2021 | May 7 GMP E Newsletter
Georgia Milk Producers Weekly Enews
ATTN: GA Dairy Farm Families

The Board of Directors for the GA Agricultural Commodity Commission for Milk (ACCM) will listen to proposal presentations for your state dairy checkoff program on Wednesday, May 12, at the Georgia Farmers Market in Macon. The address for the meeting location is 2055 Eisenhower Parkway, Macon, Georgia. The program will start promptly at 9:00 am.

This meeting is open to all Georgia dairy producers. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Farrah Newberry by noon on Tuesday, May 11, at gamilkproducers@gmail.com

If you are interested in listening to the presentations by Zoom, please register for the call in information here: 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Again - to RSVP if you plan to attend in person to Farrah Newberry at gamilkproducers@gmail.com

State Checkoff - Georgia ACC for Milk (aka. ACCM) – formed by state law, gets 10 cents of the 15 cents collected for the national dairy checkoff.  ACCM awarded funds last year to Milk Forward LLC., The Dairy Alliance, The Partnership for the Milk on My Mind campaign, the Georgia Mobile Dairy Classroom, and milk/ice cream/cheese giveaways at various events (ex: Sunbelt Expo, GA National Fair, Putnam Dairy Festival). Additional funds are used for projects with the Georgia Milk Producers and Georgia Farm Bureau. This checkoff money must be used strictly for the promotion of milk and dairy products.
Governor Kemp Signs Multiple Bills Supporting Georgia Farmers & Timber Growers
By Jennifer Whittaker, GA Farm Bureau

Georgia Farm Bureau hosted a bill signing ceremony today at its Macon office during which Governor Brian Kemp signed multiple bills supporting Georgia farmers & timber growers.

Gov. Brian Kemp signed HB 498, which will let Georgia voters decide in the 2022 election if family farms that have merged may have the same ad valorem tax exemption on farm equipment that they qualified for before merging. Rep. Sam Watson introduced this bill for which GFB, Georgia Agribusiness CouncilGeorgia Cattlemen's AssociationGeorgia Milk Producers, Inc. and other ag organizations advocated.
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 Thursday, May 30, 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. 
GA Dairy Managers Series on Dragline Fundamentals on May 20

This workshop will cover team roles and responsibilities, along with safety considerations for manure application operators. These include how to safely operate equipment, handle the lay-flat hose, operate the dragline in the field and how to remain conscious of environmental concerns when pumping. Those attending will receive two continuing education hours for Animal Feeding Operator/Planner Certification. This meeting is open to dairymen, managers, and industry - free of charge and will be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Limited seats are available and please preregister for lunch by calling our office at 706-310-0020. Click here for more information>>>
By Progressive Dairy Editor Dave Natzke

If and when USDA grants a hearing request on Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO) milk pricing issues, the head of FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative said his organization will recommend a return to the ”Class I mover” formula used prior to May 2019.

FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative, based in Madison, Wisconsin, represents farmers in Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota, Michigan, Iowa, Illinois and Indiana. In an announcement on May 5, Jeff Lyon, FarmFirst general manager, said that if a hearing is scheduled, the co-op would submit a proposal to revert back to using the “higher of” the Class III or Class IV price in calculating the monthly FMMO Class I mover. The “higher of” formula was replaced about two years ago by a formula using Class III-Class IV price averaging, plus an adjustment factor, to set the advanced Class I milk price.
By Progressive Dairy Editor Dave Natzke

Dairy producers participating in the 2021 Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program will again see hefty indemnity payments for March milk marketings.

The USDA released its latest Ag Prices report on April 30, including factors used to calculate monthly DMC margins and payments. Based on those factors, the March DMC milk income over feed cost margin is just $6.46 per hundredweight (cwt), a slim 24-cent improvement over February 2021 and the fourth time the monthly margin has been below $7 per cwt in the past 12 months, when the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic sent milk prices plummeting.

At that level, the March margin triggers indemnity payments on Tier I and Tier II milk insured at all levels above $6.50 per cwt. Those with Tier I (5 million pounds or less of covered production history) who are insured at the top level of $9.50 per cwt will see a payment of $3.04 per cwt, following payments of $3.28 and $2.36 per cwt on February and January milk marketings, respectively (Table 1).  Read more here>>>
May 2021 Dixie Dairy Report
By Calvin Covington

In this report:
  • Dairy product prices
  • Milk cows and more milk
  • Challenging first quarter for fluid milk sales
  • Dairy industry important to Southeast
  • Blend prices continue to advance

U.S. Employment Update
DFA Today

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released the Employment Situation Summary for April. The unemployment rate was reported at 6.1%, up 0.1% from March, but down 8.6% from April 2020. This represented 9.8 million people who were unemployed.
According to the report, notable employment gains in April occurred in leisure and hospitality, local government education and other services. These gains were partially offset by declines in temporary help services and couriers and messengers.
By Elaine Watson, Food Navigator.com

Impossible Foods is heading into K-12 schools across the US this month via pilot programs in California, Washington, and Oklahoma ahead of a wider K-12 market entry in the fall, after securing a Child Nutrition Label for its burgers from the USDA's food and nutrition service. Read more here>>>
Other Stories to Check Out This Week >>>
GA Dairy Classifieds


Farren Dakin Dairy Complete ONLINE Heifer Dispersal (Myakka City, FL) Tuesday May 11, 2021 12-1PM ET www.kreegerdairy.com
1400 Holstein Heifers-The All Sell Bred Heifers to Calves! AI Sires, Vaccinated, 100% Homegrown. They will sell online in LOAD LOTS. Check back or call for more information on the

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