Margin Protection Program in 2014 Farm Bill

2017 Changes to the Margin Protection Program

NMPF Board of Directors Unanimously Approves Recommendations to Margin Protection Program

The Margin Protection Program-Dairy (MPP-Dairy) was developed by the National Milk Producers Federation through a lengthy, detailed and deliberative process in response to the dairy industry financial crisis of 2009. However, when Congress eventually enacted the program in 2014, the MPP had been amended and diluted to the extent that it, too, fell short of providing the protection required of an effective farm safety net program. Over the last two years, NMPF staff gathered feedback on the program from producers across the country. At the 2016 NMPF Annual Meeting, NMPF Chairman Randy Mooney re-established the Economic Policy Committee (EPC) to review the program and suggest possible improvements. The NMPF Board of Directors approved the final list of recommendations at its meeting on March 7.

To help dairy farmers understand the dairy Margin Protection Program, NMPF is providing a set of data examining how the MPP margin has varied over time, dating back to 2007.

A spreadsheet of tables listing feed and milk prices is available below as a PDF. The data points use the same calculations the USDA uses to administer the milk and feed prices used in the program.  

MPP Margins: January 2007 – December 2015  PDF

Latest News on the Margin Protection Program

March 22, 2017 - NMPF President Says Strengthening Dairy Safety Net Program Must be Priority as Farm Bill Discussions Commence

March 7, 2017 - NMPF Recommends Changes to Margin Protection Program to Make It Viable Safety Net for Farmers

February 23, 2017 - Kansas Dairy Farmer Lynda Foster Tells Senate Action is Needed to Address Dairy Safety Net, Other Important Ag Issues

Other Resources

NMPF has also developed other resources to help dairy farmers become familiar with the Margin Protection Program:

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