March 6, 2019

Perdue: Dairy Producers Just Need To Hang On

 |  By: Mike Opperman

Dairy producers have been promised a strong safety net within the 2018 farm bill, but have been waiting for that promise to be fulfilled.

“When Congress passed the farm bill, I naturally thought, well, let’s go do it. Let’s implement it. It doesn’t work that way,” says USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue. “Everything has to go by rules, rules, rules in Washington D.C. and these agencies have to get down to the granular thing of defining what it is and the law and that’s what we’re doing right now.”

As the details of the bill get worked on, Perdue says dairy is top of mind. 

“We have the highest priority on the dairy program because that’s probably the sector that suffered the most under the prior margin protection program,” Perdue says. “These folks are going to do very well going forward.”

Producers need to continue to be patient, Perdue advises. “[Dairy producers] are under a lot of stress but they just need to hang on to probably March, April, May – we’ll have rollout of different things all along there,” he says. “The sign-up will be sooner than most everything in the farm bill.” 

Read more about farm bill implementation here.


For more information on the DMC and other safety nets established through the 2018 farm bill, see these stories:

Dairy Margin Coverage Program Offers Best Risk Protection

Dairy-RP Tool Helps Producers Make Insurance Decisions

USDA Under Pressure To Quickly Implement Dairy Programs

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