Officials at the Minnesota USDA Farm Service Agency remind dairy farmers that the deadline to submit production evidence for the Milk Income Loss Contract program is Friday, Nov. 1.
The MILC program financially compensates dairy producers when domestic milk prices fall below a specified level that takes into consideration feed costs. MILC payments are made monthly when an established payment rate is in effect.
Debra Crusoe, FSA executive director, said the MILC program has been very important for family dairy operations throughout Minnesota and the nation. The program ended on Sept. 30 with the end of the Farm Bill extension. However, farmers still have until Friday to file paperwork.
Verifiable production evidence that confirms a dairy farm's eligible production and commercial milk marketing must be provided to the local FSA County Office before any payment will be issued to the dairy operation.
To obtain MILC benefits for all previous months for which a MILC payment rate was in effect, farmers must provide the dairy operation's final production evidence and any supporting documentation, if not already submitted, for eligible months by close of business Nov. 1.
Any dairy operation that cannot provide the required documentation to the satisfaction of the local FSA county committee will be ineligible for MILC program benefits.
For more clarification on the MILC program, please contact your local FSA office.
Further information on MILC is available at local FSA offices or on FSA's website at: www.fsa.usda.gov/