Tennessee Dairy Producers Association




Applications Open for Food & AgTech Bootcamp


MEMPHIS, Tenn. (June 9, 2020) — AgLaunch, the Knoxville Entrepreneur CenterSync Space and The Biz Foundry are partnering to offer a 5-week virtual bootcamp to develop promising agriculture and food-focused startups. Applicants should be innovators who are interested in growing their agricultural and food startups and working directly with farmers or local food businesses. 

The bootcamp will be held in half-day sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays from July 7-August 6, 2020 from 2-5 pm EST (1-4 pm CST). Teams accepted into the program will experience best-in-class agricultural entrepreneurship programming with engagement from members of the AgLaunch Farmer Network, as well as a national network of investors and mentors.

Companies from across the globe that provide competitive advantages or new market opportunities for row crops, vegetable and specialty crops, livestock, and value-added production in food and beverage and are interested in partnering with farmers and businesses in Tennessee based on the unique nature of Tennessee’s agriculture sector are encouraged to apply.


Eligible teams do not have to be located in Tennessee and can include:

– New startups focused on agriculture;

– Faculty/student teams commercializing ag-related technology; and

– Existing agriculture companies exploring new innovation.

We are excited to be partnering with the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center for the fifth year and new partners Sync Space and Biz Foundry to help develop potential startups,” Pete Nelson, Executive Director of AgLaunch, said. “We’re hoping that this bootcamp will give participating teams the opportunity to gain the resources and support they need to be successful in the agriculture industry, particularly for our farmers in Tennessee.”

Participating teams will receive agricultural entrepreneurship programming through AgLaunch connected with business expertise from KEC, Sync Space and Biz Foundry on agricultural markets, investors and mentorship; the framework for organizing, validating and communicating their ideas; and the opportunity to perfect their pitch. Teams will also gain consideration for Innova venture funding and participation in the AgLaunch365 program.

Applications are being accepted through midnight EST on June 21, 2020. Entrepreneurs with an idea or an agtech startup who are interested in the intensive bootcamp can apply here. 

Applications Due June 21


Media Contact:

Name: Rebecca Kaufman
Phone: 501-766-7133 



Good evening all,

Attached is the UPDATED Excel calculator tool (Click here to download) that the econ team has developed to estimate CFAP program payments. This version includes the addition of silage capabilities and a tab for the specialty section of the program. Remember, the application period opened YESTERDAYMay 26, 2020.


As a reminder for dairy, corn silage inventories as of January 15, 2020 may be included to reach the maximum amount for your operation. Cull dairy cows and dairy steers may also be included as beef animals. If you missed our webinar on it last week, a recording can be viewed here (https://youtu.be/YjLLHwHCE-s).



It is very important to note that details continue to evolve rapidly on the program. We will continue to provide updates as additional information is revealed. Additionally, the econ team will be releasing short videos with examples on how to input information, to obtain CFAP payment estimates, for a few representative operations.


The videos will be located here  https://tiny.utk.edu/CropsCattleCharley. There will be 3 videos that will cover how to use the calculator for crop producers, beef producers, and dairy operations.


The USDA CFAP website https://www.farmers.gov/cfap has additional details, fact sheets, forms and web tools. The CFAP also has a calculator tool that can be found at https://www.farmers.gov/cfap, under the CFAP application subtitle.


If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact Charley Martinez (cmart113@utk.edu), Aaron Smith (aaron.smith@utk.edu), Andrew Griffith (agriff14@utk.edu), or me.




Elizabeth Eckelkamp, PhD PAS

Dairy Extension Specialist, Assistant Professor

University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture

Animal Science Department

244 C.E. Brehm Animal Sciences Building

2506 River Drive, Knoxville, TN 37996





USDA Coronavirus Food Assistance Program


Are you a farmer or rancher whose operation has been directly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic? The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program will provide direct relief to producers who faced price declines and additional marketing costs due to COVID-19.

Read all about the program and it’s benefits here… https://www.farmers.gov/cfap  and here… https://www.farmers.gov/cfap/faq



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Weekly Webinar Wednesday – Coping with COVID-19: Biosecurity


Click here to Download the PDF for more info


And Click Here to download the full April Schedule and Details



LifeWorks Resource Program

Professional Support – Anytime, Anywhere, always confidential



DATCP-DNR Emergency Disposal of Milk During
Covid-19 Outbreak

Download Here



Form for Dairy Employees and Industry Infrastructure


Self-Certify as Critical Infrastructure Industry:

There have been a handful of reports that local authorities in at least two states have stopped trucks carrying food products from entering or leaving quarantined zones. To ensure our dairy industry is able to do its job in service to the nation, IDFA (International Dairy Foods Association) suggests your company use the form attached to self-certify your employees or shipments as part of the nation’s critical infrastructure. Print the form on official company letterhead (your own or that of your transportation provider), print a copy, sign the document where indicated, and ask the employee or driver to keep it on-hand to provide to authorities should they stop individuals or vehicles from carrying out their duties.

