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Twenty Years Overdue? Why Producers Are Pushing for These 7 Major Changes to FMMO

Sentiments have dramatically shifted in just a year’s time for the dairy industry. A year ago, dairy farmers were still seeing high costs, but they also saw higher milk prices. This year, margins are some of the tightest dairy producers have ever seen.

“We had a little bit of pressure get relieved in the last couple of months, but over the summertime, we hit record low margins on the DMC (Dairy Margin Coverage) numbers. And that's putting farmers in a tough spot,” says Stephen Cain, Senior Director, Economic Research and analysis at National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and US Dairy Export Council.

The tight margins triggered dairy margin coverage program payments from FSA every month so far this year. DMC is a risk management tool passed in the 2018 farm bill.


December 1, 2023


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