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Dairy Margin Protection Program, Futures and Options for
the Milk and Feed Markets and Market Update

In 2016, the second educational program offered as part of Master Dairy Producer will focus on aspects of financial planning and margin protection. Farmers interested in becoming a certified “Master Dairy Producer” will need to attend 2 of the various programs offered during 2016. We anticipate this certification will satisfy the educational component for those intending to apply for the 50% cost share through the TAEP program.

The module will be offered at (please contact the local agent about registering one week before meeting date)
Greeneville (Greene County) – July 14, Camp 214 4-H Lane, Greeneville, TN 37743
Athens (McMinn County) – July 19, Western Sizzlin, 1804 Decatur Pike, Athens, TN 37303
McMinnville (Warren County) – July 13, TSU Nursery Research Station, 472 Cadillac Lane, McMinnville, TN 37110
Lewisburg (Marshall County) – July 7, Russell Catering 220 Water Street, Lewisburg, TN 37091
Paris (Henry County) – July 20, Henry County UT Extension Office, 1120 Tyson Ave, Paris, TN 38242

Who should attend?
Dairy Producers, Dairy Farm Employees, Professional Consultants, Extension Educators, and others interested in learning about new options for managing dairy farms

Agenda
10:00 am Registration
10:15 am Lecture and discussion led by Dr. Andrew Griffith, Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, UT Extension
12:15 am Lunch (provided)
1:00 pm Continued lecture and discussion led by Dr. Griffith
2:00 pm Adjourn

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TDPA Annual Meeting Another Success!
Great Speakers! Great Meal! Great Attendance!

If you missed this year’s Tennessee Dairy Producers Association Annual in Murfreesboro you missed a great opportunity. For the second year, TDPA held its annual meeting in conjunction with the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association Convention. The trade show was bigger and better and attendance was up over last year. The morning program was again approved as a training module for the TAEP program. 46 producers signed up for credit. A special thanks to Rick Skillington and Heath Nokes for assisting with the program and a very special thanks to Rick Skillington for the many years of dedicated service to the Tennessee Dairy Industry. Rick announced that he would retire effective the last day of April 2016.

We would also like to thank TCA and Charles Hord for the invitation to participate with them and for their support.

ADA of Tennessee held their board meeting on Thursday afternoon and several of their board members stayed for our meeting on Friday.

We would like to express our appreciation to all the speakers on the program. Comments were very positive. The questioned was asked, “How did you get a representative from USDA AMS Dairy Programs there?” The answer is simple, we asked. Several stated, “ we need them there every year.” And a special thanks to Justin Hull and TechMix for sponsoring Geof Smith, DVM as a quest speaker.

It was a great pleasure having Commissioner Johnson and Deputy Commissioner Templeton in attendance. Commissioner Johnson addressed the audience and pledged support from the Department of Agriculture for the Tennessee Dairy Industry.

It was also a great privilege having the new president of the Tennessee Farm Bureau, Jeff Aiken, and COO Joe Pearson in attendance. President Aiken spoke briefly to the concerns of our industry and stated that TDPA could count on their full support.

Also a special thanks to Zoetis, Angela Warden Consulting LLC, Stacy Turner and Boehringer Ingelheim, H.J. Baker, and Central Life Sciences for sponsoring the excellent lunch; and Andi Branstetter and Elanco for sponsoring our Coffee and Tea during our breaks.

The Business meeting that afternoon was well attended. President John Bayless called the meeting to order and thanked everyone for their support. Executive Director, Stan Butt, acknowledged the corporate sponsors and thanked them for their financial support of TDPA. Secretary-Treasurer, Milton Beard presented the financial report with TDPA being in good standing financially. After the reports, elections to the Board of Directors were held. Ernie Jones of Lawrence County was elected to fill the term of Sam Smith and Henry Gaby of Greene County was elected to fill the term of Bill Howell. Benjie Daniels, Jack Fritz, Roy Major, Milton Beard, and Steve Harrison were reelected to new three year terms.

It was announced that next year’s key note speaker would be Dr. David Kohl, World renown economist and speaker and meeting adjourned.



