Moosletter: August 2019

Moosletter: August 2019
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August 2019                                                                          
In this Issue
  • Nebraska Dairy Tailgate set for November 16
  • USDA Opens Signup for Market Facilitation Program
  • Nuts and Bolts of Corn Silage Quality Webinar
  • Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC)
Calendar of Events
16: Summit Calf Ranch tour & Lunch; 11 am -1:30 pm.  Tour Summit Calf Ranch (Todd Tuls calf ranch) and learn from Todd his thoughts on the activist video and what he learned, 3284 B Road, Rising City, NE.  There is no fee to attend but RSVP is requested for lunch.   

15: Dairy Leadership Program Kick-off event
16: Nebraska Dairy Producers Indoor tailgate; Apothecary building, 140 N 8th St, Lincoln; see the flyer

4: Livestock Risk Management workshop; Ramada Columbus, NE; check for details.

I-29 Moo University Winter Workshop Series, Norfolk.

9-13: Dairy Farm tours, Tulare, CA. 
25: Dairy Leadership: Farm Finances Workshop, Columbus, NE
26: Nebraska State Dairy Association Annual Convention

USDA Opens Signup for Market Facilitation Program

Enrollment Now Open Through Dec. 6

WASHINGTON, July 29, 2019 – Signup opens today for the Market Facilitation Program (MFP), a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) program to assist farmers who continue to suffer from damages because of unjustified trade retaliation from foreign nations. Through MFP, USDA will provide up to $14.5 billion in direct payments to impacted producers, part of a broader trade relief package announced in late July. The sign-up period runs through Dec. 6.

“Our team at USDA reflected on what worked well and gathered feedback on last year’s program to make this one even stronger and more effective for farmers. Our farmers work hard, are the most productive in the world, and we aim to match their enthusiasm and patriotism as we support them,” said Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue.

MFP payments will be made to producers of certain non-specialty and specialty crops, as well as dairy and hog producers.

Non-Specialty Crops
MFP payments will be made to producers of alfalfa hay, barley, canola, corn, crambe, dried beans, dry peas, extra-long staple cotton, flaxseed, lentils, long grain and medium grain rice, millet, mustard seed, oats, peanuts, rapeseed, rye, safflower, sesame seed, small and large chickpeas, sorghum, soybeans, sunflower seed, temperate japonica rice, triticale, upland cotton and wheat.
MFP assistance for 2019 crops is based on a single county payment rate multiplied by a farm’s total plantings to the MFP-eligible crops in aggregate in 2019. Those per acre payments are not dependent on which of those crops are planted in 2019. A producer’s total payment-eligible plantings cannot exceed total 2018 plantings. View payment rates by county.

Dairy and Hogs
Dairy producers who were in business as of June 1, 2019, will receive a per hundredweight payment on production history, and hog producers will receive a payment based on the number of live hogs owned on a day selected by the producer between April 1 and May 15, 2019.

Specialty Crops
MFP payments also will be made to producers of almonds, cranberries, cultivated ginseng, fresh grapes, fresh sweet cherries, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pecans, pistachios and walnuts. Each specialty crop will receive a payment based on 2019 acres of fruit or nut bearing plants, or in the case of ginseng, based on harvested acres in 2019.

More Information
Payments will be made in up to three tranches, with the second and third tranches evaluated as market conditions and trade opportunities dictate. If conditions warrant, the second and third tranches will be made in November and early January.

MFP payments are limited to a combined $250,000 for non-specialty crops per person or legal entity. MFP payments also are limited to a combined $250,000 for dairy and hog producers and a combined $250,000 for specialty crop producers. However, no applicant can receive more than $500,000. Eligible applicants also must have an average adjusted gross income (AGI) for tax years 2015, 2016, and 2017 of less than $900,000, or 75 percent of the person’s or legal entity’s average AGI for those tax years must have been derived from farming and ranching. Applicants also must comply with the provisions of the Highly Erodible Land and Wetland Conservation regulations.
More information can be found on, including payment information and a program application.
Nuts & Bolts of Corn Silage Quality Webinar Available

Nebraska Extension recently hosted a corn silage webinar to assist you in preparing to put up corn silage.  Dr. Hugo Ramirez, former UNL dairy graduate student and Assistant Professor at Iowa State University, shared his 5 C's of putting up quality corn silage. 

  1. Content of Dry Matter - Maturity
  2. Chop length and kernel processing - chopping length should be 19 mm or 3/4 inches; kernel processing should be 2 mm or tighter
  3. Compaction - packing; the goal is at least 15 pounds dry matter per cubic foot
  4. Covering and sealing - cover and seal as soon as possible, use oxygen barrier and black and white plastic cover
  5. Care and management at feed-out
Click here to access the webinar and Power Point slides. 
Photo of Jersey cows
Summit Calf Ranch Tour

Date: August 16
Time: 11:00 am -1:30 pm
Location: 3284 B Road, Rising City, NE
Cost: There is no fee to attend and lunch is provided. 

11:00 am - Tour
12:00 pm - Lunch, discussion with Todd, information by Kim
1:30 - Depart for home

Todd Tuls will provide a tour of his calf ranch and share his experience with the activist video, what he learned, what changes he is implementing, and advice he has for fellow dairy producers.  Kim Clark will also share information about calf nutrition and welfare. 
Dairy Margin Coverage FAQ
Dairy Margin Coverage sign-up ends September 20, 2019.  To learn more, visit the FAQ here. 
Nebraska State Dairy Association logo
Kris Bousquet, Exec. Director
Phone: (531) 207-4291
Are you an NSDA member? Click here for membership information.
Nebraska Extension logo
Kim Clark, Dairy Extension Educator
Phone: (402) 472-6065
Thank you to our sponsors
Automated Dairy Specialists      Aschoff Construction     Midwest Dairy     Nebraska Corn Board   
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