Tennessee Dairy Producers Association

NEWS

 

 

Approximately 75% of dairy cow diseases happen during the first month after calving, affecting cow health, production, reproduction, and farm economics.  My Ph.D. student, Arup, is trying to identify the impact of fresh cow diseases on dairy farms.  We are asking dairy producers to help us understand their perspectives of fresh cow care, diseases, costs, and protocols.  We will be asking questions regarding existing fresh cow protocols, disease costs, and barriers to protocol implementation.  This information will be used to develop new training materials, applied research materials, and extension programs.

We invite you to complete the research survey and we appreciate your participation.  You may have already received, or should soon receive, a paper copy of this survey in the mail with a prepaid return envelope. You may complete either the paper version, or you can follow this link (https://freshcowprotocols.questionpro.com) to the survey, which should take 15 minutes to complete.  Your participation is voluntary and you may decline to participate at any time without any penalty.  If you withdraw from the research study before data collection is completed your data will be destroyed.  Withdrawing from the study will not impact your relationship with the university in any way.  We do not foresee any risks to your participation beyond that encountered in everyday life.  The data you provided will be confidential and results will be presented only in the aggregate.

If you have questions regarding your rights as a research participant, please contact Institutional Review Board, The University of Tennessee, 1534 White Avenue, Blount Hall, Room 408, Knoxville, TN 37996-1529, Phone: (865) 974-7697, email: utkirb@utk.edu.

Thank you,

Liz & Arup

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

eeckelka@utk.edu

office: (865) 974-8167

cell: (337) 718-9764

 


Tennessee Landowners Interested in Improving Natural Resources Encouraged to Apply for NRCS Assistance

Deadline to Apply is November 20, 2020

 

NASHVILLE, October 19, 2020 – The United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is now accepting applications from Tennessee producers and landowners who are interested in implementing conservation practices to improve natural resources on their farm or forest land. Funding is available through the NRCS Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), and the deadline to apply for fiscal year 2021 funding is November 20, 2020.

The full news release can be found below and on the Tennessee NRCS website by clicking here.

 

 


 

I’ve attached a stakeholder toolkit for CFAP2, and this includes some great information for promoting the second round of relief funding available for producers through USDA Farm Service Agency. If you can do anything promote this program for us, we would sure appreciate it! We hope you can help spread the word to our shared producers to help Tennessee’s agricultural economy.

Included in the toolkit:

  • Key messages
  • Newsletter article
  • Social media posts
  • Social media story posts
  • Posters

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE TOOLKIT PDF

You can also find information on farmers.gov/cfap. If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know.

Thank you,

Greer Gill

Public Affairs / Outreach Coordinator

Farm Service Agency – USDA Tennessee State Office

615-277-2615 office

Greer.Gill@usda.gov

 


 

My grad student Arup will be sending out a state wide survey asking for dairy producer’s feedback on their transition cow programs. We will be sending a mailed version with prepaid return envelopes and there will be an online version as well. We hope to hear from all of you!

Elizabeth Eckelkamp, PhD PAS

Dairy Extension Specialist, Assistant Professor

University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture

Animal Science Department

 


 

Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2
Toolkit for Stakeholders

USDA FSA has announced the second round of funding for Coronavirus relief to farmers. Please see attached for our CFAP 2 stakeholder toolkit and news release announcing the program. Please note that the stakeholder toolkit has ready to go social media posts, and we would appreciate your help spreading the word through social media or newsletters to your producers. Please let us know if you see the need for any further outreach on these programs. We are happy to partner in order to ensure that producers take advantage of these funds.

Click on the images below to read and / or download       

  

Let me know if you have any questions or need any additional information. Thank you for your help spreading the word!

