2020 | March 6 GMP E Newsletter
Georgia Milk Producers Weekly Enews
SIGN-UP for Block Grant Funds for Farmers Impacted by Hurricane Michael Will Open on March 18th

The  Georgia Department of Agriculture  will begin accepting online applications for the $347 million in block grant funds on March 18, 2020. Georgia farmers and forest landowners in 95 eligible counties who suffered losses to beef, dairy, fruit and vegetable, pecan, poultry, timber, and uninsured infrastructure can seek to help recover losses not covered under existing USDA Farm Service Agency programs. Learn more about applying for the Georgia Farm Recovery Block Grant here:  http://agr.georgia.gov/farm-recovery.aspx
59th Annual Convention & Beef Expo
From GA Cattlemen's Association

We are less than a month away from the 59th Annual Georgia Cattlemen's Association Convention & Trade Show and the 22nd Annual Georgia Beef Expo scheduled for April 2-4, 2020 at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry, GA. We hope you are making plans to join us now! There is something for everyone! We are so excited to have a great group of speakers lined up for you as well as a FULL Trade Show!  Click here to learn more>>>
Ag-Adventure – A Different Side of the Dairy Industry
From GA Farm Bureau
It’s another Ag-Adventure with Erin Nessmith. Erin visits Eatonton, Georgia and T&W Farms. It's a dairy operation and we'll show you a different side to the dairy industry. And to do that Erin talks with one of the Georgia Farm Bureau Young Farmer and Rancher members.
Consumers Stocking Up Amid Coronavirus Fears
By Greg Henderson, Drovers
American consumers are stocking up on food and other items in response to the coronavirus. CNBC reports that same-day and next-day services such as Amazon, Instacart and Walmart are experiencing delays in some regions due to increasing consumer orders.

Amazon Prime Now and Instacart shoppers say the normally speedy services have limited delivery availability or inform users that they won’t be able to place an order until the following day, according to the CNBC report.

The research firm Nielsen said in a report this week that sales of shelf-stable food items such as fruit snacks, dried beans and energy drinks jumped in the week ended Feb. 22 as the virus began to spread. “We expect the rush to stock up to have an almost immediate impact on supply chains for manufacturers of the most sought-after goods,” Nielsen said in the report. Read more here>>>
March Dixie Dairy Report
By Calvin Covington, SE Dairy Consultant

This edition covers dairy commodity prices, milk production, Class I sales, whole milk sales, dairy demand and dairy farm numbers.
What you need to know about the Coronavirus
From American Dairy Coalition
The spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is having significant implications for the public as well as businesses here at home and around the globe. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation have been working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other government agencies to understand the impacts of this outbreak and how the private sector can support the response. 

As the situation continues to evolve, it is important for all employers to monitor the outbreak and implement strategies to protect their workforce from the Coronavirus while ensuring continuity of operations. While we acknowledge that the CDC has many great resources, we’ve consolidated their guidance for business based on the information available at this time to help educate employers and employees on how they can prepare for and address the impacts of the virus.

Combating the Coronavirus Toolkit for Business
Guidance For Employers: Click here  to download guidance for employers to plan for and respond to the Coronavirus.
Corporate Aid Tracker: Click here  to view our corporate aid tracker for details on how businesses are helping.

Workplace Tips: For workplace tips and resources for employees to combat the virus, please  click here .
Resilience in a Box: If your business needs help putting a plan in place,  click here  to use the Resilience in a Box toolkit created in partnership with the UPS Foundation.

What Is ‘Let Dairy Die,’ and Why Is It All Over the Democratic Race?
By: Maria Cramer , New York Times
In Nevada, the protesters took the stage and interrupted Senator  Bernie Sanders  as he addressed a crowd of supporters last month.

In Los Angeles, they disrupted Senator  Elizabeth Warren ’s stump speech this week.

And on  Super Tuesday , activists campaigning against the dairy industry had their highest-profile moment yet when two women rushed onstage and crashed former Vice President  Joseph R. Biden Jr. ’s rally in Los Angeles, screaming and holding images of a wide-eyed calf.

Photos and videos of Mr. Biden’s wife, Jill, and a senior campaign adviser, Symone Sanders, pulling the women offstage  circulated online and on television morning shows , leading perplexed viewers to ask, “What is ‘Let Dairy Die,’ and why is it all over the Democratic primary race?”

