Posted July 21, 2014

Western United Dairymen (WUD) will host a series of informational workshops in August and September on the new Margin Protection Program, which is part of the 2014 Farm Bill, according to a WUD press release.
There will be 12 workshops held throughout August and September in the WUD membership areas. The workshops are open all interested parties.

WUD President Tim Barcellos said, “This is a tool that will be available to all U.S. dairy producers. WUD wants to ensure California dairymen are comfortable enough in understanding the program details and how it can affect their operation to make the participation decision that is best for them.”

Participation in the Margin Protection Program is voluntary, and the program is intended to help prevent the type of catastrophic losses of equity that affected dairy producers in 2009. 

The workshops will cover how the program works; how the program would have performed in previous years; what this means for California dairy producers; pros and cons of the program; available resources to producers and a question and answer period.

For a schedule of workshops, visit WUD’s site here.
For more information on farm bills and disaster programs, please visit the National Agricultural Law Center’s website here and here.