March 25, 2019

Farmers Previously Enrolled in LGM Now Eligible for Retroactive 2018 MPP Enrollment

 |  By: Anna-Lisa Laca

Dairy producers who elected to participate in the Livestock Gross Margin for Dairy Cattle program (LGM-Dairy) now have the opportunity to participate in the Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy) for 2018 coverage, USDA announced this week.


Sign-ups will take place March 25 through May 10, 2019.


Under the 2014 farm bill, producers enrolled in 2018 LGM-dairy were ineligible for coverage under MPP-Dairy.


“The 2018 Farm Bill included substantial changes to USDA dairy programs,” said FSA Administrator Richard Fordyce. “This includes the ability for producers with LGM coverage to retroactively enroll in MPP-Dairy for 2018. It also integrated recent improvements to the MPP-Dairy in the new Dairy Margin Coverage program, beginning with the 2019 calendar year.”


Only dairy producers with 2018 LGM coverage who produced and commercially marketed milk in 2018 but did not obtain full year MPP-Dairy coverage are eligible for retroactive coverage.


FSA will notify eligible farmers by postcard and then issue a one-time payment for all of the months in 2018 that had margins triggering MPP-Dairy payments.