Washington D.C. – Congressman John Faso (R-Kinderhook) applauded the inclusion of much-needed fixes to the Dairy Margin Protection Program and the Livestock Gross Margin-Dairy program in the bipartisan budget deal currently under consideration.
“After speaking to and working with our dairy farmers in Upstate New York, I understood there was a need for a substantial and long-term fix to these critical programs,” said Faso. “These programs have failed Upstate dairy farmers, and changes were needed to ensure they work as they were intended to work.
“As a member of the Agriculture Committee, I have been working with my colleagues on a solution, and I am encouraged that this deal includes significant improvements to these programs. I will continue to work with dairy farmers in Upstate New York to ensure healthy and beneficial programs,” concluded Faso.
The Margin Protection Program had failed to provide the safety net and return on investment that dairy farmers in Upstate New York expected when the MPP was first enacted. Proposed changes to the program include:
- Waiver of the administrative fee for beginning, veteran, and disadvantaged farmers;
- Monthly margin calculations (instead of bi-monthly) to make the program more accurate;
- Dramatically reducing premiums to help small and medium dairy farmers obtain more meaningful coverage;
- Allowing farmers to immediately sign-up for 2018 coverage that reflects the new changes.
The LGM-Dairy program has also failed to support our Upstate dairy farmers because of an arbitrary $20 million annual cap. The proposed change would remove this cap, an improvement that would ensure there are adequate insurance tools available to our dairy farmers.