Download the form here.

Thank you,

Farrah Newberry
Executive Director
GA Milk Producers, Inc.
706-310-0020 (office)
706-207-0168 (cell)



The National Milk Producers Federation has developed a permission letter for farms to give to employees traveling to and from the dairy during the COVID-19 outbreak.  Click here for the letter.

Please feel free to use and print on your letterhead.  I have not heard of any issues in Georgia regarding employees and Covid-19, but it is important to stay prepared.

I have also posted the letter and additional COVID-19 information on our website at https://www.gamilk.org/covid-19

Please feel free to contact me with any questions and concerns.  I will continue to send out information as I receive it. 

Farrah Newberry
Executive Director
GA Milk Producers, Inc.
706-310-0020 (office)
706-207-0168 (cell)



Video Recordings and UTDairy Resources


Good afternoon everyone,

Thank you again for so many of you logging in and joining us for our first online speaker series. Y’all asked some great questions, and we plan to offer more of these in the future. The Video Recordings have been posted to our UT Dairy Resources page https://ag.tennessee.edu/AnimalScience/UTDairy/Pages/Resources.aspx under “Video Resources”. Be sure to look around our resources page for any other information you may need.

I am also including direct links to the video recordings below:


Changing the Game with Dairy Data – Dr. Jeffrey Bewley, Alltech

jbewley@alltech.com or (270) 855-1139


Common Things Done Uncommonly Well That Impact Milk Quality – Dr. John Laster, DVM

jlaster722@gmail.com or (270) 839-9157


Turning Over a New Leaf on Forage Quality and Management – John Winchell, Alltech 

jwinchell@alltech.com or (585) 477-1468


For any questions or find out more about Alltech, you can contact me, any of the speakers, or Elizabeth Lunsford (elunsford@alltech.com) or (859) 553-0072.

Thank you all, and stay safe!

Elizabeth Eckelkamp, PhD PAS

Dairy Extension Specialist, Assistant Professor

University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture


office: (865) 974-8167

cell: (337) 718-9764



What You Need To Know About Coronavirus 2019
(COVID-19) In Your Dairy


Good afternoon all,

Hope you are all staying safe during the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19.  Even though our dairies don’t usually have large groups of people on them at any one time, visitors from out of state, employees, and managers/owners can still be at risk for COVID-19. Jorge Delgado of Alltech has put together a fact sheet in English and Spanish addressing COVID-19, it’s spread, and how to protect yourself and your coworkers. Both versions are attached to this email, and are also available in the resources section of UT Dairy



Click here for the Novel Coronavirus Fact Sheet English Version


Click here for the Novel Coronavirus Fact Sheet Spanish Version


Thank you all, and as always, call with any questions or concerns!

Elizabeth Eckelkamp, PhD PAS 

Dairy Extension Specialist, Assistant Professor

University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture

Animal Science Department

244 C.E. Brehm Animal Sciences Building

2506 River Drive, Knoxville, TN 37996


office: (865) 974-8167

cell: (337) 718-9764





Tennessee Dairy Producers Association Annual Meeting

Friday  January 10, 2020
Oakleigh C Room, Embassy Suites Hotel
Murfreesboro, TN

Click here for the TDPA Annual Meeting Program Agenda 2020



UT Workshop to Help Farmers Identify Value-Added Dairy Opportunities



What Tennessee Farm Bureau Members Should Consider Regarding
Dean Foods Bankruptcy

*This is not legal advice but things they need to consider moving forward.*

Click Here to read the Notice




Cull Cow & Bull Service


Area producers may find they need to move cull cows and bulls.


As a continuing service TLP will buy your cull cows or bulls any day you need us!  We will use current market reports to establish price and we will not charge commission outside of sale day.  


For more information contact:

Josh Woodward – 931-703-9090 at Columbia

 Visit their website here.





2020 Georgia Dairy Conference Agenda

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November 2019 Dixie Dairy Report

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October Market Information Bulletin

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Tennessee Master Dairy Producer: Risk Management for Dairy Producers

It’s time for Round 3 of the Tennessee Master Dairy Program! We’ll be offering this at 6 locations across the state. As a reminder, this meeting is open to anyone interested in learning about dairy or seeking to receive Master Dairy Certification.  We will be working with the Ag Econ department at UTIA to discuss “Risk Management for Dairy Producers”.  The attached brochure includes locations, topics, and RSVP information.

This will be the final meeting for 2019.

Click here for the brochure