2018 GDYF Golf Tournament Held Today in Bishop
Seventy-six golfers took advantage of a beautiful day for golf today at the 8th Annual Georgia Dairy Youth Foundation Golf Tournament in Bishop.  Many thanks to our sponsors and golfers who supported the 
General tournament sponsors were: Georgia Milk Producers, Inc., Dr. Larry and Rachel Guthrie, Gail Wiley, Coweta County 4-H Dairy Heifer Show Team, Christopher and Pamela Brinton, Ag Central Cooperative, and Carl Blount Insurance Agency.
After registering and receiving goody bags with donations from The Dairy  Alliance, golfers ate lunch sponsored by Chick-fil-a on Epps Bridge.  
During the tournament, golfers also enjoyed ice cream and milk provided by Mountain Fresh Creamery. 
The 2018 Tournament was held in memory of H. B. "Bud" Wiley, Jr. (1944-2012) who was an avid dairy farmer and pivotal in organizing the first two golf tournaments for GDYF. Thank you to the GDYF Golf Committee, Peggy Gates, Kellay Watson and Farrah Newberry for their work in planning and executing this successful GDYF event.
GDYF Junior Board members attended to thank sponsors and help with the event!
Tee & Green Sponsors 
GA Proud-Walton GAS
Furst-McNess Company, Neil McGee
Georgia Transmission
Diamond V
Oconee State Bank
Georgia Farm Bureau, Joe McManus
Ag South Farm Credit
JLW Trucking, Inc.
Southern Swiss Dairy, Ginny Franks
Bagwell Insurance Group
Lanier Cold Storage
South State Bank
Mobile Fleet

Make plans to attend the 57th Annual Georgia Cattlemen's Association Convention & Trade Show and the 21st Annual Georgia Beef Expo,  April 5-7, 2018  at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry, GA. There is something for everyone! For more information click here!
Heat Stress Workshop on April 10th
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Macon County Extension Office
105 South Sumter Street, Oglethorpe, GA 31068
Office Phone: 478-472- 7588
11:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.
State Legislative Update 
From GA Agribusiness Council

AG Input Sales Tax
Much needed changes to the GATE program are included in ( HB 886 ) by  Rep. Sam Watson (Moultrie).  We appreciate all of his work with ag interests, coupled with the support of  Senate Ag Chairman  John Wilkinson (Toccoa) , to strengthen the integrity of the program with the creation of a  three-year card  that carries a $150 registration fee, adds additional sales tax education initiatives for eligible purchases, implements an enhanced application process, and increased penalties for violators. We are very pleased with the updates and increased integrity this bill brings to GATE for the future. It now awaits the signature of Governor Deal.

AG Water Metering Finale
The heavily debated water metering legislation,  SB 451 , will soon be signed by Governor Deal. GAC and Georgia FarmBureau were waist-deep in this one as soon as it was introduced. The transfer of the state ag metering responsibilities from GSWCC to Georgia EPD was inevitable, but the rest of the bill had room for improvement and we are pleased that the right balance was struck to protect permit holders and strengthen the metering program. More changes will come in the future, but we landed in a good place.
Ag friends should express thanks to outstanding work of these key lawmakers: Rep. Tom McCall, Rep. Sam Watson, Rep. Buddy Harden, Sen. John Wilkinson, Sen. Tyler Harper, and Sen. Dean Burke. They put in long hours on this one.
Here are the three key provisions:
  1. Formally moves the ag metering program from the GA Soil & Water Conservation Commission to the Georgia Environmental Protection Division.

2. Irrigation permits in the Flint Basin will no longer have a $250 fee and shall be automatically renewed after the 25-year term.

