2020 | September 18 GMP E Newsletter
Georgia Milk Producers Weekly Enews
USDA Announces 2nd Round of Payments: Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 for Dairy Producers

Are you a dairy producer whose operation has been directly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic? USDA is implementing Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 for agricultural producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19.

Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2, or CFAP 2, will provide producers with financial assistance that gives them the ability to absorb some of the increased marketing costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. USDA will accept CFAP 2 applications from September 21, 2020 through December 11, 2020. Learn more at farmers.gov/cfap.
Eligible Dairy Commodities
Cow milk and goat milk are both eligible for CFAP 2.

CFAP 2 payments are available for eligible producers of dairy commodities categorized as either price trigger or sales based. Specifically:

  • Price trigger commodities suffered a five percent-or-greater national price decline in a comparison of the average prices for the week of January 13-17, 2020, and July 27-31, 2020. Cow milk is eligible for CFAP 2 as a price trigger commodity.
  • Sales-based commodities have payment calculations that use a sales-based approach, where producers of eligible commodities are paid based on five payment gradations associated with their 2019 sales. Goat milk is eligible for CFAP 2 as a sales-based commodity.
CFAP 2 Payments for Cow Milk
Dairy operations applying for CFAP 2 must be in the business of producing and commercially marketing milk at the time of application. Dairy operations that dissolve or have dissolved on or after September 1, 2020, are eligible for a prorated payment for the number of days the dairy operation commercially markets milk from September 1, 2020, through December 31, 2020. Dairy operations that dissolve before September 1, 2020, are ineligible for CFAP 2 payments.

Payments for cow milk will be equal to the sum of the following:
  1. The producer’s total actual milk production from April 1, 2020, to August 31, 2020, multiplied by the payment $1.20 per hundredweight; and
  2. The producer’s estimated milk production from September 1, 2020, to December 31, 2020, based on the daily average production from April 1, 2020, through August 31, 2020, multiplied by 122, multiplied by a payment rate of $1.20 per hundredweight. Read more here>>>
Fall District Meetings on Sept. 21 and Oct. 1
Dairy producers across Georgia are invited to attend the annual Fall District meetings for Georgia Milk Producers and The Dairy Alliance next month. The meetings will be held in five locations across the state. Our organizations will hold elections; report on industry issues and promotional efforts; and announce upcoming events. Dinner or lunch will be served at each location depending on the time the meeting is set to begin.
Due to current Covid-19 restrictions for gatherings, no more than 50 people are allowed to attend each meeting. For the Waynesboro meeting, please limit those attending from your farm to 2 or 3 people. Masks, hand sanitizer and social distancing will be utilized for each meeting. The meetings will be held on:
  • Sept. 21 Monday Oasis Coffee House, Montezuma at 7 PM
  • Oct. 1 Thursday The Barnstormer’s Grill, Williamson at 7 PM
To preregister for the district meeting of your choice, please contact the Georgia Milk office at 706-310-0020. We look forward to seeing you soon and value the input you share at our meetings!!
District Meetings Held at Briarpatch Farm and Burke Co. Extension Office

Special thanks to Briarpatch Farm and the Burke County Extension Office for hosting our district meetings this week! We enjoyed visiting with our farm families in Districts 4 & 6 this week!!. Click here to view the Facebook page for Briarpatch Farm>>>
In Wisconsin, Trump announces $13 billion in farm aid
From Steve HollandP.J. Huffstutter, Reuters

U.S. President Donald Trump announced a new round of pandemic assistance to farmers of about $13 billion at a campaign rally in Wisconsin on Thursday night, delivering aid to an important sector in a crucial battleground state.

“Starting next week my administration is committing an additional ... $13 billion in relief to help farmers recover from the China virus, including Wisconsin’s incredible dairy, cranberry and ginseng farmers who got hurt badly,” Trump said, referring to the novel coronavirus virus.

Wisconsin is known for its milk and cheese industries, which have been hard hit by both the White House’s trade policies and the COVID-19 pandemic - but the amount of assistance to farmers weeks before the vote was unexpected. Read more here>>>
$2 million in aid to go to NC dairy farmers
By: Michelle Wolf, Myfox8.com

COVID-19 has affected many businesses and industries.

But after months of suffering huge losses and dumping thousands of gallons of milk, North Carolina dairy farmers will finally get some relief.
Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler announced Thursday that $2 million in aid has been set aside for the farmers who need it most. 

“It’s really made us get creative with ways to generate revenue,” said dairy farmer Randy Lewis. 

Lewis owns Ran-Lew Dairy in Alamance County. When restaurants were forced to close for three months last spring, his options were limited. 

He was losing between $8,000 and $10,000 a month. Instead of dumping milk, he decided to use the extra to make and sell ice cream. Read more here>>>
Windy Hill Family Farms values family ties and quality products
By: Rachel Adams, The Newnan Times-Herald

For more than four generations, Windy Hill Family Farms has been providing its community with quality dairy products, and now prime-cut beef.

