Maloney Encourages Hudson Valley Farmers to Enroll in New Program Protecting New York Dairy Industry

Jun 19, 2019
Press Release

Maloney Encourages Hudson Valley Farmers to Enroll in New Program Protecting New York Dairy Industry

WASHINGTON - Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) encourages Hudson Valley dairy farmers to enroll in the 2019 Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program, the new voluntary program designed to protect dairy producers against dramatic changes in both farm costs and milk prices. Enrollment for the DMC program begins this week and will end Friday, September 20th, 2019.

“Our farmers are the heart and soul of the Hudson Valley – not only do they employ thousands of our neighbors and create over $100 million in economic activity each year, they make this a special place to live. I urge all of our hardworking dairy producers to enroll in this new Dairy Margin Coverage program to give them the coverage they need and refund the premiums they paid into the broken old program. At a time when milk prices are low and the cost of production is high, this important program will give our dairy producers a little more peace of mind and keep this vital industry going,” said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney.

Over the last decade, the United States has lost over one-third of dairy farms, losing over 2,700 farmers in 2018 alone. New York state saw 280 licensed dairy farms close between 2017 and 2018.

The Dairy Margin Coverage program provides several levels of buy-up coverage for producers as well as catastrophic coverage, at no cost to the producer, in the event of a natural disaster or major accident.  The program was authorized by the 2018 Farm Bill and replaced the outdated and inefficient Dairy Margin Protection Program (MPP). It is retroactive to January 1, 2019.

New York farmers with questions about the Dairy Margin Coverage program can call Rep. Maloney’s Newburgh office: 845-561-1259, or visit They call also reach out to their nearest Farm Service Agency office in Orange or Putnam counties.

Farm Service Agency - Orange County

Middletown Service Center
225 Dolson Ave
Middletown, NY
Phone: 845-343-1872

Farm Service Agency – Dutchess, Westchester & Putnam Counties

2715 Route 44
Millbrook, NY
Phone: 845-677-3952

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney represents New York’s 18th Congressional District, and serves on the Agriculture Committee, in addition to the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.