GA ACCM Hires Benkoski as Assistant MDC Instructor

The Georgia Agricultural Commodity Commission for Milk is pleased to announce that Katelin Benkoski will join our Mobile Dairy Classroom Program as Assistant Instructor this month.

Georgia's Mobile Dairy Classroom is a dynamic, fun and educational program funded by Georgia's dairy farm families.  Our instructors visit schools, agricultural events, camps and fairs with a 30-foot Mobile Dairy Classroom.  The classroom features a fully operational milking parlor and contains a live cow used for milking and feeding demonstrations.

Benkoski, from Madison, Georgia, grew up on a small dairy farm and is currently pursuing a Master's Degree of Agribusiness at the University of Georgia.  While growing up, Benkoski was very active in her local 4-H and FFA chapters. Her love of agriculture led her to complete a double major in Animal Science and Agribusiness at the University of Georgia.   She also participated in various extracurricular activities including Block and Bridle, UGA Cattleman's Association, Alpha Gamma Delta and the Athens Youth Symphony.

"We are excited to welcome Katelin to our organization.  Her background and interest in agriculture and the dairy industry will be an asset to our program," stated Tim Camp, ACCM Chairman and Georgia dairy farmer.

Benkoski will join our MDC Coordinator, Nicole Karstedt, at several events this fall for training.  Georgia's Mobile Dairy Classroom visits close to 150 schools and educates more than 200,000 consumers at fairs and events each year. 

To book the Mobile Dairy Classroom visit or by email at

Georgia Milk Producers and the American Dairy Association of Georgia will kick off the first of nine annual fall district meetings on Monday, September 11, in Thomasville. During the meetings, these organizations will hold elections; report on industry issues and promotional efforts; and announce upcoming events. Dinner or lunch will be served at each meeting depending on the time the meeting is set to begin. Please make plans to join us at your district meeting!

Sept. 11, Monday - The Plaza Restaurant, Thomasville at Noon ( 217 S Broad St, Thomasville)
Sept. 11, Monday - Oasis Coffee House, Montezuma at 7:00 PM ( 314 Spaulding Rd, Montezuma)
Sept. 12, Tuesday - Barnstormers Grill, Williamson at 7 PM ( 349 Jonathans Roost Road, Williamson)
Sept. 14, Thursday - Cindy's Cafe on Cotton, Millen at Noon (535 Cotton Ave, Millen )
Sept. 14, Thursday - Burke County Extension Office, Waynesboro  at 7 PM (  715 West 6th St., Waynesboro)
Sept. 15, Friday - McGill/Woodruff Ag Bldg., Washington at Noon (1  36 N by Pass Washington)
Sept. 18, Monday - Bonner's Restaurant, Buckhead at 7 PM (1500 Bonner Ln, Buckhead )
Sept. 19, Tuesday - Glo-Crest Dairy, Clermont at Noon ( 5909 Bowen Bridge Road, Clermont)
Sept. 19, Tuesday - Western Sizzlin', Dalton at 7 PM (  501 Legion Dr, Dalton)
GA ACCM Begins Exciting Initiative in Rome to show  Georgians why milk is always on our minds!

Follow the new GA ACCM Milk on My Mind campaign online to stay up-to-date on several exciting contests and events to promote milk in Northwest Georgia.  

Do you know of a college student at  Shorter University Berry College Georgia Northwestern Technical College  or  Georgia Highlands College ? If so, don't let them miss out on a chance to enter a video contest for a cash cow award!

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Georgia Farm Bureau is encouraging farmers to send in comments to  #DitchTheRule and withdraw the Waters of the US rule. We have until Monday, August 28 to leave comments voicing our support for its removal. Leave your comments by visiting
American dairy divided: Some want Canada's supply management left alone in NAFTA

The American dairy industry is split on the question of Canada's supply-management system as national negotiators get set to hold their first session on agriculture Saturday in North American free trade talks.

A vocal contingent of American farmers actually supports the Canadian system of price-and-import controls and wants their national negotiators to leave the Canadian system alone instead of fighting it as expected.

They don't want to eliminate Canada's system. They want to emulate it.  Read more  
West Georgia Dairy Shares Their Work With Consumers
From Georgia Farm Monitor

West Georgia Creamery in Bowdon, Georgia offers fresh milk and buttermilk to area consumers. The dairy is owned by two family dairy farms, and they welcome the public to come see the bottling process. Here's a little bit of their story... 
Report Shows Undocumented Farm Workers A Dwindling Population

Farmers might soon have a tough time finding workers after a report from the Migration Policy Institute says the number of undocumented farm workers is falling.

The data was collected from the Department of Labor and found that from 2000 to 2014, undocumented workers in the agriculture sector fell from 55 percent to 47 percent.    Read More  
Bipartisan support could be the spark that leads to a farm bill replacement before it expires in September 2018.

U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds told The Daily Republic on Wednesday that he expects the farm bill to have a good chance at being approved by Congress by the fall of 2018.

"They want - Republicans and Democrats - want to see a good farm bill in place before it expires, that is helpful," Rounds said.

The current version of the farm bill expires in September 2018, just before the midterm elections, which would leave Congress in need of authorizing short-term replacements. The bill covers a variety of agriculture-related issues and is traditionally passed every five years     Read More
Dairies Capitalizing on Location Along Eclipse Route
By  Wyatt Bechtel  , Dairy Herd Management

The solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21, has inspired three dairies to open their gates and invite people onto their farm for the once in a lifetime experience. It also will be a great opportunity to hopefully cash in on the event by either selling tickets or dairy products for those in attendance.

