Dairy Margin Protection for 2016

Unlike grain producers, dairy farmers have an option to enroll or change coverage level each year through the new farm bill “safety net” program called Dairy Margin Protection.  It’s a voluntary program designed to pay out when income over feed costs falls below a selected coverage level between $4.00 and $8.00/cwt.

However, the farm must be enrolled.  Sign-up cost will vary by the pounds of link and the cwt. margin each farm chooses to protect.  Those who signed up for higher levels of coverage ($7.00 to $8.00/cwt) last year have already received program payments in 2015, but the recent drop in milk prices and the uncertain outlook for future milk prices is why now is the time to reconsider enrolling in this program and/or update your level of coverage for 2016.  The next sign-up deadline is September 30.

To learn more about this dairy “insurance” program, how to enroll or update coverage, including milk price outlook for 2016, contact one of the following UW-Extension host in Northeast/East Central WI to serve a seat.  Dr. Mark Stephenson, Extension Dairy Policy Specialist from UW-Madison will be the featured speaker at each location.

NOTE:  Free soup and sandwich at noon on August 13 at the NEW LONDON site for those who pre-register!!

Don’t wait call or email to reserve your seat at one of the following locations:




Aug 13


1 PM

New London

Crystal Falls 1500 Handschke Drive

Greg Blonde Waupaca Co UWEX 715-258-6231





Aug 13


7 PM


Angelica Town Hall N3285 County Rd C

Jamie Patton Shawano Co UWEX 715-526-4871





Aug 14


10 AM

De Pere

Lawrence Town Hall 2400 Shady Court (off Hwy 41)

Liz Binversie Brown Co UWEX 920-391-4653







Aug 14



1 PM


JP Coughlin Center Winnebago Co UWEX 625 E. County Y


Darrell McCauley Winnebago Co UWEX 920-232-1970