2014 Farm Bill: The Margin Protection Program Dashboard MPP-Dairy

The 2014 Farm Bill provides the most comprehensive reform to the U.S. federal dairy farm safety net seen in decades. In place of milk price and revenue support programs the new Farm Bill creates a Margin Protection Program for Dairy Producers (MPP-Dairy). MPP-Dairy is specifically designed to be simple to use and appealing to all dairy producers regardless of management style or business model. First, it provides dairy producers the opportunity to annually self-select coverage levels to protect against declines in national, rather than farm-level, income-over-feed-cost margins. Second, the premium rates are fixed at predetermined levels explicitly written into the Farm Bill. Finally, farms of all sizes can purchase margin protection near their historical maximum levels of milk production.

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It is time we farmers get more involved to make changes on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC that will improve our bottom line. We have worked our entire lives to build equity, but wasteful spending and more unfounded costly regulations are tearing away our profits.

The Dairy Business Milk Marketing Cooperative (DBMMC) was formed to help you improve your bottom line. When DBMMC began we reduced the charge for verification services; shortly after that all verification cooperatives reduced their charge; saving millions of dollars for farmers. This is just the beginning of what DBMMC will do for you!

"DBMMC will be your watchdog to make sure good policy is passed that will help you. We have great relationships with members in Congress and their staffs to remove bad policy, unnecessary regulations, and bring back common sense."

-Laurie Fischer, Executive Director
 Dairy Business Milk Marketing Cooperative



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DBMMC OSHA Alert - You recently received a pamphlet in the mail with details about OSHA's local emphasis program and audits that are planned at Wisconsin dairy farms.

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Corn Field Condition Notice - In 2004 we had 30" of rain in June. This year it was not as much rain but the rain has been nearly constant and has kept our soils saturated for a very long time.

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Time-sensitive Request for Action - The U.S. Senate is currently considering a proposal that would force some pass-through entities (such as 5 corporations, personal service corporations, and partnerships) to stop using cash basis accounting.

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Immigration Reform Update - Despite the primary defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and hysterical headlines, immigration reform is not dead yet.

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The Dairy Business Milk Marketing Cooperative Announces 2014 Scholarship Winners - The Dairy Business Milk Marketing Cooperative (DBMMC), a bargaining cooperative that verifies milk components and represents dairy producers on legislative issues, recently awarded $1,000 scholarships to students Brad Zander and Lauren Berdan.

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Implements of Husbandry (IoH) Bill Passes Assembly with Additional Improvements - The Dairy Business Association is pleased that AB 648/SB509 passed in the Assembly with an additional amendment. DBA would like to thank the hard work of Rep Tauchen, Rep Nerison, Rep Ballweg and Rep Tranel for their solid efforts to improve this bill.

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Warm-up Makes Manure Runoff a Risk; Check Advisory Before Spreading - With temperatures over 40 and rain forecast in coming days, Wisconsin agriculture and water quality officials are asking farmers to check the Runoff Risk Advisory Forecast online before spreading manure.

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President Obama Signs Farm Bill - President Barack Obama signed the Farm Bill today at Michigan State University.

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Farm Bill Passes In The Senates - The Farm Bill has made it over another hurdle, passing the Senate today by a vote of 68-32.

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DBMMC Statement on Farm Bill in House - After three years and an enormous effort, the Farm Bill has been passed by the House of Representatives WITHOUT a supply management provision. And you can take all the credit!

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Summary of the Dairy Title of the Farm Bill By Dr. Mark Stephenson, Director of Dairy Policy Analysis, University of Wisconsin - Madison - As Dr. Stephenson states, "It is possible that between now and the President's signature on the legislation, that items could change, but I think that is not likely at this point."

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Farm Bill Update - Yesterday, the Farm Bill Conference Report was released and the Dairy Market Stabilization Program ("supply management") language was removed.

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Farm Bill on schedule for a vote in the House Wednesday, January 29th - House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., has included the Farm Bill conference report on his legislative schedule for possible consideration on Wednesday.

