy producers have until Nov. 28 to enroll in the Dairy Margin Protection Program. Newly created by the farm bill, the program aims to reduce producers' exposure to catastrophic losses through risk management. The program is voluntary and pays producers when the difference between the national price of milk and the average cost of feed falls below a level selected by the producers.


"The farm bill creates a new opportunity for dairy producers to manage risk. These training sessions will go through various scenarios to help dairy producers make the most appropriate decisions for their operations," said Kevin Klair, University of Minnesota Extension economist and program leader at the university's Center for Farm Financial Management. "This is a new program in which we think most dairy producers should at least enroll at the minimum level and then thoroughly analyze the program and higher coverage options for their operation."


For more information, please call the Farm Information Line: 1-800-232-9077.

Source: Neith Grace Little, Dakota County Extension Educator in Agriculture Water Quality, U of M Extension Regional Center, Farmington, 651-480-7723, nglittle@umn.edu , http://z.umn.edu/dakota

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