Washington D.C. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that dairy producers who elected to participate in the Livestock Gross Margin for Dairy Cattle Program (LGM-Dairy) now have the opportunity to participate in the Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy) for 2018 coverage. Sign-up will take place March 25 through May 10, 2019.Producers enrolled in 2018 LGM-Dairy, administered by USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA), previously were determined by the 2014 Farm Bill to be ineligible for coverage under MPP-Dairy, a safety net program available through USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA).“The 2018 Farm Bill included substantial changes to USDA dairy programs,” said FSA Administrator Richard Fordyce. “This includes the ability for producers with LGM coverage to retroactively enroll in MPP-Dairy for 2018. It also integrated recent improvements to the MPP-Dairy in the new Dairy Margin Coverage program, beginning with the 2019 calendar year.”The MPP-Dairy program offers protection to dairy producers when the difference between the national all-milk price and the national average feed cost — the margin — falls below a certain dollar amount selected by the producers in a dairy operation. LGM-Dairy is an insurance product that provides protection when feed costs rise or milk prices drop. The gross margin is the market value of milk minus feed costs.This retroactive sign-up is only for dairy producers with 2018 LGM coverage who produced and commercially marketed milk in 2018 but did not obtain full year MPP-Dairy coverage. FSA will notify eligible producers by postcard and provide a one-time payment for all of the months in 2018 that had margins triggering MPP-Dairy assistance.“I’m pleased that dairy producers will now be able to take advantage of enrolling in both Livestock Gross Margin and the Margin Protection Program for 2018 coverage,” RMA Administrator Martin Barbre said. “The 2018 Farm Bill gave dairy producers more options like these and when combined with the new Dairy Protection Program offered by RMA, that means more overall coverage for dairy producers.”Eligible producers can enroll during the sign-up period at their local USDA service center. To locate your office click here.
–By: Nathan Quao/citinewsroom.com/Ghana Asante Kotoko goalkeeper, Felix Annan, has revealed that the team is aiming at getting a victory in Zambia against Nkana in their third Group C match in the CAF Confederation Cup on Sunday, February 24.Kotoko are set to arrive in Zambia on Thursday for the match after going through Ethiopia on transit from Accra.The team, like the other three in the group, is on three points after beating Zesco 2-1 in their second group game and Annan told Kwese Sports in an interview that he would like the winning run to continue for the Porcupine Warriors.“The group is really interesting because the teams are all square on three points because home games have been won while the games away have been lost.One can see that the away games will be the difference and so, for us, we are determined to get a good result in Zambia but our mindset is one that seeks to get the victory there because that will enhance our chances (of making it out of the group)However, if we fail to win, a draw will not be a bad result but we are not going to lose. We want to get something out of the game.”With Zesco hosting Al-Hilal in the next round, a good result for Kotoko will be beneficial to their plans of progressing to the next round of the competition.Kotoko will have to dig deep to find the result they highly desire because Nkana are unbeaten in 57 matches in CAF Interclub competitions spanning 43 years.
talkSPORT’s transfer guru, Warren Haughton, joins Hawksbee and Jacobs to round up all the very latest rumours and gossip.He brings us the latest on Liverpool exports Mario Balotelli and Lucas Leiva.He talks about the negotiations involving Erik Lamela and how he may be on his way out of the Premier League with Inter Milan interested in taking him on loan.Chelsea seem to have turned their attentions away from John Stones and towards Argentina defender Ezequiel Garay from Zenit Saint Petersburg.And, as ever, the latest on the on-going saga of Kevin De Bruyne to Manchester City from Wolfsburg is discussed.Here’s some of the top transfer rumours on talkSPORT.com:John Stones latest: Everton defender slaps transfer request to try and force Chelsea moveSaudi Arabian club confirm capture of West Ham forward Modibo MaigaChelsea winger Juan Cuadrado edges closer to Juventus switchExclusive: Arsenal must sign 25-goals-a-season striker claims former Gunners bossMario Balotelli latest: Liverpool striker undergoing AC Milan medical ahead of loan moveReal Sociedad boss David Moyes poised to win £12m race for Liverpool-linked ahead Asier IllarramendiLiverpool blow! Valencia closing in of deal with Real Madrid winger Denis CheryshevExclusive: Former West Brom manager tells Saido Berahino and John Stones to stay where they areAston Villa transfer news: Tim Sherwood in talks over deal for Roma winger Adem LjajicManchester United ready to hijack Manchester City move for Kevin De Bruyne in stunning £55m bidChelsea target Argentina defender Ezequiel Garay as Everton stand firm over John StonesNapoli slap £10m price tag on Southampton defensive target Kalidou KoulibalyBarcelona president rubbishes Neymar £240m Manchester United move rumoursReports: Turkish giants compete for Manchester United outcastBarcelona could hijack Everton’s pursuit of Ukrainian playmaker Andriy YarmolenkoWest Brom reject second bid for Tottenham striker Saido BerahinoAston Villa transfer reports: Roma reject surprise move for former Arsenal man GervinhoTottenham transfer reports: Saint-Etienne’s Jeremy Clement linked to White Hart Lane switch