2020 | June 26 GMP E Newsletter
Georgia Milk Producers Weekly Enews
DON'T FORGET! Mail your ballot for the GA ACC for Beef by Tuesday, June 30!

Georgia beef producers have until June 30th to cast their ballots to renew the assessment for the Georgia Agriculture Commodity Commission for Beef. The commission was established by the Georgia legislature at the request of Georgia cattlemen in 2014.

By law, beef producers must vote every three years to determine if they want to continue the market order. Georgia beef producers re-affirmed the market order in 2017.

Funds from the assessments are used to fund research, education, and promotion projects for the Georgia cattle producers. In the five years since the assessment began, more than $2.5 million has been committed to research projects with the University of Georgia that help producers with production issues and for state education and promotion programs which benefit Georgia beef producers.

Ballots and the back of the return envelope must be filled out for the ballot to be considered as eligible. Ballots must be postmarked by June 30.  
Eye on markets as reined-in supply vs. strong demand drive dairy higher
From Agmoos Blog

Trade sentiment is mixed on how long the upward momentum in dairy markets can last as producers wait for these higher levels to land in their milk checks.

On one hand,  USDA Dairy Market News  reports strong pizza sales, stable to strong retail sales, and government purchases all stoking demand against reined-in supply. On the other hand,  some analysts see weakness  ahead as higher prices may prompt milk expansion by fall when demand may wane after CFAP food box purchases end and food-service pipelines are re-stocked. Much will depend on how the economic re-opening goes for families and food-service, as well as what happens with schools and sports. Experts suggest producers evaluate their risk management tools while markets present positive margins in a tumultuous time.

To-date, the USDA Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) Farmers to Families Food Box Program has delivered 18.5 million boxes. The first round of May 15-June 30 fresh food purchases totaled $1.2 billion, including $317 million for milk and dairy products. Now USDA is poised to announce a second round of $1.16 billion for July 15-Aug. 30, of which dairy’s share has not yet been specified. Read more here>>>
UGA's John Bernard honored by American Dairy Science Association
By Maria M. Lameiras for CAES News

University of Georgia animal and dairy science Professor John Bernard has been named the winner of the 2020 Nutrition Professionals Inc. Applied Dairy Nutrition Award from the American Dairy Science Association (ADSA).

Bernard, who joined the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Department of Animal and Dairy Science on the UGA Tifton campus in 1998, is an expert in the nutrition and management of dairy cattle. His work focuses on improving nutritive efficiency, profitability and cow comfort.

“It is an honor to be selected as the recipient of the Nutrition Professionals Inc. Applied Dairy Nutrition Award, especially when I look at the list of previous recipients. During my 32-plus-year career, I have been fortunate to be able to conduct applied research and contribute to our understanding of dairy nutrition,” Bernard said.

Bernard’s research program involves improving the utilization of nutrients provided by forages and by-product feeds in dairy rations. Current research projects involve effectively using winter annual and perennial grass for lactating dairy cows, enhancing the use and digestibility of whole cottonseed and other by-product feeds, studying protein and amino acid metabolism by lactating dairy cows, and reducing heat stress through environmental and nutritional modification. Read more>>>
CDC And Labor Department Issue Interim COVID-19 Guidance For Agriculture Employers
From JD Supra

The CDC and the U.S. Department of Labor just released  interim guidance  for all agriculture employers to provide an action template to protect agriculture workers from COVID-19. Primarily, the guidance addresses exposure risk to agriculture workers, and encourages employers to develop a COVID-19 assessment and control plan to protect themselves and farmworkers, in accordance with the  CDC Interim Business Guidance for Businesses and Employees  and  General Business Frequently Asked Questions Read more here>>>
CFAP dairy payments top $895 million through June 22
By Dave Natzke, Progressive Dairyman

U.S. dairy producers received more than $895 million in direct payments through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) as of June 22. Dairy applications processed by USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices stood at 15,222.

The FSA began taking applications May 26. In the first four weeks of the application period, the top states for CFAP dairy payments were:
1. Wisconsin: $202 million – 3,804 applicants
2. California: $108.4 million – 673 applicants
3. New York: $101 million – 1,843 applicants
4. Pennsylvania: $$49.8 million – 1,525 applicants
5. Minnesota: $46.5 million – 1,349 applicants
6. Michigan: $45.1 million – 618 applicants
7. Idaho: $39.5 million – 244 applicants
8. Washington: $28.5 million – 215 applicants
9. Iowa: $26.9 million – 604 applicants
10. Ohio: $25.4 million – 590 applicants
11. Texas: $23.1 million – 183 applicants

Find the complete list  here .