Master Dairy Modules

The Master Dairy Program is an educational program of the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture Department of Animal Science. Farmers interested in becoming a certified “Master Dairy Producer” will need to attend 2 of the various programs offered during 2016. Subsequent modules will focus on financial planning and lameness. We anticipate this certification will satisfy the educational component for those intending to apply for the 50% cost share through the TAEP program. Who Should Attend? Dairy Producers, Dairy Farm Employees, Professional Consultants, Extension Educators, and others interested in learning about new options for managing dairy farms.

Module #2 Financial Planning and Market Update
Greeneville (Greene County) – July 14, Camp 214 4-H Lane, Greeneville, TN  37743
Athens (McMinn County) – July 19, Western Sizzlin, 1804 Decatur Pike, Athens, TN 37303
McMinnville (Warren County) – July 13,TSU Nursery Research Station, 472 Cadillac Lane, McMinnville, TN 37110
Lewisburg (Marshall County) – July 7, Russell Catering 220 Water Street, Lewisburg, TN 37091
Paris (Henry County) – July 20, Henry County UT Extension Office, 1120 Tyson Ave, Paris, TN 38242

Module #3 Lameness, causes and prevention
Greeneville (Greene County) – October 27, Camp 214 4-H Lane, Greeneville, TN  37743
Athens (McMinn County) – October 31, Western Sizzlin, 1804 Decatur Pike, Athens, TN 37303
McMinnville (Warren County) – October 13, TSU Nursery Research Station, 472 Cadillac Lane, McMinnville, TN 37110
Lewisburg (Marshall County) – October 14, Russell Catering 220 Water Street, Lewisburg, TN 37091
Paris (Henry County) – TBA, Henry County UT Extension Office, 1120 Tyson Ave, Paris, TN 38242

Schedule, Cost, and Registration Information
All classes will begin at 10:00 AM (local time) and will end approximately 2:00 PM with a question and answer period with lunch included. The cost for the modules will be $25.00 and a registration flier with more specific information and registration directions will be sent out prior to each module. For more information regarding the program, please contact Dr. Peter D. Krawczel: 2506 River Drive 258 Brehm Animal Science Building Knoxville, Tennessee 37996 Phone: (865) 974-894: email: pkrawcze@utk.edu. For more information regarding the specific dates and module information please contact the Extension Agent hosting each meeting.

Paris, Ranson Goodman, P.O. Box 188, Paris, TN 38242-0188, (731) 642-2941, rgoodma1@utk.edu
Lewisburg, Rick Skillington, 230 College St. Suite 130, Lewisburg, TN 37901, (931) 359-1929
McMinnville, Heath Nokes, 201 Locust Street Ste. 10, McMinnville, TN 37110, (931) 473-8484, hnokes@utk.edu
Athens, Tim Woods, 107 West College St., Athens, TN 37303, (423) 745-2852, hwoods1@utk.edu
Greeneville, Milton Orr, 105 Greene County, Extension Office Space, 204 N. Cutler Street, Greeneville, TN 37745-3847, (423) 798-1710, morr3@utk.edu



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Dr. Gary Bates, UT Extension, presenting Master Dairy Forage Training Module to local producers at Highland Rim Experiment Station in Robertson County

In order to obtain 50% cost-sharing in the Tennessee Ag Enhancement Program (TAEP) for Dairy six hours of training are required each year. Three series of approved training have already been offered, one at the TDPA Annual meeting in Murfreesboro and two others across the state by UT Extension. The last opportunity to attend the required training will come in October of this year. Dates have not been confirmed at this time so watch our webpage or look for notices in the near future. Approval for this year’s request should be forth coming. Remember, in order to receive reimbursement for your approved request, you must have completed the required training when you submit your reimbursement request.





UT Institute of Agriculture Students Place First in
National Dairy Competition

A group of students at the UT Institute of Agriculture are among the best in the nation when it comes to evaluating dairy farms and animals. The students with UT’s College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR) earned a first place award at the North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge held recently in Liverpool, New York – receiving the top award in a competition against eight other universities.

The students are Rebecca Davis of Shelbyville, Stephanie Nash of Chapel Hill, and Jeanette "Ettie" Peterson of Chattanooga, all majoring in Animal Science, along with Agricultural Resource Economics major Billy Rochelle of Centerville. Dr. Gina Pighetti, Associate Professor in Animal Science, coached the team. Continue Reading...



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