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The State of Dairy 2021: The state of risk management: 2021 DMC enrollment jumps

Progressive Dairy Editor Dave Natzke Published on 12 March 2021

The latest update from the USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) indicates about 80% of established milk production history is enrolled in the Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program for 2021.

Based on the latest USDA Milk Production report, there were 31,657 dairy herds licensed to sell milk commercially in the U.S. in 2020. However, not all U.S. dairy herds have milk production history established with the USDA FSA.



As of Feb. 16, about 18,684 dairy operations had enrolled in the 2021 DMC program (including Puerto Rico). Milk production enrolled for 2021 was estimated at 162.2 billion pounds, just under 80% of the established history. Enrollment for 2021 closed on Dec. 11, 2020, but the USDA continues to make enrollment updates as paperwork is finished.

2021 Dairy Margin coverage program enrollment

Enrollment numbers are up substantially from 2020. There were 34,207 dairy herds commercially licensed to sell milk in 2019. Of those, about 13,526 enrolled in DMC in 2020, covering 122.8 billion pounds of milk (56%) of milk production history. Indemnity payments in 2020 totaled $217.9 million.  end mark

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