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Dairy Outlook for 2016 & Margin Protection Program

2015 Workshop Series:                        

"MPP is not a profit guarantee, it is a safety net. Attend a workshop, along with your financial advisor, to understand why MPP is important in Today's turbulent world dairy economy.”
     - Pat Lunemann, Clarissa, MN Dairy Farmer and Minnesota Milk President



Minnesota Milk has coordinated four workshops around the state starting September 15.  Please review the map and list of locations below and make sure you attend the one closest to you.  With limited space at some locations, please pre-register at least 48-hours before the workshop.  You can call Minnesota Milk toll-free at 1-877-577-0741 or email


Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Slayton, MN

Slayton Pizza Ranch

2306 Broadway Ave
Slayton, MN 56172

10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Please register Sun, Sept 13

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Freeport MN

Freeport Community Center
307 7th St SE
Freeport, MN 56331
10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Please register by Mon, Sept 14

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Perham, MN

Perham Lakeside Golf Club

2727 450th St

Perham, MN 56573

10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Please register by Tues, Sept 15

Friday, September 25, 2015

Rochester, MN

Rochester Golf & Country Club

3100 Country Club Rd SW

Rochester, MN 55902

10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Please register by Wed, Sept 23



10:00 a.m.

Registration is $10 per person and includes lunch and program materials. With limited space, please pre-register at least 48-hours before the workshop.

10:30 a.m.
Dairy Outlook for 2016 and Margin Protection Program - Dr. Marin Bozic, University of Minnesota

Discover the advanced MPP-Dairy tool that evaluates the impact of dairy risk management on farm's profitability, liquidity, and solvency. Take a look at: then go to "MPP Advanced".

11:30 a.m.
Evaluating Financial Effects

An interactive session where participants will see how the new MPP-Dairy Tool will work with their operation. Bring your financial advisors and your annual milk marketings (pounds shipped) for 2011, 2012 and 2013 to make this session beneficial.

12:30 p.m.

Enjoy a hot lunch before you leave. You can also stay and ask questions from local FSA agents, fellow producers, and Dr. Marin Bozic.

Frequently Asked Questions

I attended last year, how are these going to be different?

Dr. Marin Bozic has developed a more robust online tool for the Margin Protection Program (MPP). The new tool allows you to enter your farm's data to create a more customized view of how MPP fits with your farm's finances and risk management plan.

Why would I reenroll with MPP when I don't see it working?

MPP is an insurance program intended to help farms during times of financial distress. Just like a car insurance policy or farm insurance policy, the program may not always make a payment. In a time of low milk prices, like 2009, or high feed costs, 2012, MPP will provide coverage to stop your losses.


It is important for producers to balance their coverage and protection level decisions with the cost of premium. What kind of coverage and protection do you need on your farm to survive the difficult years? What can you afford to spend? The answers to these questions will help you determine the best way to utilize MPP.

Why is it important for me to bring my financial advisor?

The new decision tool allows you to enter specifics about your farm's finances. You will be asked to enter cost of production and financial measures that are unique to your operations. A trusted financial advisor can help you to identify these numbers and also interpret the results. Because MPP is a risk management tool, it is always wise to include a financial advisor in risk management decisions.

What should I bring?

  • Laptop or Portable Device (limited quantity will be available on-site).
  • Annual Milk Marketings (pounds shipped) for 2011, 2012, and 2013.
  • Financial Advisor





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