Thank you,

Greer Gill

Public Affairs / Outreach Coordinator

Farm Service Agency – USDA

Tennessee State Office

615-277-2615 office

855-494-7764 fax

 


 

Job Opportunity – Herdsman at Farr Dairy

 

Mr. Jim Farr is looking for a herdsman for his dairy operation. He’s a dairy farmer in Niota, TN who recently installed robotic milkers. Ideally, he would like an employee who has the ability to artificially inseminate, has experience with technology and computers, and is able to assist/oversee farm responsibilities including: calf care, herd care, and feeding. Salary will be commensurate with experience level. If you are interested or know someone who might be, please contact Jim at (423) 507-4202 or jstevenfarr11@gmail.com

 


 

I hope you are all doing well! We’ve got an exciting opportunity starting next Wednesday that I would like to share with you and the folks in your counties. During my time here, I’ve gotten quite a few questions about dairy cattle care, the pathway of milk, and about the safety of raw milk. To answer those questions, we’ve put together the Cow2Cup Workshop. We’ll be following the pathway of milk from the cow to the cup of you, your family, and your friends! We’ll do this through 3 webinars, each an hour long, once a month this month, next month, and finish up in November. This series WILL COUNT for Master Dairy credit if y’all are still needing any. With opening this up to anyone across the state, we will be requiring registration for these meetings.

Use this link https://cow2cupworkshop.questionpro.com/ to register and receive the meeting details and link to the webinar.

Please share this FREE opportunity with you counties. We hope to see you there!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Liz

Elizabeth Eckelkamp, PhD PAS

Dairy Extension Specialist, Assistant Professor

University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture

Animal Science Department

 


 
 
Agri-AFC, GreenPoint AG, and Tennessee Farmers Cooperative’s Wholesale Agronomy Business to Combine to Create Top 7 Agronomy Company
 
Sept. 3, 2020
 

(Decatur, AL)   Agri-AFC, GreenPoint AG, and Tennessee Farmers Cooperative’s wholesale agronomy business announce the formation of a joint venture combining their agronomy operations. The combination will include all operations of Agri-AFC, LLC’s wholesale and retail business, GreenPoint AG’s retail business, and Tennessee Farmers Cooperative’s wholesale agronomy business. The new venture will do business under the name GreenPoint AG.

The combined GreenPoint AG is owned by three parent companies: Alabama Farmers Cooperative (AFC), Tennessee Farmers Cooperative (TFC), and WinField United.

It will operate 99 retail and wholesale agronomy locations in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee, and Texas, servicing 11 crops across 28 million acres. This will make the combined GreenPoint AG a top 7 wholesale and retail agronomy company with over $1 billion in sales.

“We recognize the rich history of our companies and the pride of ownership that exists amongst our member-owners, and we want to enter this relationship with careful thought and consideration of the impact to our farmer-owners, our customers, our member co-ops and our employees,” says Bart Krisle, CEO of Tennessee Farmers Cooperative.

When asked why the parent companies decided to join these three businesses together, Rivers Myres, CEO of Alabama Farmers Cooperative shared, “Even though we are all individually strong, it takes vision and strategic leadership to both remain competitive and to provide exceptional service to our ultimate customer, the American Farmer, and GreenPoint AG will allow for us to do both.”

Jeff Blair has been selected to lead the new entity as Chief Executive Officer. He comes to Greenpoint AG most recently from The Andersons, where he was President of the Plant Nutrient Group. Previous to that role, he held leadership roles at Intrepid Potash, Orica Mining Services and was a Captain in the U.S. Army.

“I could not be more excited for this opportunity,” said Blair. “The leadership teams of all three companies have built strong businesses and I believe this new company is the right company, with the right people and the right strategy to help our farmer and retail members succeed in this ever-changing world.”

Brett Bruggeman, President of WinField United and Executive Vice President of Land O’Lakes, Inc., agrees that the timing is perfect for this type of opportunity. “This organization is positioned for future growth and will be relevant in the marketplace for years to come. GreenPoint AG will be focused on upstream market access predictability and downstream total agronomy solutions, both driven by our digital omnichannel platform.”

GreenPoint AG will be based in Decatur, Alabama, with regional offices in Memphis and LaVergne, Tennessee.

About Agri-AFC, LLC

Agri-AFC is a joint venture between Alabama Farmers Cooperative (AFC) and WinField United, which formed in 2003. WinField United is an entity of Land O’Lakes. This joint venture provides more competitively-priced crop inputs, and a wider product selection, along with almost 90 years of customer service and expertise in the southeast. Agri-AFC is headquartered in Decatur, Alabama and employs over 325 employees in Alabama, Southwest Georgia, Southern Mississippi, and the Florida Panhandle.