Moving from west to east the eclipse will start in Oregon, but the first dairy to host an eclipse viewing party (that we know of) will be near the middle of the country outside Osborn, Mo.

Shatto Milk Company is 50 miles north of Kansas City and sells milk throughout the metro area in stores and via a milk delivery business. The  farm sold 350 tickets for parking and an estimated 1,500-2,000 people are expected to attend.   

"We never appreciated how big of deal this is," says Matt Shatto, vice president for the company founded by his parents who own the farm.

There has been interest from people across the country to attend, and there was also a family from Denmark that contemplated watching the eclipse on the 300 cow dairy.    Read More
2017 AgAware Workshop Next Week

AgSouth Farm Credit and AgGeorgia Farm Credit are hosting a free financial training workshop  on August 25 at the Burke County Extension office in Waynesboro. The purpose of the program is to promote and educate the next generation of farmers. This will be the fifth year the program has been  available in Georgia and South Carolina.

Topics covered in the program include: Balance Sheets, Income Statements, Family Finance &  Family Budgeting, Risk Management, Accrual Income, Applying for Financing and Preparing a  Business Plan with bonus video topics on Record Keeping, Marketing, and Technology available  for continued education. The AGAware educational program is also certified for FSA Direct  Borrower Training Credit.

The workshop will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Lunch is provided at no cost. To register click here.
Alfalfa Field Day
August 30th at 10 am


WHERE: WDairy, Madison
(4651 Monticello Hwy, Madison, GA 30650)

  • How HarvXtra® Alfalfa may add value to your operation
  • Grower experiences with HarvXtra® Alfalfa, including insight from Everett Williams
  • Introduction of AmeriStand 480 HVXRR
  • General alfalfa management
Georgia Grazing School - 2017

UGA Extension will host an Advanced Grazing School on Sept. 19 and 20 in Athens, GA. This two-day workshop will focus on low-cost fencing options, portable watering systems, soil health measures, nutrient cycling in pastures, and soil, root, and microbe interactions. 

Training will take place in both classroom and field settings. Multiple classroom lectures addressing soil health and grazing management will be combined with pasture exhibitions. Demonstrations of fencing and watering options will highlight valuable management practices for livestock producers.

Cost of the two day program is $150 for the first person from each farm ($75/person for each additional person from each farm/family) and includes lunches and breaks on each day, dinner on the first night, and a grazing school handbook. Participants are responsible for lodging.  Registration is limited to 75 participants and is accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
To register
click here .  For agenda and additional information click here
Mark Your Calendars:
Sept. 11: District 9 Mtg, The Plaza Restaurant, Thomasville at Noon 
Sept. 11: District 7 Mtg., Oasis Coffee House, Montezuma at 7 PM
Sept. 12: District 3 Mtg., Barnstormers Grill, Williamson at 7 PM 
Sept. 14: District 10 Mtg., Cindy's Cafe on Cotton, Millen at Noon 
Sept. 14: District 8 Mtg., Burke Cty Extension Office, Waynesboro at 7 PM
Sept. 15: District 6 Mtg., McGill/Woodruff Ag Bldg., Washington at Noon
Sept. 18: Dist. 4 & 5 Mtg., Bonner's Restaurant, Buckhead at 7 PM
Sept. 19: District 2 Mtg., Glo-Crest Dairy, Clermont at Noon 
Sept. 19: District 1 Mtg., Western Sizzlin', Dalton at 7 PM 
GA Dairy Classifieds

For Sale:  Jersey cows, heifers and calves for sale.  Registered with AJCA, all ages! Contact Matt Holton at 770-718-8271, call or text.  Dawsonville, GA.

HELP WANTED:   Farm and Livestock Supervisor for the Georgia Corrections Industries Dairy
located at the Rogers Farm Operations, Reidsville, Ga. Overview of duties include but not
limited to managing a farm and livestock operation. Supervise staff and inmates. Perform
administrative duties and oversees land, equipment and vehicles. For a more complete detail
of the job and how to apply please go to, Georgia Corrections Industries.

FOR HIRE: Dairy in Gay, GA, is seeking an experienced milker/farm hand. Dairy milks two times a day. Housing is provided.  For information contact Jeff Busciglio at 813-220-7072 or email at

For Hire:  Dairy in Gay, GA, is seeking an experienced milker/farm hand. Dairy milks two times a day. Housing is provided.  For information contact Jeff Busciglio at 813-220-7072 or email at

For information contact Jim Reid at 
or email at

Coastal Hay for sale.  $50 for 4 x 5 round bales or $6 a square bale.  Contact Ryan Keith in Waynesboro at 803-627-0762.

WANTED:  Looking to purchase 300 to 500 lb Holstein heifers. Please call Ray Ward  at 

FOR SALE: Kuhn 1014 Manure Spreader for $9,000 - Contact Randall Ruff, Elbert County, at 706-498-4344

20 Calftel Calf Hutches for $200 each - Contact Randall Ruff, Elbert County, at 706-498-4344

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.

We have a continuous selection of fresh and springing heifers.
Call William at  (706) 768-2857 or visit our website at 

Bullcalves Wanted : Looking for Bullcalves to purchase - Barron Tench 864-844-2295 or     
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