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Editor’s note: This article has been updated with additional details on the amount of the initial dairy payment.

Dairy producers will receive 20 cents per hundredweight (cwt) on their annual milk production history under a USDA program aimed at offsetting negative financial impacts of ongoing trade and tariff wars.

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The USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) updated Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program participation on July 22, noting year-to-date indemnity payments to dairy operations enrolling in the program for 2019 had reached $145 million.

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About one in five dairy operations purchasing Dairy Revenue Protection (Dairy-RP) insurance through Compeer Financial received an indemnity payment in the first quarter of 2019, according to Josh Newton, crop insurance team leader. Dairy-RP is designed to insure dairy farms against unexpected declines in quarterly revenue from milk sales relative to a guaranteed coverage level.

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June 2019 U.S. milk production was below year-ago levels, according to the USDA’s monthly Milk Production report, released July 22.

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