2020 | July 31 GMP E Newsletter
Georgia Milk Producers Weekly Enews
UPDATE ON DairyAmerica Milk Powdercase Settlement

UPDATE 7/29/20:  The Court granted final approval of this Settlement on May 8, 2019. An appeal was subsequently filed, and has since been dismissed. The objectors have until November 9, 2020, to seek the Supreme Court's review of that dismissal. This website will be updated as new information becomes available. Please check their website for updates at milkpowdercase.com or email  info@MilkPowderCase.com  with questions. Your patience is greatly appreciated.   Read more here>>>
Georgia beef producers approve continuation of Beef Checkoff
From Georgia Department of Agriculture

Georgia beef producers voted to continue the $1 per head assessment for beef cattle through the renewal of the Beef Commission Marketing Order. Voting members renewed the assessment the Georgia Agriculture Commodity Commission for Beef with a 79% favorable vote.

“The 79.48% was a strong affirmation by Georgia beef producers that the funds are important and the projects funded are important to the cattle industry of Georgia”, said John Callaway, chairman of the Georgia Beef Commission.

The Georgia Beef Commission was established by the Georgia legislature in 2013 and a commission marketing order was created the year following. The order requires an assessment to be collected on all animals sold for beef in Georgia and must be voted on every three years for continuation.

Assessments collected by the Georgia Beef Commission support education and research project on wellness, feed, breeding and career development for in-state education. Additionally, the commission supports promotion activities to encourage awareness on the nutritional qualities of beef.

Since the inception of the Georgia Beef Commission, approximately 2.5 million dollars has been put to work for the Georgia beef producers.  Read Morning AgClips Story Here >>>
By Ron Mortensen for Progressive Dairy

The dog days of summer are here, but that doesn’t mean you should let attention to dairy risk management stagnate. Failure to protect some currently strong margins or revenue could come back to bite you later.

While Dairy Margin Coverage program sign-up for 2021 doesn’t begin until October, other options are available. Dairy Revenue Protection (Dairy-RP) and Livestock Gross Margin for Dairy (LGM-Dairy) are both crop insurance products supported and underwritten by the USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA). Their coverage is different, however. Read more here>>>
Farmers Deserve a Seat at the Table in Milk Pricing Policy
From American Farm Bureau Federation
The American Farm Bureau Federation released its final report on priorities for milk pricing reform, calling for more democracy and a more equitable program for dairy farmers.

Among AFBF’s priorities is amending the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act to give dairy farmers an opportunity to directly vote on Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO) issues. Currently, only dairy farmers who are independent and not members of cooperatives may cast individual ballots. Cooperatives may allow their members to vote independently, but then lose their ability to bloc vote on behalf of their non-participating members. AFBF supports allowing modified bloc-voting, which would allow co-op members to vote independently and confidentially, while allowing cooperatives to cast ballots for farmers who choose not to cast an individual ballot. Read more here>>>
ACCM 2020 Annual Report Mailed This Week

GA Agricultural Commodity Commission for Milk mailed their Fiscal Year 2020 Annual Report to farmers this week. The report highlights funding projects and promotional events from July 1, 2019 until June 30, 2020. Please review the information and reach out to ACCM Chairman, Paul Johnson, with any questions or suggestions at by email at  pjohnson@usa.com or phone at (229) 220-3170.
A new whey: Cayuga County company makes sanitizer from dairy
By David Wilcox, Auburnpub.com
The hand sanitizer you use during the COVID-19 pandemic could be coming from an unlikely source: dairy byproducts.

If so, that sanitizer is also most likely coming from Cayuga County.

New Age Renewable Energy, operating under the trade name Cayuga Ingredients, has been making BOS Hand Sanitizer at a King Ferry facility since the pandemic began. It's distilled from milk or whey permeate, or whey acid — all byproducts that dairy producers commonly discard. Consumers can buy the sanitizer directly in gallon jugs, but it's also shipped in 55-gallon drums and 275-gallon tanks. Since March, New Age has made tens of thousands of gallons of BOS, which has been purchased by governments, donated to nonprofits and shipped as far as Alaska and Hawaii. Read more here>>>
USDA Report Describes Fast-Paced Consolidation In Dairy Industry, Centered In The Midwest
By Hope Kirwanv, WPR

A new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows how consolidation in the dairy industry continues to play out in Wisconsin and other dairy states.

