PORTAGE - The Columbia County Farm Service Agency, along with the University of Wisconsin- Extension, is hosting a Dairy Margin Protection Program (MPP) informational meeting from 10 a.m. - noon, Friday, April 27 at the Columbia County Administration Building located at 112 E Edgewater St., Portage.

The Bipartisan Budget Act was signed into law in February and includes substantial changes to MPP-Dairy for the 2018 coverage year, including a new signup period for 2018.

All dairy operations must make new coverage elections for 2018, even if the operation was enrolled during the previous 2018 sign up period. Coverage elections made for 2018 will be retroactive to Jan. 1, 2018. All dairy operations interested in MPP coverage must sign up during the enrollment period and submit form CCC-782 to enroll. 

Dairy operations may still "opt out" by not submitting a form. The enrollment period runs from April 9, 2018 to June 1, 2018.

The informational meeting will cover changes to the program, production history, coverage levels, premiums and the MPP-Dairy Decision Tool.  All dairy producers are encouraged to attend since changes to the program make it a much better deal for the producers.


  • “The New Dairy Margin Protection Program – Why it makes sense to take advantage of the changes” -Mark Stephenson, UW-Center for Dairy Profitability. 
  • “Farm Service Agency Resources and the mechanics of signing up,” Susan Hunter, Director – Columbia County Farm Service Agency. 
  • “Things to consider changing to find profit and using UW-Extension Resources," George Koepp – Columbia County UW-Extension Agriculture Educator.

The meeting is free and open to all producers.

Contact Jennifer Evans, at UW-Extension to register for the meeting by phone or email, 608-742-9687, Contact George Koepp @ 608-742-9682 with questions regarding the meeting.

Additional meetings have been scheduled in April and May throughout Wisconsin.  To find a current listing, visit
Persons with disabilities who require accommodations to attend or participate in this meeting should contact Jenifer Evans at 608-742-9687 or Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339.  

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