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Tools and Strategies For Improving Dairy Cow Nutrition On Your Farm

In 2017, the second educational program offered as part of Master Dairy Producer will focus on options and strategies for managing nutrition for dairy cattle. Farmers interested in becoming a certified “Master Dairy Producer” will need to attend 2 of the various programs offered during 2017. We anticipate this certification will satisfy the educational component for those intending to apply for the 50% cost share through the TAEP program.

MEETING LOCATIONS AND DATES
The module will be offered at (please contact the local agent about registering one week before meeting date):

The module will be offered at:
Lewisburg (Marshall County) – July 10, Russell Catering 220 Water Street, Lewisburg, TN 37091
McMinnville (Warren County) – July 13, TSU Nursery Research Station, 472 Cadillac Lane, McMinnville, TN 37110
Paris (Henry County) – July 18, Henry County UT Extension Office, 1120 Tyson Ave, Paris, TN 38242
Athens (McMinn County) – July 19, Western Sizzlin, 1804 Decatur Pike, Athens, TN 37303
Greeneville (Greene County) – July 21, Camp 214 4-H Lane, Greeneville, TN 37743

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 1) Diet evaluations and how to select better options of feed additives that are available. Covering some key diet pieces such as macronutrients, energy sources, fiber and protein. 2) UT recent research on stressful environmental factors and how to combat them with improved nutrition. Crude protein sources and rumen protected amino acids that can help with heat stress and other environmental stressors. Led by Dr. Agustin Rius. 12:15 pm Lunch (provided)
1:00 pm 2) New concepts for calf feeding – Clay Kesterson and Peter Krawczel

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Tennessee Valley Livestock Conference
DAIRY Program Sponsored by Ag Central CO-OP

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The Tennessee Valley Livestock Conference will take place on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at Walters State Great Smoky Mountians Expo Center, 1615 Pavilion Drive, White Pine, TN 37890 (Exit 8 off I-81). It is in association with the Tennessee Dairy Producers Association, TN Cattlemen’s Association, NC Cattlemen’s Association, and VA Cattlemen’s Association.

SCHEDULE
8:00-9:30 Registration
9:30–10:00 Brady Catob/Delaval Automated Calf feeding
10:05-10:45 Nick Kunkel/Delaval Robotic Milking (VMS)
10:45-11:00 Break - Visit Industry Trade Show
11:00-11:30 Rick Elling/JOZ Automated Feed Pusher & Scrappers
11:30-12:00 Alan Brandmeyer/Trioliet Automated TMR Feeding
12:00-1:00 LUNCH—Visit Trade Show
1:00-3:00 Panel Discussion—Jai Templeton, Commissioner of Agriculture, John McClurkin, Water Resource Division, TN Dept of Ag, Shari Meghreblian, Deputy Commissioner of TDEC, and Stefan Maupin, Director of Public Policy TN Farm Bureau Federation

Be Present to Win a DeLaval Hand held cell counter DCC or a DeLaval mini swinging brushMSB!

FOR INFORMATION
Contact Eric Risser, AgCentral, 423-368-7753 or 800-467-2150
Stan Butt, TDPA 931-698-0243
Please RSVP to Eric or Stan

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Tennessee NRCS Provides EQIP Assistance to Address
Pasture and Hayland in Counties with Severe, Extreme,
or Exceptional Drought Conditions

Sign-up Deadline is May 19, 2017

NASHVILLE, April 11, 2017 – As a result of the drought issues faced by Tennessee’s pasture and hayland producers, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is providing financial and technical assistance through its Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Drought Special Sign Up to help address natural resource concerns on damaged land in counties with D2 (Severe), D3 (Extreme), and D4 (Exceptional) drought conditions—as designated on the U.S. Drought Monitor map dated November 22, 2016.

“Through this special sign up, producers may apply for assistance to install conservation practices that can help treat identified resource concerns to reduce the negative impacts of current drought conditions, and will help improve the sustainability of their operation in the long run,” said Jamie Carpenter, Acting State Conservationist, NRCS Tennessee.

Conservation practices available to producers through this special sign up include: Forage and Biomass Planting, Critical Area Planting, Access Control, Prescribed Grazing, Fence, Livestock Pipeline, Pumping Plant, Spring Development, Water Well, Watering Facility, and Heavy Use Area Protection.

Interested producers are encouraged to visit their local USDA service center to apply or to learn more about drought assistance. The deadline to sign up for this special drought initiative is May 19, 2017.

Additional program requirements and information about EQIP is available on the Tennessee NRCS website at www.tn.nrcs.usda.gov.

EQIP is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers to address natural resource concerns on agricultural and forest land.



Tools and Strategies To Improve Milk On your Farm

In 2017, the first educational program offered as part of Master Dairy Producer will focus on options and strategies for managing milk quality. Farmers interested in becoming a certified “Master Dairy Producer” will need to attend 2 of the various programs offered during 2017. We anticipate this certification will satisfy the educational component for those intending to apply for the 50% cost share through the TAEP program.

Meeting Locations and Dates
Please contact the local agent about registering one week before meeting date.
The module will be offered at:
Greeneville (Greene County) – March 7, Camp 214 4-H Lane, Greeneville, TN 37743
McMinnville (Warren County) – March 9, TSU Nursery Research Station, 472 Cadillac Lane, McMinnville, TN 37110
Athens (McMinn County) – March 15, Western Sizzlin, 1804 Decatur Pike, Athens, TN 37303
Lewisburg (Marshall County) – March 27, Russell Catering 220 Water Street, Lewisburg, TN 37091
Paris (Henry County) – March 28, Henry County UT Extension Office, 1120 Tyson Ave, Paris, TN 38242

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Financial Statements on Federal Orders 6 & 7

The combined financial statements for the Administrative and Marketing Service Funds for the orders administered from the office for the calendar year ending December 31, 2016.

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Farm Bureau Working on New Milk Price Insurance

A new type of dairy revenue insurance, that would offer regional protection against both milk price and production declines, is being worked on by the American Farm Bureau Federation, American Farm Bureau Insurance Services (AFBIS) and academic collaborators including dairy economist Marin Bozic.

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More Ag Groups Announce Support for 'DAIRY PRIDE' Act

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin says her 'DAIRY PRIDE' Act continues to pick up endorsements from prominent farms groups. The newest of those supporters include the Wisconsin and American Farm Bureau organizations.

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Tennessee NRCS Provides EQIP Assistance to Address
Pasture and Hayland in Counties with Severe, Extreme,
or Exceptional Drought Conditions

Sign-up Deadline is May 19, 2017

NASHVILLE, April 11, 2017 – As a result of the drought issues faced by Tennessee’s pasture and hayland producers, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is providing financial and technical assistance through its Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Drought Special Sign Up to help address natural resource concerns on damaged land in counties with D2 (Severe), D3 (Extreme), and D4 (Exceptional) drought conditions—as designated on the U.S. Drought Monitor map dated November 22, 2016.

“Through this special sign up, producers may apply for assistance to install conservation practices that can help treat identified resource concerns to reduce the negative impacts of current drought conditions, and will help improve the sustainability of their operation in the long run,” said Jamie Carpenter, Acting State Conservationist, NRCS Tennessee.

Conservation practices available to producers through this special sign up include: Forage and Biomass Planting, Critical Area Planting, Access Control, Prescribed Grazing, Fence, Livestock Pipeline, Pumping Plant, Spring Development, Water Well, Watering Facility, and Heavy Use Area Protection.

Interested producers are encouraged to visit their local USDA service center to apply or to learn more about drought assistance. The deadline to sign up for this special drought initiative is May 19, 2017.

Additional program requirements and information about EQIP is available on the Tennessee NRCS website at www.tn.nrcs.usda.gov.

EQIP is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers to address natural resource concerns on agricultural and forest land.



2017 TDPA Annual Meeting Scheduled

The 2017 Tennessee Dairy Producers Annual Meeting Friday will be held January 13 in Murfreesboro at the Embassy Suites Hotel and every Producer is invited to attend. Our Featured Speaker this year is Dr. David Kohl. You will not want to miss this opportunity to hear Dr. Kohl. Please find a meeting Schedule included in this mailing. A great lunch is planned of Beef Brisket sponsored by Alltech and Boehringer-Ingelheim. Dr. Neal Schrick and Dr. Peter Krawszel will be on the afternoon agenda before the Annual Business Meeting. Commissioner Jai Templeton will make a special announcement and presentation at the Annual Business Meeting. You will not want to miss his announcement. We want to welcome the Tennessee Holstein Association and the Tennessee Jersey Club as they will be holding their meetings in conjunction with the TCA Convention and the TDPA Annual Meeting. Also, ADA of Tennessee will be holding their meeting on Thursday, January 12 at the Holiday Inn. Everyone is encouraged to make your plans to join us on Friday, January 13, in Oakleigh C, at the Embassy Suites Hotel.

Friday – January 13th
All TDPA Friday sessions except opening session will be held in Oakleigh “C” Embassy Suites
8:00 - 9:00 - Combined Session with TCA, TDPA and TN Sheep Producers—Featured Speaker Dr.
David Kohl - Economics and Agriculture at the Crossroads
9:10 - Welcome and Opening Remarks
9:15 - 10:30 - Dr. David Kohl, Professor Emeritus, VA Tech - Managing in the Economic Reset
10:30 - 10:45 - Break
10:45 - 12:00 - Dr. Kohl—Financial and Management Benchmarks for Sucess
12:15 - 1:45 - Lunch and Trade Show Visit— Lunch sponsored by Elizabeth Lunsford and Alltech
and Stacey Turner and Boehringer-Ingelheim
1:45 - 1:55 - Dr. Neal Schrick, UTIA Dean of Animal Science
1:55 - 2:55 - Dr. Peter Krawszel, UTIA
3:00 - TDPA Annual Business Meeting
Commissioner Jai Templeton, TDA Presentation
President Benjie Daniels—Presentation and election of Board members
4:30 - Adjourn, Visit Trade Show

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September Newsletter

The new September 2016 Tennessee Dairy Producers Association Newsletter is now available.
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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



Tennessee Dairy Producers Association Annual Meeting Schedule

Let us know which meeting you plan to attend, how many people from your farm and any dietary restrictions for the meal to be served. We look forward to see-ing you soon!

MEETING LOCATIONS AND DATES

Thursday, February 4th
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm Vendor Set-up (Embassy Suites Mirabella E-J)

Friday, February 5th
All TDPA Friday sessions will be held in Oakleigh “C” Embassy Suites
8:00 - 8:10 Welcome and Opening Remarks- John Bayless, President, TDPA and Stan Butt, Execu-tive Director, TDPA
8:10 - 8:55- Gary Moore, Executive Director, Land Trust for Tennessee, Opportunities Available For Saving Agricultural Lands
8:55 - 9:55- Dr. Shawn Hawkins, Associate Professor, UTIA, Biosystems Engineering & Soil Sci-ence – Nutrient Management and Utilization of Available Nitrogen
9:55 - 10:15 – Break, Visit Trade Show
10:15 - 11:00 – Geof Smith, DVM. PHD, Ruminant Health and Production Medicine, sponsored by Justin Hull and TechMix
11:00 - 11:45 – Dr. Andrew Griffith, UTIA, Assistant Professor, Ag & Resource Economics –New Grain Sorghum Research and Economic Benefit
11:45 - 12:30 – USDA Agricultural Marketing Service Dairy Programs
12:30 - 2:00 – Lunch and Trade Show Visit (Mirabella)
2:00 - 2:30 – John McClurkin, Tennessee Dept of Agriculture, Available Assistance from Ag Re-source Conservation Fund
2:30 - 4:30 – TDPA Annual Business Meeting
4:30 - Adjourn, Visit Trade Show

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42nd Annual Southern Dairy Conference

The 42nd Annual Southern Dairy Conference will be held March 8-9, 2016 Embassy Suites Atlanta Airport

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2016 Tennessee Area Dairy Producer Meetings

Let us know which meeting you plan to attend, how many people from your farm and any dietary restrictions for the meal to be served. We look forward to see-ing you soon!

