Eberly Family Farms, Waynesboro
Avoid botulism, listeriosis risks in small grain baleage
By Rory Lewandowski , farmanddairy.com

Spring harvest is quickly approaching and now is the time to review management practices to prevent possible botulism and listeriosis health risks associated with poor quality small grain baleage.

Many dairy farms plant a small grain crop such as winter wheat, cereal rye or triticale in the fall with plans to harvest that crop as an ensiled or baleage product.  Read more
D.C. Circuit Strikes Down Rule on Animal Farm Air Pollution
From http://www.huschblackwell.com

On April 11, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit vacated a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule that exempted farms from complying with air pollution reporting requirements for releases of hazardous substances from animal waste. Unless the EPA petitions the U.S. Supreme Court for certiori, animal farms will be required to report air emissions of substances like ammonia and hydrogen sulfide beginning in July 2017.

"What This Means to You
The EPA is expected to file a petition for certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court. If the EPA does not petition for cert or cert is not granted, the rule will be vacated and large animal farms will be required to report air pollution from animal waste under CERCLA and EPCRA. If required to report such releases, owners or operators of affected animal farming operations should also consider providing notice of a "continuous release," where releases are continuous and stable in quantity and rate."   Read More  

Just when you thought the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter couldn't get any bigger, they are, thanks to bond money in the new state budget.

The Department of Agriculture is getting $2.4 million to double the size of the Georgia Grown building, allowing more room for other vendors.

"It would offer so many opportunities for other Georgia Grown members to come and join us," Tisha Carr said.

Agriculture commissioner Gary Black says they'll also add a "birthing center" to the Georgia Grown Building, giving fair guests the chance to watch live births of farm animals during the fair each fall.
Black says he got that idea from other state fairs like Minnesota.

The livestock operations are also getting upgraded. They'll be adding a third climate controlled arena, along with stalls and RV hookups.   Read more
Sweet and Simple: Five Tips for Dairy Foods Innovation
From Donna Berry at http://berryondairy.blogspot.com
On the heels of speaking multiple times at ProFood Tech last week and at the 106th annual Oregon Dairy Industries meeting this week, I am consolidating the innovation suggestions I shared into five sweet and simple tips.

1. Snackify your dairy products. 
With consumers snacking multiple times a day, many forgoing traditional meals all together, it is paramount that snacks be formulated for different day parts. Yogurt does a decent job of positioning itself as a snack food by being available in single-serve cups, sometimes with enrichment for satiation and nutrition. Cheese is on board with snack size forms and single-serve packs. There are many opportunities to make milk and ice cream snack foods.

A new study by Amplify Snack Brands and the Center for Generational Kinetics suggests that Millennials are the driving force behind the growth of the better-for-you snack category. The research revealed that healthier snacks have become widely available across the country, break the income barrier and are being held to the same standards of universal taste appeal as their conventional products. The result, says Amplify, is that healthy is the new normal.  Read More
Three practical lessons United Airlines 
can teach  your dairy farm
From Walt Cooley, Progressive Dairyman

United's forced removal of a passenger from an overbooked flight offers several lessons for dairy producers. Here were my three general takeaways for dairy producers from the incident:

1) Assume cameras are everywhere
Even if you have banned employees from using cell phones on the job, one must assume they are still everywhere. Anything and everything could be caught on camera on a dairy. Is your dairy ready for that?    Read more
From Rightthisminute.com

Ed Henderson is a dairy farmer living in Florida that has an unconventional method when it comes to herding his cows. He plays some smooth jazz for them. Ever since elementary school, Henderson has been playing the trombone and now he's using his musical abilities to entertain about 6,800 cows!
Watch Here 
Dairy-free diets warning over risk to bone health

A National Osteoporosis Society survey found a fifth of under-25s are cutting out or reducing dairy in their diet.

It said it was concerned many young adults were putting their health at risk by following eating fads.

Cutting out dairy can be healthy if enough calcium is consumed from other sources, such as nuts, seeds and fish.    Read more  
UGA Extension pesticide training fees, testing, credits to change in May
One of University of Georgia Cooperative Extension's key commitments to the state and its farmers is to provide the training and information that private pesticide applicators need to ensure the safe use of pesticides.

The way that UGA Extension offers trainings, exams and continuing education classes for pesticide applicators' license renewals will change in the coming months. This change will ensure that UGA Extension can continue to provide pesticide safety education throughout the state, while staying in line with changes mandated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). 

"Our commitment to the safety of those who work on farms, those who eat the produce grown in our state, and the general public has always been a big part of what we do here," said Mark McCann, assistant dean for Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension at UGA. "We will continue to make sure that those who use restricted-use pesticides as part of their livelihoods - landscapers and farmers - will have 24/7 access to the training they need to use those pesticides safely."

UGA Extension has developed a state-specific curriculum and exam series for private pesticide applicators.      Read more   

Despite the current excess supply environment, rising demand points to a bright future for the U.S. organic milk industry, leading a record number of dairies to transition to organic milk production, according to a new report from CoBank.

Organic milk generates the highest sales of any certified organic commodity, and steady demand growth will lift organic fluid milk market share and further stimulate product innovation, the report suggested .     Read more  
Georgia Pecan and Beef Commissions Holding Referendums
From GrowingGeorgia.com

Georgia pecan growers and beef producers will vote in separate referendums this spring to decide if their respective grower assessments, which fund the Georgia Pecan Commission and the Georgia Beef Commission, will continue. 

Georgia beef producers pay $1 per head sold to fund the research, promotion and education programs of the Georgia Beef Commission. Projects the commission has funded include controlling the Bermudagrass stem maggot, studying how to manage summer annual grazing systems, growing alfalfa in Bermudagrass, baleage production systems, and fall brassica production. The beef referendum will be held May 1-30. Growers should receive a ballot in the mail from the Georgia Department of Agriculture by May 10. Eligible producers who don't receive a ballot should contact the GDA at 404-586-1405. Ballots must be signed and postmarked by May 30 to be counted.    Read more  
2017 Forage Field Day at Camp Twin Lakes in Rutledge

The Morgan County Cattlemen's Association will host their 2017 Forage Field Day on April 17, at Camp Twin Lakes in Rutledge GA.  Speakers will review weed identification, fence systems, pasture management and grazing.  

Attendees will also tour the Camp Twin Lakes Sustainable Teaching Farm and enjoy a networking dinner.  If you are interested in attending, please contact the Morgan County Extension office at 706-342-2214.
2017 Florida Dairy Production Conference

You are invited to attend the 2017 Florida Dairy Production Conference that will be held in Gainesville, on  Thursday April 20  The program starts at 9 AM and concludes at 5 PM. The conference will be held at  the Alto Straughn IFAS Extension  Center, 2142 Shealy Drive, Gainesville, Florida. 

Mark Your Calendars:

June 15: UGA Corn Silage Field Day, Tifton 
GA Dairy Classifieds

FOR HIRE:  Custom Silage Harvesting.  Late model JD chopper. Will travel. Let me put your quality forage up! Nic Haynes, Muddy H Farms, 678-617-3379.

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