October 2020 South Carolina Farm Service Agency Newsletter for Farmers and Ranchers

October 2020

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South Carolina Farm Service Agency

1927 Thurmond Mall, Ste. 100
Columbia, SC 29201

Phone:  803.806.3820

www.fsa.usda.gov/sc


State Executive Director:
Boone Peeler

State Committee:
Anthony Grant, Chairperson
Robert Battle
Bill Sarratt
Landy Weathers
Beth White

Administrative Officer:
Kenn Jameson

Farm Programs Chief:
Evelyn Whitesides

Farm Loan Programs Chief:
William Shelley


Producers can contact their local FSA office for more information or to schedule an appointment.


Important Dates and Deadlines:

Oct. 13: DMC Signup Begins

Oct. 30: WHIP+ Signup Ends

Dairy Margin Coverage Program Enrollment for 2021 Opens Oct. 13

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin accepting applications for the Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 for 2021 enrollment.

Signup runs through Dec. 11, 2020. DMC is a voluntary risk management program that offers protection to dairy producers when the difference between the all-milk price and the average feed price (the margin) falls below a certain dollar amount selected by the producer. DMC payments triggered for seven months in 2019 and three months so far in 2020.  More than 23,000 operations enrolled in DMC in 2019, and more than 13,000 in 2020.

To determine the appropriate level of coverage for a specific dairy operation, producers can utilize the recently updated online dairy decision tool. The decision tool is designed to assist producers with calculating total premium costs and administrative fees associated with participation in DMC. An informational video is available, too.  

Improvements to the decision tool, made in cooperation with representatives from the University of Minnesota and University of Wisconsin, include historical analysis that illustrates what DMC indemnity payments might have been had the program been available over the previous two decades.  The analysis indicates that over the course of time, DMC payments made to producers exceed premiums paid. These decision tool enhancements provide a more comprehensive decision support experience for producers considering DMC. 

In addition to DMC, USDA offers a variety of programs that have helped dairy producers, including insurance, disaster assistance, and conservation programs. Most recently, the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 1 provided $1.75 billion in direct relief to dairy producers who faced price declines and additional marketing costs due to COVID-19 in early 2020. Now, signup is underway for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2, which provides another round of assistance for dairy producers and many other eligible producers.

For more information, visit farmers.gov DMC webpage https://www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/farm-bill/farm-safety-net/dairy-programs/index, or contact your local USDA Service Center. To locate your local FSA office, visit farmers.gov/service-center-locator.