Ferdia Farms, Garfield
Important OSHA Deadline Approaching for Dairies with 10 or more employees
From Farrah Newberry, GA Milk Producers

**The information below is for informational purposes only and does not imply a recommendation to take action or to serve as legal advice.**

On Tuesday I attended the GA Ag Labor Forum in Tifton and was very impressed with the speakers and information covered at the meeting.  If you have a chance to attend next year, I highly recommend that you do - or recommend that you send the person in charge of human resources/employee recordkeeping on your farm.  

I wanted to pass along an important OSHA deadline discussed at the meeting.  The deadline is quickly approaching.

If you have 10 or more employees, you are required to  electronically file a 300A (report of serious work related injuries and illnesses for 2016) summary by
December 1, 2017.  The 300 A form is a record of serious work-related injuries and illnesses. (Certain low-risk industries are exempted.) Minor injuries requiring first aid only do not need to be recorded.

According to OSHA: This information helps employers, workers and OSHA evaluate the safety of a workplace, understand industry hazards, and implement worker protections to reduce and eliminate hazards -preventing future workplace injuries and illnesses.

Maintaining and Posting Records
The records must be maintained at the worksite for at least five years. Each February through April, employers must post a summary of the injuries and illnesses recorded the previous year. Also, if requested, copies of the records must be provided to current and former employees, or their representatives.

To learn more about this OSHA requirement -  visit their site online here.

This site also reviews your requirement to report accidents to OSHA within 24-48 hours, depending on the type/severity of injury.

If you have any questions regarding this issue, please contact our office at 706-310-0020 or gamilkproducers@gmail.co.  
EPA Offers Guidance on Air Emissions

By Mike Opperman, Farm Journal

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released guidance to assist farmers in reporting air releases of hazardous substances from animal waste at farms.  EPA is making this information available to provide time for farmers to review and prepare for the reporting deadline, currently set for November 15, 2017.

"EPA is working diligently to address undue regulatory burden on American farmers," said Administrator Scott Pruitt.  "While we continue to examine our options for reporting requirements for emissions from animal waste, EPA's guidance is designed to help farmers comply with the current requirements."

On April 11, 2017, the DC Circuit Court vacated a final rule that exempted farms from reporting air releases of hazardous substances from animal waste. In response to a request from EPA, the DC Circuit Court extended the date by which farms must begin reporting these releases to November 15, 2017.  Unless the court further delays this date, all farms (including those previously exempted) that have releases of hazardous substances to air from animal wastes equal to or greater than the reportable quantities for those hazardous substances within any 24-hour period must provide notification of such releases.

The EPA guidance information includes links to resources that farmers can use to calculate emissions tailored to specific species of livestock.  To view EPA's guidance and Frequently Asked Questions on reporting air emissions from animal waste:   https://www.epa.gov/epcra/cercla-and-epcra-reporting-requirements-air-releases-hazardous-substances-animal-waste-farms

HOWEVER: American Dairy Coalition (ADC) is advising livestock producers to wait before reporting to see if an extension, that was recently filed with the EPA, is approved.  ADC is also holding a webinar on Monday, November 13, for up to date information on what to do in order to comply with EPA reporting regulations. To learn more about Monday's webinar, click here.
Georgia Farm Bureau executive named to new position

Tas Smith, who has led Georgia Farm Bureau's advocacy efforts at the national level since 2012, has been named the Georgia Farm Service Agency state director.

As a part of GFB's public policy team, Smith has worked to promote agricultural causes at the Georgia and U.S. capitols. A native of Taylor County, he came to Georgia Farm Bureau in 2005 as a legislative specialist. In 2012 he was named GFB national affairs specialist. Earlier this year he was promoted to assistant public policy director for legislative programs.  CONGRATULATIONS!!  

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!
Criminal investigation opened into abuse of cows at dairy farm
A criminal investigation has been opened into the mistreatment of cows at an Okeechobee dairy that supplies Publix, after an  undercover video released Thursday appeared to show workers beating cows with metal rods and engaging in other abuse.

Okeechobee County Sheriff Noel  Stephen said he assigned an investigator to the case after his office received materials showing apparent acts of animal cruelty by workers at Larson Dairy Farm.

"I believe there will be criminal charges forthcoming on the completion of this investigation," he said at a news conference Thursday afternoon.

Publix announced it was suspending milk deliveries from Larson, saying in a written statement that the company was "shocked" by the treatment of the cows.     Read More 
Farmers move to defy Trump on NAFTA

After spending nine months indulging President Donald Trump's desire to renegotiate NAFTA, agricultural groups representing farmers in Trump-supporting states across the heartland are now moving aggressively to save an agreement they consider crucial to their industry.

The once-powerful agricultural lobby was somewhat muted in its warnings about losing a significant portion of the $17.9 billion worth of agricultural products exported last year to Mexico, the U.S.' third-largest trading partner, believing that the Trump administration would reach a settlement on other aspects of NAFTA while leaving agricultural trade alone.

Now, with Trump threatening to issue a formal intent to withdraw from the deal, farming groups say it's clearer than ever that their pleas to save the pact are barely registering with a president intent on its destruction.       Read More 
Dean Foods net income drops 91% as dairy challenges mount
By Emma Liem, FoodDive.com

The dairy industry is struggling to defend its turf as the plant-based milk market grows. Grocers also are putting pressure on the category, as large retailers such as Kroger and Albertsons invest in their own milk processing and bottling facilities. Walmart plans to open a dairy plant in Indiana next year, which will reduce the milk supply it currently sources from Dean Foods by  an estimated 100 million gallons

Dean will still supply Walmart stores outside of the five Midwest states that the Indiana facility will serve, but this development could further sour its disappointing financial performance. Milk prices continue to slide, and many grocers are  selling milk at a loss, driving more retailers to produce their own product as they battle competitors on price.

