2021 | May 21 GMP E Newsletter
Georgia Milk Producers Weekly Enews
From American Dairy Science Association

The American Dairy Science Association® (ADSA®) is pleased to announce Jillian Bohlen as the 2021 recipient of the Hoard’s Dairyman Youth Development Award. Bohlen will be recognized during the virtual ADSA Annual Meeting.

The Hoard’s Dairyman Youth Development Award was created to recognize a candidate who has had significant involvement in dairy-related youth activities in either a professional or volunteer capacity for a minimum of 10 years. The recipient shall be highly regarded in the dairy industry for his or her role in personal development of dairy youths and for enhancing knowledge of and interest in the dairy industry. The winner need not be a member of ADSA and may have worked with youths of any age, up to and including college, in many possible capacities, such as coach, counselor, teacher, adviser, mentor, chaperone, or supervisor.

Jillian Bohlen truly believes in providing opportunities to young people. Facilitating 10 different events for more than 375 young people annually, she coordinates the state’s 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl, 4-H Dairy Judging competitions, and the Commercial Dairy Heifer project and shows, and she serves as advisor to the University of Georgia Dairy Science Club, ADSA Student Affiliate Division (SAD) delegation, and Dairy Challenge coach. Her contribution to collegiate development alone includes taking student groups to more than 40 professional development events across the United States. Bohlen has mentored two Genevieve Christen Award winners, served as advisor to the ADSA-SAD board, and received the ADSA-SAD Outstanding Advisor Award (2008). Her service to youths beyond state borders includes hosting multiple Southeast Dairy Youth Retreats, ADSA-SAD regional conferences, regional Dairy Challenges, and most recently the North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge, where she welcomed 240 students representing 43 universities to Tifton, Georgia, in 2019.

It is with great pleasure that ADSA and Hoard’s Dairyman present Jillian Bohlen with the 2021 Hoard’s Dairyman Youth Development Award. Story found here>>>
Georgia 4-H celebrates winners of its double-elimination State 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl
By Heather Shultz for CAES News

On May 13, 40 youth participated in the virtual 2021 Georgia 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl supported by The Georgia Dairy Youth Foundation and Milk Check-Off.

Youth participating in the quiz bowl receive a better knowledge of dairy-related topics and learn to demonstrate that knowledge in a competitive and thought-stimulating environment and gain important life skills, such as confidence, independence and compassion. They also strengthen decision-making and leadership skills in an environment which allows contribution to a group effort, encouraging teamwork and collaboration with a diverse group of peers.

“Every year that I work with this contest, I'm astounded by the depth and breadth of knowledge of our young people in the state,“ said Jillian Bohlen, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension dairy science specialist. “The youth this year came to the contest not only with understanding of the dairy industry but with enthusiasm for the competition. A hard-fought double elimination event, they thought, collaborated, buzzed, laughed and made a great 2021 State Dairy Quiz Bowl competition. Congratulations to all competitors as you should all be incredibly proud.”

Two divisions of teams compete during the quiz bowl, junior and senior, and each county was permitted to enter two teams in each division. If a team contained more than four members, the top three individual scores were used to establish the team score.

Senior competitors were given one attempt to complete a 100-question multiple choice and fill-in-the-blank test in a limited time frame to gauge their knowledge of dairy nutrition, calf management, parlor management and reproduction, as well as current events and statistics within the dairy industry. 

A team plaque will be presented to the first place junior and senior teams. The winning senior team will also represent Georgia at the North American Invitational 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl Contest in November in Louisville, Kentucky. Read more here>>>
Georgia Dept of Ag: Agriculture Commodity Commissions Seeking Nominations
From All On Georgia

Several Georgia Agriculture Commodity Commissions are seeking nominations for positions of individuals whose terms are set to expire. The deadline for receiving nominations is Monday, May 31, 2021.

