New Delhi, Sept. 21 -- SDA on Thursday extended the deadline for dairy producers to enroll in the Dairy Margin Coverage program for 2019 to Sept. 27.

The deadline had been Sept. 20.

The program offers protection to dairy producers when the difference between a national all-milk price and national average feed cost falls below a certain dollar amount selected by the producer.

"More than 21,200 dairy operations have already signed up for DMC, but we're providing an additional week to help ensure interested producers have time to come into the office," said Bill Northey, USDA under secretary for farm production and conservation.

Retroactive to Jan. 1, the program has already resulted in almost $230 million in payments according to capitalp...