MEETING LOCATIONS AND DATES
Monday, Jan. 18 - 7:00 p.m. CST Henry County Farm Bureau 406 N. Poplar Street Paris, TN 38242
Tuesday, Jan. 19 - 12 Noon CST Orlinda Community Center 7501 Highway 52 Orlinda, TN 37141
Tuesday, Jan. 19 - 7:00 p.m. CST First Cumberland Presbyterian 402 2nd Ave. North Lewisburg, TN 37091
Wednesday, Jan. 20 - 7:00 p.m. EST Valley Farmers Coop 920 N. Congress Parkway Athens, TN 37303
Thursday, Jan. 21 - 7:00 p.m. EST Clyde Austin 4-H Center 214 4-H Lane Greeneville, TN 37743

Discussion and information brought to you by the American Dairy Association of Tennessee and the Tennessee Farm Bureau

RESERVATIONS: Call Jeanne at 800.928.6455 or email jbilla@sedairy.org by Wednesday, January 13.



The Wilson Post

Read "The Wilson Post" about Going the milky way; New dairy parlor up and running in Shop Springs; Milk twice daily, every day; Growing up on milk (farms); Building on their family's property; Wilson County's first subway system; Happy cows, happy farmers; Milk and blood

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Reproduction: Keys for Improved Performance

In 2016, the first educational program offered as part of Master Dairy Producer will focus on aspects of reproduction. 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.

MEETING LOCATIONS AND DATES
Greeneville (Greene County) – January 14, Camp 214 4-H Lane, Greeneville, TN  37743
Athens (McMinn County) – January 22, Western Sizzlin, 1804 Decatur Pike, Athens, TN 37303
McMinnville (Warren County) – January 13, TSU Nursery Research Station, 472 Cadillac Lane, McMinnville, TN 37110
Lewisburg (Marshall County) – January 14, Russell Catering 220 Water Street, Lewisburg, TN 37091
Paris (Henry County) – January 12, Henry County UT Extension Office, 1120 Tyson Ave, Paris, TN 38242

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Key Considerations From A Veterinarian's Perspective

In 2015, the third educational program offered as part of Master Dairy Producer will focus on aspects of herd health and its relationship with productivity. Farmers interested in becoming a certified “Master Dairy Producer” will need to attend 2 of the various programs offered during 2015. We anticipate this certification will satisfy the educational component for those intending to apply for the 50% cost share through the TAEP program.

MEETING LOCATIONS AND DATES
Greeneville (Greene County) – October 29, Camp 214 4-H Lane, Greeneville, TN 37743
Athens (McMinn County) – October 30, Western Sizzlin, 1804 Decatur Pike, Athens, TN 37303
Paris (Henry County) – November 12, Henry County UT Extension Office, 1120 Tyson Ave, Paris, TN 38242
• Outside of these face-to-face opportunities, a Zoom link will be available for the November 12 meeting and a recorded version of the meeting will be available through your county agent. Please contact your local Extension office to make arrangements to take advantage of these, if you are unable to attend a face-to-face option.

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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.





Death of McLean Dougherty, Son of Blan & Kathy Dougherty

It is with deepest regrets that we inform our TDPA members of an accident that claimed the life of McLean Dougherty, son of Blan and Kathy Dougherty. McLean drowned in a swimming accident at the popular Blue Cove Hideway in McMinn County near Athens, TN on June 16th. You can access the news story at www.timesfreepress.com/news/local/story/2015/jun/17/man-drowns-former-quarry-mcminn-county/310041/ . We extend our sincere sympathy to Blan, Kathy and family. McLean was laid to rest in a private internment at the Mt. Harmony Cemetery on Saturday, June 20th.



Connecting Cow Comfort To Productivity, Health, & Well-being

In 2015, the second educational program offered as part of Master Dairy Producer will focus on aspects of cow comfort and its relationship with productivity. Farmers interested in becoming a certified “Master Dairy Producer” will need to attend 2 of the various programs offered during 2015. 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:
Greeneville (Greene County)
July 22, Camp 214 4-H Lane, Greeneville, TN 37743

Athens (McMinn County)
July 27, Western Sizzlin, 1804 Decatur Pike, Athens, TN 37303

McMinnville (Warren County)
July 28, TSU Nursery Research Station, 472 Cadillac Lane, McMinnville, TN 37110

Lewisburg (Marshall County)
July 29, Russell Catering 220 Water Street, Lewisburg, TN 37091

Paris (Henry County)
July 30, Henry County UT Extension Office, 1120 Tyson Ave, Paris, TN 38242

Springfield (Robertson County)
July 30, Highland Rim Research & Education Center (main office conference room), 3181 Experiment Station Rd., Springfield, TN 37172

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TDPA Area Meetings Scheduled

You are invited to a Tennessee Dairy Producers Association Area Meeting in your area. John Bayless and Stan Butt, with TDPA, will be giving an update about the TDPA Annual Meeting that was held in January and activi-ties of TDPA and topics of interest concerning you as Tennessee Dairy Producers. A meal will be provided at each location.

Please make your plans to attend by contacting Stan Butt at 931-698-0243 or sreedbutt@gmail.com so that we may have a reasonable count of the number to plan for the meal.

June 9th — Robertson County and surrounding Area, Orlinda Community Center, Orlinda TN at 7 p.m. Josh Wackler and Zoetis will be providing the meal. Dr. Bradley Mills will be the quest speaker.
June 11th - McMinnville (Warren County and surrounding area), TSU Nursery Research Station, 472 Cadil-lac Lane, McMinnville, TN 37110, 6:30 p.m. Josh Wackler and Zoetis will be providing the meal.
June 22nd - Paris (Henry County and surrounding area), Henry Farmers COOP conference room, Hwy 69 on left just past main store. 11:00 a.m. Jeffrey Turner and Purnia Feeds will be providing the meal.
June 25th - Lewisburg (Marshall County and surrounding area), Russell Catering Bldg, 220 Water Street, Lewisburg, TN 37091. 10.00 a.m.—12:00 noon. Dr. Jennifer Hatcher and Rock N Country Vet Clinic and Frank LeGrain and Biotic will be providing the meal
July 1 — TDPA Board Meeting, Logan’s/Cookeville, TN, 10 a.m.

East TN meetings to be scheduled mid to late July



Webinar to Assist Potential Applicants for Conservation Funding

An upcoming webinar on the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) will help potential applicants as they seek available funding. During the current round, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will invest up to $235 million to improve the nation's water quality, combat drought, enhance soil health, support wildlife habitat and protect agricultural production. Partners will match the Federal investment.

"This webinar is a great opportunity to directly engage with our partners," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. "Our goal is to leverage available Federal funding and produce more high-performing on-the-ground conservation solutions."

USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will host the webinar, open to both conservation partners and the general public, on Thursday, June 4, 2015 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EST. To join the webinar, visit https://usdanrcs.adobeconnect.com/r75qxphcya9/. Login to Adobe Connect using the Guest option and enter your name.

NRCS recently simplified the application process by creating new online tools: a pre-proposal fillable form, RCPP pre-application data entry tool and pre-proposal data entry tool instructions. These tools support partners as they fill out and submit their pre-proposal application.

RCPP empowers local leaders to work with multiple partners — such as private companies, local and tribal governments, universities, non-profit groups and other non-government partners — along with farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners to design solutions that work best for their region. Local partners and the federal government both invest funding and manpower to projects to maximize their impact.

USDA is now accepting pre-proposals for RCPP. Pre-proposals are due July 8, 2015. For more information on applying, visit the RCPP website.



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.

"I’m proud of the time and work they put in," says Pighetti. "This was a team effort, and they represented us well."

Dairy Challenge is where students apply past academic learning to a real-world dairy. The UTIA team placed first against other teams after each evaluated the same farm. Each team inspected the operation and conducted interviews with the owners, and then made recommendations about nutrition, reproduction, milking and finances. Teams also answered questions from judges about their recommendations. In its 14-year history, Dairy Challenge has trained more than 4,700 students. A total of 32 universities were represented at this recent competition.

"We were placed in a real-world situation with limited time and expected to analyze a dairy operation," says team member Billy Rochelle. "I have never been with a group who accomplished so much in so little time. Many industry participants were also there discussing internship and job opportunities with their respective companies."

Pighetti says that’s an important part of what the students learned through this experience – the chance to work on a real farm and to lend their expertise. "Basically they are the valued consultants," she says. "They learned how to critically evaluate and identify problems, and come up with the most logical way to fix things."

Other team members agreed the experience will help them meet future career goals. Stephanie Nash’s family operates a middle Tennessee dairy. "The dairy industry has always been a huge part of my life," she says. "I was blessed to be part of this amazing program for four years, and I will keep striving to be the voice for families in the dairy industry," she says.

"My experience at Dairy Challenge was phenomenal," says Ettie Peterson. "I learned so much about the industry through seminars, educational farm tours and sponsors. My entire experience from 6:30 a.m. practice to completing our presentation was beyond rewarding."

Other CASNR students took part in the Dairy Challenge Academy during this event. There was no competition here, but the students were able to also evaluate a working dairy farm alongside two dairy industry professionals. This group included Johnna Davis of Walland, Sydney Dean of Seymour, Jordan McGinnis of Washburn, Josh Snider of Lexington, N.C., and Dustie Strasser of Chapel Hill. Pighetti says this group of younger students may represent UTIA at future Dairy Challenges.

The UT Institute of Agriculture provides instruction, research and outreach through the UT College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the UT College of Veterinary Medicine, UT AgResearch, including its system of 10 research and education centers, and UT Extension offices in every county in the state.



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Learn About Robotic Milking System & Organic Dairy Farming

THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2015
Terry and Jennifer Bishop will host an open house to showcase their new robotic milking system, tunnel ventilated barn and automated mechanical scraper system. Attendees will have the opportunity to tour facility and ask questions about the technology and organic dairying.

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Chilhowee Dairy/ Bishop Farm, 312 Antioch Church Rd., Benton, TN 37307
Lunch and snacks will be provided.
Please RSVP to Shane Webb at (800) 464-2150

FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 2015
Attend an upcoming meeting on organic dairy farming. Regional Pool Manager Gerry Cohn and organic dairy farmer Butch Lay will lead a Q&A session about organic certification, production and animal care.

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Russell’s Catering, 220 Water St., Lewisburg, TN 37091
Lunch and snacks will be provided.

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First Educational Program Offered

In 2015, the first educational program offered as part of Master Dairy Producer will focus on aspects of forage production. Farmers interested in becoming a certified “Master Dairy Producer” will need to attend 2 of the 3 programs offered during 2015. We anticipate this certification will satisfy the educational component for those intending to apply for the 50% cost share through the TAEP program.

