That full-fat dairy stuff - cheese, yogurt, milk - isn't bad for you, study finds
Pass the cheese, please.

And the cream and that carton of full-fat yogurt and a big glass of non-skimmed milk.

And, yes, eat it to your heart's content.

That's the finding of an international team that analyzed 29 studies and found that dairy products - even high-fat ones - does not increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

The study, published in the European Journal of Epidemiology, concluded that consumption of the creamy comestibles had a "neutral" effect on our health, according to a report in the United Kingdom's Guardian newspaper .   Read more   
USDA's Perdue tours farm

Read a 17-page speech written by USDA staff, or speak from the heart? U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue endeared himself to farmers and other ag leaders when he chose the latter during a town hall meeting at a Nevada-area farm on May 5.

"You don't forget the sights, smells and sounds of the farm," said Perdue, who recalled the feel of an "old slimy Holstein tongue" as he described his years growing up on a dairy and diversified row-crop farm near Bonaire, Georgia. "My heart is in agriculture, and I'm proud to be called an agriculturist."    Read more
Glo-Crest Dairy Hosting 'Behind the Scenes' Farm Tour Tomorrow in Clermont

Mark your calendars to come out to our Behind The Scenes Farm Tour MAY 13TH! We will have kids activities, our vet, hoof trimmer and other people who help us take care of our lovely cows! The event will be going on at our dairy farm, 5909 Bowen Bridge Rd Clermont, GA. Come by any time from 9am to 1pm! Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for kids 3-12 years old and free for 2& under! Includes milk samples, ice cream & a goody bag!   Visit MFC Facebook Page
How lightning affects dairy farms

Austin Waldroup has worked on a dairy farm since he was 14-years-old. He's currently the owner and dairy farmer at Waldroup Dairy Farm in LaGrange, Georgia.
None of his cows have ever been hit by lightning, but he says they are often are at risk of being struck because they hide under trees to get out of the wind and rain when storms move through. Watch news report here
From USDA via

An increase in product markets spurred an upward trend in Class III prices for the remainder of 2017.

Rumors of a Canadian butter transaction and perceived shortness of block cheese brought buyers to the market. The butter market was up 11 cents after 9 trades, with the final price settling at $2.24 per pound. Block cheese was up a nickel to $1.65 per pound. Barrel cheese was up 10 cents, settling at $1.56 per pound. Grade A non-fat dry milk was also higher, up a ½ cent to finish at 86 ¼ cents. Whey futures rose approximately 1 ½ cents through the end of the year.

This was good news for the Class III market which was already higher before the spot trade took place but continued after the support came in higher product trades. In the end the average price for all months through the end of the year finished at $17.07 per cwt, a 27-cent price increase and the highest level that has been witnessed since late February.

Class IV market trade sporadically, with those months that traded up 15 to 30 cents. The average price for Class IV milk now through the end of the year remains at $15.26 per cwt. 
Agriculture Defends Trade Because Agriculture Depends On Trade
By Jeffrey Dorfman, UGA via 

With the onset of the Trump Administration, cold winds are blowing through the international trade policy arena. The U.S. withdrew from the Trans Pacific Partnership, a twelve nation trade pact nearing completion, and President Trump is talking about renegotiating NAFTA, the trade agreement between the U.S., Mexico, and Canada. Most farmers and rural areas voted for President Trump over Hillary Clinton, but now they are hoping that he drops most of his threats about trade and resumes the post-war trend of ever-freer and ever-growing international trade flows.  The reason farmers and rural regions support trade is simple, U.S. agriculture is a winner in the trade arena.

How important is trade to agriculture? Listen to Zippy Duvall, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation. "Trade is critical to the livelihood of the U.S. agricultural sector because it spurs economic growth for our farmers, ranchers and their rural communities. The fact is, 95 percent of the world's consumers live outside of the United States and more than 20 percent of U.S. farm income is based on exports. Agriculture supports jobs in the food and agricultural industries and beyond." Read more

Dairy Glut

Crying over spilled milk? Ryan Yonkman of Rice Dairy on the high cost of the dairy glut on farmers.
Dean Foods invests in plant-based food and beverage company
By Keith Nunes,
DALLAS  - The Dean Foods Co. has taken a minority stake in Good Karma Foods and entered into a distribution arrangement with the company. Good Karma Foods is a manufacturer of flaxseed-based milk alternatives in such formats as yogurts and beverages.

