Georgia Milk Promotes Dairy At GA FFA Convention 
Georgia Milk enjoyed promoting milk and the dairy industry at the 2017 GA FFA State Convention this week! Over 5,700 FFA members, advisors and guests are attending the conference in Macon.  It's an honor to support this valuable organization.  Thank you for educating and building future leaders for our industry!

Late Monday afternoon, the U.S. Senate finally confirmed former Georgia  Gov. Sonny Perdue as the country's 31 stagriculture secretary by a vote of 87 to 11. The vote was the culmination of a three-month process involving hearings, the completion of much paperwork, and an Easter holiday delay. 

Perdue, a farmer's son and a working farmer who briefly practiced as a veterinarian and spent time in the U.S. Air Force, will have the task of crafting the new Farm Bill at the top of his to-do list when he moves into his office at the USDA     Read more 
BY DTN/Progressive Farmer

The White House used  Sonny Perdue's swearing in on Tuesday as Agriculture secretary as a backdrop to help show President Donald Trump is focused on the interests of farmers and agriculture.

To mark Perdue's confirmation vote and first official day on the job, the president signed an executive order on agriculture and hosted a roundtable Tuesday afternoon with Perdue and 14 other farmers from around the country.   
Monitoring Milk Quality
by Emmanuel Rollin, DVM MFAM Clinical Assistant Professor, Dairy Production Medicine Dept. of Population Health, University of GA College of Veterinary Medicine
A milk quality program can have positive impacts on farm profitability, especially if it includes both quality control and quality assurance steps. Here are some tips on how to make your milk quality processes more deliberate and purposeful without having to invest a large amount of time and effort.   Read More
How Did Agriculture Become the Villain?
From Daniel M. Christensen, Farm Kid who got a Hold of a Computer via Huffington Post

A few things seems to be prevalent in all human history:

Horrible fashion choices.
Huge disgusting bugs. (See Exodus)
People picking their nose.

While these are all fascinating and deserve entire articles dedicated to them, the one I want to focus on is "Demonizing people, cultures, and things we haven't experienced or don't quite understand."
This is incredibly broad, but probably explains the majority of hate, prejudice, and overall intolerance towards one another. The one facet that I would like to begin to tackle is the intolerance towards the agriculture industry, specifically. Read more
Farms caught in Canadian trade dispute find buyers for their milk
By Rick Barrett , Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Just days before they might have had to close, most of the Wisconsin dairy farms caught up in a trade dispute with Canada have found buyers for their milk, enabling them to stay in business.

At risk had been some 58 farms ranging in size from 80 to 3,000 cows, including many in Dodge and Jefferson counties and others near Fond du Lac and Sheboygan.

Grassland Dairy Products of Greenwood said it would stop buying from the farms effective this Monday because it lost millions of dollars when Canada changed its milk-buying practices to favor Canadian farmers at the expense of U.S. milk producers.   Read more
By  Progressive Dairyman Editor Dave Natzke

The 36th National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments (NCIMS) is scheduled for May 12-17, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. At least one proposal calls for lowering the maximum allowable somatic cell count (SCC) in milk to 400,000 cells per milliliter (cells/mL).

Holstein Association USA, Inc. submitted the proposal in another attempt to reduce the maximum SCC allowed to market milk in the U.S. from the current 750,000 cells/mL. The deadline to submit proposals was Feb. 14.    Read more 
How Much U.S. Milk is needed in the Future
Written by John Geuss,

The first quarter of 2017 is finished and most of the dairy data is available for the full year of 2016 and partial data is available for the first quarter of 2017.  As covered in a prior post, the volume of beverage milk is down, just not per capita, but in total.  Cheese consumption continues to grow, as has been the trend for decades.  Yogurt sales have plateaued.  Butter continues to grow in both per capita demand and in total.  The U.S. Population growth is running at less than 1 percent.  With a strong U.S.D., exports have struggled and lost ground from prior years.  If you put this all together, how much milk is really needed to meet demand?  How much might be needed in ten years?   Read more  
America's $1.2 Billion Mexico Milk Trade Is Now at Risk
By Deena Shanker, Bloomberg News

Even as the Trump administration jousts with Canada over its latest trade dispute, it might want to keep a closer eye on Mexico, America's No. 1 one dairy importer. Its southern neighbor, which figures prominently in the U.S. government's crime and immigration rhetoric, spent  almost twice as much money as Canada did on U.S. dairy in 2016.  That's $1.2 billion.

Now it appears Mexico is looking for new trading partners.

In the first two months of 2017, Mexico increased its imports of skim milk powder from the European Union  by 122 percent over last year, according to the EU Milk Market Observatory (as first reported by the  Irish Farm Journal). Mexico has also been exploring talks with dairy  powerhouse New Zealand. That country's trade minister visited Mexico City in February to discuss a potential trade deal. 

Why the moves by Mexico? In a word: Trump.    Read more  
Major beef supplier Cargill to exit U.S. cattle-feeding business

Cargill Inc [CARG.UL] said on Wednesday it will exit the business of feeding cattle to direct capital toward other investments, the latest transformation for the global commodity trader.

Minnesota-based Cargill struck a deal to sell its last two feed yards to ethanol producer Green Plains Inc ( GPRE.O) for $36.7 million, after selling other feedyards to Friona Industries last year, according to the companies.

Cargill's withdrawal from the feeding business highlights a change in priorities at the company, which says it is the world's largest supplier of ground beef.

Cargill wants to expand its North America-based protein business by exploring plant-based protein, fish and insects, along with other opportunities linked to livestock and poultry, spokesman Mike Martin said.   Read more  
American Farm Bureau: Trump's Dairy Tariff Will Boost Farmers
First President Trump took on Canadian lumber, imposing a 20% tax on lumber imports from America's northern neighbor.  Now it's dairy with Trump planning a similar tariff on Canadian dairy products.  American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall says Trump is taking an important step to support American dairy farmers. 
2017 Precision Dairy Conference

The 2017 Precision Dairy Conference will be held in Lexington, Kentucky from May 30-June 1, 2017. The program will include dairy producer showcase sessions, many industry updates, and talks about how research impacts dairy management. The trade show will be an opportunity to see first-hand what companies have to offer in the growing field of precision technologies and equipment. This event is designed for dairy producers and practical applications rather than focusing on only presentations of research data. In one place, you will be able to virtually visit various farms and see how the University of Kentucky manages multiple technologies.  For more information visit their webpage here
Mark Your Calendars:
May 25: GMP Board Meeting, Macon
May 30-June 1: Precision Dairy Conference, Lexington, KY
June 3: Putnam Co Dairy Festival, Eatonton
June 15: UGA Corn Silage Field Day, Tifton 
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