Meeting Locations & Dates
The forage production module will be offered at:
Paris (Henry County)
  March 4, Henry County UT Extension Office, 1120 Tyson Ave, Paris, TN 38242
Lewisburg (Marshall County)
  March 12, Russell Catering 220 Water Street, Lewisburg, TN 37091
McMinnville (Warren County)
  March 16, TSU Nursery Research Station, 472 Cadillac Lane, McMinnville, TN 37110
Athens (McMinn County)
  March 18, Western Sizzlin, 1804 Decatur Pike, Athens, TN 37303
Greeneville (Greene County)
  March 19, Camp 214 4-H Lane, Greeneville, TN 37743
Springfield (Robertson County)
  March 25, Highland Rim Research & Education Center (main office conference room),
  3181 Experiment Station Rd., Springfield, TN 37172

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TDPA Annual Meeting Friday January 16 In Murfreesboro

The Tennessee Dairy Producers Association (TDPA) is excited to be holding its Annual meeting in conjunction with the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association Convention and Trade Show. We hope that this endeavor leads to joint benefit for our producers as well as our industry sponsors who share both beef and dairy concerns. TDPA encourages all our dairy producers to take advantage of this first time opportunity to attend the special Friday Dairy sessions and the Trade Show which is designed with both beef and dairy in mind. For those attending all the morning dairy sessions the possibility exist the they will count as one module toward your re-certification of the Master Dairy program which qualifies you for fifty percent cost share through TAEP, so make your plans to attend if at all possible.

All morning Dairy sessions and lunch provided by Stacy Turner and Boehringer Ingelheim will be held at the Rutherford County Extension office at Lane Agri-Park on John Rice Blvd. (Across I-24 from Embassy Suites Hotel.) After lunch you are encouraged to visit the trade show at the Embassy Suites Hotel and the TDPA Annual meeting held in Broadlands A at the Embassy Suites Hotel beginning at 2:30 pm. All dairy producers are encouraged to attend since this will be the business meeting and election of board members.

There will be no registration fee to attend but all producers who plan to attend are asked to register by contacting Stan Butt, TDPA, at 931-698-0243 or by email at sreedbutt@gmail.com To reserve a room at the Embassy Suites Hotel call 615-890-4464 or online at www.murfreesboro.embassysuites.com code CTL. The special rate for the convention is only good if reservations are made by December 23rd. The special rate includes breakfast and happy hour drinks and snacks.

Thursday January 15th
12:00- 2:00 UT Bull Sale – Spring Hill Experiment Station
5:30-7:30 Cattle Health demonstration- “Caring for your Herds Health Needs”- Dr. Lew Strickland- UT Extension veterinarian- Lane Agri-Park 315 John Rice Blvd. (Across I-24 from hotel) Sponsored by Tn. Farmers Coop and UT Extension Service
6:00-10:00 Vendor setup (Mirabella E-J)
7:30-9:30 Board meeting Beef Council Meeting Room

Friday January 16th
7:00-7:30 FACCT Board of Directors Breakfast Meeting (Broadlands A)
8:00-Welcome Jerry Greene TCA President (Mirabella A-C)
Rheba Capps to sing Star Spangled Banner
8:05-8:20 Special Guest Forrest Roberts- Chief Executive Director of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (Mirabella A-C)
8:20-9:10 Cow College 1 “What is Sustainability?” (McDonald's Director of Sustainability Susan Forsell) (Sponsored by Land Trust for Tennessee) (Mirabella A-C)
9:00-9:45 BVD PI working group meeting (Cambridge A)
9:10-9:40 Trade Show opens (Coffee Sponsored by UT Beef and Forage Center) (Mirabella E-J)
9:00-10:00 Farm Animal Care Coalition of Tennessee (FACCT) Annual Meeting (Cambridge B)
9:40 -10:30 Delegate Session (Delegate Session is open to all attendees) (Mirabella A-C)
10:30-11:00 Trade Show Time (Mirabella E-J)
11:00-12:30 Live Cattle Video Auction and discussion (In trade show)(UT Ag. Economist Dr. Andrew Griffith to Discuss Livestock Marketing following video sale.) (Mirabella E-J)
12:30-2:00- Awards Luncheon (Oakleigh AB)
1:30-2:30- Trade Show time (Mirabella E-J)
2:30-4:30 Tn Dairy Producers Annual Meeting (Embassy Broadlands A)
2:30-3:30-Cow College 2 “Forage Systems for Maximizing Profitability in the Beef Business” Dr. Dennis Hancock University of Georgia Forage Specialist (Sponsored by UT Beef and Forage Center) (Mirabella A-C)
3:30 -4:10 Trade Show time (Mirabella E-J)
4:10-5:00 Cow College 3 “Washington DC Policy Update” (Colin Woodall National Cattlemen's Beef Association) (Mirabella A-C)
5:00-6:00 Fundraiser Auction/ Reception (in trade show) (Mirabella E-J)

Friday January 16th
*Morning dairy meetings and lunch will be conducted at the Rutherford County Extension office at Lane Agri-Park on 315 John Rice Blvd. (Across I-24 from Embassy)
8:45 – Welcome and opening remarks – John Bayless, President, TDPA and Stan Butt, Executive Director, TDPA
8:50-9:45 – “Are Futures in Your Future,” Andrew Griffith, Assistant Professor, Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture
9:45-10:30 – Succession Planning, “Now is the Time,” Mark Bolt, Financial Consultant, Mike Tansil, CPIA
10:30-12:00 – Importance of Quality Data – Dr. Jeffrey Bewley, University of Kentucky. Ph.D., Purdue University, Dairy Systems Mgt., M.S. University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dairy Systems Mgt.
12:00-12:30 – SQMI Update – members of SQMI team
12:30-1:30 – Lunch – (Sponsored by Stacy Turner and Boehringer Ingelheim) Community Room in Rutherford County Extension office
Afternoon Schedule
1:30-2:30 – Trade Show at Embassy Suites Hotel (Across I-24)
2:30-4:30 – TDPA Annual Meeting and Election of Board Members Embassy Suites (Broadlands A)
4:30 - Trade Show, TCA Cow College 3, fundraiser auction/reception and safe journey
*Tennessee Dairy Producers Association members are invited to participate in all TCA cow Colleges and events held Saturday.

Saturday January 17th
9:00-12:00 Youth activities
8:00-9:00 Cow College 4 “Environmental Myths” (Dr. Jude Capper Livestock Sustainability Consultant at Livestock Sustainability Consultancy) (Mirabella A-C)
9:00-9:45 Trade Show time (Mirabella E-J)
9:30-10:15 Cattlewomen's Meeting (Broadlands A)
9:45 FarmCredit/TCA Heifer Scholarship announcement.
9:55-10:45 Cow College 5 “Matching Your Cattle to Farm Resources” Burke Teichert” (Manager Deseret Ranch System Retired) Sponsored By Tennessee Angus Breeders (Mirabella A-C)
10:45-11:10 Trade Show time (Mirabella E-J)
11:10-12:00 Cow College 6 “Increasing Reproductive Efficiency through Proper Management” (Dr. Rick Funston Nebraska) (Sponsored by TBCIA) (Mirabella A-C)
12:00-1:30 lunch in trade show (Mirabella E-J)
2:00-3:00 Board meeting (Cambridge A)
Saturday- Youth activities
8:00-9:00 Join us for “Cow College 4” and hear Dr. Jude Capper respond to some of the misinformation about Animal Agriculture (Oakleigh A-B)
9:00-11:30 Quiz Bowl- Embassy Suites Hotel (Cambridge A-B)
10:00-11:00 Youth Scavenger Hunt- Trade Show (Mirabella E-J)
9:00-11:00 “Animal Agriculture ExposedYouth Workshops (30 minute rotating sessions)
What are the FACCTS of animal agriculture?” Lou Nave Executive Director of Farm Animal Care Coalition of Tennessee
Using Social Media to tell our story” Lauren Chase Communications Director of the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association/Tn Beef Council Broadlands A-B)
11:45 Board Bus to Lane Agri-Park (315 John Rice Blvd) For lunch
12:00 Lunch at Lane Agri Park (Tennessee Cattlemen's Association update)
1:00-2:30 Be a Beef Leader-FFA and Beef Ambassador leaders
2:45- Bus returns to Embassy Suites for departure


Williams wins Olivia "The Rocking Cow"

The donation of five dollars for one ticket wins Jim Williams OLIVIA “The Rocking Cow.” Jim Williams, the farm manager for Beasleyland Dairy in Chapel Hill,TN, made the donation in support of the Tennessee Dairy Producers Association Youth Promotion Fund. His daughter Gracie had other thoughts, she wanted to win OLIVIA. Jim’s ticket, or Gracie’s, was drawn at the Tennessee Jr. Dairy Expo and he was notified that night, but it took several weeks to get her delivered.

OLIVIA was handcrafted by Dr. Dennis Onks, retired Director of the UT AgResearch’s Middle Tennessee Dairy Research and Education Center located at the Tennessee Agriculture Experiment Station in Spring Hill, TN. Dr. Onks is an Advisory Board member for TDPA and he offered to create a special item to be used to help raise funds for TDPA. OLIVIA was the result of many hours of wood working and painting by Dr. Onks. She even carries a plate of authenticity attached to one of her rockers.

Congratulations to Jim and Gracie and a special thank you to Dr. Onks for making OLIVIA. Contributions totaled over eleven hundred dollars for the fund.


2015 Georgia Dairy Conference January 12-14

The 2015 Georgia Dairy Conference is rapidly approaching and we would like to invite your members to join us! This year’s conference will take place at the Savannah Riverfront Marriott in Savannah, Georgia, Jan. 12-14, 2015.

The Georgia Dairy Conference (GDC) is dedicated to providing dairymen with significant and practical “take-home” information. Thanks to support from generous industry supporters, the GDC has earned a reputation as a top educational conference in the Southeast. In 2014, more than 250 producers and dairy industry representatives attended this three-day event. This year, we’re building on that momentum by delivering another high-impact conference. Leading experts will make presentations on topics ranging from nutrition and genetics to the future of the dairy industry, dairy sustainability and economics.

In addition to our quality line-up of educational speakers, we will also host the first Southeast Dairy Student Symposium during the GDC on Tuesday, Jan. 13 from 6 to 9 p.m. This program is designed to provide students, interested in the dairy industry, with a platform to explore careers and internship opportunities in the Southeast. The objectives of the symposium are to connect dairymen, industry affiliates and future graduates; promote the exchange of ideas and experiences among students, dairymen and industry affiliates; and to build networking opportunities for future graduates.

We hope you will join us as we invest to make the Southeast dairy industry competitive in a national context. The registration fee for dairymen outside of Georgia and guests is $100. Your company is also invited to exhibit during our trade show. Visit our website at www.gamilk.org to download an agenda, registration forms and exhibitor information. If you would like additional information, please contact Farrah Newberry or Allison Fortner at 706-310-0020.