3. Georgia EPD will contract the reading of all irrigation meters. It also requires them to contract out irrigation metering installation, maintenance, and repairs. 
By Tiffany Dowell Lashmet for Progressive Dairyman
In March, Congress passed and President Trump signed the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill, formally called the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018. What you might not have realized is that there are a number of provisions included within that bill that will significantly impact the dairy industry.   Read more
By  Phil Lempert ,
In January, the Food and Drug Administration issued its 2018 Strategic Policy Roadmap entitled  Healthy Innovation, Safer Families, which notably contained the following paragraph:
Modernizing certain standards of identity [SOI] to address current barriers to the development of healthier products while making sure consumers have accurate information about the foods they eat. Among other steps, FDA intends to issue a request for information to identify and help prioritize which potential standards of identity should be modernized based on their public health value.
The modernization is important because the  FDA's Labeling Policy Book was last published in August 2005 and while there have been updates, agricultural processes today have created new foods and beverages, many of which have become so popular with consumers that there is confusion, in particular over the use of the words "mayonnaise" and "milk."
The FDA's Code of Federal Regulations Title 21 includes hundreds of foods and beverages that fall under specific regulations on how they are made and labeled - everything from yogurt (regular, low-fat and nonfat) to canned fruits and vegetables (by variety) to canned tuna to eggs (frozen, dried, liquid and more) to meats and cheeses (by variety) to pizza and even bottled water  - covering most of what is sold in the supermarket.
Read more
ICYMI: March 2018 GA Milk Review
 This issue covers:

  • Rock House Creamery Wins at Flavor of GA Contest
  • MPP Updates
  • Global Dairy Summit
  • Dixie Dairy Report

Add Cow Manure to Your List of Renewable Energy Sources

The average Holstein cow produces over 100 pounds of manure a day. It's a lot of poop. It's also a lot of potential power. 

On some farms, that energy is already being collected: The manure's tossed into an anaerobic digester system where gas concentrates and then has to be stripped of water, carbon dioxide and other elements before being mixed with traditional natural gas and used for heat. 

David Simakov, assistant professor of chemical engineering at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, is working to make that process more efficient.   Read more
Dairy scores higher in consumer perception study than non-dairy substitutes
By Mary Ellen Shoup,
Half of consumers consuming dairy alternatives are also consuming dairy products while 67% of consumers overall say dairy is a 'regular part of their diet' and 13% consider themselves 'dairy avoiders', a global consumer research study by Cargill found.     Read more
UGA Spring Dairy Show - April 7th
Mark your calendar for the 2018 UGA Spring Dairy Show.  With a long running history (we're on the 55th year) this Spring Show is a great way to bring together all of our registered cattle producers from across the southeast.  In addition, this show helps ensure that we have high quality animals ready to go for the Georgia State 4-H Dairy Judging Contest!  Please help spread the word as we would love for this year's show turnout to be even bigger and better than last.   Please email or call 706-542-9108 with any questions!  Show information and registration packet available here.
AGAware Workshops Scheduled for Summer
AgSouth is excited to announce the dates and locations locked down for another round of AGAware workshops. Van McCall will present an exciting and fun-filled, educational workshop on farm finance.  The classes are from  9am until 4pm with lunch provided and there is no charge to attend. The workshops are certified for FSA borrower credits as well.
Click here for more information . This is a hands-on workshop with actual projects conducted during the training. 

Mark Your Calendars:

Mar.  30: GDYF Golf Tournament, Bishop, GA
April 5-7: 57th Annual GA Cattlemen's Assoc. Convention & Trade Show and 21st Annual Georgia Beef Expo Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry, GA
GA Dairy Classifieds

WANTED: DeLaval Westfalia
 Neck Transponders:  TN Dairy seeking used Westfalia neck band transponders. 
Please contact Bill or Peggy Howell if interested at 423-972-9254 or 423-371-3032.

WANTED: GA Corrections Facilitity in Reidsvile seeks farm manager to 
manage farm and livestock operations, supervise inmates and staff, perform administrative duties and will oversee land, equipment and vehicles.  Click here for more information

WANTED: UGA Tifton Dairy looking for a  full time milker with duties to include: setting up the
parlor; milking cows; cleaning free stalls; cleaning milking equipment and parlor
to meet state and FDA guidelines. In addition to milking, the individual will be
assisting staff with routine animal care to include assistance with moving,
vaccinating, treating, and sorting animals. Click here for more information

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: 
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     
GA Milk Producers|706.310.0020

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