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Indiana Dairy Producers E-Newsletter
  November 10, 2020 
 Issue 149
Our Vision: To Make Indiana the most desirable state in which to produce milk.

Mission Statement
To promote a profitable, positive, professional image of
dairy producers while providing educational opportunities
for the interchange of ideas and to speak as a proactive voice
for Indiana dairy producers.   
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In This Issue

IDP Scholarship Opportunity

Agricultural Teacher Need

Indiana Dairy Producer of the Year Nominations

Indiana Dairy Forum Keynote Speaker

ZFS Feed Update

American Dairy Association Partnership

Dairy Risk Management


As we move well into November, we are now full force into the final planning stages of the 2021 Indiana Dairy Forum to be held in French Lick on February 10-11, 2021 – just 3 months away! Our goal is 100% to hold this amazing event in person, with everyone looking so forward to being together again. I think we are all ready to move out of 2020 – a year no one will soon forget – although we never know what tomorrow might bring. We have featured below Dr. Michael Dykes who will be delivering our first keynote address, looking at what the future of our industry might look like. We have an excellent program and registration is now open. Be sure to check out the brochure HERE. Our many sponsors are stepping up in a very powerful way, also having a desire to bring value to our Indiana Dairy producers. If you have a desire to participate in some form of sponsorship, please give me a call soon.

Also some dates to remember are the Scholarship applications and the Producer of the Year nominations all need to be in by the end of the year – it will be here before we know it so go ahead and get this done. If you have a student that meets the easy qualifications of our scholarship, or you work with a producer that deserves to be honored as the Producer or Young Producer of the Year, please take action. The scholarship and the producer awards will be presented at the Forum.

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we have so much to be thankful for, may we all reflect and appreciate the blessings we enjoy. Do not hesitate if you have any questions or needs, contact me at or call me at 317-695-8228. Take care and God bless!

Doug Leman
Executive Director
Calendar of Events

Upcoming 2020 Events

November 18th: Partners in Success Luncheon - Farmhouse restaurant at Fair Oaks (board meeting to follow)

Upcoming 2021 Events

January 20th: IDP Board Meeting - TBD

February 10th-11th: Indiana Dairy Forum: French Lick, IN
IDP Scholarship Opportunity
Indiana Dairy Producers is pleased to offer a $1000 Scholarship to be awarded at the 2021 Indiana Dairy Forum. Eligibility for this scholarship is as follows:

  • Student must plan to attend a trade school, technical school, community college, or university starting in the fall of 2021.
  • Student must currently be in their final year of High School, or already graduated and will be attending a post-secondary institution in first, second, or third year for the 2021-2022 school year.
  • Student must be a current dues-paying member of Indiana Dairy Producers or;
  • Student must have a spouse, parent, grandparent, or legal guardian who is a current dues-paying member of Indiana Dairy Producers or;
  • Be a current employee of a current dues-paying member of Indiana Dairy Producers.

Download and fill out the Scholarship Application HERE.

Deadline for submittals is 12/31/2020!
The need for agriculture teachers continues to grow

INDIANAPOLIS - The National Teach Ag Campaign has been trying for the last several years to increase the number of agriculture teachers in the country. During the 93rd National FFA Virtual Convention, Alan Green, program manager for the National...

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Call for Nominations:
Indiana Dairy Producer of the Year and
Indiana Young Dairy Producer of the Year

Again in 2021, Indiana Dairy Producers will be awarding the Indiana Dairy Producer of the Year and the Indiana Young Dairy Producer of the Year Awards. These awards are to recognize outstanding accomplishment, professionalism, and leadership among Indiana’s dairy producers. Award recipients will be announced at the IDP annual meeting at the 2021 Indiana Dairy Forum at the historic French Lick Springs Hotel 8670 IN-56 in French Lick, IN on February 11, 2021.

Download and fill out the Dairy Producer Nomination forms HERE
Meet our 2021 Indiana Dairy Forum Keynote Speaker!
Michael Dykes, DVM
President and CEO
International Dairy Foods Association

Michael Dykes, D.V.M., a long-time government affairs strategist, agricultural policy expert, and veterinarian, became president and CEO of the International Dairy Foods Association in January 2017. In this role, he represents members that make more than 85 percent of the milk, cultured products, cheese, ice cream and frozen desserts produced and marketed in the United States. Since joining IDFA, Dykes has been a strong advocate for the importance of global competitiveness to the future of the U.S. dairy industry. 

