2020 | September 25 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>>>
Last Fall District Meeting for GA Milk on Oct. 1
Georgia Milk Producers and The Dairy Alliance will host the final fall district meeting on Thursday, Oct. 1, in Williamson at the Barn Stormer's Grill. Our organizations will hold elections; report on industry issues and promotional efforts; and announce upcoming events. Dinner will be served at beginning of the meeting at 7 p.m.
Due to current Covid-19 restrictions for gatherings, no more than 50 people are allowed to attend each meeting.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!!


Prepare for more uncertainty
By Sarina Sharp, Hoard's Dairyman

Dairy producers can count on only one thing over the next 12 months: volatility. This past spring and summer, market behavior embodied a wide range of emotions that veered from panic lows to euphoric highs. The pandemic has disrupted supply chains and upended consumer habits, which could lead to more wild swings in the milk markets.

The dairy industry, which has largely adapted to these unusual times, is now moving more product through retail and government food programs and less through restaurant and food service channels. Dairy is affordable, nutritious, convenient, and familiar, making dairy products a popular staple for Americans, many of whom are now cooking more frequently at home.

As pizza sales boom and grilled cheeses sizzle, sales of Italian- and American-style cheeses are soaring. Shoppers are filling their grocery carts with noticeably more milk and butter than they did in the past. They are also embracing everyday indulgences like ice cream.
Business groups pushing for access to coronavirus vaccine for workers
By: Alex Gangitano, The Hill

Advocates for the food, beverage and household products industry are pushing for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to give their workers priority access to a COVID-19 vaccine after health care workers and first responders.

The Consumer Brands Association (CBA), which represents the consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry, wrote a letter to CDC Director Robert Redfield on Thursday, requesting vaccine priority for its workforce.

“The CPG industry has worked diligently to meet demand for products indispensable to pandemic response like food, beverages, disinfectants, cleansers, hand sanitizer, toilet paper and more. These essential items are critically important to the sustainability of our nation’s healthcare facilities, and vital to the commercial and community services necessary for critical infrastructure,” Betsy Booren, CBA senior vice president of regulatory and technical affairs, wrote. Read more here>>>
WEBINAR Hosted by NC Dairy Producers Assn. to cover Dairy Margin Coverage Program and Dairy Revenue Protection Program

In partnership with GA Milk Producers, the NC Dairy Producers Association will host a webinar covering the 2021 DMC and DR-P risk management programs. This is free for dairy producers.

Dairy Alliance selects Geri Berdak as chief executive officer
From PR Newswire

After a nationwide search, The Dairy Alliance Board of Directors has named Geri Berdak as their new Chief Executive Officer, who started with the organization on September 1, 2020.

“I am grateful for the privilege to work on behalf of the southeast dairy farmers who hold an outstanding work ethic and dedication to providing nutritious dairy products to families, while being stewards of their land and providing the highest quality care for their animals,” said Berdak.

Berdak is known for delivering strategic growth for organizations, consumer packaged goods businesses and ingredient companies in the wellness market. Her previous roles in strategic marketing, new business and product development and research and development were key skills in securing the new position. Her talent in the nutrition, marketing and business fields complements her interest in working to improve people’s lives. Read more here>>>
Burke County is home to largest 100% grass-fed dairy farm in country
By Riley Hale, WRDW/WAGT

We know here in the CSRA, we get a lot of rain and our winters usually aren’t too cold. This makes our area perfect for raising 100% grass-fed and free-range cattle. Hart Dairy in Burke County is the largest 100% grass-fed and free-range dairy farm in the country.

This method is not the norm in the United States for raising dairy cattle, but it is one of the fastest-growing segments of the dairy industry. Richard Watson, co-founder of Hart Dairy, says, “as consumers become more aware of what’s in their food, where it comes from, and how it is produced, are the animals treated well. There is a definite shift. A consumer shift toward things like grass fed.” Maggie Reindl, operations manager at Hart Dairy, added that, “when we look at the longevity of them, the production that we get from them, our herd health system, I can tell we have happy cows.”

Different types of grass are grown during different times of year for the cattle to graze. They are currently growing bermuda, but will switch to ryes and oats during cooler months. This allows for grazing 365 days a year. A recent study performed by the University of Georgia and University of Florida found that the farm also extracts tons of carbon from the atmosphere. Watson said, “it’s about 3 and a half tons of carbon per year per acre that we pull out of the atmosphere, so we are proud of that. Not only do we think this is better for the animals, it’s better for the environment in the long term”.
NMPF/DMI Dairy Market Report Sept. 2020

In this issue:
  • Commercial Use of Dairy Products 
  • U.S. Dairy Trade
  • Milk Production
  • Dairy Products
  • Dairy Product Inventories 
  • Dairy Product and Federal Order Class Prices 
  • Milk and Feed Prices 
  • Looking Ahead

5 ways dairy farms sequester carbon
From Dairgold

Soil Carbon Co., an Australian-based start-up, inoculates seeds with unique microbial fungi and bacteria that University of Sydney research has shown to capture CO2.

The company told Fast Company that — deployed globally — the coated seeds could potentially sequester approximately 8.5 billion gigatons of carbon annually, or a quarter of the world’s total carbon emissions. While they are at least two years from a commercial launch, there are already several other tools dairy farmers can use to draw down atmospheric carbon.

The Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) estimates that global dairy production in 2015 contributed 1.7 million tons of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere. In the U.S., according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), dairies contribute around 1.3 percent of total emissions.

Yet there are “many ways in which the dairy carbon footprint can be reduced,” Rattan Lal, Ph.D. and the 2020 winner of the World Food Prize for his work in climate-resilient agriculture, told the Daily Churn.

Part of the way dairies offset their carbon footprint, he adds, is by employing a variety of methods to sequester carbon. Here are at least five - click here>>>
No 1099 for PPP Loan Forgiveness
By Paul Neiffer, AgWeb

The IRS announced on Tuesday September 22, 2020 that banks will not be required to issue any type of Form 1099 reporting for PPP loan forgiveness.  The CARES Act specifically indicated that this forgiveness would be tax-free, hence it makes sense that there would be no reporting required.

If a bank did file a Form 1099-C, the IRS would likely send a notice to the taxpayer indicating that they owe extra tax. Therefore, by not sending the Form, the IRS is trying to prevent this from happening. 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:
  • Oct. 1 Thursday The Barnstormer’s Grill, Williamson at 7 PM
  • Oct. 6 - DISTRICT 1 ZOOM UPDATE at 1 PM
  • Oct. 7 - DISTRICT 7 ZOOM UPDATE at 7 PM

GA Dairy Classifieds

UPDATED 9/25/20

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