See You In Savannah!

On Jan. 15-17, dairy producers from Georgia and the eastern seaboard will come to the Savannah Riverfront Marriott for the 2018 Georgia Dairy Conference -  the southeast's premier dairy conference and trade show.


Here are just a few reasons why you should register today and make plans to attend:

Learn Something New
GDC provides farmers and dairy professionals with the opportunity to hear from renowned national speakers. 

Make Connections: GDC is where farmers,  professionals and representatives from government agencies and universities come together with a united mission to learn and move dairy forward. Attendees have a chance to network with the nation's leading suppliers at the trade-show and connect with fellow producers. 

Have fun:  Refresh, recharge and continue learning at GDC. Come have some fun in Savannah and take a few well-deserved days off from the farm.   Click Here to Register for the 2018 GA Dairy Conference!!

Please note: If you contact hotel and find that our conference block is full, make your reservation outside of the block and contact us at  We should be able pull your reservation into our block - so that you receive the lower rate.  
DGN Event to be held during 2018 Georgia Dairy Conference
Trump Again Demands a Wall as Lawmakers Chase Immigration Deal

President Donald Trump said he's not backing down on funding a border wall in any immigration deal as lawmakers from both parties were rushing to cobble together an agreement that can survive hardliners' opposition and win bipartisan support.

"It's got to include the wall," Trump said at a news conference Wednesday where he was asked if he would sign immigration legislation that didn't provide funding to begin building a physical barrier on the U.S.-Mexico border. "Security is number one, so the answer is you have to have the wall."

Lawmakers involved in the negotiations shuttled between the House and Senate seeking accord on legislation that would give protection against deportation to some 800,000 young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children, while also meeting Trump's conditions of tighter border security, restrictions on family preferences in immigration and an end to a diversity visa lottery.     Read more

The Southeast United Dairy Industry Association, Atlanta, said it has new leadership, new branding and a new name: The Dairy Alliance.
This change represents the new vision and mission of the organization. The Dairy Alliance said it has an emphasis on market-focused partnerships that proactively promote and protect the interests of 2,100 dairy farm families in the Southeast. The new branding initiative includes a new logo, a strategic mission and vision and a renewed effort to expand partnerships and provide growth opportunities in the dairy industry.

"We are aligning our organization to more accurately reflect the vision of our dairy farmer board of directors and bring focus and clarity to the new mission of The Dairy Alliance," said Doug Ackerman, who has served as CEO since January of 2017. "The rebranding is more than a new logo and a new name. It is a fundamental shift in how we position ourselves within the dairy industry, individual business channels and communities where we live and partner for a healthier future for us all."  Read more

With the January 4, 2018 announcement of December Class and Component Prices, 2017 milk prices were completed.  The prices for December were at or near the bottom of all 2017 prices.  The Class III price was $15.44/cwt.  There was only one month during the year that posted a lower price. As seen on the dashboard in Chart I, the losses were very widespread.

Chart II below says the same thing in another way.  The pie chart often used in this blog shows the makeup of the Class III price by component.  The relative structure of the pie chart showed little change in December, because the pieces of the pie all shrunk.  The overall Class III price dropped $1.44/cwt.  The last row of the chart below shows which components contributed to the Class III price decline.  The drop in the price of milk protein caused a $.90/cwt. decrease.  The price of butterfat caused a $.21/cwt. drop, and "Other Solids" caused a $.33/cwt. decrease.  Added together, they account for the $1.44/cwt. drop in the Class III price.     Read more
Trump Plants Seeds Of Rural Revival With Friendly Farm Audience
By Scott Horsley, NPR

President Trump thanked America's farmers for their political support on Monday and unveiled a plan designed to help revive fortunes in struggling rural areas. At the same time, the president is pursuing trade and immigration policies that could be harmful to farmers' bottom lines.

In a speech to the American Farm Bureau Federation in Nashville, Tenn., Trump took note of farmers' role in the economy and social fabric of the country.

