Margin Protection Program Informational Meetings across Iowa

As part of the Agricultural Act of 2014, the Margin Protection Program (MPP) provides a new safety net program for dairy producers.  It will provide payments when a national benchmark for dairy income minus feed costs falls below coverage levels producers select.  Several meetings will be held across Iowa to educate producers and related persons regarding the Farm Bill programs and decisions. Specifically pertaining to MPP for dairy, two tiers of meetings will be held. The first tier of meetings will be a 1.5 hour meeting. 
The following topics will be discussed during this meeting: MPP Dairy program details and examples; Iowa dairy cost of production; reviewing Farm Bill update decisions and review crop programs ARC and PLC.

These meetings will be held at the following northeast Iowa locations in September. Pre-registration is encouraged prior to meeting.
Sept 17, 10:00–11:30 am, at the Neumann’s Bar & Grill, 927 Main St, Holy Cross, RSVP to 563-583-6496.
Sept 17, 1:00-2:30 pm, at the Delaware County Extension Office, RSVP to 563-927-4201. 
Sept 18, 10:00 – 11:30 am, at the Farmers & Merchants Savings Bank, Waukon, RSVP to 563-568-6345.
Sept 18, 1:00-2:30 pm, Cresco Bank & Trust, 126 2nd Avenue, Cresco, RSVP to 563-547-3001.
Sept 22, 10:00-11:30 am, Fayette County Extension Office, RSVP to 563-425-3331.
Sept 22, 1:00-2:30 pm, Waverly Civic Center, RSVP to 319-882-4275.

Follow-up meetings in mid-October will feature Marin Bozac, University Minnesota Dairy Economist. Bozac will cover MPP and the application of the program into your dairy operation utilizing decision tool software. More information on these meetings will be coming soon.

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