MSU Extension to host Dairy Margin Protection Program meetings

The sign-up deadline for the 2016 year of the Dairy Margin Protection Program is fast approaching, scheduled to end September 30, 2015.

The sign-up period for the 2016 year of the Dairy Margin Protection Program (DMPP) is on, and many dairy producers are examining how they can best protect themselves from the current low milk prices. With a full year under the new DMPP program, producers have a better understanding of implications for their farm business, and how this tool might fit into an overall risk management strategy.

Michigan State University Extension is hosting seven live and three webinar host sites to help Michigan farmers learn more about the Dairy Margin Protection Program and what it means for their dairy farm businesses.

Christopher Wolf, MSU dairy economist, along with Extension educators are teaching these two-hour workshops. Topics covered during the session will include; Dairy Milk Market and Profit Outlook, Dairy Margin Protection Decisions, and Dairy Financial Risk Implications.

There is no cost to attend the program, but preregistrations are encouraged to help us plan for adequate space and refreshments.

A special webinar broadcast will be offered on Sept. 25 in East Lansing, Stephenson, Sault Ste. Marie and Caro. We ask that you join us at these site locations to connect to the webinar, as there will be local USDA Farm Service Agency representatives in attendance to answer specific questions about DMPP rules.

Dates, Times and Locations are:

Sept. 16, 2015, 10 a.m. – noon

Expo Center, Soper Rd., Bad Axe, MI 48413.


Sept. 18, 2015, 10 a.m. - noon

Mid-Michigan Community College (Michigan Room), 1375 S. Clare Ave, Harrison, MI 48625


Sept. 23, 2015, 10 a.m. - noon

Hillsdale MSU Extension, Conference Room, 20 Care Dr., Hillsdale, MI 49242


Sept. 24, 2015, 1 -3 p.m.

Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizer, 3055 M-21, St. Johns, MI 48879


Sept. 25, 2015, 1 – 3 p.m.

MSU Pavilion – Auditorium, 4301 Farm Lane, East Lansing, MI 48824


Sept. 25, 2015, 1-3 p.m. (EST) 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. (CT) - Webinar Host Site

MSU Extension Office – Menominee, S. 904 Highway 41, Stephenson, MI 49887


Sept. 25, 2015, 1-3 p.m. - Webinar Host Site

USDA - FSA Office, 2847 Ashmun St., Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783

Sept. 25, 2015, 1-3 p.m. - Webinar Host Site

MSUE Tuscola Office, 362 Green St., Caro, MI 48723


Sept. 28, 2015, 9:30 -11:30 a.m.

Fremont Library,104 E. Main St., Fremont, MI 49412

Sept. 28, 2015, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Ottawa County Fillmore Complex, Main Conference Room, 12220 Fillmore St., West Olive, MI 49460

Farmers interested in attending one of the live or webinar host sites can register for the program online.


Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

For more information about registration or the general program contact Adam Kantrovich at 616-994-4580 or For specific site questions contact the coordinator listed above next to each seminar.

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