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Dairy Producers Can Enroll to Protect Milk Production Margins
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) in Connecticut announced that dairy producers can enroll for 2017 coverage in the Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy) starting July 1. To complete enrollment, producers must make coverage elections during the enrollment period and pay the annual $100 administrative fee that provides basic catastrophic protection that covers 90 percent of milk production at a $4 margin coverage level. For additional premiums, operations can protect 25 to 90 percent of production history with margin coverage levels from $4.50 to $8, in 50 cent increments. Dairy operations enrolling in the new program must meet conservation compliance provisions and cannot participate in the Livestock Gross Margin Dairy Insurance Program.
Crops and Soils Field Day at UVM
The University of Vermont (UVM) Extension Northwest Crops and Soils Program will host its annual Crops and Soils Field Day on July 28 in Alburgh, Vermont. Registration will begin at 9:15 a.m. with a guided tour of the farm starting at 10 a.m. Registration deadline is July 22 and the cost is $10 for farmers and $25 for non-farmers. Lunch is included.