Universities will prepare producers for Farm Bill

Three universities and multiple cooperative extension services will share $6 million in federal funds for the development of materials and training that will educate producers about the 2014 Farm Bill.

Of interest to dairy farmers, the University of Illinois has prepared online tools for the implementation of the Margin Protection Program (MPP), which will allow DFA members and others to decide for themselves how much volume they want protected and at what margin. MPP calculators from U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and National Milk Producers Federation are available on myDFA at www.dfamilk.com.

USDA also approved funding for the University of Missouri and Texas A&M University, along with state cooperative extension services at land-grant universities nationwide. The extension services will conduct public education outreach meetings where producers can speak with local extension agents and Farm Service Agency staff.

“Helping farmers and ranchers understand new Farm Bill programs and what the programs mean for their families is one of USDA’s top priorities,” says USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack. “With the resources we’re providing, university experts will help ensure farmers and ranchers are highly educated as they make critical decisions about new programs that impact their livelihoods.”

For DFA members, information about the 2014 Farm Bill and MPP — in addition to the calculators — are under the Resources tab on myDFA at www.dfamilk.com.