"We are fighting for our farmers ... and we're fighting for our country, and for our great American flag," Trump said. "In every decision we make, we are honoring America's proud farming legacy."     Read more  
Healthy food trends for 2018: Plant-based snacks, riced veggies and more

Jackie London of Good Housekeeping visits TODAY to take a look at the top healthy food trends for 2018, including pulses (seeds of legumes like lentils), plant-based snacks, riced vegetables, alternatives to dairy, and new global alternatives like plantain chips. Watch video here
From Chicago Tribune

It may appear that ghee is currently having a moment in food bloggers' newsfeeds and Brooklyn eateries alike, but the truth is that ghee has been around for thousands of years and is not just another  foodie trend.

Ghee, the Hindi word for "fat," has been a staple of  Indian cuisine for centuries. It is a type of clarified butter made by heating butter, skimming off the milk solids, and leaving the water to evaporate. What remains is a rich, golden butter fat that is nutritious, easily digestible, and flavorsome. The taste of ghee is richer and nuttier than butter, and it has a deep yellow color.  Read more  
Register Today for the 2018 Georgia Ag Forecast Seminars!
Predicting markets and preparing for the next growing season can be a tough job, but that's where we can help. Georgia Ag Forecast is an annual seminar series presented by the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in partnership with Georgia Farm Bureau and the Georgia Department of Agriculture.

UGA, the state's land-grant and flagship institution, is committed to sharing the latest research and information to help Georgia farmers and agribusinesses. Join our economists as they provide an outlook of agricultural markets for the coming year. Participants will network with UGA faculty and UGA Cooperative Extension agents, local producers and other stakeholders, and will leave the meeting with a copy of the 2017 Georgia Ag Forecast book, which is designed to provide detailed analyses of major commodities produced in the state. Find the closet meeting location near you-click here for info & registration!
Southeastern Soil Summit in January

  Georgia is hosting the  Southeastern Soil Summit  in Atlanta on January 21-22, 2018 at the Westin Peachtree Plaza. This Summit will allow the  FDA  to give an overview of where they are with the development of Subpart F Biological Soil Amendments as well as give the  produce, composting, and compost material suppliers  the opportunity to provide input and discussion on what this part of the Rule needs to look like.    Click here for full details and registration.

The University of Georgia's Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest helps to highlight the state's burgeoning food product scene with its annual competition.Registration for the 2018 contest, which is coordinated each year by the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, is now open at .

Now well into its second decade, the competition serves both food entrepreneurs, assisting them in testing new products and reaching a larger audience, and established brands, helping them break into new markets and receive accolades for established product lines.

To date, more than 1,200 food products have been entered in the contest. Many of these products are sold in regional and national markets. As a result of the contest, some have increased their wholesale distribution or internet sales or experienced better traffic at local farmers markets.

Product categories include barbecue sauces, beverages, condiments and salsas, confections, dairy and related products, honey, jams and jellies, meats and seafood, meat-alternative products, sauces and seasonings, snack foods, and miscellaneous products. There is no limit to the number of products an individual business can submit.

The early registration fee is $100 per entry and continues through Jan. 19, 2018. After that date, the price increases to $150 and remains open until Feb. 8, 2018. 
Mark Your Calendars:

January 15-17, 2018: Georgia Dairy Conference, Savannah
Jan 30 - Feb. 7: UGA Ag Forecast Meetings Across GA - Click Here
GA Dairy Classifieds

FOR SALE: 13 Holstein heifers due Feb and March, 5 with dams over 1000lbs fat , 6 bred to sexed semen. Over 30 yrs AI  Ray Ward.  706-473-8789  Eatonton, Ga

WANTED:  L ooking for used pasteurizing and bottling equipment in working condition; Linda and Darrell Rankins, Jr.;  334-745-2357  (best times: mid-day and after  8 p.m. )

For sale 200 cow dairy in Eatonton, Georgia ; selling choice of 100 head.  SCC low 200,000's.  Cows mostly AI sired for last 30 years primarily Holstein, few Jerseys and cross breeds.  Cows in milk tank average 70 lbs. 3.9 fat test on low input feed.  Complete DHIA info. on all cows.  Nearly 100 head in first lactation or springing now.  Also offering 50 bred heifers to start calving late January thru Summer.   Call 423-506-2621

Springers for Sale:   50 head of Holsteins, almost all are AI ID Sired and most are 2nd Generation ID.  All heifers are confirmed AI pregnant.  12 are due in December, 30 early January, & 8 late January.  Also have bred heifers available calving Feb-Apr. Stanley London (706) 969-9282

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.

For information contact Jim Reid at 
or email at

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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