USDA changes MILC program

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WASHINGTON – Milk producers participating in the Milk Income Loss Contract program are now required to make their payment-start month selection before the next month’s prices are announced to the public.

The start month must be selected on or prior to the 15th of the month, before the month in which the payment is sought.

Example. For example, if a producer in a dairy operation selects December 2002 as the starting month to begin receiving payments from USDA, then the selection must be made by Nov. 15, 2002.

The initial announcement of the program indicated that producers would be required to select a start month before the beginning of the month for which payment was sought.

This program, authorized by the 2002 Farm Bill, financially compensates dairy producers when domestic milk prices fall below a specified level. Sign up started Aug. 13 and payments are scheduled to begin this month.

Eligible dairy producers are those who produced milk in any state and marketed the milk commercially beginning December 2001.

For more information producers should visit their local Farm Service Agency office.

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