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USDA rolls out essential dairy support program


The agricultural community is set to receive a significant boost with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) announcement of the Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program's enrollment. This initiative marks a pivotal moment for dairy farmers, providing a critical financial safety net amidst the fluctuating dairy market. 

The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) has lauded the USDA's decision, highlighting the program's importance in supporting the unique challenges faced by the dairy farming sector.  

The DMC program, part of the farm bill, offers protection to farmers when the cost of dairy production exceeds milk sales revenues, a common scenario that has led to a noticeable decline in dairy farms, particularly in states like Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. 

This enrollment announcement comes after the AFBF's urging for swift action to prevent further economic strain on dairy farmers. The DMC's retroactive coverage from the beginning of the year aims to cushion the impact of previous delays in program implementation, ensuring farmers receive the support needed to maintain their operations. 

As dairy farms across the nation continue to face economic hardships, the timely introduction of the DMC program is a critical step in safeguarding the livelihoods of those within the industry.  

By providing a stable financial environment, the USDA and AFBF hope to encourage sustainability and growth in dairy farming, ensuring the sector's resilience against ongoing and future challenges. 

With the AFBF's endorsement and the USDA's proactive measures, the Dairy Margin Coverage program stands as a testament to the government's commitment to the agricultural sector's health and prosperity, offering a new chapter of hope and stability for dairy farmers nationwide.

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There’s no question the US swine industry is struggling through a down market cycle. Jason Woodworth, Research Professor at Kansas State University, spoke to attendees at the Annual Four Star Pork Industry Conference held in Muncie, Indiana in September about nutritional strategies for feeding pigs during a down market.

“Unfortunately, the goal may be to lose the least amount of money that you can during this time, and we have to look through that lens at the idea of profitability,” said Dr. Woodworth. “Our reality is that we're going to be on the bottom side of zero, and we’re trying to conserve as much as we can. I’d encourage producers to be as nimble and flexible as possible and to try to take advantage of what's going on in the market as well as what’s happening in your barns.”



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