WELCOME HOME SONNY!

Thank you to Georgia Farm Bureau for hosting a special "Welcome Home Sonny" event today for  U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. 

GFB President Gerald Long and staff honored the Secretary with a Georgia Farm Bureau Lifetime Membership for all that he has done for agriculture in Georgia and the US.

For more photos of the event visit gfb.photos/sonny
Ag Secretary attends Tifton listening session

US Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue traveled to Tifton Friday, for a listening session on rural prosperity. At least one of his constituents believes local consistent labor is a large issue he's facing for his cotton farm.   

"I kept hearing three things: trade, labor, and regulation over and over again," said former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue.

"What the president has told me to do is figure out how we can have a legal guest worker program in the United States to harvest the abundant crops that we do. And I think you will see some of that come about," said the Ag Secretary. Click Here to Watch Report
**NEXT WEEK**
Alfalfa Field Day
August 30th at 10 am

**CERTIFIED WASTE OPERATORS ATTENDING THIS  EVENT WILL RECEIVE CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS HOURS**

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

TOPICS:
  • 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
    discussion

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)
Large farms get more time to comply with emissions reporting requirement

The Environmental Protection Agency has until  Nov. 14  to figure out how to enforce emissions reporting requirements for thousands of animal feeding operations.

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals gave EPA until then to comply with its  April ruling that found the agency illegally exempted all but the largest concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) from reporting releases of hazardous substances, including ammonia and hydrogen sulfide, above certain levels. Read More                                    
#DITCHTHERULE for Good!
 
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  https://goo.gl/q8vesN
 


We started chopping our corn silage July 20 this year and finished chopping August 18. It has definitely been one of the longest silage seasons I have ever encountered. We planted a good bit more corn than normal, it rained a good bit, and we had some late corn planted as well.  These factors all contributed to the extended silage making process. Still, this year and every year, we try to do everything we can to make sure the silage is chopped, packed, and sealed up to make the highest quality forage that we can.

Silage season and I have always had a hate/love relationship. I love working with my cows and heifers but when this season comes around everyone on the farm has to do a little extra and do some things we don't normally do on a daily basis; whether it be hauling silage to the pits from the field in one of the dump trucks, pushing silage in the pits, or packing the silage with our packing tractor.  Read more  
McGovern, others urge USDA to provide relief to dairy farmers


Several federal lawmakers from Massachusetts joined other Washington lawmakers on Wednesday urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture to provide dairy farmers with relief and new insurance.

The two congressman who represent Franklin County in the U.S. House of Representatives, James McGovern and Richard Neal, and U.S. senators from Massachusetts, Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren, joined 19 others including Sens. Bernie Sanders and Patrick Leahy of Vermont in signing a letter to the USDA.

According to McGovern's office, in the letter to Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, the members of Congress from both major parties emphasized that safety net programs for dairy farmers, such as the Margin Protection Program have failed to provide farmers with adequate support from price fluctuations. They urged the Agriculture Department to make milk an eligible commodity under the Federal Crop Insurance Program - which successfully insures farmers across the country for hundreds of different kinds of crops - and to work with USDA's Risk Management Agency to develop new insurance products for dairy producers.  Read more  
McDonald's to cut global antibiotic use in chickens

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - McDonald's Corp ( MCD.N) on Wednesday said that it would begin curbing the use of the high value human antibiotics in its global chicken supply in 2018, as the fast-food giant joins a broad effort to battle dangerous superbugs.

McDonald's, in a policy statement, said it is working on antibiotic plans for other meats, dairy cows and laying hens.

McDonald's is requiring suppliers of chicken meat to begin phasing out the use of antibiotics defined by the World Health Organization as "highest priority critically important antimicrobials" (HPCIA) to human medicine.

Public health and consumer groups applauded the move, which is not as strict as the company's policy for the United States, where already for a year suppliers have provided the chain with chickens raised without antibiotics deemed important to human health.    Read More  
Ditching NAFTA without a replacement could be devastating to U.S. agriculture and end up costing Americans more for groceries, according to experts.

Mexico and  Canada represent nearly one-third of total U.S. agricultural exports. Corn, soybeans, fresh fruits and vegetables as well as livestock and dairy are major U.S. exports to those countries.

President  Donald Trump said in a  speech late Tuesday that it's unlikely the U.S. will be able to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement. Some believe Trump risks a backlash in the farm belt states where he's had political support if he does away with the trade deal.    Read More
By Jenny Eagle, dairyreporter.com

China will overtake the US as the largest dairy market by 2022 whilst India takes fourth place from 2021, according to research by Euromonitor International.

It claims in the next five years countries will shift in importance due to a change in consumer demand in dairy.  

Americans are drinking less milk and have become wary of flavored milk drinks, which they perceive to be unhealthy due to their high sugar content.

However, China's growing appetite for yogurt will result in it overtaking the U.S. as the largest dairy market by 2022.   Read More  
Grocer-Consumer Social Media Disconnect Needs Addressing

For years now, social media has been a big deal for food retailers: Almost all are on social networks, while three-quarters are making significant or moderate investments in social-media-related outreach, according to research from Tampa, Fla.-based marketing and promotions management company Aptaris and Cincinnati-based analytics firm Dunnhumby.

But while nine in 10 grocery shoppers regularly follow one or more social media sites, only one in four of that group is connected to her primary grocer, according to "U.S. Supermarket Shopper Update," a recent report from the  Retail Feedback Group (RFG), based in Lake Success, N.Y.    Read more
Meet the Manolo Blahnik Execs Running Arethusa, a Luxury Dairy Farm

Boutique dairy-be it Icelandic yogurts,  artisanal ice creams or high-protein milks-is having its moment in the spotlight on grocery store shelves. But you might be surprised to learn that for the duo behind one of the industry's most successful power players,  Arethusa Farm, dairy is merely a side hustle. That's because before George Malkemus and Anthony Yurgaitis grew their kingdom of milk, butter, cheese and ice cream, they built a shoe empire you might have heard of:  Manolo Blahnik.

Malkemus and Yurgaitis are the president and vice president, respectively, of the shoe company, a brand made even more famous by Sarah Jessica Parker's Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City. They're also the full-time owners of Arethusa Farm, an immensely popular dairy farm in Connecticut, where the milk is award winning, the barns are pristine and the cows are treated like spa guests. Read more
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 gdcjobs.com., 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 jsb280@yahoo.com

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 jsb280@yahoo.com

FOR SALE:  
TRIOLIET  SOLOMIX 2 1600 ZKT
  • TANDEM AXLE
  • DIGI STAR 3600V SCALE
  • RIGHT-LEFT-REAR DOORS
  • NEW HARD FACING ON AUGERS
  • NEW KNIVES
For information contact Jim Reid at 
229-924-2474 
or email at jim@reidbros.com

FOR SALE:  
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

FOR SALE: 
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.

FOR SALE
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  barron.tench@gmail.com     
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