Windy Hill Dairy, based in Senoia, was started in 1980 as the Butcher Family Dairy Farm. It later changed its name to Windy Hill Dairy, and Windy Hill Family Farms, which sells beef, was opened earlier this year on the same property

Kirk Butcher, owner and operator of Windy Hill, runs the farm with his father, Bud; wife, Stephanie; daughter, Tori; and sons, Shane and Slade, as well as a number of farmhands.

Butcher said that the farm has sold dairy products since it opened, and he wanted to start selling direct-toconsumer beef as a way to move with the growth of the community. “We’ve always eaten our own beef, and we’ve always raised our own beef, so we just thought this would be a good opportunity with all the population growth around us,” Butcher said.

“When we moved here 40 years ago, there were only two houses on the entire road, and now there are hundreds of houses, so we thought we would try to capitalize on that.”

Windy Hill sells its dairy to Dairy Farmers of America, which distributes the milk to stores. Butcher said the farm is not set up to sell dairy directly from the property, but they sell beef directly to consumers as well as local businesses, including Morgan’s Market and Ace Growlers in Newnan.  Read more here>>>
Be the teacher who made a difference
From Mark Rodgers, Hillcrest Farm, Hoard's Dairyman

We have a Georgia public fishing area a mile from the farm. There they have an Environmental Education Center that does a phenomenal job teaching kids (and adults) about wetlands, wildlife, and the environment.

I occasionally call the teacher that runs the center for advice on touring groups here at our farm. We just started touring small groups through our Robotic Observation Center and Farm Trolley Ride. We are novices at giving tours for a fee, and we want our guest to have the best possible experience while visiting our farm.

Getting advice from teachers like the one at the center next door has been invaluable for us to anticipate the things we needed to do to prepare for tours. I have known this teacher for years (she taught me science her very first year teaching). She is one of the people who influenced me to want to share our family’s farm with other people.
ICYMI: GYDF Summer 2020 E-moos

In this issue:
  • 4-H Dairy Youth Continue to Shine in Competitive Events
  • State 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl
  • State 4-H Dairy Judging Contest
  • UGA Students Attend ADSA
  • GDYF TShirt Design
  • Calves for Kids
  • Promoting GDYF in September
  • GA FFA State Dairy Proficiency Finalists
  • Dress-a-Cow Contest Next Month

SpartanNash Hires New President/CEO
From Progressive Grocer

The year-long hunt for a new president and CEO of SpartanNash has come to an end with the appointment of Tony B. Sarsam, most recently the CEO of Borden Dairy Co. Inc.

SpartanNash's Interim President and CEO Dennis Edison — who has held the position since David M. Staples resigned in August 2019 in the wake of the company's disappointing financial performance — will continue his role as chairman of the board and will serve as executive chairman for a period of 30 days to ensure a smooth transition with Sarsam. Read more here>>>
U.S. domestic dairy consumption update
DFA Today

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Economic Research Service released domestic dairy consumption data for July. According to the report, domestic consumption of total cheese was stronger compared to the prior year. American cheese consumption increased 16.8 million pounds, while other-than-American cheese decreased 1.2 million pounds. Butter consumption decreased 10 million pounds compared to July 2019. Combined, nonfat dry milk (NFDM) and skim milk powder (SMP) consumption decreased 81.4 million pounds, and domestic consumption of dry whey in July declined 15 million pounds. 
Brick Meets Click: 29% of U.S. households now using online grocery
By Ashley Nickle, Thepacker.com

Online grocery spending, though down from its summer peak, is much higher than it was at the same time last year.

Retail consulting firm Brick Meets Click found in its most recent consumer survey that roughly 37.5 million U.S. households used online grocery services in the month of August.

That number represents 29% of U.S. households and growth of 133% from a year ago, according to a news release. Read more here>>>
GA Ag Labor Forum to be held virtually this November
This year might be different but we will still have the latest labor updates for growers, shippers, processors and other agricultural professionals.

Don't miss this opportunity to hear from industry experts as they help you comply with labor laws, all from the comfort and convenience of your home!

This five-part webinar series will be held 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time on the following dates:
  • Thursday, November 5
  • Tuesday, November 10
  • Thursday, November 12
  • Tuesday, November 17
  • Thursday, November 19

Cost: $95/participant includes access to all webinars and resources

Each webinar will be available for on-demand access and viewing for all registered attendees. Click here for more information>>>
Other Stories to Check Out This Week >>>
Upcoming Events >>>
Fall District Meetings:
  • Sept. 21 Monday Oasis Coffee House, Montezuma at 7 PM
  • Oct. 1 Thursday The Barnstormer’s Grill, Williamson at 7 PM

GA Dairy Classifieds

UPDATED 8/28/20

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