To serve on a Commodity Commission, a person must be a producer of the commodity of the commission, commit to attend meetings and represent the producers of the commodity. Term-expiring board members are also eligible for reappointment. 
UGA Extension to offer virtual solar energy seminar to inform rural Georgia landowners
By Chad Cain for CAES News

University of Georgia Cooperative Extension is offering a new virtual seminar, “Solar Energy in Rural Georgia: Opportunities and Considerations for Landowners,” on Tuesday, June 8.

The event, set for 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Zoom, is structured to help landowners understand the benefits and possible liabilities of hosting solar panels on their land. The event is free and open to the public, but participants must register at zoom.us.

Investing in solar panels as an energy provider or leasing to outside companies has been a growing topic in the last few years, and UGA Extension offices have recently been fielding more questions on the subject.

“Landowners should be cognizant of the implications of entering into a solar lease agreement,” said UGA Extension agricultural economist Amanda Smith.
“The decision to convert land into solar is complex and has long-term implications. We hope to provide landowners with information to help them in their decision-making process.”

Incentive programs and tax credits available for those willing to switch to solar power have reduced in recent years, but future programs are likely. Read more here>>>
By Chris Cifelli, nutrition research vice president, National Dairy Council

Farmer-funded research by the National Dairy Council (NDC) allows us to engage in myth-busting when necessary.

One of the more common myths we’ve effectively addressed is that dairy causes inflammation. Our body of research has not only proved this is not the case, but that dairy can even reduce the risk of inflammation in some at-risk groups. Read more here>>>
Legislators seek more insight on tax policy impact to farmers
By Jacqui Fatka, Feedstuffs

A major piece of the Biden administration’s Build Back Better plan includes significant tax changes. Several members of Congress continue to seek out additional insight on how proposed changes could impact their rural constituents.

The plan would eliminate the step up in basis above $1 million per individual or $2 million per couple. Second, the plan would increase the capital gains tax to as much as 43.4% for individuals with an income over $1 million. And finally, the plan would place a cap on the use of like-kind exchanges.

In announcing the administration’s proposed tax changes including the elimination of the stepped-up basis and higher capital gains taxes, USDA issued a statement indicated that 98% of farm estates will not owe any tax at transfer after a death, providing the farm stays in the family. However, Republican members of the Senate Agriculture Committee sent a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack seeking additional information as to how USDA reached that figure.

“We are deeply concerned about the impact of these proposed tax policy changes on America’s family farms and ranchers,” the letter states.
Some estimate as many as 84% of farmers could be impacted by the proposed tax changes on capital gains and stepped-up basis. Read more here>>>
June 2021 Class I base moves above $18.25
From Progressive Dairy Editor Dave Natzke

After lingering below $16 for the first four months of the year, the Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO) Class I base price rose to $18.29 per cwt for June, up $1.19 from May and the highest since December 2020. The June 2021 price is $6.87 above the Class I base price paid in June 2020, when market disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic pushed the Class I base price to just $11.42 per cwt.
Virtual Corn Silage and Stored Forage Field Day

The field day features presentations and focuses on corn silage and forage production in the livestock industry

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


For Sale: Double 8 herringbone bone parlor available in Starr, SC.
Delaval meters, Germania entrance and exit gates with tailboards and indexing tail, Muller plate cooler, receiving jar, filter housing and lowline stainless pipeline. Serious inquiries call 864-617-5911, Iris Barham

Expanding or looking for top quality herd replacement?
Available at all times: 
Fresh two and three year old's and total herds; Also springing heifers and heifers of all ages.  Service age bulls with top genetics available all year round. All different breeds and crossbreds also available. Last two loads of fresh two and three year olds Holsteins went on the trucks averaging 115 lbs and 112 lbs! One load to TN and the other to Wisconsin.
Les McCracken 
608-214-6484. Cell
608-879-2653. Fax

Seeking fulltime farm worker at heifer replacement farm in Eatonton, GA. If interested, please contact Mike Rainey at 706-473-0730.

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