NASS Suspends Dairy Reports Due to Sequestration
On March 12, 2013, the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) announced that it will suspend the monthly milk production report for the remainder of fiscal year 2013, as a result of sequestration-reduced funding.
The monthly milk production report for April through September will be suspended, as will the Milk Production, Disposition and Income (Milk PDI) reports previously scheduled for release in April.
Eliminating the USDA’s monthly milk production report through September will detrimentally affect how decisions are made about the marketing of milk, starting at, but not ending with, the farm level.
NMPF responded by urging NASS to at least continue the monthly Milk Production report.
MILC Program Extended by Congress as Part of Fiscal Cliff Package
The Milk Income Loss Contract (MILC) program was reinstituted in the Farm Bill extension passed by Congress and signed by the President at the beginning of January 2013. MILC has been extended through August 31, 2013 at a payment rate of 45%, covering 2.985 million total pounds of milk per year with a feed adjuster factor of $7.35. In September 2013, the payment rate falls to 34%, the milk production covered drops to 2.4 million total pounds, and the feed adjuster factor goes up to $9.50.
Dairy operations that have not already selected the month they want MILC payments to start have until the 15th of the prior month to indicate the month in which they want MILC payments to start. For more information, please visit the USDA website.
As a convenience, NMPF provides its own monthly projections for possible payments.