Overall, the USDA FSA had approved about $4 billion in payments to more than 252,489 agricultural producers who applied for assistance through the CFAP as of June 22.
ICYMI: GA Milk Review June 2020 Edition
In this issue:
  • USDA Approves $667 Million in Dairy CFAP Payments
  • DMC Signup Opens Oct. 12
  • Right to Farm Legislation Passes Senate
  • Dr. Bernard Retires July 1
  • PPP EZ Loan Forgiveness Application
  • GA Beef Referendum
  • Dixie Dairy Report

Many Latinos Couldn’t Stay Home. Now Virus Cases Are Soaring in the Community
By  Shawn Hubler Thomas Fuller Anjali Singhvi  and Juliette Love with The New York Times
When the coronavirus first spread to the fields and food processing factories of California’s Central Valley, Graciela Ramirez’s boss announced that line workers afraid of infection could stay home without pay.

A machine operator at Ruiz Foods, the nation’s largest manufacturer of frozen burritos, Ms. Ramirez stayed on the job to make sure she didn’t lose her $750-a-week wages.
“I have necessities,” Ms. Ramirez, a 40-year-old mother of four, said in Spanish. “My food, my rent, my bills.”

Soon her co-workers started to get sick, and when Ms. Ramirez became congested and fatigued and  could not smell  the difference between the rice on her stove and the sopa de fideo in her soup bowl, her test, too, came back positive.

It was a variation on what has become a grim demographic theme, and not just in California. Infections among Latinos have far outpaced the rest of the nation, a testament to the makeup of the nation’s essential work force as the American epidemic has surged yet again in the last couple of weeks.

Latinos in the United States are hardly a cultural monolith, and there is no evidence yet that any ethnic group is inherently more vulnerable to the virus than others. But in the last two weeks, counties across the country where at least a quarter of the population is Latino have recorded an increase of 32 percent in new cases, compared to a 15 percent increase for all other counties, a Times analysis shows. Read more here>>>
Be a leader that inspires your staff
By Caitlin Rodgers, Georgia dairy farmer, Hoard's Dairyman
There are plenty of “How to” books available on just about anything . . . how to succeed, how to wire a building, how to be a better person, how to be inspiring, and the list goes on and on.

But in all reality, as a business owner, have you truly been taught how to be the best you can be and how you can get the best from your staff?

All employees are different. They come from different backgrounds, have different ideas and opinions, and different quirks. I honestly don’t believe there is a true book on how to get your employees to be the best that they can be.

It takes work. It takes boundaries as well as getting to truly know them. It takes seeing obstacles and the work at hand as they see it, while at the same time viewing them as a business owner, too. Read more here>>>
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
Educational video for dairy employees on Animal Activism
Alltech, Elanco, The National Milk Producer Federation (FARM) and the Animal Agriculture Alliance have joined forces to create an educational video for Dairy Workers about animal activism. The video, which connects the Dairy Worker with the dairy industry, contains information about:
  • What animal activism is
  • Mode of operation of animal activists on dairies
  • Preventive measures about animal activists
  • Importance of the Dairy Worker in the industry
  • Other topics about animal caring and regulations
This is not an advertisement or contains product information, the intention of this video is to educate Dairy Workers about radical animal activists and their role to defend this industry as they are our FIRST LINE OF DEFENSE. The campaign is called “ A MI SI ME IMPORTA/I CARE” . After watching this video, workers can receive a nice certificate making this resource a big part of their commitment and their pride with the Dairy industry.
To access the video, please visit and use passcode " icare2020" :
Protocols: Turning the “Why Should We Do It?” to “Why We Do It”
By, Taylor Leach, Milk Business

A necessity in today’s dairy industry, protocols are used as a way to help achieve consistent compliance on the farm and to reduce performance variation between employee shifts. While the idea of writing protocols may sound simple, having them executed correctly can prove to be more of a challenge.

For Heidi Fisher, co-owner of Fisher-Clark dairy, located in Hatley, Wisc., writing straightforward protocols that can easily be carried out has become second nature. Managing a team of 18 employees at a 900-cow operation is no easy feat, but with the implementation of candid protocols, Fischer has noticed that her employees have gained a better understanding for the job at hand.

“Protocols for us have been a way to kind of get everybody on the same page,” Fischer says. “Efficiency is always a goal of ours. We want to make sure that we’re only doing what needs to be done and that we are doing it as efficiently as possible.” 
Summer Inspiration Series: Formulating and Marketing for the New Norm School Lunch Rooms and University Dining Halls
By Donna Berry, Berry on Dairy

Institutional foodservice is getting revamped. For some elementary schools not much will change, as many are supplied with packaged meals from contracted vendors. The story is different for most middle schools and high schools where larger appetites and diet-conscious students pick and choose from an array of featured and a la carte items.

For university dining halls, there will no longer be a taco bar, make a sandwich or create your own pasta. Pre-packaged foods will dominate, with minimal onsite assembly of hot entrees. Schools that had at all-you-can eat meal plan will likely switch to a mini-mart format for carryout consumption.

These institutions need assistance from food and beverage manufacturers, who in turn need their packaging suppliers to provide solutions. Now’s the time to get busy, as many universities have moved up their open date, with campuses opening up in less than 60 days. This is a huge opportunity for packaged goods companies.

The dairy industry does a great job of offering individually wrapped single-serve products. Now’s the time, however, to start thinking of different portion sizes, alternative packages and targeted marketing. Further, production of these products will need to increase.
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