USDA releases latest sign-up data and analysis

The USDA has released the latest MPP sign-up data and analysis. Not surprisingly, the percentage of producers buying up above the $4 catastrophic level was slightly less than in 2015. Click here.

Coalition Asks USDA to Pursue Risk Management Options for Dairy Farmers

Click here for the July 19, 2017, letter on behalf of the Midwest Dairy Coalition to USDA asking the agency to pursue risk management options for dairy farmers. 

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Midwest Dairy Coalition comments on Implementation

Dated on April 2, 2014, this memo from the Midwest Dairy Coalition was directed to USDA on implementation of MPP. View here.

Farm Service Agency memo on transition

This December 1, 2014, notice informs state and county Offices of the preliminary guidelines that will be used for dairy producers to transition from the LGM-Dairy program to the MPP-Dairy program. 

USDA Farm Service Agency memo to state and county FSA offices

Dated December 1, 2014, this is the official communication to local FSA offices. Click here.

Links to additional information

The external links below provide additional information about the MPP.

National Milk Producers Federation

Dairy Markets and Policy (DMaP)

USDA Media Release

Click here for the media release from USDA regarding the MPP and the MPP Tool.

Final rule for the Margin Protection Program

This is the final rule issued by USDA and published in the Federal Register on August 29, 2014. Click here.


This document in Q/A format answers more than 50 of the most common questions surrounding the new MPP program. Learn more.


Fact sheet MPP

This USDA-FSA document provides key information on the program, including eligibility, registration, production history establishment, coverage election, premiums, margin calculations, payments, contract modifications and how to find more information. Click here.

Dairy producer points to consider on the Margin Protection Program

Andy Novakovic, Cornell University, offers some points for dairy producers to consider when contemplating participation in the MPP. Learn more.

Comments on impact of production history rules on intergenerational transfers

On December 15, 2014, the Midwest Dairy Coalition provided its response to the questions posed by the Farm Service Agency regarding the Margin Protection Program- Dairy and the impact of the MPP production history rules on intergenerational transfers. Learn more.

State-by-state Margin Protection Program Enrollment

Click here for a chart showing initial state-by-state enrollment in the MPP.

Midwest Dairy Coalition's comments to FSA regarding MPP 2016 sign-up

Click here to read the Midwest Dairy Coalition's comments to FSA regarding the 2016 MPP sign-up.

The Margin Protection Program - Dairy (MPP – D) replaces MILC and is effective through December 31, 2018. The Margin Protection Program offers dairy producers: (1) catastrophic coverage, at no cost to the producer, other than an annual $100 administrative fee; and (2) various levels of buy-up coverage.

Margin Protection Program

FSA issues notice for new MPP premium deadline for 2016 MPP payment 

Click here to read  the notice moving the deadline for MPP buy-up premium payments to a 100 percent payment due by Sept 1, 2016.