The 2014 farm bill makes significant changes to the structure of U.S. dairy support programs. In particular, major price and income support programs from the 2008 farm bill (P.L. 110-246) were replaced with two new programs—an insurance-like Margin Protection Program (MPP) for producers and a Dairy Product Donation Program (DPDP) involving government purchases of dairy products during periods of low margins. Reaching a final compromise on U.S. dairy policy, as contained in the 2014 farm bill, was an arduous task, involving considerable debate over the nature and role of federal support programs for dairy.
Date of Report: October 30, 2014
Order Number: IF00060
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