GEORGIA CHECKOFF REFERENDUM - Send Ballots by Mar. 30
Georgia Dairy Producers are reminded that your ballots regarding the 10 cents portion of your check-off should be mailed to the ACCM offices (Andy Harrison) by MARCH 30th! Remember, 5 cents (of the 15 cents/cwt total deduction) is automatically sent by mandate to the National Checkoff program, while you do have a say about where your state directs the remaining dime for promotion and education.
If you have not received a ballot in the mail, contact Paul Johnson at 229-220-3170, and he can see that you get one.
TOTAL PRODUCTIVITY FACTOR - ERS Term for Dairy Evaluation
March 7th, 2022: Sources, Trends, and Drivers of US Dairy Productivity and Efficiency, by Eric Njuki for USDA-ERS, a 52-pg. pdf report.
This Feb. 22 report focuses on the term ’Total Productivity Factor’ as a means of evaluating individual dairy farms and the collective dairy farm sectors of various states and herd sizes.
UKRAINE: The Challenge of Farming in War
March 11, 2022: "Russia's Invasion Forces Ukrainian farms to become Food Factories for the Army, Cities," by Clint Jasper, for ABC Rural, published at ABC Australia
As Ukraine is dealing with unimaginable supply chain challenges both in delivering products to market, and acquiring supplies to keep farms running, farms and their employees are processing their goods to keep people fed.
Meat animals are being harvested on farms and the meat being delivered to people in cities in bomb shelters.
Dairy farmers are on-farm processing their milk into quark, cottage cheese, sour cream and butter
March 9, 2022: PODCAST "Imagine Planting Corn and Seeing Fighter Jets Coming at You," Rob Sharkey, otherwise known as The Shark Farmer, interviews Kees Huizinga, a diverse Ukrainian farmer who has several large enterprises in his operation, including a dairy operation.
CONSUMER OUTREACH & PROMOTION
March 3rd, 2022: Be Ready to Answer the Tough Questions, by Georgia's own Caitlin Rodgers, for Hoard's Dairyman. Caitlin explains that learning to answer consumer questions in terms the general public can relate to is an important part of making friends for dairy and agriculture.
March 11: Southeast Dairy Checkoff Check-In (The Dairy Alliance)
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