USDA launches new dairy insurance program

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Area farmers are learning more about new insurance options this week.

Enrollment began Tuesday for the federal margin insurance program. It's voluntary and is designed to protect farmers against downturns in milk prices and shifts in feed prices.

Farmers interested in signing up can contact their local Farm Service Agency office.

Informational meetings are being held this week by the University of Wisconsin-Extension.