Monday, January 12th
8:30 a.m. ACCM Board of Directors Meeting
10:00 GA Milk Board of Directors Meeting
12:00 p.m. Registration and GDYF Board of Directors Meeting
12:00 p.m. SUDIA / ADA of GA Board Meeting
2:30 p.m. GA Dairy Industry Update - GA Milk, SUDIA, etc.
3:45 Exhibit Break and Door Prize Drawing 4:15 Securing a Sustainable Milk Supply for the Southeast Dairy Market Dr. Roger Cady, Elanco Animal Health
5:15 Q & A / Exhibitor Break
6:30 Evening Banquet

Tuesday, January 13th
7:30 a.m. Small Steps Add Up in Sustainability
Erin Fitzgerald, VP of Sustainability for the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy
Andrea Sensenig, Pennyslvania Dairy Producer and 2014 U.S. Sustainability Award Winner
8:15 Decision Making for Clinical Mastitis
Pam Ruegg, University of Wisconsin-Madison
9:00 Silages and Forages
Limin Kung, University of Delaware
10:00 Exhibitor/Refreshment Break
10:30 Understanding Consumer & Processor Quality Standards
Mark Wustenburg, Tillamook Creamery
11:15 Employee Management Simplified Tom Wall, Dairy Coach, LLC
12:15 Lunch
1:15 p.m. Dry Cow and Heat Stress Management
Dr. Jose Santos, University of Florida
2:00 Hormonal Sync Programs
Paul Fricke University of Wisconsin
2:45 Exhibitor/Refreshment Break
3:15 Feed Shrink Management
Dr. Jeff Weyers, Vicor

January 12-14, 2015
Savannah Riverfront Marriott
4:00 Troubleshooting Milk Quality Issues on Your Dairy Farm
Mark Wustenburg, Tillamook Creamery
6:00 Southeast Dairy Student Symposium

Wednesday, January 14
7:15 a.m. Sponsored Continental Breakfast
7:45 Ray West - SE DHIA Report
8:00 Electronic Heat Detection
Paul Fricke, University of Wisconsin
8:45 The (Almost) Perfect Parlor
Tom Wall, Dairy Coach, LLC
9:30 Refreshment Break
10:00 Milkfat Depression
Tom Jenkins, Clemson University
10:45 Co-op Mgrs. Panel, Cost to Balance SE Market
11:45 Q & A Session - Adjourn


National Mastitis Council 54th Annual Meeting set for Feb. 1-3

The National Mastitis Council (NMC) will host its 54th Annual Meeting, Feb. 1-3, 2015 at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tenn.

This three-day international forum will provide milk quality professionals the opportunity to exchange information on udder health, milking management and milk quality. Anyone with a vested interest in milk quality – milk quality specialists, veterinarians, milk plant field staff, dairy suppliers, dairy producers, university researchers, extension specialists and students – is invited to attend and exchange ideas.

“We’re excited to welcome a distinguished group of milk quality professionals from around the world to Memphis,” says Gary Neubauer, senior manager, dairy technical services at Zoetis and 2015 NMC Annual Meeting Program Chairman.

The annual meeting will kick-off Sunday, February 1 with six specialized short courses. General sessions open on Monday, February 2 and will run through Tuesday, February 3. “Milk Quality: What the Market Needs, Wants, Demands,” will be the featured symposium Tuesday afternoon. Four additional short courses will be offered Tuesday evening. Rounding out the educational opportunities will be the Technology Transfer Session (poster session) held on Monday and Tuesday.

“This year’s program is focused on the systems approach to milk quality encompassing the people, the equipment and the environment,” notes Neubauer.  “Our goal is for anyone who attends the meeting to take home practical ideas that they can implement immediately in the field or on the farm.”

Other highlights of the upcoming meeting include recognizing the National Dairy Quality Award winners and the recipient of the NMC Award of Excellence for Mastitis Prevention and Control, as well as introducing the NMC Scholars.

The complete program and agenda can be found online at: http://nmconline.org/annualmeet/2015/.

NMC is a professional organization devoted to reducing mastitis and enhancing milk quality. NMC promotes research and provides information to the dairy industry on udder health, milking management, milk quality and milk safety. Founded in 1961, NMC has close to 1,500 members in more than 40 countries throughout the world. For additional information: http://nmconline.org


TDPA Permitting Workshop

The Tennessee Dairy Producers Association Permitting Workshop will be held October 24, 2014 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Ellington Agricultural Center's Ed Jones Auditorium. The moderators will be TDPA Executive Director Stan Butt and TDPA and Robertson County Extension Agent/UT Extension Agent Paul Hart.

"Please RSVP to sreedbutt@gmail.com or call 931-698-0243 by Tuesday 12:00 noon for head count for lunch." to bottom of Agenda.

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TN Ag Literacy Week Coming November 16-22

November 16-22, 2014, has been designated as Tennessee Agriculture Literacy Week. This will be an outstanding opportunity for farmers and ranchers and other agriculture industry representatives to read children's books about the agriculture industry to school students. Volunteers are needed to visit elementary school classrooms around the state to read agriculturally themed books and talk about the importance of Tennessee Agriculture. Tennessee agriculture industry volunteers are encouraged to read agriculturally themed books to elementary school children showcasing the diversity of Tennessee agriculture and the role agriculture plays in our daily lives.

Volunteers should schedule their classroom visits with schools at least two weeks before their readings. All readings should be completed by November 22, 2014. All volunteers are encouraged to complete the Tennessee Agriculture Literacy Week, report by December 31, 2014 (report www.TennesseeAg.org). Tennessee Agriculture Literacy Week is a great opportunity to teach our next generation about the Tennesseans who provide the food, fuel and fiber for the world's growing population. Tennessee Agriculture Literacy Week is sponsored by the Tennessee Agriculture Education Committee, representing Tennessee's agriculture producers.

To learn more about the Agricultural Literacy Library, please contact Lou Nave, 615/970-8065 or Lou.Facct@gmail.com.


Dairy Farm Bill Meeting - Dairy Margin protection Program

Dr. Griffith will address the Margin Protection Program and how you can use the program to help insure an income over feed cost margin for the milk you are producing. He will demonstrate the MPP-Dairy decision tool to help you make a sound decision on insuring your margin. He will also provide information on how the entire program will work and the rules you must follow to operate in this program. These meetings will start at 10:30 am and should end sometime around 1:30 PM. Lunch will be provided. Please call the number below to the location you would like to attend, to help with the meal count. I hope you will be able to attend.

Lewisburg Location: Russell Catering, 220 Water Street, Lewisburg, TN
Date: October 20th, 2014 - Phone number: 931-359-1929

Greeneville Location: First Baptist Church Greeneville, 211 N Main St, Greeneville, TN.
Date: October 27th, 2014 - Phone number: 423-798-1710

Madisonville Location: Monroe County Farm Bureau, 510 Main St, Madisonville, TN
Date: October 28th, 2014 - Phone number: 423-442-2433

Paris Location: Henry County Extension Office, 1120 Tyson Avenue, Paris, TN
Date: November 6th, 2014 - Phone number: 731-642-2941

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Tennessee's Wild Hog Eradication Action Team - W.H.E.A.T.

W.H.E.A.T. is a 24-organization partnership dedicated to the eradication of wild hogs in Tennessee. This video has information on the problems of wild hogs and what to do about wild hogs in Tennessee by the the Wild Hog Eradication Action Team, or W.H.E.A.T.


Tennessee Signs On to Plan to Protect Dairy Industry

Four of the most dreaded words in agriculture are Hoof and Mouth Disease, which can be devastating to livestock producers and wreak havoc on the farm economy. In conjunction with June Dairy Month, Gov. Bill Haslam has signed an agreement that partners Tennessee with eight other states to protect the dairy industry in the event of an HMD outbreak.

Known as the Secure Milk Supply Plan, the agreement sets standards by which milk producers, haulers and processors would interact with animal health authorities to reduce the risk of spreading HMD during an outbreak. The regional effort is part of the national initiative to develop biosecurity measures that would allow for the movement of milk without undermining HMD control and eradication efforts.

“Livestock and livestock products are the largest generator of revenue for Tennessee farmers, so an HMD outbreak here would be especially crippling to our ag economy,” Tennessee Department of Agriculture state veterinarian Charles Hatcher said. “This plan allows us to take appropriate disease protection measures during an outbreak while minimizing the impact to producers and processors so that the dairy industry can continue to function.”

HMD is a highly contagious disease that affects cloven-hooved animals, but not humans. The virus causes fever, followed by painful blisters on the animal’s mouth and hooves, and can cause extreme weight loss, lameness and reduced milk production. Although the disease has not been seen in the U.S. since 1929, outbreaks occur every year in other countries and the disease could easily be introduced through international trade.

In the event of a HMD outbreak, the movement of animals, animal products such as milk, people and vehicles would be restricted until the extent of the outbreak is known. Under the plan, non-affected dairies that meet certain qualifications would be allowed to ship milk in-state or to any participating state.

“We want to make sure the cure is not worse than the disease,” Hatcher said. “Education of and participation by dairy producers and processors is critical to the plan’s success.”

Some of the biosecurity requirements for dairy producers include recording vehicles and visitors, milk tank washing and disinfection, use of protective gear and other measures at pick-up and delivery. The most important part of the SMS plan is biosecurity measures surrounding the truck picking up milk from an approved participating dairy.

TDA has conducted regional workshops in Murfreesboro and Madisonville for dairy producers to demonstrate biosecurity procedures. “I want to thank the Tennessee Dairy Producers Association for their leadership and support of this initiative,” said Agriculture Commissioner Julius Johnson. “This type of partnership is particularly critical to protecting the dairy industry in the event of a disease outbreak.” For more information on the Secure Milk Supply Plan and other educational opportunities, contact the State Veterinarian’s Office at 615-837-5120.

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Olivia Rocks For TDPA

Dr. Dennis Onks, retired UT Extension leader, has created a one of a kind, hand crafted, rocking cow for the Tennessee Dairy Producers Association (TDPA) Youth Promotion Fund. She has been created to offer some child a very happy experience and a life time of memories. Dr. Onks and his wife June resided in Spring Hill for 13 years where Dr. Onks was Director of UT AgResearch’s Middle Tennessee and Dairy Research and Education Center located at the Tennessee Agriculture Experiment Station. Dr. Onks is an Advisory Board member for the TDPA and offered to create a special item to be used to help raise funds for the TDPA Fund. OLIVIA, THE ROCKING COW was the result of many hours of wood working and painting by Dr. Onks. She even carries a plate of authenticity attached to one of her rockers.

Olivia has made the rounds in the Dairy world during the early months of 2014. She has been in all three grand divisions of the great state of Tennessee at the annual regional meetings of the TDPA in Paris, Orlinda, Lewisburg, Cookeville, Athens, and Greenville. She attended the Tennessee Jersey Club meeting in Murfreesboro, the Tennessee Holstein Spring Sale in Lebanon and two dairy sales in Nolensville, and Murfreesboro. During the coming months she may show up anywhere and she will be at the Tennessee Jr. Dairy Expo, where the lucky ticket will be drawn.

Tickets can be obtained for a donation of five dollars per ticket from Stan Butt, Executive Director, TDPA. Stan is a resident of Maury County and can be reached at 931-698-0243 or by email at sreedbutt@gmail.com. Give him a call for a ticket. He will be traveling back and forth across the state the next several months visiting Tennessee dairies and will be happy to drop by your operation.


TDPA Annual Meetings Challenged by Weather
"Excellent Content, Good Crowds, and Good Food"

“Excellent content, good crowds, and most importantly, good food,” was how one attendee responded in an email about our annual meetings.  Producers had the opportunity to visit with each other and with TDPA Corporate Sponsors before and during each of the meetings. The Paris meeting had to be cancelled because of 3-4 inches of  ice, sleet and snow and Orlinda was rescheduled to Wednesday.

President John Bayless opened the meetings with a welcome and a message from the board stating, “From the foothills of the Smokies to the Delta, the Sweetwater Valley to the Cumberland Plateau, the Highland Rim to the Central Basin, we represent ALL dairy farmers regardless of size, breed, or how and where the milk is marketed.” His power point presentation listed all the current board members and those in attendance at each meeting were recognized..

