Cream of the Crop Award Winners from this week's GA Dairy Conference
Dairymen Pictured : Mark Rodgers, Danny Bell, Dave Clark and Daniel Williams 

Global and domestic markets, driving demand, heifer management, robotic milking systems and connecting with consumers and fellow dairymen, were among the many issues discussed at the 2018 Georgia Dairy Conference this week in Savannah.

Over 530 Southeastern dairy farmers and agribusiness representatives attending the 2018 Georgia Dairy Conference (GDC) left the three-day event with new insights on a variety of dairy issues and management topics.
Proceedings from our speakers will be saved to our GDC website next week.

Georgia Milk Producers would like to thank the many sponsors that participated in the conference. Your support made this year's conference a huge success.  Click here to view our list of sponsors.

In addition to our quality line-up of educational speakers, GDC hosted the 4th Annual Southeast Dairy Science Student Symposium on Monday, Jan.  15. 

Forty - seven students from Berry College, North Carolina State University of Florida, University of Georgia, ABAC and Virginia Tech  attended the event, designed to provide students interested in the dairy industry with a platform to explore careers and internship opportunities in the Southeast. 
Students also connected with dairymen and  industry affiliates to build networking opportunities and future business relationships. 

Visit our GDC Facebook page to view photos from the conference (more to come).  More coverage on the Georgia Dairy Conference will be included in next's week Enews! 
January 2018 Dixie Dairy Report  


This issue includes a report on milk production, blend prices, price projections for 2018 and commodity inventories.

The FDA has signaled its intent to "modernize certain standards of identity" in its 2018 strategic roadmap, suggesting that it might, after all, weigh into the plant-based 'milk' and 'cheese' debate in 2018, although it has not clarified which standards it has in mind.  Read more

Temporary government funding runs out at midnight Friday and there's still no agreement on a temporary extension. Democrats are demanding that a stopgap include a provision permanently shielding some undocumented immigrants from deportation, while Republicans want to keep that issue separate from funding and budget negotiations.  Read more

November export data was recently released.  The data set records for every commodity that is used to price producer milk.  As explained in the prior post, inventories of these commodities are high, very high.  That post finished with a statement that exports need to increase and production needs to decrease.  Exports for November show strength that will help get rid of excess milk.  Now, a decrease in production is needed.
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NAFTA talks seen ending happily, despite growls from Trump

The North American Free Trade Agreement will probably be renegotiated successfully with only marginal changes, said a large majority of economists in a Reuters poll, despite the Trump administration's saber-rattling.

Only four of 45 economists polled this week said they thought the deal would be terminated, with the rest expecting an updated trilateral agreement that would not differ radically from the current one.

The remarkably sanguine view from economists in Mexico, Canada and the United States is a sign many experts are taking U.S. President Donald Trump's repeated warnings that he wants his country to withdraw from the pact, which he has repeatedly said is unfair to American businesses, with a grain of salt.

"We expect a modernized agreement after a bumpy and lengthy negotiation and approval process," said Carlos Capistran, head of Canada and Mexico economics at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. "It will be an update ... with marginal changes. The bulk of it will remain the same."      Read more 
Peanut Milk' the Latest Alternative Dairy Option
From Dairy Herd Management

A former dairy processor has gone all in with "nut milk" after unveiling another alternative to dairy with "peanut milk." 

Elmhurst Milked, LLC, has a number of nut based beverages including: milked cashews, milked almonds, milked hazelnuts and milked walnuts. The company also had grain-based milks with milked oats and milked brown rice. The latest addition to the lineup is milked peanuts which come in regular flavor and chocolate.

The peanut milk is the first in the U.S. and is made from raw peanuts grown in Georgia, according to Elmhurst. A regular glass of peanut milk contains 31 peanuts and 6 grams of protein. Chocolate peanut milk has 8 grams of protein. Read more

Since the turn of the year, Congress and the Trump administration have been haggling over legislative priorities for 2018. Many issues are on the agenda, from health care to infrastructure, but there has been little mention of a key priority: The 2018 farm bill.

This comprehensive food and agriculture legislation is typically enacted every four or five years. When I became U.S. secretary of agriculture in January 2009, I learned quickly that the bill covers much more than farms and farmers. In fact, every farm bill also affects conservation, trade, nutrition, jobs and infrastructure, agricultural research, forestry and energy.  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:

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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