The  study  from USDA's Economic Research Service looks at trends in the dairy industry from the 1980s through 2019. It found that the pace of consolidation in dairy "far exceeds" the rate seen in most other agriculture sectors.

"Consolidation in U.S. crop production was widespread across crops and was persistent over time; over 30 years, consolidation in crops doubled. The equivalent measure in dairy shows a 16-fold increase in 30 years," the report said.

The report found consolidation in hog and egg producers has occurred at a similar pace to dairy, but other livestock sectors have seen consolidation at a much slower pace.

Mark Stephenson, director of dairy policy analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, said that larger operations are able to contain certain costs in ways that smaller operations can’t.

"It doesn't mean that (smaller farms) are doomed to go away. But over time, they've been shifting and changing." Read more here>>>
Producers have one more month to apply for CFAP Assistance

Dairy farmers have one more month to apply for the financial assistance offered by USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). As of July 20, approximately 21,000 dairy producers have signed up to receive $1.25 billion – about one-fifth of the total $6.2 billion in payouts. In addition to dairy, other commodity payments totaled $3.15 billion to livestock producers, $1.64 billion to producers of non-specialty crops and $186 million to producers of specialty crops. Applications will be accepted through Aug. 28, 2020. https://www.farmers.gov/cfap
Farm managers should follow the “raffle rule”
By Maggie Gilles, Associate Editor, Hoard's Dairyman

Stressful seasons on the farm can and do cause conflict, drama, and finger-pointing amongst employees and owners. The complications of COVID-19 and its economic influence means stress might be even higher than usual. During these periods, a strong farm team is even more important than usual.

“Employee management is more about management and less about employees.” That was the advice given by Tom Wall, who is the president of Dairy Interactive, during a Pro-Dairy webinar. “It takes real energy; it takes real passion; it takes real time.”

The first rule to good management is being present. As Wall describes it, rule one of good management is the “raffle rule.” In both the case of raffles and working situations, you must be present to win.

“We must have good, solid present leaders in place all the time. If you’re not present, how do you know what’s actually going on?” Wall questioned the audience.
Give them what they want

Good employees want order, respect, and opportunity. “In order to truly get through challenging times, we don’t look outside the farm, we don’t look outside of our team, we look within,” Wall said.

That requires a good management plan. Wall recommends four concepts as a starting point.
Other Stories to Check Out This Week >>>
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GA Dairy Classifieds

UPDATED 6/19/20

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 John Felder for more information at 803-682-3425:
  • Dairy Tech Bay Pasturizer - $4,000
  • Tidenberg Hydraulic Hoof Table (like new) - $5,000
  • Mench Sand Trailor - $14,000
  • Hall Stall Sand Leveler (new) - $1,000
  • McLanalan Sand Seperator (like new) 20" x 20" - 25,000
  • Claas Silage Choppers - 900 1695 cutterhead hours, 4WD, 600 orbis, HD300 PU - $110,000
  • Claas Silage Choppers - 960 1875 cutterhead hours, 4WD, 600 orbis, HD300 PU - $190,000
  • Fans Cool Aire
  • 18 54" $225.00
  • 20 48" $125.00
  • 20 35" 100.00
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
For Sale:  Corn Silage - For more information contact Carlin Giesbrecht at 478-494-4007
FOR Sale : Stretch-O-Matic Bale Wrapper and Mover. For more information contact Carlin Giesbrecht at 478-494-4007
Bull Calves WANTED:   Competitive pricing with 6 day a week pickup. Brandon Mason Cattle Company 912-632-4490
For Sale:  Custom manure application and Dryhill manure equipment sales.  Contact Edwin @ 478-299-0717 with Agboys Custom Services LLC -  New 8"x52' lagoon pump with outriggers $24,000 (Pictured right)
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.
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