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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 gamilkproducers@gmail.com.  We should be able pull your reservation into our block - so that you receive the lower rate.  
New Year, New Name, New Vision - SUDIA is Now:
Learn more at the 2018 GA Dairy Conference!!
Organic Milk Sales Drop as Consumers Switch to Alternative Dairy

Sales for organic milk have been falling and organic dairy processors are looking at new ways to move product.

A recent story from the Wall Street Journal pointed out that consumers who previously purchased organic milk are now buying alternative products like almond or soy "milk." Grocery stores are making more space for plant based "milk".

According to Nielsen, organic milk sales fell 2.5% in 2017, slightly less than traditional white milk that fell 4.5%. Plant based milks rose 2.9% in sales. However, the largest gains in milk sales were seen by specialty milk which would include products like lactose-free, a2 Milk and fairlife.    Read more 
DGN Event to be held during 2018 Georgia Dairy Conference
Farm Groups Launch 'Farm Town Strong' Campaign to Address Rural Opioid Epidemic

As farming communities face mounting challenges with the nation's opioid epidemic, the nation's two largest general farm organizations are teaming up to confront the issue. The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) and National Farmers Union (NFU) today announced a new campaign, "Farm Town Strong," to raise awareness of the crisis' impact on farming communities. The campaign will also provide resources and information to help farm communities and encourage farmer-to-farmer support to overcome the crisis.
The groups have launched a new website,  FarmTownStrong.org, to provide easy access to information and resources that can help struggling farm families and rural communities.

The Farm Town Strong campaign comes on the heels of a recent  surveycommissioned by AFBF and NFU that highlighted how the opioid epidemic has hit farmers and farm workers especially hard. While just under half of rural Americans say they, a family member or friend have been directly impacted by opioid abuse, for farmers and farm workers it's 74 percent.  A strong majority of respondents also support increasing public awareness of anti-opioid resources and reducing the stigma that surrounds addiction to help solve the opioid crisis.    Read more
From GA Farm Bureau Policy Department

UPDATE: We have received an important update from the Georgia Department of Agriculture relating to the Georgia Agriculture Tax Exemption (GATE) card renewal. GDA staff are working diligently as farmers submit their renewal applications. Please see below for an message from the Department answering a few important questions. 
Dear GATE Card Holders,

Thank you for continuing to be patient with us as we process renewals for card holders. Please note five important issues as we approach January 1, 2018.

1) By directive of Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black and Commissioner of Revenue Lynne Riley, no GATE card holder's eligibility will be jeopardized past December 31, 2017, due to renewal delays caused by the recent cyber event experienced by the Department of Agriculture. Vendors and cardholders are directed to work together honoring the status of 2017 cards until the renewal process is completed on or before January 15, 2018.

2) All pending and future renewals will be processed as rapidly as possible. All GDA/GATE systems should return to normal flow and operation by January 15, 2018

3) The GDA website is fully functional for online GATE card renewals. This process takes approximately two minutes. With confirmation, you are able to immediately print your card.

4) As you can expect, the GDA call center volume is extremely high at this time. We are committed to superior customer service and will address the needs of each caller as promptly as humanly possible.

5) Until January 15, 2018, processing qualified renewals will take precedence over processing new applications or those requiring additional eligibility information.

If ten consultants were asked to name their top influencer to a positive cash flow, there would probably be ten different answers. It is human nature to draw from one's area of expertise whether it be as a nutritionist, agronomist, economist, or another specialty. The ten responses may not be incorrect, but they may not be the most significant factor affecting the cash flow and breakeven cost.

The first place most people draw their attention to is the average milk production per cow. This is definitely  not the best measure for determining a profitable herd. If a dairy has 200 stalls and is only milking 180 cows averaging 80 pounds, then those cows have to pay not only for their stall but the unoccupied 20 stalls as well. Even though this average production would be considered good, in this situation the income generated would probably not cover all the overhead expenses, especially if breakeven costs of production are between $18.00 and $20.00/cwt.     Read more
Raw Water Wackos

Raw water is a thing. Because, well, when it comes to denying science we're scrapping the bottom of the barrel.

Anti-vaccine? Check. Anti-antibiotic? Check. Anti-GMO? Check.

Raw water - the untreated, unfiltered variety the pioneers were forced to drink as they made their trek across the plains - is now in vogue. At least, it is among some new-age consumers who are gullible enough to believe it's somehow better than tap water, and foolish enough to pay $6 a gallon for it, bacteria included.  

According to a report in  The New York Times, the "raw water" movement is the latest trendy phenomenon on the West Coast, particularly in affluent areas like ...wait for it...Silicon Valley and San Francisco. Yep, the highly-educated folks who work in the high-tech, high-science industries are shelling out mega-bucks for the oldest low-tech, low-science product known to man - snake oil.     Read more
Grasp Differences Between Generations to Master Labor Management

Recruiting employees for your farm has never been tougher and it will get worse, says long-time head hunter Dan Simmons, of Oceanview, Del. But if you can figure out how to bridge the generational divide, your dairy will thrive as we approach the 2020s. Here's how to get it done.

First, realize the generation in which you came of age frames your point of view. Baby boomers communicate differently than Gen Xers (email versus text). Gen Xers will hold different values about a job than later millennials (life balance versus passion to make a difference). Gen Zers (ages 2 to 20) are more influenced by social media than anything else.   Read more 
From Confectionery News

'In May of 2016, Hormel Foods bought Justin's and the CEO says the deal further balances Hormel's portfolio towards health conscious consumers.  Read more

Certified waster operators can receive one certified waste operator continuing education credit hour during the Georgia Dairy Conference.  To obtain your attendance certificate, you must  attend Dr. Joe Harner's presentation, titled Economics of Various Manure Systems,
 on Tuesday, January 16 at 8:45 a.m.

Veterinarians attending the 2018 Georgia Dairy Conference can earn up to five (5)  continuing education credit hours.  Registration and certificate of proof  can be found at the UGA Veterinary Diagnostic Lab exhibit table in the GDC Trade Show.

Registration fees and conference meals are free to Georgia dairy producers and their families. Please let us know if you will be attending the Conference!  All information regarding the conference can be found online at www.gadairyconference.com .
Georgia Milk Producers will ALSO deduct $100/night for two nights from each Georgia dairy farm's hotel bill at checkout. It's our way to show our appreciation for your support and to encourage you to attend your annual dairy conference!
Lower Michigan Dairy Farmer Imprisoned for Illegal Labor

A Michigan owner of two dairy farms in the Thumb has been sentenced to two years in prison for harboring illegal workers.
Dennis Burk was sentenced Thursday in Bay City federal court, and admitted he employed more than 100 people illegally. 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  www.flavorofga.com .

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 jim@reidbros.com

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  barron.tench@gmail.com     
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