Innovative pivot water troughs at Green Meadows Dairy, Sylvania
GA Milk Holds Fall District Meetings Across State

Thank you Georgia dairy farm families and industry affiliates for attending the 2017 Georgia Milk and ADA of Georgia annual fall district meetings. We appreciate those that joined us at the meetings despite the many challenges you faced due to Hurricane Irma. We had great producer turnout in Montezuma, Waynesboro, Buckhead, Williamson and Dalton.  Congratulations to Windy Hill Dairy in Senoia on winning the $500 Grand Prize drawing for those attending their district meeting.  Click Here to View Video of Drawing!!
Newberry Honored at UGA CAES Alumni Association Banquet
From Merritt Melancon, UGA

Farmers, advocates, entrepreneurs and educators topped this year's list of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Alumni Association's best and brightest alumni.

"We are excited about the 2017 honorees," said Joel McKie, 2017 president of the CAES Alumni Association. "We are proud of their exceptional contributions and representation of our association."

The association presented the 2017 awards at a banquet held on Sept. 22 at the Classic Center in Athens, Georgia. GA Milk Producer's Executive Director, Farrah Newberry, was among those honored at the event.  
Newberry graduated in 1999 with a bachelor's degree in agricultural communication.  In her 17 years with Georgia Milk Producers, Newberry has guided the organization through monumental industry shifts and provided direct help to the state's dairy farmers. She considers these to be her greatest professional accomplishments to date. Read more
MAJOR: Industry Proposes Changing How Fluid Milk is Priced

The dairy industry is  proposing changing how fluid milk is priced , moving away from the controversial "high of" calculation to one that is more straight forward. In turn, the proposal would make managing risk for both farmers and fluid milk users somewhat easier. The change will be proposed in the next farm bill.  Read More 
Sorghum Silage is Gaining Ground

Forage sorghum is riding a wave of popularity across the country as high-feed-value, lower-input dairy feedstuff. And, like its corn cousin, BMR sorghum has lower lignin content and higher fiber digestibility compared with conventional varieties.

University of Georgia Extension Dairy Specialist John Bernard says sorghum in general is capturing more forage acres because, compared to corn, it has lower production cost and greater heat and drought tolerance. "Sorghum requires 30% to 50% less water than corn to produce, which is especially important in areas that rely on irrigation," Bernard notes.

Because it requires a shorter growing season than corn, sorghum also has more planting-date flexibility, and can work well in dual-cropping systems with other forages like winter rye or triticale. Multiple cuttings also are an option, making it possible in some situations to harvest two cuttings of sorghum from a single stand.
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UGA president, ag college dean, state leaders tour Northeast Georgia farms, nurseries

From the trees that beautify Georgia's landscapes to the cows that produce milk to feed Georgia families, agriculture in this state is diverse and faces a range of challenges. University of Georgia President Jere W. Morehead and state leaders learned more about these challenges and Northeast Georgia's farms, nurseries and the agritourism industry Sept. 19 during the annual farm tour.

"As a land-grant institution, the University of Georgia is committed to helping our state's agriculture industry thrive," said Morehead. "Today we were reminded not only of the far-reaching scope of agriculture in Georgia but also of the vital partnership between the university and farmers across the state."

This is the fifth consecutive year Morehead has joined Georgia's Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black and members of the Georgia General Assembly to visit Georgia farms and food-based businesses around the state since becoming president of UGA. In 2013, the delegation visited farms in northwest Georgia; in 2014, they visited southwest Georgia; in 2015, they toured the northeast region of the state; and in 2016, they visited farms in middle Georgia.  
US dairy glut leads to problem of spilled milk in some markets, as NAFTA brings other worries
By  Jeff Daniels, CNBC

There's a domestic dairy glut that's so bad it's led some American farmers to spill milk.

National milk production is increasing faster than the processing capacity. Another challenge facing the industry is total per capita consumption of fluid milk has been steadily falling for some time because of competition from other beverages and because the share of the nation's total population who are children continues to decline.

"In Michigan and the Northeast, milk is being dumped," said Gene Paul, legislative coordinator of National Farmers Organization, an Iowa-based organization which markets livestock, grain and milk for its members. "Milk is just being thrown away, because they just don't have the processing capacity."

Also contributing to the dairy glut is that average production levels are rising as mo re-productive cows allow big dairies to experience output growth.

Regardless, it comes as tough trade talk from President Donald Trump and threats to ditch NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement, is causing worries for American milk producers. Mexico is a huge buyer of U.S. dairy products.

