Wisconsin dairy farmers are no longer required to participate in the federal Dairy Margin Protection Program.
Agriculture industry groups are creating alternatives to the program after it was changed in the 2018 Farm Bill. Previously, the U-S-D-A required farmers to be enrolled for the duration of each four-year Farm Bill. The American Farm Bureau Federation is proposing a Dairy Revenue Protection plan which operates something like crop insurance. That approach would be a combination of the Margin Protection Program for dairy producers and the futures market.