Read the full bio HERE
ZFS Feed Ingredient Update

I know you’re all busy applying nutrients to fields, and buttoning up bunks, as harvest winds down to the last 15% corn, and 7% soybeans. The exports remain strong even to new places on vessels. For the last while, the trade and funds have been pushing CME value of soybean meal up hard to $384. since about August 10th at $286, with the meal basis also gotten stout too. It was about new floods that hit China, and then other countries realized the U.S. Dollar was in their favor as well including Canada and Mexico. Thanks for the USMCA.
Co-Products drive off food sales exports too, and ethanol as well.
DDG plant owners have started a couple back up recently, as well as some additional construction, for making hand sanitizer supply demands. DDGs have been in high demand as well since September around the world as a cheaper source of protein and are at about $185 today average at the plants.
Gluten feed is hanging with high values at $150 Chicago or $165 Dayton, Ohio for pellets, as down time on maintenance at both facilities for a few weeks, has hurt supply, pushing many to wet feed if one can get that instead, at $49 at plants. Starch supplies remain in low world demand, along with high-fructose corn syrup, keeping the plants far from capacity of product, keeping gluten production at lower rates for farm rations. As corn harvest finishes up and goes to supply the plants, we may see offers come down.

Canola meal is being exported at a record pace from Canada, up 47% over last year-to-date, and up 36% from the 5year avg. All post an early good volume harvest. Basis has widened a bit as sbm basis also goes higher on tight supply, so a good time to book your needs into 2021 while supply is plentiful yet.

Hominy is trading at good values, with ample supply for rations, if you need corn co-products. Offers are open thru June.

Soyhull pellets are really tight, as new fresh harvested beans are processing slower. The demand remains steady and stout around the midwest with less hay crop still in central states, not to mention high priced fiber over all for livestock.

Cottonseed yes, that’s a fiber source too but the crop saw 4 hurricanes this year so far, and Eta is yet to move north this week too. About 50% of cotton is picked already waiting for ginning. NC gins are just turning on today in some parts, putting shipments to farms a bit behind this year overall. There will be less seed trading due to above issues, so book your needs for year. Remember to look at area average $400 sbm price delivered vs. $300 cottonseed when deciding if a fit for your ration, the spread might just be there.

Now if we can just keep the milk values up instead of the feed cost!!
Be safe, and enjoy family time at Thanksgiving, as we have a lot to be thankful for here in America!
American Dairy Association Indiana Partnership with Indy's Child Magazine
In Indiana, American Dairy Association Indiana is sharing dairy stories and tips with families of young children through a partnership with Indy’s Child Magazine. In September, we highlighted the importance of Plants + Dairy, kids’ need for calcium and sustainable nutrition. The October edition celebrated Farm to School Month and included farm facts, dairy processing and fall fun at home. Each month, Indy’s Child reaches over 120,000 readers with award-winning content.

Is dairy risk management in jeopardy?

Roughly a quarter of U.S. milk was covered under Dairy Revenue Protection (DRP) and about 13% was insured under Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) for 2020, said Tiffany LaMendola of Blimling and Associates on the November 4 Hoard's Dairyman...

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Individual membership in the Indiana Dairy Producers is $50. Encourage your dairy farming friends to join IDP! Also, any individual who is not a dairy producer but would still like to support IDP can join as an associate member. Download a membership/associate brochure here.  
We appreciate our industry supporters. They make it possible for IDP to support the dairy industry in many ways. If your company is interested in finding ways to join IDP, download an information sheet here.

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IDP Corporate Sponsors

There is a growing list of companies that recognize IDP's value to Indiana's dairy industry. Please visit our list of companies that have become Corporate Sponsors for only $100. If you know of a company that may have an interest in supporting IDP at some level, please download a brochure here.
Contact Chris Moore
For free insurance consultation and quotes on your farm and agribusiness Insurance needs! IDP members receive an exclusive discount on SECURA Insurance.

Chris Moore
Contact IDP
205 W Gordon Street
Francesville, IN 47946
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Calf Notes and Links
Check out the resources available to you on the 
Purdue University Dairy Extension site: Topics on nutrition, business management, animal health and many more topics related to our dairy industry and animal care