 

About Tennessee Farmers Cooperative

Tennessee Farmers Cooperative (TFC) is the regional farm supply and service organization serving member Co-ops in Tennessee and the surrounding areas. Co-op, recognized as one of the strongest federated farm supply cooperative systems in the nation, includes TFC and the 52 member Co-ops and 11 associate members in neighboring states that own TFC. At its foundation are the roughly 70,000 farmers who are member-owners of the local Co-ops in their home counties. Some 164 Co-op retail outlets, which operate in 84 of Tennessee’s 95 counties, and across the border in five neighboring states, serve more than half a million customers.

About Alabama Farmers Cooperative
Alabama Farmers Cooperative, Inc. (AFC) was organized in Decatur, Alabama in 1936 and is a cooperative in the truest sense of the word. AFC is governed by local, farmer-owned cooperatives with a Board of Directors consisting of farmers who actively participate in the agricultural growth of Alabama and Northwest Florida. Through diversity and strong leadership, AFC has grown to become one of the largest farmer-owned agriculture related businesses in the Southeast operating 34 member Co-ops with over 60 retail locations.

About WinField United
WinField United is the seed, crop protection products, agricultural services and agronomic insights business of Land O’Lakes, Inc. As an industry leader, the business focuses on meeting the needs of nearly 1,300 locally owned and operated cooperative and independent agricultural retailers and their grower-customers across the United States. Through data-backed, insight-driven agronomics; operational excellence; and sustainable solutions delivered under the WinField® United brand, the business helps retailers successfully meet farmers’ needs.

Additional Information:

 Introductory Video posted by GreenPoint AG
 
Article published at Ag Professional, written by Margy Eckelkamp
 

 

Billion-Dollar Agronomy Business Merger

The new GreenPoint AG will include all operations of Agri-AFC’s wholesale and retail business, GreenPoint AG’s r…

More information will be shared as it becomes available.
 
Until later,

Julie 

 

 


 

CFAP deadline extension to September 11th,
as well as the additional commodities that
have been added to the program. 

 

Please click on the documents below to find out more about
the programs and how to sign up. 

 

 


 

CAFB Fund TDA Press Release

FINANCIAL RELIEF FOR AGRICULTURAL AND FORESTRY
BUSINESSESANNOUNCED

 Click the document below to download / read


 

Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

Click on the flyer below to view and download

 

 

 


 

USDA-Farm Service Agency is working with UT Extension to ensure that all producers eligible for CFAP payments are aware of the program.

As of July 20, 2020 there were 147 dairy applications that have been submitted to the USDA-FSA. There are 180 licensed dairies in Tennessee.

Application Deadline August 28th, 2020

Click for more information here.



 
 

Thank all of you for the prayers and acts of concern for the Freddy Tilley and Olivia Garner families in the past week.

Our hearts are heavy as we share the news that Freddy’s daughter, Olivia, passed to her Heavenly home on Sunday evening, after complications from heart surgery.  Olivia is survived by her husband, Lucas Garner, and their two small children, a son and daughter, and her mother, Kim Isbill Hall, and her husband, Spencer.

Her passing was announced in a Facebook post by her husband, Lucas Garner.

Freddy and his wife, Sherry, were able to travel to Nashville to see Olivia at Vanderbilt.  Freddy is still being treated for a blood clot, so please keep him and Sherry in your prayers for his continued recovery.

Several family members and close friends had been to visit to support Olivia and the families in the past week, while some of the Tilleys remained home in order to tend to the family’s dairy operation.

Mr. Maurice Tilley, when I spoke with him yesterday, said the family had been overwhelmed and humbled by all of the prayers and offers of help they had received during the past weeks.

We’ll pass along service information for Olivia when it is available.  Please join us in keeping all of the Tilley, Garner, and Hall families in your prayers and acts of kindness in the coming days and weeks, for anything they may need.

Prayerfully,

Julie 

 

 

 

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.

 

Thanks!

Liz

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

eeckelka@utk.edu

 


 


 

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

 

 

Click the images below to open and download the resources

 

 

 

 

 


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. 

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

 


 

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

eeckelka@utk.edu

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

(https://ag.tennessee.edu/AnimalScience/UTDairy/Pages/Resources.aspx).

 

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

eeckelka@utk.edu

office: (865) 974-8167

cell: (337) 718-9764

 


 

 


 

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.