Jim Hannula, Director of the Trempealeau County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA), reminds dairy producers of some important program requirements to be eligible for payment under the Milk Income Loss Contract (MILC) program.
When producers enroll in MILC, a payment start month is selected. This month remains the same through all program years, unless a change is requested by the dairy. Dairy producers are allowed to change their start month an unlimited number of times throughout their enrollment in MILC provided that the changes are made:
On or before day 14 of the month prior to the new MILC production start-month (unless that day falls on a weekend federal holiday, then the date falls to the previous business day);
Before payment is sought;
Before the original selected MILC production start-month has passed.
MILC program participants are also required to comply with FSA’s Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) requirements each fiscal year. This certification, on a CCC-931, must be completed prior to a payment being disbursed.
New dairies that have not previously participated in the MILC program will need to fill out the CCC-580, Milk Income Loss Contract.
For more information the MILC program, please contact the local county office or visit www.fsa.usda.gov.