"We love Good Karma as a fit for Dean Foods as we focus on diversification both within and beyond dairy," said Ralph Scozzafava, chief executive officer of Dean Foods. "This opportunity with Good Karma is a way for us to build a platform for a larger plant-based portfolio. The management team has deep category expertise, the brand is a disruptor in the plant-based, non-dairy space, and we believe we can support its growth."

The investment and distribution agreement will allow Good Karma to expand more quickly in the U.S. as well as help company management increase investments in brand building and product development, according to Dean Foods.    Read More  
Exclusive survey: Buyers of ingredients are leaning clean, natural
From Dairy Foods

With new products under development, dairy processors are lining up ingredients and suppliers. Here's an exclusive look at how they buy and their sourcing strategies.

America's dairy processors are planning to develop an average of seven new products in the next 12 months. While most say this is no different than in past years, 47% said this represents an increase, according to an exclusive new survey by Dairy Foods. (The median number of new products planned is five.)

Most (71%) of the dairy processors we surveyed plan to increase their spending on ingredients in 2018. A majority say they will spend more on non-GMO (56%), natural/organic (53%) and organic-certified (52%) ingredients.

As they develop cheeses, yogurts, milks and other dairy foods and beverages, dairy processors will need flavors and sweeteners, among other ingredients, that meet consumer needs. Dairy processors say the top attributes in a dairy product are healthy, natural, convenience and high protein.     Read More 
Study: Dairy beats plants as a source of protein for children

The U.S. dairy milk market has been declining in recent years, and plant-based alternatives are on the rise. Dairy milk sales fell 7.8% in 2015 alone, according to Mintel figures, and alternatives have skyrocketed. Soy milk is still the number one plant milk alternative, but it saw U.S. sales drop 57% in 2015. Almond milk sales, on the other hand, have grown 14-fold since 2008.

Although sales of plant-based milk alternatives are still low next to dairy milk sales ($1.9 billion compared to $17.8 billion), a Mintel poll found seven in 10 consumers (69%) agreed that non-dairy milks were healthy for children, compared to just 62% who agreed that dairy milk was healthy for children.

However, this latest research suggests that dairy milk could actually be the superior option for kids, at least in terms of protein . In general, few U.S. children consume enough calcium-rich foods. One major study found that of all age groups of children, only 2- and 3-year-olds met nutritional recommendations for dairy - mainly through drinking whole milk. Both dairy and calcium intake was found to be inadequate for 4- to 18-year-olds.   Read more   
GA Commodity Commission For Milk 
Taking Board Nominations
From GA Farm Bureau

The Georgia Agricultural Commodity Commissions for apples, blueberries, corn, cotton, equine, milk, peaches, pecan, soybean, tobacco and vegetables will accept nominations to fill several positions for the respective boards. To be nominated, eligible individuals must be an active Georgia producer of the commodity.

Nominations may be made by filling out a Nominee Information Form found  here and sending it to:  Georgia Department of Agriculture, 19 MLK Jr. Drive S.W.,  Room 320, Atlanta, GA 30334.

The form may also be faxed to 404-656-9380, or emailed to The deadline for submissions is May 26.

The nominees will be certified to ensure they are active Georgia producers of the respective commodities, and geographic representation may be considered when making appointments. Appointments will be made by the Agriculture Commodity Commission Ex Officio Committee in July. Producers with questions may contact the Georgia Department of Agriculture at 404-585-1405.

Agricultural commodity commissions are farmer-funded self-help programs to enhance research, promotion and education. They are authorized by Georgia law under the Commodity Promotions Act.
2017 Precision Dairy Conference

The 2017 Precision Dairy Conference will be held in Lexington, Kentucky from May 30-June 1, 2017. The program will include dairy producer showcase sessions, many industry updates, and talks about how research impacts dairy management. The trade show will be an opportunity to see first-hand what companies have to offer in the growing field of precision technologies and equipment. This event is designed for dairy producers and practical applications rather than focusing on only presentations of research data. In one place, you will be able to virtually visit various farms and see how the University of Kentucky manages multiple technologies.  For more information visit their webpage here
Mark Your Calendars:
May 25: GMP Board Meeting, Macon
May 30-June 1: Precision Dairy Conference, Lexington, KY
June 3: Putnam Co Dairy Festival, Eatonton
June 15: UGA Corn Silage Field Day, Tifton 
Job Opening at State Corrections Dairy Farm

Farm and Livestock Specialist position available at the Reidsville State Corrections Dairy Unit. This position will support Rogers Farm Operations - Dairy Unit in a supervisory capacity
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