2021 | January 15 GMP E Newsletter
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2021 GA Dairy Conference Update

The Georgia Dairy Conference is still an in-person event.
Please do your part and help us meet smart!
Stay home if you are not feeling well
Wear a mask (Savannah has a mask mandate)
Use hand sanitizer or wash hands frequently
Wear your social distancing preference bracelet
Bring a smile and willingness to learn

Georgia Dairy Producers: Georgia Milk Producers will 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!
Continuing Education Hours: Certified waste operators can receive two (2) continuing education credit (CEU) hours during the Georgia Dairy Conference. To obtain your attendance certificate, you must attend BioFiltro’s presentation, on Tuesday, January 19 at 8:00 a.m. and DMI's Sustainability presentation on Wednesday, January 20 at 8:45 a.m. We are working to secure Veterinary and ARPAS CEUs as well. For those interested, registration for these CEUs will be available at the GDC registration desk.

Parking: Parking at the Savannah Riverfront Marriott has been reduced to $8 per day for those attending the Georgia Conference.

WIFI: WIFI access is complimentary for GDC attendees and will not be charged to your bill. The access code in the meeting room and the exhibit hall is: Dairy2021

Dairy Spouses Event: This year, our dairy spouses will fellowship over breakfast, then participate in a workshop hosted by Lauren McClure of Precise Cattle. McClure will demonstrate how beef tallow can be used to make all-natural bath products and help with all manner of skin conditions, including dry, chapped, calloused, cracked, and sun-damaged skin. Tallow gives skin the nutrients it needs to heal itself. It can even be used as a soothing aftershave! To register, please visit the registration table. Limited spaces are available and you must have a ticket to attend.

Covid-19 Measures at GA Dairy Conference:

For additional information on safety precaution please click here for our 
safety of our guests is our top priority: Click here for COVID-19 updates and what to expect at our hotel.
Video from RFDTV and GA Farm Monitor

It is National Milk Day and to celebrate the Georgia Farm Monitor introduces us to the first dairy operation in Georgia with robotic milking stations. 

By Progressive Dairy Editor Dave Natzke

Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO) administrator reports show producer price differentials (PPDs) were mostly positive for December milk marketings. However, extremely negative PPDs and other issues during 2020 have prompted increasing calls for FMMO reform. Read more here>>>
Biden Virus Plan Calls for More Jobless Aid, Worker Safety Rule
By Chris Marr, Bloomberg Law

A $1.9 trillion proposal unveiled today by President-elect Joe Biden calls for extending enhanced jobless benefits and establishing workplace safety standards specific to Covid-19.

The proposal, which Biden’s transition team described in a summary document as “ambitious, but achievable,” is aimed at stimulating the economy and providing relief to individuals and businesses that are struggling through a surging Covid-19 pandemic. Biden unveiled the proposal six days before he’s set to be inaugurated as president. The summary indicated the $1.9 trillion proposal would be the first part of a two-step plan.

The president-elect recently indicated he would prefer to pursue a Covid-19 relief package that could win bipartisan support rather than use the budget reconciliation process in the Senate to pass policies with only a narrow Democratic majority. His proposal, however, includes items such as a $15 minimum wage that have consistently met opposition from Senate Republicans in the past. Read more here>>>
Application Period Opens for Improved Round of Paycheck Protection Program
By American Farm Bureau Federation Market Intel

The recently enacted COVID-19 resource and relief package included a number of agriculture-related provisions, such as a $1.5 billion extension of the Farmers to Families Food Box program, as well as additional support for crop, specialty crop, livestock, poultry and dairy farmers, among others, i.e., What’s In the New COVID-19 Relief Package for Agriculture? The bill also includes several improvements to a second round of the Paycheck Protection Program. Today’s article highlights the PPP improvements that will benefit farmers and ranchers, including new qualifying expenses, using gross farm income to determine loan amounts and reducing the level of required losses to qualify. Read more here>>>
The Race is on to Build the World’s First Carbon-Neutral Dairy
By Taylor Leach, Dairy Herd Management

It’s no secret that climate change has become a huge focus in the United States and around the world. The global dairy industry has focused in on this concern with several countries vowing to become carbon neutral within the next few decades.

For example, the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy unveiled a ‘Net Zero Initiative’ last year in hopes of driving the industry to achieve carbon neutrality, optimized water usage and improved water quality by 2050. Similarly, Meat and Livestock Australia, which includes the dairy industry, has set a goal to become carbon neutral by 2030 “to meet consumer and community expectations.”

Recently, the country has been stricken by intense drought and extreme heat, driving the push for sustainability within agriculture. In response, government research in Victoria, Australia, has been conducted to help construct the Ellinbank “Smartfarm,” the world’s first carbon-neutral dairy farm, according to Farm Online National. Read more here>>>
By Progressive Dairy Editor Dave Natzke

The USDA raised milk production forecasts for both 2020 and 2021. While 2021 annual average Class III and all-milk prices are expected to dip below 2020 levels, the latest projections improved more than $1 per hundredweight (cwt) from last month’s forecast.

For dairy producers, however, soybean meal and corn prices are expected to climb.
The dairy outlook, included in the January World Ag Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report, forecasts milk production increases due to growing dairy cow inventories and stronger growth in milk per cow. Read more here>>>
Georgia AG Forecast Set for Jan. 29
The Georgia Ag Forecast, which ordinarily makes stops at multiple locations around the state, will instead be held virtually on Jan. 29. Georgia Farm Bureau is a sponsor for this annual seminar, which is free to attend for 2021. Ag Forecast shares the latest research and information from UGA faculty to help farmers and agribusinesses in Georgia's No. 1 industry. Keynote topics are agritourism and the impact of COVID-19 on Georgia farmers. Breakout sessions will cover livestock and poultry, cotton, peanuts grains and oilseeds, green industry and vegetables; fruits and tree nuts; and forestry and land taxation. To register, visit https://agforecast.caes.uga.edu/.
From Donna Berry, Berry on Dairy

The Chicagoland Food & Beverage Network (CFBN) hosted its first event of the 2021 season this week. The virtual event provided an in-depth look at the State of the Industry. Dairies are a bright spot!
“With all of the challenges that 2020 brought to our industry and all of the optimism that 2021 promises--from the COVID vaccine rollout to projected city re-openings, and from interesting mergers and acquisitions activity on the horizon to consumer’s next moves and changing commerce models--there is a lot to discuss,” said Alan Reed, executive director of CFBN.
He emphasized that there are two things that will continue this year. Consumers want to eat healthier products and there will be more eating at home. Even though tourism and hospitality will likely explode in the second half of the year, consumers will remain cautious with what they fuel their body with and where they do it.  Read more here>>>
Other Stories to Check Out This Week >>>
Upcoming Events >>>
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