2021 | January 29 GMP E Newsletter
Georgia Milk Producers Weekly Enews
Georgia Farm Monitor Reports on Conference and Outlook for 2021
Georgia Milk producers found a way through Covid to meet in Savannah recently for the annual Georgia Dairy Conference. This event brings farmers from different parts of the state together to network and learn about new products and techniques to boost their dairy's bottom line. Watch Video Here>>>
Fork in the Road Airs "Cream of the Crop" Episode that Highlights Georgia's Dairy Industry
Georgia Grown's new television show highlights Georgia’s dairy industry as a global leader in technology, marketing, and animal welfare. In this Georgia Public Broadcasting episode, we meet the innovators who are leading our dairy industry into the 21st century.
USDA Freezes $2.3 Billion Supplemental CFAP
By John Herath, The Daily Scoop, Farm Journal

USDA late Wednesday posted notice that $2.3 billion in supplemental Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) payments will be temporarily frozen.

“In accordance with the White House memo, Regulatory Freeze Pending Review, USDA has suspended the processing and payments under the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program - Additional Assistance and has halted implementation until further notice. FSA local offices will continue to accept applications during the evaluation period,” said a notice on the USDA CFAP page.

“In the coming days, USDA and the Biden Administration intend to take additional steps to bring relief and support to all parts of food and agriculture during the coronavirus pandemic, including by ensuring producers have access to the capital, risk management tools, disaster assistance, and other federal resources,” the notice continued.

The previous administration had announced the expanded eligibility for the CFAP 1 and 2 programs on Jan. 15, just days before President Joe Biden was to be sworn in. The program expansion was targeted mostly at contract pork and poultry producers and others previously excluded from the relief payments. Read more here>>>
9 signposts to dairy export performance in 2021
By William Loux, USDEC

At the start of every year, the U.S. Dairy Export Council publishes its ‘signpost’ article looking at the major factors that will impact dairy markets and trade in the year ahead. Like signposts on the road, these markers will guide dairy markets in the year ahead.
How much milk Is too much?

Aggregate milk production growth from the “Big Six” global dairy suppliers—New Zealand, the EU (including the UK), the United States, Australia, Argentina and Belarus—grew more than 1.4% in the first eleven months of 2020. While that was the highest gain in the last three years, adding over 4 million MT of milk to the global pool, a 1.4% increase is in line with global demand growth in a normal year.

As we know, 2020 was anything but normal. Yet, pandemic-related consumer economic support programs and end-user stock-building to ensure supply continuity in the event of further lockdowns and trade disruptions helped markets maintain balance—even as milk production momentum grew in the second half. Read more here>>>
ADC Concerned with Introduction of Mandatory $15 Minimum Wage Bill
From American Dairy Coalition

Democrats in both the House and Senate introduced the Wage Act, a bill that would increase minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025. President Biden previously signaled $15 minimum wage is a priority for him. 
If passed, pay increase would be raised from $7.25 an hour to $9.50 an hour. It would increase again to $12.50 in 2023, to $14 in 2024 and $15 the following year. Afterwards, future increases would be tied to median age growth. The bill would also end subminimum wages for disabled, youth and guarantee tipped workers.
To date, eight states plus Washington, D.C., have approved such increases. While the bill is backed by high profile Democrats including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Congressman Bernie Sanders, it will need the support of 10 Republicans to pass in the Senate. There is not a lot of support from Republicans. The Republicans believe Congress should not set this standard because the cost of living is so variable throughout the U.S. and it will hurt businesses. 
From National Milk Producers Federation:
Check out World Wildlife Fund's recent analysis demonstrating net zero greenhouse gas emissions on #dairy farms is possible with the right practices, incentives, and policies.

This concept is being further studied to understand its potential value to farms of all sizes and geographies. Read the analysis here>>>
By Progressive Dairy Editor Dave Natzke

Milk production growth continued its torrid pace in December 2020, up 3.1% from December 2019 and pushing total annual output up more than 2% compared to a year earlier. The preliminary report, released Jan. 25, indicated milk production growth rate in the 24 major dairy states was slightly higher, up 3.2% in December and 2.2% for the year.

The most staggering numbers in the report relate to both the growth and size of the U.S. dairy herd. At 9.443 million, December 2020 cow numbers were up by 100,000 head from a year earlier. In the 24 major dairy states, cow numbers were estimated at 8.923 million head, up by 107,000 head. Based on USDA historical data, the last time there were this many cows in the U.S. dairy herd was during the second half of 1995. Read more here>>>
Dairy Foods 2021: It’s Time to File Away the Strict Definition of Dairy Products
From Donna Berry, Berry on Dairy

Congratulations to the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) for hosting the best virtual conference I have attended during the pandemic. (The bar has been set high.) The live presentations with Q&A, the “coffee break” rooms for networking, and the dueling piano opening reception with audience participation and texting banter made it almost feel like we were in Orlando at the previously scheduled in-person event. Thank you very much Team IDFA and all the speakers and attendees.  

Michael Dykes, president and CEO, IDFA, summed up the four-day “Dairy Forum 2021—Dairy Evolved” program. 

“We are a resilient, vibrant, and growing industry because of strong leaders who prioritize their people, strong partnerships and collaboration up and down the supply chain, and a strong desire to innovate through new technology, logistics, people strategies, and product development. We all know that we cannot stand still. Disruption will continue to be initiated by our consumers, markets, governments, and natural disasters. We need to stay ahead of the technology and innovation curve, be nimble and willing to adapt, and always strive to meet consumer demands both in the United States and abroad…Together, we are making a difference for dairy.”

The event ended on January 28 with a casual chat between Dykes and Patricia Stroup, senior vice-president and chief procurement officer for Nestle S.A. She summed up what was one of the biggest take-aways from this week, and not just from the Dairy Forum but also from products featured as a Daily Dose of Dairy. She said, “The strict definition of dairy products is not where the growth is.”  Read more here>>>
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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