The USDA has announced it will purchase about 11 million pounds of surplus cheese as well as extend the MPP sign-up deadline in an effort to help the industry.
The USDA has released the latest MPP sign-up data. Not surprisingly, the percentage of producers buying up above the $4 catastrophic level was slightly less than in 2015.
Read how the Midwest Dairy Coalition's response seeks to protect the ability of dairy cooperatives to de-pool manufacturing milk within Federal Order areas.
Historically, federal dairy policy has penalized regions like the Upper Midwest by establishing policies that discriminate against manufactured dairy products, such as cheese, that are the mainstay of our region's dairy industry.
The Coalition has built a long history of working to end such discrimination, and promote policies that provide benefits to producers without regard to the end use of milk..
The Coalition has been instrumental in the creation of national dairy policies that effectively provide a counter-cyclical safety net for dairy producers in all regions. The Coalition's approach to policy has been extremely helpful to rural economies of dairy-dependent Upper Midwestern states.
The Midwest Dairy Coalition is an alliance of dairy cooperatives representing Upper Midwest dairy producers on federal dairy policy issues.