Dean Foods' products could benefit from stronger brand recognition and trust in comparison to a retailer's private label varieties, but it will be hard pressed to win on cost - Dean's Dairy Pure milk can be  40% more expensive than store brands. The challenges facing Dean have battered its stock price, which is  down more than 50% this year.    Read More 
BY Zippy Duvall, USA Today Opinion

any farmers play defense. They establish trusts, buy life insurance or make gifts to their families while they are still living, but this comes at a high cost. That money would be better pumped back into the farm. And that's our biggest issue with the tax: endless expenses and legal maneuvering that accomplish nothing of value. All this happens so farmers don't have to sell the farm piece by piece to pay the IRS.  Read more

During the 2018 Georgia Dairy Conference, Georgia Milk Producers will award the Friend of the Dairy Industry Award to an individual or company that has served as a strong advocate for Georgia's dairy industry during 2017.  This award is open to any individual who is involved with the dairy industry (cooperative officials/field representatives, feed/supply companies or salesperson, veterinarian, etc.). Please send in your nominations today! CLICK HERE to submit nomination.

It's no secret that per-capita liquid milk consumption has been on the decline in the United States for many years. In fact, Americans consumed 93 pounds less of the dairy beverage in 2016 than they did in 1976, according to data from the USDA.

But positive news can be found in some fluid milk segments. Data from Chicago-based market research firm Information Resources Inc. (IRI) show that dollar sales within the retail refrigerated whole milk subcategory rose 3.9% to reach $4.8 billion during the 52 weeks ending Aug. 6, 2017. Unit sales climbed 3.7% to 1.7 billion.

During the same timeframe, dollar sales within the refrigerated flavored milk, eggnog and buttermilk subcategory increased 3.2% to $1.5 billion. Unit sales rose 2% to 697.3 million.
But sales within the reduced-fat milk sector continued to slide downward. Dollar sales for refrigerated skim and reduced-fat milk fell 6.0%, IRI data show, while unit sales saw a 5.6% decline.  Read more  

The past two months have been a whirlwind of trade shows and conferences, with marketers showcasing their 2018 rollouts and analysts providing insights to help guide the future. Now it's time for the forecasts.

I take all the insight gained from exploring what's moving and shaking in other categories and try to translate that into dairy. And I can tell you: It's time to disrupt the dairy case with flavor.

If you want to compete in the protein snack sector, get bold with strong taste. If you want to be dessert, fluff up and provide some comfort and indulgence. And if you want to seriously be considered an adventurous food, pump up the heat and explore the flavors of global cuisines.  Read more 
Sponsor Registration for the 2018 GA Dairy Conference is Open!
Sponsorship registration is now open for the 2018 GA Dairy Conference!  Join us Jan. 15-17 in Savannah, GA,  for the premier Southeastern dairy conference.  

Each year the Georgia Dairy Conference  provides companies with the option to network with dairy producers and industry leaders, while extending a company's brand with several sponsorship opportunities. Dairymen from Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana and Virginia have attended this conference in the past.
Don't wait - register today!  Georgia Milk Producers offers 4 levels of support for companies interested in sponsoring our conference and/or participating in our trade show.

Call for 2019 GA Dairy Conference Presenters/Topics 

The planning committee for the 2019 Georgia Dairy Conference is seeking relevant, innovative and valuable topics/speakers.  Individuals, companies, universities, organizations and government agencies may submit proposals for consideration by December 1, 2017.

The Georgia Dairy Conference is held in Savannah in mid-January. More than 300 dairy professionals and farmers from 10 different states attended in 2017 - representing nearly 103,000 cows. 

Coordinated by the Georgia Milk Producers and industry partners, our planning committee works hard to develop a timely and innovative agenda for the conference each year. The 2019 Georgia Dairy Conference is scheduled for Jan. 20-23 at the Savannah Riverfront Marriott. 

UF Florida/South Georgia Dairy Update

You are invited to come learn about results of a three-state (Michigan, Pennsylvania and Florida) Milk Quality Assurance research and extension  project which is winding up its fifth and final year. Lead researcher in this project, Dr. Ron Erskine, Extension Veterinarian from Michigan State  University, will be sharing results and making recommendations from this study on Thursday, November 16, from 11 to noon at the next North Florida/South Georgia Dairy Up-date in a presentation entitled, "Employee training, milk quality and the bottom line." If you own cows or manage employees on a dairy farm, plan on attending to learn something which will positively affect the bottom line of your dairy. A free lunch will be available from noon to 1 PM where informal questions and answers generally continue. Please reserve your lunch by calling or emailing me (865- 250-7761 or meso@ufl.edu) by Monday, November 13th.
Mark Your Calendars:

GA Dairy Classifieds

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.

HELP WANTED:   Farm and Livestock Supervisor for the Georgia Corrections Industries Dairy
located at the Rogers Farm Operations, Reidsville, Ga. Overview of duties include but not
limited to managing a farm and livestock operation. Supervise staff and inmates. Perform
administrative duties and oversees land, equipment and vehicles. For a more complete detail
of the job and how to apply please go to gdcjobs.com., Georgia Corrections Industries.

For information contact Jim Reid at 
or email at jim@reidbros.com

Coastal Hay for sale.  $50 for 4 x 5 round bales or $6 a square bale.  Contact Ryan Keith in Waynesboro at 803-627-0762.

WANTED:  Looking to purchase 300 to 500 lb Holstein heifers. Please call Ray Ward  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  barron.tench@gmail.com     
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