The USDA is extending the application deadline for the Milk Loss Program to Monday, October 30. That will allow more time for eligible dairy farmers to apply for much-needed weather-related disaster recovery assistance.
Administered by the Farm Service Agency, MLP compensates dairy producers who, because of qualifying weather events, dumped or removed milk without compensation from the commercial milk market in calendar years 2020, 2021, and 2022. Eligible causes of losses also include the consequences of those weather events, such as power outages, impassable roads, and infrastructure losses. FSA opened enrollment on September 11.
“We recognize that MLP benefits are critical to the financial recovery of dairy operations significantly impacted by weather-related disasters that inhibited their ability to deliver or store milk in one or even multiple years,” says FSA Administrator Zach Ducheneaux. Most producers who’ve participated in prior FSA programs likely already have all the information they’ll need on file.