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2014 Farm Bill Workshops:

Margin Protection Program (MPP)

"The safety net as we know it is gone. Every dairy farmer must attend one of these sessions.”
     - Pat Lunemann, Clarissa, MN Dairy Farmer and Minnesota Milk President


Minnesota Milk has coordinated nine workshops around the state starting September 18.  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  If a workshop fills, we will add a second session starting at 1:00 p.m.

Thursday, September 18, 2014
Mora, MN
Freddie’s Family Restaurant
810 State Hwy 65
Mora, MN 55051
10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Please RSVP by Tues, Sept 16
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Hutchinson, MN
Crow River Winery & Vineyard
14848 MN 7
Hutchinson, MN 55350
10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Please RSVP by Mon, Sept 22
Thursday, September 25, 2014
McIntosh, MN
Community Center
115 Broadway NW
McIntosh, MN 56556
10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Please RSVP by Tues, Sept 23
Friday, September 26, 2014
Perham, MN
Pizza Ranch
121 2nd Ave SE
Perham, MN 56573
10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Please RSVP by Wed, Sept 24
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Slayton, MN
Pizza Ranch
2306 Broadway Ave
Slayton, MN 56172
10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Please RSVP by Mon, Oct 20
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Freeport, MN
Community Center
307 7th St SE
Freeport, MN 56331
10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Please RSVP by Tues, Oct 21
Friday, October 24, 2014
Little Falls, MN
The Falls Ballroom
15879 Hwy 27
Little Falls, MN 56345
10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Please RSVP by Wed, Oct 22
Thursday, November 6, 2014
St. Charles, MN
St. Charles Community Center
830 Whitewater Ave
St. Charles, MN 55972
10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Please RSVP by Tues, Nov 4
Friday, November 7, 2014
Zumbrota, MN
Bank of Zumbrota
1440 South Main Street
Zumbrota, MN 55992
10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Please RSVP by Wed, Nov 5

Additional Locations (additional information coming soon)

Monday, October 6
Mandan, ND
Wednesday, October 15
Calmar, IA
Iowa Dairy Center
1527 Hwy 50S
Calmar, IA 52132
Noon to 3:00 p.m.
Start with lunch
Visit for additional details.
Thursday, October 16
Dyersville, IA
Country Junction Restaurant
913 15th Ave SE
Dyersville, IA 52040
10:30 -12:30 p.m.
Lunch after
Visit for additional details.
Friday, October 17
Iowa City, IA
Johnson County Extension
3109 Old Hwy 218 S
Iowa City, IA 52246
10:30 -12:30 p.m.
Lunch after
Visit for additional details.
Monday, October 20
Sioux Center, IA
Terrace View Event Center
230 St. Andrews Way
Sioux Center, IA 51250
10:30 -12:30 p.m.
Lunch after
Visit for additional details.
Tuesday, October 21
Brookings, SD
Thursday, October 30
Columbus, NE


9:30 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.

10:00 a.m.
Margin Protection Program - Dr. Marin Bozic, University of Minnesota

Discover what the Margin Protection Program (MPP) is and how it will work. This includes a live demonstration of the Dairy Decision Tool Software that will help you determine if your farm should participate in the program by seeing potential impacts on profitability.

11:00 a.m.
Evaluating Financial Effects

An interactive session where participants will see how the Margin Protection Program will work with their operation. Be sure to bring your annual milk marketings (pounds shipped) for 2011, 2012 and 2013 to make this session beneficial.

12:00 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

What is the Margin Protection Program (MPP)?

The Margin Protection Program (MPP) is a new safety net for dairy producers established in the 2014 Farm Bill. The MPP replaces price supports and MILC payments. All dairy farmers will have an opportunity to participate and protect up to 90% of their milk production. Very affordable premiums and simple-to-understand design makes this a program that can make a big difference for your bottom line, should another crisis hit dairy and feed markets.

Why should you stop field-work to attend?

This workshop will feature Dr. Marin Bozic from University of Minnesota and your local Farm Service Agency representative.
Dr. Bozic will present MPP rules and case studies, and through a set of engaging interactive activities, you will examine what stability and profitability advances this program offers your operation.
The official FSA decision-support tool will be available to help you make the best decision with the new MPP for your operation. Dr. Bozic is a faculty member of the group, The National Program on Dairy Markets and Policy, that developed this tool.

What should I bring?

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



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