Picture taken by Jim Haynes, Clermont
MPP Information Meetings Across Georgia **NEXT WEEK** 

UGA Extension is offering classes next WEEK to review the significant changes made to the MPP-Dairy program in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018. Dr. Levi Russell, UGA Extension Livestock Economist, will explain the changes and 
provide some examples of how the new program will work 
for producers in Georgia. They meetings will be held:

May 7, Monday, NOON - MPP Producer Webinar for Northwest GA dairy farms: Coweta Co Extension 
  Office,  Newnan (click here for flyer)
May 10, Thursday, NOON - MPP Producer Information Session at Burke Co. Extension Office
May 11, Friday, 11 AM - MPP Producer Information at Macon Co. Extension Office, Oglethorpe
May 14, Monday, 11 AM - MPP Producer Information at Putnam Co. Extension Office , Eatonton

Once the webinar for Coweta County is complete, UGA Extension will post it online for dairy producers to view at their convenience. Georgia Milk Producers will sponsor lunch/refreshments for those attending.

A meeting to discuss milk marketing conditions and a proposed change to Federal Milk Marketing Orders (FMMO) 5 (Appalachian) and 7 (Southeast) has been scheduled for May 16 in Knoxville, Tennessee.

The meeting, organized by Tennessee and Kentucky Farm Bureau organizations, will feature Dana Coale, deputy administrator for USDA Ag Marketing Service dairy programs, and FMMO market administrators from FMMOs 5 and 7.

The meeting will be held May 16 in the plant sciences building on the University of Tennessee agricultural campus, 2505 East J. Chapman Drive, Knoxville, Tennessee. The meeting begins at 11 a.m., with a lunch planned at noon. Registration is requested by May 11, with Roxann Sanders, by  email or phone (931) 388-7872, ext. 2231.  Read more
MPP-Dairy Decision Tool Available for Producers to Utilize

USDA has a web tool to help producers determine the level of coverage under the MPP-Dairy that will provide them with the strongest safety net under a variety of conditions. The online resource allows dairy farmers to quickly and easily combine unique operation data and other key variables to calculate their coverage needs based on price projections. Producers can also review historical data or estimate future coverage based on data projections. The secure site can be accessed via computer, smartphone, tablet or any other platform. 
Canadian Dairy Is Having Its Cake and Eating it Too
Dr. John Newton, American Farm Bureau Federation

Canadian dairy farmers are expected to increase milk production this year by 4 percent, to 21.6 billion pounds. This follows three consecutive years of growth in Canadian milk production. In fact, since 2014, Canada's milk production has grown by more than 16 percent, more than any other major dairy-exporting region. For comparison, from 2014 to 2018, U.S. milk production will grow 6 percent, the European Union is expected to grow 4 percent and New Zealand milk production is expected to remain flat.

Spurred by increasing demand for butter and higher milkfat-containing products, the growth in Canadian milk production does have a downside: increased supplies of less desirable skim milk solids, i.e. nonfat dry milk powder. During 2015, nonfat dry milk powder inventories in Canada reached a 38-year high of 60,000 metric tons. Partially in response to these growing inventory levels, as well as imports of competitively priced U.S.-produced ultra-filtered milk proteins, Canada introduced  a national ingredients pricing schemedesigned to lower the price of skim milk solids and reduce dairy product imports from the U.S. ( Canada Closes Door on U.S. Dairy Farmers). The scheme was fully implemented in 2017. Equally trade distorting, the lower prices for Canadian-produced skim milk solids allowed Canada to engage in the export market in a significant way.
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From American Farm Bureau Federation

The American Farm Bureau Federation, in cooperation with American Farm Bureau Insurance Services, has developed a new risk-management insurance product for dairy farmers. Approved by the Agriculture Department's Federal Crop Insurance Corporation, "Dairy Revenue Protection" insurance will provide dairy farmers the opportunity to manage risk by focusing on revenue from milk sales.

"We know that the level of risk protection available to dairy farmers was inadequate and we saw a clear opportunity to help by specifically addressing the impact of milk price volatility on a dairy farmer's revenue," said AFBF President Zippy Duvall. "This coverage will help shield dairy farmers from unexpected declines in milk prices as well as unexpected declines in milk production by addressing overall revenue. We are excited about teaming up with American Farm Bureau Insurance Services to offer this new risk management tool to dairy farmers."

As designed, Dairy Revenue Protection will provide several levels of insurance coverage based on the value of the farmer's milk.  Read more

Rreprinted from Farmshine May 4, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. - It has been talked about for years, and the evidence has been put before USDA and the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee even before the 2015 cycle began, but while the caps on cholesterol were removed, freeing the egg industry to promote the healthiness of eggs, the caps on saturated fat were left where they are, despite the same body of research and investigation showing just how flawed the 30-plus years of deteriorating dietary advice were from the beginning.

Meanwhile, schoolchildren continue to be served only fat-free and lowfat milk, and this means a huge lost opportunity to serve children the best tasting best nutrition available while improving the loss of milk markets 
and value affecting dairy farmers across the nation.

In fact, by at least one estimate, the move by the Obama administration to reduce flavored milk from lowfat (1%) to fat-free, alone, resulted in lost sales of 288 million cartons of milk since 2014 - not to mention milk on the school lunch tray ending up in the trash.