Next, he introduced new Executive, Stan Butt for a few brief comments and recognition of TDPA Corporate Sponsors. Southeast Select Sires, Tennessee Farmers CO-OP Feeds, and Tennessee Department of Agriculture, TAEP program were recognized as $5,000 Premier Sponsors. Foothills Farmers CO-OP was recognized as a $2,500 Titanium Sponsor; Farm Credit Services, Dairy Farmers of America, Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative, and Purina Animal Health as $1,500  Platinum Sponsors; Mike Tansil and Layne Crop Ins, and Stacey Turner and Boehringer Ingelheim as $1,000 Gold Sponsors; Bordens Milk, CPC Commodities, First Bank and Trust, Land Trust for Tennessee, Marshall Farmers Coop, Rutherford Farmers Coop, Tech Mix and Traditions Auction Services as $500 Silver Sponsors; and  Alltech, Gerald Todd Trucking, Tony Jones with H & R AGRI-POWER, Middle Tennessee Dairy Service, Southern States, Glasgow, KY, and Valley Farmers CO-OP as $250 Bronze Sponsors..

President Bayless continued with a special thanks to Tim Riley with Southeast Select Sires, Dr. Dennis Onks, advisory board member and creator of OLIVIA– the rocking cow and Tony White– Past President  from 2009 when TDPA was chartered until December 2013. Will Moss, Bengi Daniels, Sam Smith, and Tommy Roberson were elected as new board members. Dr. Peter Krawcel, Assistant Professor, UT Dairy Extension and Research, spoke on UT’s commitment to the Tennessee Dairy Industry, new staff and special programs involving Dairy research, Deborah Boyd, TDPA Secretary/Treasurer, covered  information about the new Farm Bill’s Dairy Policy Reform and the Margin Protection Program.

President Bayless introduced  the Keynote Speaker, Dr. Bob James, Professor of Dairy Sciences at Virginia Tech and he  addressed the needs of Dairy production in the Southeast and gave an outstanding presentation on the “Economics of Calf Rearing.” Everyone left filled, informed and optimistic about the prospects for 2014.

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Milking Contest Draws Big Crowd at “Ag Day”

House Agriculture Committee Chairman, Curtis Halford, Vice-Chairman, Andy Holt and Tennessee Commissioner of Agriculture, Julius Johnson graciously welcomed the crowd as snow fell on Legislative Plaza. A Big thank you to TDPA member Ryan Gardner from Trace-View Holsteins, Santa Fe for bringing Tess and Angie, both haltered Holsteins, for the milking contest at “Ag Day on the Hill.” TDPA assisted Representative Holt and Keith Harrison, Tennessee Farmers COOP in making arrangements for this year’s milking contest.

This year the contest was won by Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and his able bodied assistant, State Senator Frank Niceley. Together, they had enough “pull” to edge out House Speaker Beth Harwell, who had won the contest the past two years. Lt. Gov. Ramsey was under a lot of pressure to win with all three of his grandsons watching. A check for seven hundred and fifty dollars ($750) was presented to Second Harvest Food Bank on behalf of the Farm and Forest Families of Tennessee.

TDPA President John Bayless and TDPA Executive, Stan Butt, were on hand to meet and greet legislators and offer delicious samples of cheese. They also worked with SUDIA area manager, Denise Jones, passing out milk, provided by Purity Dairies.

The overall feeling by those participating was that “Ag Day on the Hill” this year was a huge success.


Pictured left to right, Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, Stan Butt, Sen. Frank Nicely, Ryan Gardner, TDPA President John Bayless


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TAEP Continuing Education Qualifications Updated

New Qualifications for 50 Percent Cost Share Effective 2015

NASHVILLE -- In an effort to enhance the state’s agricultural industry and to increase farmers’ capacity to produce, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture is encouraging producers to take advantage of new continuing education opportunities now offered by the University of Tennessee Extension.

“Agricultural leaders recently unveiled a strategic plan to grow and develop our industry over the next decade,” Agriculture Commission Julius Johnson said. “Education and research were recognized as key components for helping us achieve our goals, and these continuing education opportunities will be important for producers to maximize efficiency in their operations and to increase farm profitability.”

Beginning in 2015, producers who wish to qualify for 50 percent cost share funding through the Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program may need to participate in UT advanced continuing education opportunities by certain TAEP reimbursement deadlines. This gives producers nearly two years to complete the new continuing education opportunities. For the 2014 application period, any Master producer certificates received prior to 2015 will still qualify for 50 percent cost share.

A schedule detailing current certification expiration dates and renewal deadlines, by program, is available at www.tn.gov/taep under Master Certification Information in the TAEP News section. Class offerings for 2014 were recently announced by UT Extension and are posted at utextension.tennessee.edu.

All current Tennessee Quality Milk certificates will expire May 1, 2015, so all dairy producers wishing to qualify for TAEP funds in 2015 will need to become certified as a Master Dairy Producer before Dec. 1, 2015.

TAEP Continuing Education QUALIFICATIONs UPDATED 2 – 2 – 2 – 2 – 2

Once all current certificates expire, producers will need to participate in continuing education programs every three years with the exception of dairy, which is an annual certification based on fewer class hours each year. Applications for 2014 TAEP cost share programs are expected to be available in April.

TAEP was established in 2005 by the Tennessee General Assembly and has been fully funded by Gov. Bill Haslam through a portion of the state’s cigarette sales tax. The program is administered by TDA to assist qualifying producers with cost share funds of up to 50 percent on farm improvement projects to increase efficiency and farm income. A UT study shows that for every TAEP dollar invested nearly $4 is generated in additional economic activity in local communities.

For more information, visit www.tn.gov/taep or call the TAEP general information line at 1-800-342-8206.



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Meet Your New Executive

The Tennessee Dairy Producers Association (TDPA) is pleased to announce that Stan Butt has been chosen to serve as their new Executive Director. Tony White, president of TDPA, said, “ the TDPA board is excited to have someone with Stan’s experience to step into this new position. We are confident that he will bring continuity to our association and will be a positive voice for our industry.” Stan grew up in Portland, Sumner County, Tennessee and recalls his first milking experience was hand milking an old Jersey cow belonging to a neighboring farmer. Stan graduated from Portland High School and went on to receive his college degree from Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, Tennessee. Stan’s first position was with the Middle Tennessee Council of the Boy Scouts of America, in Nashville, serving as the District Executive for the Dan Beard District. As a District Executive, he attended the National Executive Institute in New Jersey preparing him for his career ahead. Stan and his wife Sheila have been married 41 years and have three sons of their own and one adopted son and thirteen grandchildren. They reside in Columbia, Maury County, Tennessee where they lived since 1985. In his new position, Stan will become the contact person for TDPA assuming the many responsibilities under taken by the board since the formation of TDPA in 2009. His primary responsibilities will include being a proactive voice for the dairy industry, increasing membership in the association, securing and maintaining funding for the association, working to involve and retain youth in the dairy industry, interacting with the many livestock entities in the state as well as serving as the legislative liaison in both Nashville and Washington.

The Tennessee Dairy Producers Association is a non-profit organization seeking to represent all dairy producers in Tennessee, expediting a consistent and proactive response to issues affecting the viability of the dairy industry in Tennessee and serving as an unbiased source of information for producers as well as consumers.



 
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Tennessee Valley Livestock Conference
DAIRY Program Sponsored by Ag Central CO-OP

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The Tennessee Valley Livestock Conference will take place on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at Walters State Great Smoky Mountians Expo Center, 1615 Pavilion Drive, White Pine, TN 37890 (Exit 8 off I-81). It is in association with the Tennessee Dairy Producers Association, TN Cattlemen’s Association, NC Cattlemen’s Association, and VA Cattlemen’s Association.

SCHEDULE
8:00-9:30 Registration
9:30–10:00 Brady Catob/Delaval Automated Calf feeding
10:05-10:45 Nick Kunkel/Delaval Robotic Milking (VMS)
10:45-11:00 Break - Visit Industry Trade Show
11:00-11:30 Rick Elling/JOZ Automated Feed Pusher & Scrappers
11:30-12:00 Alan Brandmeyer/Trioliet Automated TMR Feeding
12:00-1:00 LUNCH—Visit Trade Show
1:00-3:00 Panel Discussion—Jai Templeton, Commissioner of Agriculture, John McClurkin, Water Resource Division, TN Dept of Ag, Shari Meghreblian, Deputy Commissioner of TDEC, and Stefan Maupin, Director of Public Policy TN Farm Bureau Federation

Be Present to Win a DeLaval Hand held cell counter DCC or a DeLaval mini swinging brushMSB!

FOR INFORMATION
Contact Eric Risser, AgCentral, 423-368-7753 or 800-467-2150
Stan Butt, TDPA 931-698-0243
Please RSVP to Eric or Stan

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Tennessee NRCS Provides EQIP Assistance to Address
Pasture and Hayland in Counties with Severe, Extreme,
or Exceptional Drought Conditions

Sign-up Deadline is May 19, 2017

NASHVILLE, April 11, 2017 – As a result of the drought issues faced by Tennessee’s pasture and hayland producers, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is providing financial and technical assistance through its Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Drought Special Sign Up to help address natural resource concerns on damaged land in counties with D2 (Severe), D3 (Extreme), and D4 (Exceptional) drought conditions—as designated on the U.S. Drought Monitor map dated November 22, 2016.

“Through this special sign up, producers may apply for assistance to install conservation practices that can help treat identified resource concerns to reduce the negative impacts of current drought conditions, and will help improve the sustainability of their operation in the long run,” said Jamie Carpenter, Acting State Conservationist, NRCS Tennessee.

Conservation practices available to producers through this special sign up include: Forage and Biomass Planting, Critical Area Planting, Access Control, Prescribed Grazing, Fence, Livestock Pipeline, Pumping Plant, Spring Development, Water Well, Watering Facility, and Heavy Use Area Protection.

Interested producers are encouraged to visit their local USDA service center to apply or to learn more about drought assistance. The deadline to sign up for this special drought initiative is May 19, 2017.

Additional program requirements and information about EQIP is available on the Tennessee NRCS website at www.tn.nrcs.usda.gov.

EQIP is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers to address natural resource concerns on agricultural and forest land.



Tools and Strategies To Improve Milk On your Farm

In 2017, the first educational program offered as part of Master Dairy Producer will focus on options and strategies for managing milk quality. Farmers interested in becoming a certified “Master Dairy Producer” will need to attend 2 of the various programs offered during 2017. We anticipate this certification will satisfy the educational component for those intending to apply for the 50% cost share through the TAEP program.

Meeting Locations and Dates
Please contact the local agent about registering one week before meeting date.
The module will be offered at:
Greeneville (Greene County) – March 7, Camp 214 4-H Lane, Greeneville, TN 37743
McMinnville (Warren County) – March 9, TSU Nursery Research Station, 472 Cadillac Lane, McMinnville, TN 37110
Athens (McMinn County) – March 15, Western Sizzlin, 1804 Decatur Pike, Athens, TN 37303
Lewisburg (Marshall County) – March 27, Russell Catering 220 Water Street, Lewisburg, TN 37091
Paris (Henry County) – March 28, Henry County UT Extension Office, 1120 Tyson Ave, Paris, TN 38242

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Financial Statements on Federal Orders 6 & 7

The combined financial statements for the Administrative and Marketing Service Funds for the orders administered from the office for the calendar year ending December 31, 2016.

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Farm Bureau Working on New Milk Price Insurance

A new type of dairy revenue insurance, that would offer regional protection against both milk price and production declines, is being worked on by the American Farm Bureau Federation, American Farm Bureau Insurance Services (AFBIS) and academic collaborators including dairy economist Marin Bozic.

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More Ag Groups Announce Support for 'DAIRY PRIDE' Act

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin says her 'DAIRY PRIDE' Act continues to pick up endorsements from prominent farms groups. The newest of those supporters include the Wisconsin and American Farm Bureau organizations.

