Executive Summary

Dairy Revenue Protection (Dairy-RP) participation figures provided by the USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA) were recently updated with values spanning through the final week of July. Highlights from the most recent report include:

  • There were 2,821 Dairy-RP policies sold with active endorsements through the week ending Jul 26th, up 66 from the previous week. Wisconsin led all states in the number of policies sold with active endorsements, followed by Minnesota and Michigan.
  • Dairy-RP policies sold through the week ending Jul 26th have covered a total of 33.65 billion pounds of milk, the equivalent of approximately 168,300 Class III milk contracts and 7.6% of total 2019-2020 USDA projected milk production volumes. 95.0% of all milk covered has been at the 95% coverage level. Wisconsin has led all states in pounds of milk production covered within the Dairy-RP program through the week ending Jul 26th, followed by Idaho, California and Minnesota.
  • CME Class III Milk volume and open interest figures increased substantially following the initial wave of Dairy-RP sign-ups. Class III Milk volumes reached a 22 month high during Oct ’18 while Class III Milk open interest reached a 19 month high during Feb ’19. CME Class III Milk volume and open interest figures have trended back towards levels experienced prior to Dairy-RP sign-ups over more recent weeks, however.

Additional Report Details

Policies Sold:

There were 2,821 Dairy-RP policies sold with active endorsements through the week ending Jul 26th, up 66 from the previous week. The weekly increase in Dairy-RP endorsements was the smallest experienced throughout the past three weeks but was consistent with the historical average weekly increase in policies sold with active endorsements of 69.

Dairy-RP policies have been sold throughout 44 states through the week ending Jul 26th. Policies with active endorsements have been sold throughout 40 states, led by Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan. Wisconsin has accounted for nearly one third of all policies sold with active endorsements through the week ending Jul 26th.

Pounds Covered:

Approximately 33.65 billion pounds of milk have been covered through the Dairy-RP program through the week ending Jul 26th, which is the equivalent of 168,300 Class III milk contracts. 95.0% of all milk production covered has been at the 95% coverage level through the week ending Jul 26th.

Wisconsin has led all states in pounds of milk production covered within the Dairy-RP program through the week ending Jul 26th, followed by Idaho, California and Minnesota. The aforementioned states combined to account for over one half of all pounds of milk production covered within the Dairy-RP program.

CME Volume & Open Interest:

CME Class III Milk volume and open interest figures increased substantially following the initial wave of Dairy-RP sign-ups. Class III Milk volumes reached a 22 month high during Oct ’18 while Class III Milk open interest reached a 19 month high during Feb ’19. CME Class III Milk volume and open interest figures have trended back towards levels experienced prior to Dairy-RP sign-ups over more recent weeks, however.

Dairy-RP milk production volumes covered through the week ending Jul 26th were equivalent to 7.6% of total 2019-2020 USDA projected milk production volumes. For comparison, CME Class III Milk open interest as of the week ending Jul 26th was equivalent to 1.0% of total 2019-2020 projected production volumes.

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