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GMP E-News
February 25, 2022
Wow! Time is flying in this year of 2022! Here is this weeks' News; scroll for more information:

  • The Ukraine - Early Reports
  • Farm Bill Preview - John Newton speaks at Ky Dairy Partners
  • Milk Production Report - Top 6 states
  • FMMO Revision - Ongoing Reports
  • Georgia Horn Fly Research makes Yahoo News
  • Management: Is your Farm Financially Healthy (It's not just a balance sheet
  • Dairy: Good for Me, Good for the Planet


Feb. 24, 2022: Russian Attack Causes Food, Ag Impacts, by Chris Clayton, for DTN. In the article:
  • Vilsack speculates that fertilizer suppliers may use the invasion as an opportunity to raise prices
  • Doesn't foresee an impact on US food supply, but predicts European impact may be deep
  • Russia is a large international supplier of nitrogen, potash, and phosphorus, but not yet clear if sanctions will apply to those commodities.
Feb. 24, 2022: Putin Attacks Ukraine: How Will War in Eastern Europe Affect Your Businessby Bill Biedermann for Farm Futures.  
  • In a sobering opening, the author compares circumstances to beginning of World War II
  • Ukraine supplies 17% of world's corn exports, and 30% of world's wheat exports, a military threat could encourage buyers to make significant adjustments
  • Interesting maps in the article outline more about the corn and wheat producing regions
  • Markets could be further compromised by developing shortages in South American harvests
FARM BILL PREVIEW: John Newton, Economist to Senate Ag, at KY Dairy Partners

John Newton, the Ag Economist for the US Senate Ag Committee, presented in a virtual session to KY Dairy Partners Annual Meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 23rd. Here are some highlights:
  • Senator Boozeman, (R-Ark), is the Ranking Member of Senate Ag, and he would like to explore revitalization of the dairy industry in the southeast, and would like feedback on how to accomplish that.
  • The next Farm Bill will be the first one with a price tag over $1 Trillion. 83% will be attributed to Food Assistance Programs such as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs) and The Thrifty Food Plan, related to the Build Back Better Initiative.
  • Federal Support will decline as much as 37% in 2022, largely due to the Covid programs of the past couple of years have expired or will expire.
  • He mentioned the Make Allowance study released last week as a precursor to FMMO revisions. Dairy is the only ag sector which subsidizes processing.

Stay safe in those fields, and please remember to keep the people of Ukraine and Europe in your prayers!