The 2018 state budget signed by Gov. Eric Greitens made available $660,000 to fund a dairy assistance program created by the Missouri Dairy Revitalization Act. For the first time in state history, the budget contains funding for dairy producers through the Margin Insurance Premium Assistance Program.

Margin Insurance Premium Assistance Program

The Margin Insurance Premium Assistance program was established to assist Missouri dairy farmers with the cost of their participation in the federal margin protection program between 2015 and 2017. Eligible dairy farmers may be reimbursed up to 70 percent of their federal premium, excluding the USDA Farm Service Agency administrative fees. Dairy farmers applying for reimbursement will be required to submit full proof of federal premium payment for each year that reimbursement is requested. Applications will open on Jan. 2, 2018, and close on Feb. 28, 2018. Full program information and application forms are also available through milk marketing cooperatives, producer organizations and county FSA offices.

Margin Insurance Premium Assistance Application Forms

The Missouri Dairy Scholars Scholarship Program

The Missouri Dairy Scholars Scholarship Program was created to support students pursuing careers in the dairy industry. Students may qualify for up to $5,000 in scholarships if they are enrolled in a two-year or four-year Missouri college and work on a dairy farm or have a dairy-related internship. Students must also make a commitment to work in Missouri’s agriculture industry as a condition of receiving the scholarship.

Applications will open on Jan. 16, 2018, and close on March 16, 2018. This year, $40,000 will be awarded.

Scholarships will be selected on a competitive basis. Each application will be evaluated and rated using the following criteria:

  • Agriculture-related degree
  • Dairy-related work experience
  • Academic achievement and year in school
  • Resume and letters of recommendation
  • Future career plans

Missouri Dairy Scholars Scholarship Application Forms