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The National Milk Producers Federation and the U.S. Dairy Export Council noted the conclusion today of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations and thanked the U.S. negotiators for their work. NMPF and USDEC leadership and staff have attended the talks in Atlanta this week, which kicked off with a chief negotiators meeting on September 26 before shifting into a Ministerial on September 30. Both organizations have been providing input and guidance to negotiators throughout the duration of the regional trade pact.

As expected, details of the agreement were not immediately available. Transparency requirements under the Trade Promotion Authority legislation passed by Congress earlier this year, however, require the full text of the agreement to be released shortly. NMPF and USDEC will carefully review the agreement’s dairy provisions in the coming days.

“We appreciate the decision today by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to extend the sign-up deadline for the dairy Margin Protection Program (MPP) until Friday, November 20th.  In his announcement, Secretary Vilsack acknowledged that fall is a busy time for dairy producers, and that the additional seven weeks for sign-up will help the decision-making process on using the MPP in 2016.

“When we asked the Secretary last week to extend the deadline past September, we expressed concern that the upcoming September 30 deadline to enroll in the MPP coincides with the fall harvest in many parts of the nation, as well as with the USDA ARC/PLC enrollment deadline. This MPP extension is consistent with Congress’s goal in creating the program – a goal shared by NMPF – which is to maximize the opportunity for dairy farmers to utilize this crucial risk management tool. 


Jim Mulhern
NMPF President

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