Dairy Program

USDA Announces $1.5 Million in Grants Available to Support the Dairy Industry

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced $1.5 million in competitive grant funding is available for the Dairy Business Innovation (DBI) Initiatives. DBI is authorized through the 2018 Farm Bill. This program supports USDA’s efforts to reduce risk and develop higher-value uses for dairy products, diversify farmer income through processing and marketing innovation, and encourage the use of regional milk production.

USDA Seeks Nominees for National Dairy Promotion and Research Board

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is asking dairy producers and other interested parties to nominate candidates to serve on the National Dairy Promotion and Research Board. The deadline for nominations is April 15, 2019.

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue will appoint 12 individuals to succeed members whose terms expire on October 31, 2019.

USDA Announces Reauthorization of Dairy Forward Pricing Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today the reauthorization of the Dairy Forward Pricing Program (DFPP), in accordance with the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Bill).

The DFPP allows milk handlers, under the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937, to voluntarily enter into forward price contract with producers or cooperative associations of producers for a negotiated price for raw milk.