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From Governor Walker's State of the State Address - Gov Walker's statement: Agriculture Production Tax Credit will eventually wipe out almost all of your taxable liability.

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National Milk concedes 'market stabilization' won't pass - It appears that the Farm Bill will be moving forward without the Supply Management provision that you all have worked so hard to remove. We will share the details of the proposed dairy title with you as soon as they are made public.

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Farm Bill Breakthrough: Peterson OK with Dairy Deal - It appears the dairy impasse has been broken. House Agriculture's ranking Democrat, Collin Peterson, tells the Executive Briefing that he can live with the latest proposal for a new dairy program, even though he still doesn't think it will really work well. He conveyed that message directly to House Speaker John Boehner this afternoon.

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Dairy Farmers from Across the Nation Oppose Supply Management - GREEN BAY, WI --- Dairy producer groups from around the country have teamed up to urge Farm Bill conferees to oppose Supply Management. Dairy Farmers do not want a dairy Supply Management proposal known as the Dairy Market Stabilization Program (DMSP).

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Goodlatte, Scott Urge Farm Bill Conferees to Adopt House Dairy Provisions - WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressmen Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and David Scott (D-GA) released the following statement after sending a letter to leaders of the Farm Bill Conference Committee reminding them of the House of Representatives' overwhelming rejection of supply management provisions: "The House of Representatives' resounding rejection of supply management provisions in the dairy title of the Farm Bill speaks loud and clear..."

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Boehner to Peterson: If Dairy Supply Management Language in Farm Bill, 'I Won't Bring It Up' on House Floor - Farm bill dairy policy issues reached a critical point on New Year's Eve, sources advise, with House Ag Chairman and farm bill conference leader Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) calling House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) about the topic.

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The Dairy Business Association Announces 2014 Access Symposium - GREEN BAY, WI --- The Dairy Business Association (DBA) will be holding their annual symposium February 18-19 in Green Bay at Lambeau Field. In the past, this event was called the "Expansion Symposium."

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No Farm Bill In 2013 - Senate and House negotiators said yesterday that they will not finish their work on the farm bill before congress leaves for the year.

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WMMB Update on Mercy for Animals Undercover Video - As some of you may be aware, Mercy for Animals released a disturbing video taken on a dairy farm in Greenleaf, Wisconsin.

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DBMMC Elects Board of Directors for 2014 - MADISON, WI --- Members of the Dairy Business Milk Marketing Cooperative (DBMMC) held an election for two positions on DBMMC's Board of Directors during the 4th Annual Business Meeting in Madison, Wisconsin.

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Paul Ryan Won't Vote for Farm Bill with Supply Management in it - One significant point of contention in the two farm bills is the Dairy Market Stabilization Program, contained in the Senate bill but not the House bill.

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Update on Farm Service Agency Operations - Due to the US Government partial shutdown, please review the below update from USDA and FSA.

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Action Needed: Tell Senators to Accept House Dairy Language in the Farm Bill - You may remember, earlier this year the U.S. Senate passed a Farm Bill that included a controversial new government program to control milk supplies and artificially raise prices (supply management).

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EPA Aggressively Seeking Enforcement Actions and Criminal Prosecution on CAFOs - This month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a criminal enforcement alert (EPA CAFO alert) warning that Clean Water Act (CWA) violations by combined animal feeding operations (known as CAFOs) will be prioritized for aggressive enforcement and criminal prosecution, including fines and incarceration.

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House Leaders Will Not Take Up the Senate Version of Immigration Bill - The Senate recently passed an immigration bill, but House leaders have affirmed that they will not take up the Senate version of immigration legislation.

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House Passes Farm Bill with No Supply Management Program - Since the House failed to pass the farm bill on June 19th, dairy producers and the dairy industry have been waiting for another chance for the farm bill to pass.

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Senate Passes Immigration Bill - Yesterday the Senate passed an immigration reform bill that will allow undocumented agricultural workers to gain citizenship. It also creates a new guestworker program.

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