2021 | February 12 GMP E Newsletter
Georgia Milk Producers Weekly Enews
Dairy show draws youth from across the state
By Tia Lynn Ivey, Morgan Co. Citizen

A special commercial dairy show was held in Morgan County last weekend to honor Dave Clark, a dairyman who passed away in 2019.

The Dave Clark Commercial Dairy Heifer Show, open to youth across the state, was held at the Morgan County Agricultural Center, drawing a large turnout for the event.

“The show was open to everyone in the commercial dairy program in the state and we had 132 calves and 90 exhibitors. It was judged by Mr. Matt Mitchell of Tennessee,” said Carol Williams of the Georgia Dairy Youth Foundation. “Saturday’s show was in honor of the late Dave Clark, a dairyman and strong supporter of dairy programs in the county who passed away in 2019.”

According to Williams, the dairy show has grown over the years to give agriculturally-minded youth the opportunity to compete, and most importantly, learn.  Read more here>>>
Legislative Update from GA Agribusiness Council

Don't have time to read the full newsletter? This is a great tool to get a quick snapshot of the week's activities throughout the session. For a recap of week 5, click here
Georgia Ag Forecast: 2021 offers opportunity for ‘rural to shine’
By Josh Paine | University of Georgia, Moultrie Observer

The pandemic has put a strain on all sectors of the economy, and the agricultural and food industries were no exception. From supply chain disruptions that led to dumping milk and crops to increased consumer demand for plants, there were many ups and downs in 2020 markets.

University of Georgia agricultural economists recapped the unique year and prognostications for 2021 through the Georgia Ag Forecast seminar presented via webinar Jan. 29 and the annual report available online.

Dual studies track agritourism, COVID-19 effects on producers
Since 2014, the agritourism farm gate value has grown more than 40% in Georgia, and a recent survey conducted by College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences faculty shows that about 6 out of 10 motivated travelers seek rural or small towns when selecting a destination for a leisure trip.

“I don’t see a better time ever, in my personal history, where rural and agritourism has the chance to showcase itself,” said John Salazar, associate professor and coordinator of the college’s Hospitality and Food Industry Management Program. “Rural communities have to be more marketing savvy, and agribusinesses have to collaborate with their local destination marketers. There’s no better scenario than for rural to shine.”
Farmers face obstacles in latest PPP loan round
By Jacqui Fatka, Southeast Farm Press

Around 60,000 borrowers were approved for more than $5 billion in forgivable loans during the first week of the reopened Paycheck Protection Program, according to the Small Business Administration. However, many farmers have been reluctant to use PPP this round due to the requirement to prove a 25% loss.

Sens. John Thune, R-SD, and Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisc., urged the U.S. Department of Treasury and SBA to issue guidance excluding Coronavirus Food Assistance Program payments from farmers’ and ranchers’ 2020 gross receipts for purposes of obtaining a second draw loan through the Paycheck Protection Program. Read more here>>>

Michael Fuchs, director of commercial lending at Wolters Kluwer, recently reviewed SBA guidance unique to PPP farm and ranch borrower in an online presentation - Watch this presentation here to answer questions regarding SBA loans and PPP
February 2021 Dixie Dairy Report
Calvin Covington

In this issue:
Dairy product prices.
Milk Production
Class I Sales
Retail prices
Projected Blend Prices

All your farm tax questions answered
By David Marrison, Farm and Dairy

During the past six weeks, Ohio State University Extension has been offering a series of two-day workshops across Ohio for income tax preparers. I, along with Barry Ward, have the privilege of teaching the Agricultural & Natural Resources Tax section at these workshops.

As we have been teaching these workshops, our team has been asked a variety of questions so today I would like to share a few of these with you.

Question from a farmer in Ashland County: I received both a CFAP 1 and CFAP 2 payment from the Farm Service Agency for marketing disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Is this taxable income?

The answer is yes. The payments received from the Coronavirus Food Assistance program, or CFAP, programs are taxable income in the year the payment is received. A 1099-G will be issued to you by the Farm Service Agency. Read more here>>>

2020 Farmers Tax Guide is online and it can be accessed at: https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p225.pdf.
2021 GDYF Annual Golf Tournament

Join us for the 2021 GA Dairy Youth Foundation Golf Tournament on March 26th at Lane Creek Golf Club in Bishop.

Your continued support is needed to grow our dairy FFA, 4-H and collegiate youth programs in Georgia!!

Lunch will start at 11 a.m. and tee time is at noon.

Where is dairy growing?
By Mark Stephenson, Center for Dairy Profitability, UW-Madison, Hoard's Dairyman

The dairy industry has always been dynamic. In the very early years of our country, we moved from farms supplying milk just outside the town limits to railroad shipments into the large cities by the 1800s. Later, as the population began to spread across the country, milk production began to evolve to produce nutrient-dense products such as butter and cheese. The cows were located in the center of the country and the resulting dairy products were shipped to the coasts where the population was large. Today, dairy is still growing in some of those areas, but the regions of growth depend on other factors.