"Exports are a big component now of milk sales in this country," said Peter Fredericks, a dairy specialist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administrator in the agency's Northeast milk marketing area.
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Tax Reform Will "Ease Tax Burden on Farmers"

President Trump announced yesterday his vision for tax reform. Tax revisions included lower taxes on corporate profits, incentives for business investment, fewer and lower individual income tax brackets and the end of estate taxes, with the goal of boosting economic growth and benefiting middle-income families.

Trump vows to "protect farmers, ranchers and small businesses," and a significant part of the reform will be a repeal to the so-called death tax. "We are not going to allow the death tax to steal away the American dream from these great families," said Trump.  Read more   
Dairy-Free Milks Could Leave Consumers At Risk of Iodine Deficiency, Study Finds

Almond, cashew, hazelnut, coconut, rice, hemp, soya, oat - the dairy-intolerant are spoiled for  choice when it comes to milks these days.

And many people who aren't intolerant often choose dairy-free alternatives for  health reasons too.
However, a new study has found that consumers of milk-alternative drinks may be at of risk iodine deficiency.
The  World Health Organisation considers iodine deficiency to be the "world's most prevalent, yet easily preventable, cause of brain damage."      Read more   
GDOT Explores Statewide Broadband and Wireless Expansion
From Georgia CEO

Increasingly, the world is dependent on high-speed internet and reliable cell phone service. But many throughout Georgia rely on spotty or inconsistent cellular and slow internet.

Better days may be ahead as Georgia DOT explores two initiatives-broadband and wireless-that use the state-owned right-of-way to expand the 511 Navigator system statewide, as well as enhance telecommunications for all Georgians.

"We are looking at the potential to use cutting-edge technology to improve the everyday lives of Georgians - not only by expanding and enhancing statewide traffic communications, but also by improving cell phone and broadband internet options for the public," GDOT Division Director of Operations John Hibbard, explained today in a presentation to the State Transportation Board. "Georgia DOT has no desire to get into the utility business. These are public-private partnerships-P3s-that would be financed, developed, managed and maintained by private contractors on state-owned property."    Read more
Puerto Rico's Agriculture and Farmers Decimated by Maria

José A. Rivera, a farmer on the southeast coast of Puerto Rico, stood in the middle of his flattened plantain farm on Sunday and tried to tally how much Hurricane Maria had cost him.

"How do you calculate everything?" Mr. Rivera said.

For as far as he could see, every one of his 14,000 trees was down. Same for the yam and sweet pepper crops. His neighbor, Luis A. Pinto Cruz, known to everyone here as "Piña," figures he is out about $300,000 worth of crops. The foreman down the street, Félix Ortiz Delgado, spent the afternoon scrounging up the scraps that were left of the farm he manages. He found about a dozen dried ears of corn that he could feed the chickens. The wind had claimed the rest.     Read More  
Sacred Canadian Dairy Cows Roam Fringes of Trump's Nafta Fight, 
Trudeau Says Canada Not the Challenge for U.S. Dairy
Josh Wingrove, Bloomberg Politics

Just before midnight one spring evening, Canada's envoy in Washington got a call from Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.

Farmers in U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan's home state were up in arms over Canada's rules and had gotten President Donald Trump's ear. Ross was looking to David MacNaughton for help.

"He said, 'the President's in Wisconsin -- I've never heard him so upset,'" MacNaughton later recalled in a speech in Ottawa. According to MacNaughton's account, Ross continued: "There are a bunch of dairy farmers that are going bankrupt and it's all because of Canada. What are you going to do about it?" 
Sept. Edition of the Georgia Milk Review  
This issue includes stories on:
- Fall District Meetings
GMP's Newberry Receives Honor
- UGA Farm Tour
Longtime Ag Commissioner Passes Away
Fluid Milk Sales Update
Dixie Dairy Report

Cool or creepy? Walmart to deliver food 
and put it in fridge

Walmart is doing just that. It announced  Friday  that it's testing a so-called straight into your fridge service -- and you can watch it happen on your phone thanks to cameras installed in your house.

Walmart spokesperson Ravi Jariwala said the retailer partnered with smart security company August, which makes locks that you can monitor on your phone. August reached out to customers in Silicon Valley to find people to sign up for the delivery service.
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Registration is now open for the 2017 AG Labor Relations Forum

The latest updates for growers, shippers, processors and other agricultural professionals regarding labor relations matters. Hear advice from industry experts to help you comply with new labor laws.  Click here for more information
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, Georgia Corrections Industries.

For information contact Jim Reid at 
or email at

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     
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