2020 | November 6 GMP E Newsletter
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Hillcrest Farms has ribbon cutting ceremony for tourism center
By: Brandon Dawson, WJBF News Channel 6

Hillcrest Farms held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the official opening of its tourism center.

The farm is Georgia’s first robotic dairy and now people will be able to go see how the process works.

“Now, we are milking cows with robots. They are getting milked when they want to and as often as they would like. We’re really trying to make life comfortable for our cows and we’d like to show other people what it is that we do, how we do it, and let people learn where their milk actually comes from,” said Crop Manager Andy Rodgers.

Hillcrest Farms Tours will let people into the farm’s robotics observation room. There will also be a tractor tour showing how the cows live. It’s all part of bridging the gap between consumers and farmers.

“I work for you. You’re my consumer. So, in reality, I work for my consumer. I’m not self-employed. So, I want you to know where your food comes from, how it’s produced, and all the work and love that goes into it,” said owner Mark Rodgers.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony saw residents from all over Dearing celebrate. The Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture and Mayor of Dearing also showed up to discuss the farm’s importance.  Watch news report here>>>
Join Us in Savannah this January!
Make plans to join us in-person this January for the 2021 GA Dairy Conference. Our staff is working hard to ensure that safety protocols are in place to minimize the spread of germs during our event. We look forward to seeing you in Savannah, Jan 18-20!! For hotel reservation information, visit our website: https://www.gadairyconference.com/accommodations
Scott, Costa face off for control of House Ag Committee
By Helena Bottemiller Evich and Liz Crampton, Politco

Reps. David Scott and Jim Costa are vying to take control of the House Agriculture Committee after its current chairman, Collin Peterson, lost his reelection bid this week.

The two, both Blue Dog Democrats like Peterson, announced their plans hours apart on Thursday. They bring different geographic and agricultural interests to the table.

In a Dear Colleague letter to fellow Democrats, Scott touted his nearly two decades of service on the committee representing Georgia, where agriculture is the largest industry. He highlighted family ties to farming in rural South Carolina, where he was born on a farm during the era of segregation.

Scott noted that if selected, he would be the first African American to chair the committee as well as the first African American from Georgia to lead any committee in Congress. He said he would approach the post “with a principled focus on addressing inequities in agriculture and advancing racial progress for all.” Read more here>>>
Covington native named National FFA president
By Taylor Beck, The Covington News

Doster “Dos” Harper, of Covington, has been named the National FFA President for 2020-2021. 

Harper is a 2018 graduate of Eastside High School and was recongized as The Covington News’ Youth of the Year.

Harper is currently attending the University of Georgia, majoring in agriscience and environmental systems.
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Have A Plan. Execute The Plan.
By Jim Dickrell, Milk Business

The coming year in the dairy business is not likely to be as tumultuous as the past 6 months, but rising milk production and uncertain consumer demand means there is potentially plenty of market risk in 2021.

Those producers who had a sound business plan last spring were able to react much more quickly to the changing market environment than those farmers who simply looked at their check books at the end of each month and wondered what to do next, says Tim Swenson, senior dairy business consultant with Compeer Financial based in Baldwin, Wis.
“Knowing your cash flow and the production capabilities of your farm allows you to project ahead,” he says. “The biggest thing is that we need to heed the lessons we learned in the last few months.”

You need understand what the various aspects of your business’ cost of production is—such as growing feed, raising heifers and making milk. You also need to understand what your working capital is, what levels of risk you can withstand and then put in place the risk management tools that are right for your operation.  Read more here>>>
USDA Leader Wants to Reset View of Dairy Coverage
By Philip Gruber News Editor , Lancaster Farming

For the past month, dairy farmers have been applying for USDA’s main safety-net program in a trickle. Bill Northey is waiting for the tsunami.

“I surely sense an interest. I think we’ll have a significant increase in sign-ups,” said Northey, the USDA undersecretary who oversees risk-management programs.
The reason for the expected enrollment growth, as with so many changes this year, is the coronavirus pandemic and the shocks it’s given the milk market. Read more here>>>
Elections have consequences: How a Biden win could reshape the food policy agenda
By Sean McBride, Fooddive

If we learned one thing from the 2016 presidential election, it is that election polling is not always right. However, current polls and pundits seem to be gravitating toward a scenario in which former Vice President Joe Biden wins the presidency, and Democrats have a good chance to take control of the Senate and increase their majority in the House.

Using that possible election result, let’s take a look at how it might impact food, nutrition and agriculture policy in the next two to four years. 

As former President Barack Obama told the opposition party after his 2008 election, “Elections have consequences.” Accordingly, if a Biden administration moves into the White House in January, the food policy landscape could look much different. 

The Extension Risk Management Education Program and U.S. Department of Agriculture are hosting a webinar on Nov. 12 for agricultural producers and professionals focused on livestock risk management. The webinar is free to attend and will provide information on livestock markets, price risk, and risk management options available through USDA.

The webinar is scheduled for 2-3 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, November 12. Producers can register at farm.unl.edu/webinars.
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GA Dairy Classifieds

UPDATED 11/2/20

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 - Productive 360 Cow Holstein Herd For Sale, Parlor/Freestall/AI Sired/Lots of Young Cows/2X 70# 4%F SCC-160K More information at www.kreegerdairy.com or call Chad at 517-294-3484

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
  • 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
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