Last year’s change in milk production was impacted by many things, including the pandemic. You can see in the map, looking at the percent change in milk production, that the strongest growth occurred in the central portion of the country as shown by the deep green states. In fact, Wyoming had the largest percent growth in milk, followed by states like South Dakota, Texas, Colorado, and others. The largest milk losses were in states like Alabama and South Carolina, shown in red. But sometimes only looking at percent growth is misleading because the base of milk production may be small. Read more here>>>
Ag industry contributes 10% of overall GHG emissions
By Jacqui Fatka, Feedstjuffs

Greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture account for 9.9% of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions and come from livestock such as cows, agricultural soils and rice production, according to the latest update for the 2018 year. A new analysis of Environmental Protection Agency data highlights agricultural emissions reductions and the importance of developing new research and technologies to capture more carbon in cropland and pastureland.

EPA tracks total U.S. emissions by publishing the Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks. This annual report estimates the total national greenhouse gas emissions and removals associated with human activities across the United States. The report reveals that U.S. carbon sinks offset 12% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions and sequestered 764 million metric tons during 2018. The largest carbon sink involved U.S. forestry lands. Read more here>>>
Study: Higher plant-based milk prices are justified, but dairy milk is too cheap
By Megan Poinski, Food Dive

The big takeaways from this report are unsurprising:  Plant-based milk is more expensive because of processes, packaging and the need for constant innovation and marketing in the segment. Dairy milk is priced way too low with little financial wiggle room to allow for marketing, R&D and innovation. 

Putting these findings together in a single report, however, drives home the contrast. Plant-based milk has a pricing model that supports future growth, both for producers and retailers. While the cost of making plant-based milk is likely to come down as the segment matures and scales up, Mintec said retailers will likely try to maintain prices at their current level to maintain the bigger profit margin, especially compared to dairy milk.

In fact, the plant-based industry is achieving its aims to grow, improve and market itself effectively. In 2019, according to statistics from the Plant Based Foods Association, plant-based alternatives made up 14% of the entire milk market. It had grown at a 5% clip in the year, compared to dairy milk's essentially flat growth. Analysts have yet to tally 2020's sales totals for plant-based milk, but the rate of growth is likely to be steeper. Plant-based milk has seen huge sales increases during the pandemic, especially in the first months of the health crisis. Read more here>>>
Oatly: Worst Super Bowl ad goes viral and has everyone talking about vegan oat milk
From Sarah Sharples, News AU

Forget celebrity appearances from John Travolta, Cardi B and Ashton Kutcher in Super Bowl commercials – oat milk brand Oatly’s spot featuring their CEO singing in a field has been the one to go viral after being dubbed the worst ad.

The 30-second commercial from the Swedish vegan milk brand features its CEO Toni Petersson standing in a field with a keyboard singing an oddly catchy tune, including the lines, “It’s like milk, but made for humans,” and “Wow, no cow”.

He also wears a T-shirt which the words, “No artificial badness,” written on it.
Summer Pasture Management Talks hosted by Oglethorpe County Extension via zoom meeting

Registration is free and open to the public. Zoom will be held on February 24, 2021 at 6:30 pm. Category 21 and Private Pesticide Credit Available.

Other Stories to Check Out This Week >>>
GA Dairy Classifieds

UPDATED 1/15/2021

Seeking Beef and dairy crossed bullcalves/heifers bottled or weaned. Please contact Victoria Rowland at 404-922-0938 or 423-946-5869

Will Raise Heifers for GA Dairy Farms: Hello we are located in Southern Illinois and have an abundance of pasture and cheap feed available looking to contract with a dairy to grow heifers for them, out location offers mild climate and we are just 558 miles from Montezuma Ga. Please contact 817-528-6645 very reasonable daily rates.

For Sale- DeLaval 84 Vacuum Pump on Stand, Oil Reclaimer, 10 HP- 3 Phase Electric Motor. New Bearings, New Oil Seal, New Belts. $2000
For more Information Call Tony Strickland , 229-254-6871; deepsouthai@gmail.com

For sale - Please contact Archie Felder for more information at 803-682-3426:
  • Dairy Tech Bay Pasturizer - $4,000
  • Tidenberg Hydraulic Hoof Table (like new) - $5,000
  • Claas Silage Choppers - 960 1875 cutterhead hours, 4WD, 600 orbis, HD300 PU - $180,000
  • Koomin John Deere Corn Header adapter for Claus Silage Chopper Used - $6,000
WANTED: Peter's Cattle Co. will buy any dairy, beef, and cross, bottle or weaned, bulls, heifers or free martins. Pick up weekly 7 days a week. Chris- 470-255-8515
Bull Calves WANTED:  Competitive pricing with 6 day a week pickup. Brandon Mason Cattle Company 912-632-4490

FOR SALE :  We have a continuous selection of fresh and springing heifers.   Call William at   (706) 768-2857  or visit our website at   crumpdairyreplacements.org  
Farmer to Farmer Support Program Available for SE dairy farmers
Farmers across the Southeast are experiencing uncertain times like never before. All aspects of agriculture have been hit by market losses due to COVID-19, but dairy has reached a level of uncertainty that many have never experienced.

As we navigate through these next few months, dairy producers across the Southeast have come together to introduce the "Farmer to Farmer Support Program." If you find that you need support or would like to talk to a fellow farmer or industry friend, they have several volunteers that are willing and able to help. Georgia Milk Producers has also put together a packet on the program that you can access by clicking here. 

For more information on the program, please reach out to Farrah Newberry at gamilkproducers@gmail.com