Organic dairy producers get new USDA assistance program
USDA has launched an assistance program to help organic dairy producers.
The Organic Dairy Marketing Assistance Act was established to help mitigate market volatility, higher input and transportation costs, and unstable feed supply and prices that have created what the agency calls “unique hardships in the organic dairy industry.”
USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) is making $104 million available to organic dairy operations to assist with projected marketing costs in 2023.
FSA Administrator Zach Ducheneaux says, “Without assistance, many organic dairies, particularly small organic dairies, will cease production, which not only impacts the domestic supply and consumption of milk but also the well-being of rural communities.”
The Farm Service Agency will begin taking applications for the ODMAP program starting May 24th from organic producers making milk from cows, goats, and sheep.
Producers must certify their 2022 total hundredweight of production, show documentation of organic certification, and submit a completed application form. FSA says the Organic Dairy Marketing Assistance Act complements other programs including the Dairy Margin Coverage and Supplemental DMC programs.