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Tennessee NRCS Provides EQIP Assistance to Address
Pasture and Hayland in Counties with Severe, Extreme,
or Exceptional Drought Conditions

Sign-up Deadline is May 19, 2017

NASHVILLE, April 11, 2017 – As a result of the drought issues faced by Tennessee’s pasture and hayland producers, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is providing financial and technical assistance through its Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Drought Special Sign Up to help address natural resource concerns on damaged land in counties with D2 (Severe), D3 (Extreme), and D4 (Exceptional) drought conditions—as designated on the U.S. Drought Monitor map dated November 22, 2016.

“Through this special sign up, producers may apply for assistance to install conservation practices that can help treat identified resource concerns to reduce the negative impacts of current drought conditions, and will help improve the sustainability of their operation in the long run,” said Jamie Carpenter, Acting State Conservationist, NRCS Tennessee.

Conservation practices available to producers through this special sign up include: Forage and Biomass Planting, Critical Area Planting, Access Control, Prescribed Grazing, Fence, Livestock Pipeline, Pumping Plant, Spring Development, Water Well, Watering Facility, and Heavy Use Area Protection.

Interested producers are encouraged to visit their local USDA service center to apply or to learn more about drought assistance. The deadline to sign up for this special drought initiative is May 19, 2017.

Additional program requirements and information about EQIP is available on the Tennessee NRCS website at www.tn.nrcs.usda.gov.

EQIP is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers to address natural resource concerns on agricultural and forest land.



2017 TDPA Annual Meeting Scheduled

The 2017 Tennessee Dairy Producers Annual Meeting Friday will be held January 13 in Murfreesboro at the Embassy Suites Hotel and every Producer is invited to attend. Our Featured Speaker this year is Dr. David Kohl. You will not want to miss this opportunity to hear Dr. Kohl. Please find a meeting Schedule included in this mailing. A great lunch is planned of Beef Brisket sponsored by Alltech and Boehringer-Ingelheim. Dr. Neal Schrick and Dr. Peter Krawszel will be on the afternoon agenda before the Annual Business Meeting. Commissioner Jai Templeton will make a special announcement and presentation at the Annual Business Meeting. You will not want to miss his announcement. We want to welcome the Tennessee Holstein Association and the Tennessee Jersey Club as they will be holding their meetings in conjunction with the TCA Convention and the TDPA Annual Meeting. Also, ADA of Tennessee will be holding their meeting on Thursday, January 12 at the Holiday Inn. Everyone is encouraged to make your plans to join us on Friday, January 13, in Oakleigh C, at the Embassy Suites Hotel.

Friday – January 13th
All TDPA Friday sessions except opening session will be held in Oakleigh “C” Embassy Suites
8:00 - 9:00 - Combined Session with TCA, TDPA and TN Sheep Producers—Featured Speaker Dr.
David Kohl - Economics and Agriculture at the Crossroads
9:10 - Welcome and Opening Remarks
9:15 - 10:30 - Dr. David Kohl, Professor Emeritus, VA Tech - Managing in the Economic Reset
10:30 - 10:45 - Break
10:45 - 12:00 - Dr. Kohl—Financial and Management Benchmarks for Sucess
12:15 - 1:45 - Lunch and Trade Show Visit— Lunch sponsored by Elizabeth Lunsford and Alltech
and Stacey Turner and Boehringer-Ingelheim
1:45 - 1:55 - Dr. Neal Schrick, UTIA Dean of Animal Science
1:55 - 2:55 - Dr. Peter Krawszel, UTIA
3:00 - TDPA Annual Business Meeting
Commissioner Jai Templeton, TDA Presentation
President Benjie Daniels—Presentation and election of Board members
4:30 - Adjourn, Visit Trade Show

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September Newsletter

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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



Tennessee Dairy Producers Association Annual Meeting Schedule

Let us know which meeting you plan to attend, how many people from your farm and any dietary restrictions for the meal to be served. We look forward to see-ing you soon!

MEETING LOCATIONS AND DATES

Thursday, February 4th
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm Vendor Set-up (Embassy Suites Mirabella E-J)

Friday, February 5th
All TDPA Friday sessions will be held in Oakleigh “C” Embassy Suites
8:00 - 8:10 Welcome and Opening Remarks- John Bayless, President, TDPA and Stan Butt, Execu-tive Director, TDPA
8:10 - 8:55- Gary Moore, Executive Director, Land Trust for Tennessee, Opportunities Available For Saving Agricultural Lands
8:55 - 9:55- Dr. Shawn Hawkins, Associate Professor, UTIA, Biosystems Engineering & Soil Sci-ence – Nutrient Management and Utilization of Available Nitrogen
9:55 - 10:15 – Break, Visit Trade Show
10:15 - 11:00 – Geof Smith, DVM. PHD, Ruminant Health and Production Medicine, sponsored by Justin Hull and TechMix
11:00 - 11:45 – Dr. Andrew Griffith, UTIA, Assistant Professor, Ag & Resource Economics –New Grain Sorghum Research and Economic Benefit
11:45 - 12:30 – USDA Agricultural Marketing Service Dairy Programs
12:30 - 2:00 – Lunch and Trade Show Visit (Mirabella)
2:00 - 2:30 – John McClurkin, Tennessee Dept of Agriculture, Available Assistance from Ag Re-source Conservation Fund
2:30 - 4:30 – TDPA Annual Business Meeting
4:30 - Adjourn, Visit Trade Show

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42nd Annual Southern Dairy Conference

The 42nd Annual Southern Dairy Conference will be held March 8-9, 2016 Embassy Suites Atlanta Airport

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2016 Tennessee Area Dairy Producer Meetings

Let us know which meeting you plan to attend, how many people from your farm and any dietary restrictions for the meal to be served. We look forward to see-ing you soon!

MEETING LOCATIONS AND DATES
Monday, Jan. 18 - 7:00 p.m. CST Henry County Farm Bureau 406 N. Poplar Street Paris, TN 38242
Tuesday, Jan. 19 - 12 Noon CST Orlinda Community Center 7501 Highway 52 Orlinda, TN 37141
Tuesday, Jan. 19 - 7:00 p.m. CST First Cumberland Presbyterian 402 2nd Ave. North Lewisburg, TN 37091
Wednesday, Jan. 20 - 7:00 p.m. EST Valley Farmers Coop 920 N. Congress Parkway Athens, TN 37303
Thursday, Jan. 21 - 7:00 p.m. EST Clyde Austin 4-H Center 214 4-H Lane Greeneville, TN 37743

Discussion and information brought to you by the American Dairy Association of Tennessee and the Tennessee Farm Bureau

RESERVATIONS: Call Jeanne at 800.928.6455 or email jbilla@sedairy.org by Wednesday, January 13.



The Wilson Post

Read "The Wilson Post" about Going the milky way; New dairy parlor up and running in Shop Springs; Milk twice daily, every day; Growing up on milk (farms); Building on their family's property; Wilson County's first subway system; Happy cows, happy farmers; Milk and blood

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Reproduction: Keys for Improved Performance

In 2016, the first educational program offered as part of Master Dairy Producer will focus on aspects of reproduction. 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.

MEETING LOCATIONS AND DATES
Greeneville (Greene County) – January 14, Camp 214 4-H Lane, Greeneville, TN  37743
Athens (McMinn County) – January 22, Western Sizzlin, 1804 Decatur Pike, Athens, TN 37303
McMinnville (Warren County) – January 13, TSU Nursery Research Station, 472 Cadillac Lane, McMinnville, TN 37110
Lewisburg (Marshall County) – January 14, Russell Catering 220 Water Street, Lewisburg, TN 37091
Paris (Henry County) – January 12, Henry County UT Extension Office, 1120 Tyson Ave, Paris, TN 38242

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Key Considerations From A Veterinarian's Perspective

In 2015, the third educational program offered as part of Master Dairy Producer will focus on aspects of herd health and its relationship with productivity. Farmers interested in becoming a certified “Master Dairy Producer” will need to attend 2 of the various programs offered during 2015. We anticipate this certification will satisfy the educational component for those intending to apply for the 50% cost share through the TAEP program.

MEETING LOCATIONS AND DATES
Greeneville (Greene County) – October 29, Camp 214 4-H Lane, Greeneville, TN 37743
Athens (McMinn County) – October 30, Western Sizzlin, 1804 Decatur Pike, Athens, TN 37303
Paris (Henry County) – November 12, Henry County UT Extension Office, 1120 Tyson Ave, Paris, TN 38242
• Outside of these face-to-face opportunities, a Zoom link will be available for the November 12 meeting and a recorded version of the meeting will be available through your county agent. Please contact your local Extension office to make arrangements to take advantage of these, if you are unable to attend a face-to-face option.

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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.





Death of McLean Dougherty, Son of Blan & Kathy Dougherty

It is with deepest regrets that we inform our TDPA members of an accident that claimed the life of McLean Dougherty, son of Blan and Kathy Dougherty. McLean drowned in a swimming accident at the popular Blue Cove Hideway in McMinn County near Athens, TN on June 16th. You can access the news story at www.timesfreepress.com/news/local/story/2015/jun/17/man-drowns-former-quarry-mcminn-county/310041/ . We extend our sincere sympathy to Blan, Kathy and family. McLean was laid to rest in a private internment at the Mt. Harmony Cemetery on Saturday, June 20th.



Connecting Cow Comfort To Productivity, Health, & Well-being

In 2015, the second educational program offered as part of Master Dairy Producer will focus on aspects of cow comfort and its relationship with productivity. Farmers interested in becoming a certified “Master Dairy Producer” will need to attend 2 of the various programs offered during 2015. 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:
Greeneville (Greene County)
July 22, Camp 214 4-H Lane, Greeneville, TN 37743

Athens (McMinn County)
July 27, Western Sizzlin, 1804 Decatur Pike, Athens, TN 37303

McMinnville (Warren County)
July 28, TSU Nursery Research Station, 472 Cadillac Lane, McMinnville, TN 37110

Lewisburg (Marshall County)
July 29, Russell Catering 220 Water Street, Lewisburg, TN 37091

Paris (Henry County)
July 30, Henry County UT Extension Office, 1120 Tyson Ave, Paris, TN 38242

Springfield (Robertson County)
July 30, Highland Rim Research & Education Center (main office conference room), 3181 Experiment Station Rd., Springfield, TN 37172

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TDPA Area Meetings Scheduled

You are invited to a Tennessee Dairy Producers Association Area Meeting in your area. John Bayless and Stan Butt, with TDPA, will be giving an update about the TDPA Annual Meeting that was held in January and activi-ties of TDPA and topics of interest concerning you as Tennessee Dairy Producers. A meal will be provided at each location.

Please make your plans to attend by contacting Stan Butt at 931-698-0243 or sreedbutt@gmail.com so that we may have a reasonable count of the number to plan for the meal.

June 9th — Robertson County and surrounding Area, Orlinda Community Center, Orlinda TN at 7 p.m. Josh Wackler and Zoetis will be providing the meal. Dr. Bradley Mills will be the quest speaker.
June 11th - McMinnville (Warren County and surrounding area), TSU Nursery Research Station, 472 Cadil-lac Lane, McMinnville, TN 37110, 6:30 p.m. Josh Wackler and Zoetis will be providing the meal.
June 22nd - Paris (Henry County and surrounding area), Henry Farmers COOP conference room, Hwy 69 on left just past main store. 11:00 a.m. Jeffrey Turner and Purnia Feeds will be providing the meal.
June 25th - Lewisburg (Marshall County and surrounding area), Russell Catering Bldg, 220 Water Street, Lewisburg, TN 37091. 10.00 a.m.—12:00 noon. Dr. Jennifer Hatcher and Rock N Country Vet Clinic and Frank LeGrain and Biotic will be providing the meal
July 1 — TDPA Board Meeting, Logan’s/Cookeville, TN, 10 a.m.