Congressman Tom Marino, representing Pennsylvania's 10 th legislative district seeks to put an end to this loss of dairy nutrition and markets. Last Thursday, April 26, he introduced The Whole Milk Act, H.R. 5640, which was referred to the Committee on Education and Workforce. Rep. Virginia Foxx of North Carolina chairs this committee, and G.T. Thompson of Pennsylvania, who serves as vice chair of the Ag Committee, also is a member of the Education and Workforce Committee.   Read more 

Next to admitting you like Tevas or once owned a hard copy of Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead, there's nothing more embarrassing than revealing you're an adult who drinks milk. By choice.

In 2018, anti-milk stigma is alive and well in America and most of the Western World. You can't log onto Twitter without someone sharing the latest piece of anti-milk yellow journalism. Asking for a glass of milk at a local bar? You'll be laughed out of the room by a bunch of psychopaths who drink bee pollen for pleasure.   Read more
France Bans Vegan and Vegetarian Food Labels Using Meat or Dairy Terms
From Dairy Herd Management

No longer can vegan and vegetarian food be labeled with meat or dairy specific terms like "burger" or "milk" in France.

An amendment passed by the French Parliament now makes it illegal for food processors to label vegan and vegetarian food with terminology commonly used for meat and dairy products. This includes products originating from animals such as steak, cheese, sausage or any other terms used for traditional meat and dairy foods.

According to the British Broadcasting Company , a violation of the new law could result in fines up to 300,000 Euros (US$363,156).
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Milk Is Risky Business. Got Futures?
By Shruti Singh and Lydia Mulvany, Bloomberg
Doug Block, a dairy farmer for 45 years, says he grew up in an era when the price of corn feed for cows fluctuated by just 6¢ a bushel. The U.S. didn't ship much cheese and butter overseas, and the government often bought cheese to buoy the market when prices sagged. Those days are gone. Block's business depends on pasture conditions in New Zealand, Europe's inventories, and China's milk consumption. He also has to deal with wild swings in the market after the U.S. government  scaled back support over the last decade.

So in the past decade or so, Block and others in the dairy business have increasingly been doing what corn farmers have done since at least the late 1800s. They're hedging with futures, essentially locking in a price down the road. "More and more dairy farmers will participate, because it's a needed form of risk management," Block says. And it's become a booming business: Outstanding futures and options.  Read more 
"You Can't Sell Out": Upstate Dairy Farmers Deal With Volatile Milk Prices

 About 15 dairy farmers talked with Southern Tier Congresswoman Claudia Tenney at a farm in Whitney Point for two hours Thursday afternoon about changes they want to see in the industry to start turning a profit again.

Cub Frisbie heads up the Tioga County Farm Bureau. He used to be a dairy farmer, but sold his cows a few years ago to grow corn and soybeans instead.

"Ugly. It's ugly right now," said Cub Frisbie, head of the Tioga County Farm Bureau.
Frisbie used to be a dairy farmer, but switched to corn and soybeans before the market turned south. The amount dairy farmers get for milk is the lowest it's been in a decade. These days, many dairy farmers are operating at a loss and "eating up equity left and right."

"You can't sell out," said Frisbie. "The people you're going to sell to are other dairy farmers. They don't have money to give you what the value of your machinery or your cattle are worth." Read more
Milk PEP Launches New Kids Campaign
Recognizing that fully half of kids ages 9 and up are falling short on their consumption of calcium, vitamin D and potassium, the Milk Processor Education Program (MILK PEP) is launching a new campaign targeted at moms to remind them of that fact. You can view some of the commercials here.
MILK PEP is launching new TV commercials this month to reinforce the message that milk provides the best source of these nutrients for children and teenagers. The ads will be running nationally on a variety of networks, including ABC, NBC, TBS, TNT, USA, CNN and many more. The promotion is being funded exclusively by MilkPEP, but the total amount to be spent has not been made public.    Read more 
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  9 am until 4 pm 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:

Week of May 7: MPP Information Meetings - More information to come soon!
May 31 - GA Milk Producers Board of Directors Meeting, Macon - All dairymen invited to attend
June 2: Putnam Dairy Festival, Eatonton
GA Dairy Classifieds

For Sale: 
WW Livestock Systems Hydraulic Head shoot, never used, excellent condition, kept  under roof.  Listed for $23,041 asking $15,000 or reasonable offer.  Call Maggie 352-507-2042 or email:  hartagriculture@outlook.com
For Sale: 40 high quality Holstein heifers bred to calf this summer and fall. Start calving in July, 40 yrs AI breeding 24,000 herd average. Ray Ward 706-473-8789.

For Sale: Custom manure application and Dryhill manure equipment sales. 
Contact Edwin @ 478-299-0717 with Agboys Custom Services LLC  - 
New 8"x52' lagoon pump with outriggers $24,000 (Pictured right)

For Sale 3000 gallon Surge/Westfalia milk tank and wash system. Three phase condensers. 2002 model. Excellent condition. John B Gay, 478-494-5107

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: Looking 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 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     
GA Milk Producers|706.310.0020 gamilkproducers@gmail.com

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