It is a campaign led by  Direct Action Everywhere , a coalition of animal rights activists who are trying to stop an industry that they say enslaves and tortures animals at the expense of the environment. The group has for years  released videos , many  taken surreptitiously,  trying to expose bad practices in the meat industry. Read more here>>>
Join us on March 27th as a sponsor or player at the 2020 GDYF Golf Tournament!! All proceeds support our 4-H and FFA dairy programs! For more information click here>>>
How two years of changes in dairy led to two major bankruptcies
By Lillianna Byington , Food Dive
Within two months, two of the largest milk processors in the U.S. filed for bankruptcy. First came Dean Foods, which made  the announcement  in November. By January, Borden Dairy  was doing the same . So what happened?

For at least two years, the dairy giants have increasingly struggled with competition from milk alternatives, innovative startups and deeply discounted  private label  dairy.

“It’s going to take some disruptors to wake up some of the folks who haven’t made those decisions to invest in the future. If you’re not investing in the category today, you’re going to have a major challenge to survive,” Paul Ziemnisky, EVP of global innovation partnerships at Dairy Management Inc., told Food Dive.

Consumer preferences shifted, but Borden and Dean didn’t change enough, leaving them in dire financial straits and facing significant debt.  Dean Foods’ net income  dropped from $61.6 million in 2017 to a loss of $327.4 million last year. And while Borden once had a presence in all 50 states, as of last summer,  it offered only 35 products  in parts of the Midwest, South and Southeastern U.S. Read more here>>>
Teenagers and the value of work
By Caitlin Rodgers, Georgia dairy farmer, Hoard's Dairyman
I will be 30 years old in just a few months. Throughout the years, I have seen high school workers on our farm come and go. I remember feeding calves when I was just a little bitty thing alongside some of our teenage employees.

In the past, we generally had two students working, sometimes three, at one time. We always had a handful of applications on file. Every time you would turn around you had someone pulling up asking if we were hiring . . . Boy, things have changed.

Within the last few years, the stack of applications has grown smaller to almost zero. The students we had hired stayed for shorter amounts of time. And the work ethic has lacked in some of them. The team we have at Hillcrest at the moment is great and I cannot complain, but looking back, there has been a trend.  Read more here>>>
UGA Spring Dairy Show in April
From Dr. Jillian Bohlen, UGA
The 57th Annual UGA Spring Dairy Show is scheduled for April 4th, 2020. Again this year, we offer a three breed show of Brown Swiss, Holstein, and Jersey. Animals at this event are what allow us to put on a high quality state 4-H Dairy Judging Contest.

I am continuously impressed at the quality of animals our exhibitors bring and the caliber of contest that allows us to put on. I am forever thankful that each of you continues to come out and support this event. As a gratitude of thanks, I am offering $250 to this year’s Supreme Grand Champion. I hope to see a lot of you out this year (entries postmarked by March 24th)!

UGA Animal and Dairy Science Newsletter, Winter 2020
CLICK HERE>>> to download the University of Georgia's Animal and Dairy Science Department Winter 2020 issue. In this issue:
  • D.W. Brooks Distinguished Professor Steven Stice
  • Assistant Professor Jillian Bohlen
  • Assistant Research Scientist Holly Kinder
  • From the Department Head
  • UGA Collegiate Horse Judging Team competes
  • Student spotlights
Other Stories to Check Out This Week >>>
Call for 2021 GA Dairy Conference Presenters
The planning committee for the 2021 Georgia Dairy Conference is seeking relevant, innovative and valuable topics/speakers.  Individuals, companies, universities, organizations and government agencies may submit proposals for consideration by March 27, 2020. Click Here to Download Submission Form and Instructions
Upcoming Events >>>
GA Dairy Classifieds

 UPDATED 3/6/20

For Sale: DAIRY HERD FOR SALE IN WAYNESBORO: AI sired and bred, 50% in first lactation, milking 75+ lbs 2x, 3.9 BF, SSC 150,000, free stall. For more information contact Kent Hege - (706) 871-3821.

For Sale: Corn Silage - For more information contact Carlin Giesbrecht at 478-494-4007

FOR Sale: Stretch-O-Matic Bale Wrapper and Mover. For more information contact Carlin Giesbrecht at 478-494-4007

Bull Calves WANTED:  Competitive pricing with 6 day a week pickup. Brandon Mason Cattle Company 912-632-4490

For Sale: Custom manure application and Dryhill manure equipment sales.  Contact Edwin @ 478-299-0717 with Agboys Custom Services LLC -  New 8"x52' lagoon pump with outriggers $24,000 (Pictured right)

FOR HIRE : Custom Silage Harvesting. Late model JD chopper. Will travel. Let me put your quality forage up! Nic Haynes, Muddy H Farms, 678-617-3379.

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