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By Craig W. Anderson 

The new Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program – part of the 2018 Farm Bill – may not be fully available until mid-2019 but January’s margin for dairy-income-over-feed-cost triggered the first payment for eligible producers in June.

The DMC replaced the Margin Protection Program (MPP) for dairy and is a voluntary risk-management program that offers protection for dairy farmers when the difference between the all-milk price and the average feed cost – or margin – falls below a certain dollar amount selected by the producer.

By Craig W. Anderson 

Amber McDowell, program assistant for San Joaquin Farm Bureau, is one of 10 members in the 2019 Leadership Farm Bureau class embarking on 250 hours of intensive training on agricultural issues and leadership methods.

“I’ve been with San Joaquin Farm Bureau for 18 months and I love working in ag and meeting with many interesting people,” Amber said, noting her activities such as Ag Day at the State Capital, Media Night, meetings at Farm Centers, meeting with assorted communities to update them on agricultural issues and working on what she called a “website refresher.”

By Craig W. Anderson 

San Joaquin County’s groundwater basin should be drinking deep of the heavy winter storms pummeling the area. The most rain since 2017 has alleviated – again –ongoing drought and introduced new water to the aquifer. A sector benefitting greatly from the deluge is that of projects that use excess surface water to recharge groundwater basins.

Aquafer improved

“So far, the indications are that the aquifer’s gone up,” said Joe Valente, president of the North San Joaquin Water Conservation District’s board of directors. “The district’s responsible for making sure the 150,000 acres of land it’s responsible for receives adequate supplies of water.”