East TN meetings to be scheduled mid to late July



Webinar to Assist Potential Applicants for Conservation Funding

An upcoming webinar on the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) will help potential applicants as they seek available funding. During the current round, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will invest up to $235 million to improve the nation's water quality, combat drought, enhance soil health, support wildlife habitat and protect agricultural production. Partners will match the Federal investment.

"This webinar is a great opportunity to directly engage with our partners," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. "Our goal is to leverage available Federal funding and produce more high-performing on-the-ground conservation solutions."

USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will host the webinar, open to both conservation partners and the general public, on Thursday, June 4, 2015 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EST. To join the webinar, visit https://usdanrcs.adobeconnect.com/r75qxphcya9/. Login to Adobe Connect using the Guest option and enter your name.

NRCS recently simplified the application process by creating new online tools: a pre-proposal fillable form, RCPP pre-application data entry tool and pre-proposal data entry tool instructions. These tools support partners as they fill out and submit their pre-proposal application.

RCPP empowers local leaders to work with multiple partners — such as private companies, local and tribal governments, universities, non-profit groups and other non-government partners — along with farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners to design solutions that work best for their region. Local partners and the federal government both invest funding and manpower to projects to maximize their impact.

USDA is now accepting pre-proposals for RCPP. Pre-proposals are due July 8, 2015. For more information on applying, visit the RCPP website.



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.

"I’m proud of the time and work they put in," says Pighetti. "This was a team effort, and they represented us well."

Dairy Challenge is where students apply past academic learning to a real-world dairy. The UTIA team placed first against other teams after each evaluated the same farm. Each team inspected the operation and conducted interviews with the owners, and then made recommendations about nutrition, reproduction, milking and finances. Teams also answered questions from judges about their recommendations. In its 14-year history, Dairy Challenge has trained more than 4,700 students. A total of 32 universities were represented at this recent competition.

"We were placed in a real-world situation with limited time and expected to analyze a dairy operation," says team member Billy Rochelle. "I have never been with a group who accomplished so much in so little time. Many industry participants were also there discussing internship and job opportunities with their respective companies."

Pighetti says that’s an important part of what the students learned through this experience – the chance to work on a real farm and to lend their expertise. "Basically they are the valued consultants," she says. "They learned how to critically evaluate and identify problems, and come up with the most logical way to fix things."

Other team members agreed the experience will help them meet future career goals. Stephanie Nash’s family operates a middle Tennessee dairy. "The dairy industry has always been a huge part of my life," she says. "I was blessed to be part of this amazing program for four years, and I will keep striving to be the voice for families in the dairy industry," she says.

"My experience at Dairy Challenge was phenomenal," says Ettie Peterson. "I learned so much about the industry through seminars, educational farm tours and sponsors. My entire experience from 6:30 a.m. practice to completing our presentation was beyond rewarding."

Other CASNR students took part in the Dairy Challenge Academy during this event. There was no competition here, but the students were able to also evaluate a working dairy farm alongside two dairy industry professionals. This group included Johnna Davis of Walland, Sydney Dean of Seymour, Jordan McGinnis of Washburn, Josh Snider of Lexington, N.C., and Dustie Strasser of Chapel Hill. Pighetti says this group of younger students may represent UTIA at future Dairy Challenges.

The UT Institute of Agriculture provides instruction, research and outreach through the UT College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the UT College of Veterinary Medicine, UT AgResearch, including its system of 10 research and education centers, and UT Extension offices in every county in the state.



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Learn About Robotic Milking System & Organic Dairy Farming

THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2015
Terry and Jennifer Bishop will host an open house to showcase their new robotic milking system, tunnel ventilated barn and automated mechanical scraper system. Attendees will have the opportunity to tour facility and ask questions about the technology and organic dairying.

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Chilhowee Dairy/ Bishop Farm, 312 Antioch Church Rd., Benton, TN 37307
Lunch and snacks will be provided.
Please RSVP to Shane Webb at (800) 464-2150

FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 2015
Attend an upcoming meeting on organic dairy farming. Regional Pool Manager Gerry Cohn and organic dairy farmer Butch Lay will lead a Q&A session about organic certification, production and animal care.

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Russell’s Catering, 220 Water St., Lewisburg, TN 37091
Lunch and snacks will be provided.

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First Educational Program Offered

In 2015, the first educational program offered as part of Master Dairy Producer will focus on aspects of forage production. Farmers interested in becoming a certified “Master Dairy Producer” will need to attend 2 of the 3 programs offered during 2015. We anticipate this certification will satisfy the educational component for those intending to apply for the 50% cost share through the TAEP program.

Meeting Locations & Dates
The forage production module will be offered at:
Paris (Henry County)
  March 4, Henry County UT Extension Office, 1120 Tyson Ave, Paris, TN 38242
Lewisburg (Marshall County)
  March 12, Russell Catering 220 Water Street, Lewisburg, TN 37091
McMinnville (Warren County)
  March 16, TSU Nursery Research Station, 472 Cadillac Lane, McMinnville, TN 37110
Athens (McMinn County)
  March 18, Western Sizzlin, 1804 Decatur Pike, Athens, TN 37303
Greeneville (Greene County)
  March 19, Camp 214 4-H Lane, Greeneville, TN 37743
Springfield (Robertson County)
  March 25, Highland Rim Research & Education Center (main office conference room),
  3181 Experiment Station Rd., Springfield, TN 37172

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TDPA Annual Meeting Friday January 16 In Murfreesboro

The Tennessee Dairy Producers Association (TDPA) is excited to be holding its Annual meeting in conjunction with the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association Convention and Trade Show. We hope that this endeavor leads to joint benefit for our producers as well as our industry sponsors who share both beef and dairy concerns. TDPA encourages all our dairy producers to take advantage of this first time opportunity to attend the special Friday Dairy sessions and the Trade Show which is designed with both beef and dairy in mind. For those attending all the morning dairy sessions the possibility exist the they will count as one module toward your re-certification of the Master Dairy program which qualifies you for fifty percent cost share through TAEP, so make your plans to attend if at all possible.

All morning Dairy sessions and lunch provided by Stacy Turner and Boehringer Ingelheim will be held at the Rutherford County Extension office at Lane Agri-Park on John Rice Blvd. (Across I-24 from Embassy Suites Hotel.) After lunch you are encouraged to visit the trade show at the Embassy Suites Hotel and the TDPA Annual meeting held in Broadlands A at the Embassy Suites Hotel beginning at 2:30 pm. All dairy producers are encouraged to attend since this will be the business meeting and election of board members.

There will be no registration fee to attend but all producers who plan to attend are asked to register by contacting Stan Butt, TDPA, at 931-698-0243 or by email at sreedbutt@gmail.com To reserve a room at the Embassy Suites Hotel call 615-890-4464 or online at www.murfreesboro.embassysuites.com code CTL. The special rate for the convention is only good if reservations are made by December 23rd. The special rate includes breakfast and happy hour drinks and snacks.

Thursday January 15th
12:00- 2:00 UT Bull Sale – Spring Hill Experiment Station
5:30-7:30 Cattle Health demonstration- “Caring for your Herds Health Needs”- Dr. Lew Strickland- UT Extension veterinarian- Lane Agri-Park 315 John Rice Blvd. (Across I-24 from hotel) Sponsored by Tn. Farmers Coop and UT Extension Service
6:00-10:00 Vendor setup (Mirabella E-J)
7:30-9:30 Board meeting Beef Council Meeting Room

Friday January 16th
7:00-7:30 FACCT Board of Directors Breakfast Meeting (Broadlands A)
8:00-Welcome Jerry Greene TCA President (Mirabella A-C)
Rheba Capps to sing Star Spangled Banner
8:05-8:20 Special Guest Forrest Roberts- Chief Executive Director of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (Mirabella A-C)
8:20-9:10 Cow College 1 “What is Sustainability?” (McDonald's Director of Sustainability Susan Forsell) (Sponsored by Land Trust for Tennessee) (Mirabella A-C)
9:00-9:45 BVD PI working group meeting (Cambridge A)
9:10-9:40 Trade Show opens (Coffee Sponsored by UT Beef and Forage Center) (Mirabella E-J)
9:00-10:00 Farm Animal Care Coalition of Tennessee (FACCT) Annual Meeting (Cambridge B)
9:40 -10:30 Delegate Session (Delegate Session is open to all attendees) (Mirabella A-C)
10:30-11:00 Trade Show Time (Mirabella E-J)
11:00-12:30 Live Cattle Video Auction and discussion (In trade show)(UT Ag. Economist Dr. Andrew Griffith to Discuss Livestock Marketing following video sale.) (Mirabella E-J)
12:30-2:00- Awards Luncheon (Oakleigh AB)
1:30-2:30- Trade Show time (Mirabella E-J)
2:30-4:30 Tn Dairy Producers Annual Meeting (Embassy Broadlands A)
2:30-3:30-Cow College 2 “Forage Systems for Maximizing Profitability in the Beef Business” Dr. Dennis Hancock University of Georgia Forage Specialist (Sponsored by UT Beef and Forage Center) (Mirabella A-C)
3:30 -4:10 Trade Show time (Mirabella E-J)
4:10-5:00 Cow College 3 “Washington DC Policy Update” (Colin Woodall National Cattlemen's Beef Association) (Mirabella A-C)
5:00-6:00 Fundraiser Auction/ Reception (in trade show) (Mirabella E-J)

Friday January 16th
*Morning dairy meetings and lunch will be conducted at the Rutherford County Extension office at Lane Agri-Park on 315 John Rice Blvd. (Across I-24 from Embassy)
8:45 – Welcome and opening remarks – John Bayless, President, TDPA and Stan Butt, Executive Director, TDPA
8:50-9:45 – “Are Futures in Your Future,” Andrew Griffith, Assistant Professor, Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture
9:45-10:30 – Succession Planning, “Now is the Time,” Mark Bolt, Financial Consultant, Mike Tansil, CPIA
10:30-12:00 – Importance of Quality Data – Dr. Jeffrey Bewley, University of Kentucky. Ph.D., Purdue University, Dairy Systems Mgt., M.S. University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dairy Systems Mgt.
12:00-12:30 – SQMI Update – members of SQMI team
12:30-1:30 – Lunch – (Sponsored by Stacy Turner and Boehringer Ingelheim) Community Room in Rutherford County Extension office
Afternoon Schedule
1:30-2:30 – Trade Show at Embassy Suites Hotel (Across I-24)
2:30-4:30 – TDPA Annual Meeting and Election of Board Members Embassy Suites (Broadlands A)
4:30 - Trade Show, TCA Cow College 3, fundraiser auction/reception and safe journey
*Tennessee Dairy Producers Association members are invited to participate in all TCA cow Colleges and events held Saturday.

