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New program to provide assistance to small and mid-sized dairy farms

(St. Paul, MN) – Assistance may be available to dairy farmers struggling with tough agricultural conditions.

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is rolling out its new Dairy Assistance, Investment and Relief Initiative program to provide financial assistance for dairy producers who enroll for five years of coverage in the USDA Farm Service Agency’s Dairy Margin Coverage program.

The MDA will issue payments on a rolling basis.  Producers can expect to receive their first payments roughly two to four weeks after successfully applying.  They will be paid based on production levels.

Applications to the program are being accepted now through October 1, 2019.  Producers may receive a second payment this fall after the application period has ended, and depending upon the remaining available funds.

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