Margin Protection Program in 2014 Farm Bill
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.
- NMPF news release on the board's approval
- 1-page summary of the recommendations
- 3-page summary of the recommendations
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
NMPF has also developed other resources to help dairy farmers become familiar with the Margin Protection Program:
- Margin Protection Program Backgrounder (PDF)
- Dairy Margin Protection Program Online Calculator
- Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)
For more information on the Margin Protection Program, visit www.futurefordairy.com.