Saturday January 17th
9:00-12:00 Youth activities
8:00-9:00 Cow College 4 “Environmental Myths” (Dr. Jude Capper Livestock Sustainability Consultant at Livestock Sustainability Consultancy) (Mirabella A-C)
9:00-9:45 Trade Show time (Mirabella E-J)
9:30-10:15 Cattlewomen's Meeting (Broadlands A)
9:45 FarmCredit/TCA Heifer Scholarship announcement.
9:55-10:45 Cow College 5 “Matching Your Cattle to Farm Resources” Burke Teichert” (Manager Deseret Ranch System Retired) Sponsored By Tennessee Angus Breeders (Mirabella A-C)
10:45-11:10 Trade Show time (Mirabella E-J)
11:10-12:00 Cow College 6 “Increasing Reproductive Efficiency through Proper Management” (Dr. Rick Funston Nebraska) (Sponsored by TBCIA) (Mirabella A-C)
12:00-1:30 lunch in trade show (Mirabella E-J)
2:00-3:00 Board meeting (Cambridge A)
Saturday- Youth activities
8:00-9:00 Join us for “Cow College 4” and hear Dr. Jude Capper respond to some of the misinformation about Animal Agriculture (Oakleigh A-B)
9:00-11:30 Quiz Bowl- Embassy Suites Hotel (Cambridge A-B)
10:00-11:00 Youth Scavenger Hunt- Trade Show (Mirabella E-J)
9:00-11:00 “Animal Agriculture ExposedYouth Workshops (30 minute rotating sessions)
What are the FACCTS of animal agriculture?” Lou Nave Executive Director of Farm Animal Care Coalition of Tennessee
Using Social Media to tell our story” Lauren Chase Communications Director of the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association/Tn Beef Council Broadlands A-B)
11:45 Board Bus to Lane Agri-Park (315 John Rice Blvd) For lunch
12:00 Lunch at Lane Agri Park (Tennessee Cattlemen's Association update)
1:00-2:30 Be a Beef Leader-FFA and Beef Ambassador leaders
2:45- Bus returns to Embassy Suites for departure


Williams wins Olivia "The Rocking Cow"

The donation of five dollars for one ticket wins Jim Williams OLIVIA “The Rocking Cow.” Jim Williams, the farm manager for Beasleyland Dairy in Chapel Hill,TN, made the donation in support of the Tennessee Dairy Producers Association Youth Promotion Fund. His daughter Gracie had other thoughts, she wanted to win OLIVIA. Jim’s ticket, or Gracie’s, was drawn at the Tennessee Jr. Dairy Expo and he was notified that night, but it took several weeks to get her delivered.

OLIVIA was handcrafted by Dr. Dennis Onks, retired Director of the UT AgResearch’s Middle Tennessee Dairy Research and Education Center located at the Tennessee Agriculture Experiment Station in Spring Hill, TN. Dr. Onks is an Advisory Board member for TDPA and he offered to create a special item to be used to help raise funds for TDPA. OLIVIA was the result of many hours of wood working and painting by Dr. Onks. She even carries a plate of authenticity attached to one of her rockers.

Congratulations to Jim and Gracie and a special thank you to Dr. Onks for making OLIVIA. Contributions totaled over eleven hundred dollars for the fund.


2015 Georgia Dairy Conference January 12-14

The 2015 Georgia Dairy Conference is rapidly approaching and we would like to invite your members to join us! This year’s conference will take place at the Savannah Riverfront Marriott in Savannah, Georgia, Jan. 12-14, 2015.

The Georgia Dairy Conference (GDC) is dedicated to providing dairymen with significant and practical “take-home” information. Thanks to support from generous industry supporters, the GDC has earned a reputation as a top educational conference in the Southeast. In 2014, more than 250 producers and dairy industry representatives attended this three-day event. This year, we’re building on that momentum by delivering another high-impact conference. Leading experts will make presentations on topics ranging from nutrition and genetics to the future of the dairy industry, dairy sustainability and economics.

In addition to our quality line-up of educational speakers, we will also host the first Southeast Dairy Student Symposium during the GDC on Tuesday, Jan. 13 from 6 to 9 p.m. This program is designed to provide students, interested in the dairy industry, with a platform to explore careers and internship opportunities in the Southeast. The objectives of the symposium are to connect dairymen, industry affiliates and future graduates; promote the exchange of ideas and experiences among students, dairymen and industry affiliates; and to build networking opportunities for future graduates.

We hope you will join us as we invest to make the Southeast dairy industry competitive in a national context. The registration fee for dairymen outside of Georgia and guests is $100. Your company is also invited to exhibit during our trade show. Visit our website at www.gamilk.org to download an agenda, registration forms and exhibitor information. If you would like additional information, please contact Farrah Newberry or Allison Fortner at 706-310-0020.

Monday, January 12th
8:30 a.m. ACCM Board of Directors Meeting
10:00 GA Milk Board of Directors Meeting
12:00 p.m. Registration and GDYF Board of Directors Meeting
12:00 p.m. SUDIA / ADA of GA Board Meeting
2:30 p.m. GA Dairy Industry Update - GA Milk, SUDIA, etc.
3:45 Exhibit Break and Door Prize Drawing 4:15 Securing a Sustainable Milk Supply for the Southeast Dairy Market Dr. Roger Cady, Elanco Animal Health
5:15 Q & A / Exhibitor Break
6:30 Evening Banquet

Tuesday, January 13th
7:30 a.m. Small Steps Add Up in Sustainability
Erin Fitzgerald, VP of Sustainability for the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy
Andrea Sensenig, Pennyslvania Dairy Producer and 2014 U.S. Sustainability Award Winner
8:15 Decision Making for Clinical Mastitis
Pam Ruegg, University of Wisconsin-Madison
9:00 Silages and Forages
Limin Kung, University of Delaware
10:00 Exhibitor/Refreshment Break
10:30 Understanding Consumer & Processor Quality Standards
Mark Wustenburg, Tillamook Creamery
11:15 Employee Management Simplified Tom Wall, Dairy Coach, LLC
12:15 Lunch
1:15 p.m. Dry Cow and Heat Stress Management
Dr. Jose Santos, University of Florida
2:00 Hormonal Sync Programs
Paul Fricke University of Wisconsin
2:45 Exhibitor/Refreshment Break
3:15 Feed Shrink Management
Dr. Jeff Weyers, Vicor

January 12-14, 2015
Savannah Riverfront Marriott
4:00 Troubleshooting Milk Quality Issues on Your Dairy Farm
Mark Wustenburg, Tillamook Creamery
6:00 Southeast Dairy Student Symposium

Wednesday, January 14
7:15 a.m. Sponsored Continental Breakfast
7:45 Ray West - SE DHIA Report
8:00 Electronic Heat Detection
Paul Fricke, University of Wisconsin
8:45 The (Almost) Perfect Parlor
Tom Wall, Dairy Coach, LLC
9:30 Refreshment Break
10:00 Milkfat Depression
Tom Jenkins, Clemson University
10:45 Co-op Mgrs. Panel, Cost to Balance SE Market
11:45 Q & A Session - Adjourn


National Mastitis Council 54th Annual Meeting set for Feb. 1-3

The National Mastitis Council (NMC) will host its 54th Annual Meeting, Feb. 1-3, 2015 at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tenn.

This three-day international forum will provide milk quality professionals the opportunity to exchange information on udder health, milking management and milk quality. Anyone with a vested interest in milk quality – milk quality specialists, veterinarians, milk plant field staff, dairy suppliers, dairy producers, university researchers, extension specialists and students – is invited to attend and exchange ideas.

“We’re excited to welcome a distinguished group of milk quality professionals from around the world to Memphis,” says Gary Neubauer, senior manager, dairy technical services at Zoetis and 2015 NMC Annual Meeting Program Chairman.

The annual meeting will kick-off Sunday, February 1 with six specialized short courses. General sessions open on Monday, February 2 and will run through Tuesday, February 3. “Milk Quality: What the Market Needs, Wants, Demands,” will be the featured symposium Tuesday afternoon. Four additional short courses will be offered Tuesday evening. Rounding out the educational opportunities will be the Technology Transfer Session (poster session) held on Monday and Tuesday.

“This year’s program is focused on the systems approach to milk quality encompassing the people, the equipment and the environment,” notes Neubauer.  “Our goal is for anyone who attends the meeting to take home practical ideas that they can implement immediately in the field or on the farm.”

Other highlights of the upcoming meeting include recognizing the National Dairy Quality Award winners and the recipient of the NMC Award of Excellence for Mastitis Prevention and Control, as well as introducing the NMC Scholars.

The complete program and agenda can be found online at: http://nmconline.org/annualmeet/2015/.

NMC is a professional organization devoted to reducing mastitis and enhancing milk quality. NMC promotes research and provides information to the dairy industry on udder health, milking management, milk quality and milk safety. Founded in 1961, NMC has close to 1,500 members in more than 40 countries throughout the world. For additional information: http://nmconline.org


TDPA Permitting Workshop

The Tennessee Dairy Producers Association Permitting Workshop will be held October 24, 2014 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Ellington Agricultural Center's Ed Jones Auditorium. The moderators will be TDPA Executive Director Stan Butt and TDPA and Robertson County Extension Agent/UT Extension Agent Paul Hart.

"Please RSVP to sreedbutt@gmail.com or call 931-698-0243 by Tuesday 12:00 noon for head count for lunch." to bottom of Agenda.

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TN Ag Literacy Week Coming November 16-22

November 16-22, 2014, has been designated as Tennessee Agriculture Literacy Week. This will be an outstanding opportunity for farmers and ranchers and other agriculture industry representatives to read children's books about the agriculture industry to school students. Volunteers are needed to visit elementary school classrooms around the state to read agriculturally themed books and talk about the importance of Tennessee Agriculture. Tennessee agriculture industry volunteers are encouraged to read agriculturally themed books to elementary school children showcasing the diversity of Tennessee agriculture and the role agriculture plays in our daily lives.

Volunteers should schedule their classroom visits with schools at least two weeks before their readings. All readings should be completed by November 22, 2014. All volunteers are encouraged to complete the Tennessee Agriculture Literacy Week, report by December 31, 2014 (report www.TennesseeAg.org). Tennessee Agriculture Literacy Week is a great opportunity to teach our next generation about the Tennesseans who provide the food, fuel and fiber for the world's growing population. Tennessee Agriculture Literacy Week is sponsored by the Tennessee Agriculture Education Committee, representing Tennessee's agriculture producers.

To learn more about the Agricultural Literacy Library, please contact Lou Nave, 615/970-8065 or Lou.Facct@gmail.com.


Dairy Farm Bill Meeting - Dairy Margin protection Program

Dr. Griffith will address the Margin Protection Program and how you can use the program to help insure an income over feed cost margin for the milk you are producing. He will demonstrate the MPP-Dairy decision tool to help you make a sound decision on insuring your margin. He will also provide information on how the entire program will work and the rules you must follow to operate in this program. These meetings will start at 10:30 am and should end sometime around 1:30 PM. Lunch will be provided. Please call the number below to the location you would like to attend, to help with the meal count. I hope you will be able to attend.

Lewisburg Location: Russell Catering, 220 Water Street, Lewisburg, TN
Date: October 20th, 2014 - Phone number: 931-359-1929

Greeneville Location: First Baptist Church Greeneville, 211 N Main St, Greeneville, TN.
Date: October 27th, 2014 - Phone number: 423-798-1710

Madisonville Location: Monroe County Farm Bureau, 510 Main St, Madisonville, TN
Date: October 28th, 2014 - Phone number: 423-442-2433

Paris Location: Henry County Extension Office, 1120 Tyson Avenue, Paris, TN
Date: November 6th, 2014 - Phone number: 731-642-2941

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Tennessee's Wild Hog Eradication Action Team - W.H.E.A.T.

W.H.E.A.T. is a 24-organization partnership dedicated to the eradication of wild hogs in Tennessee. This video has information on the problems of wild hogs and what to do about wild hogs in Tennessee by the the Wild Hog Eradication Action Team, or W.H.E.A.T.


Tennessee Signs On to Plan to Protect Dairy Industry

Four of the most dreaded words in agriculture are Hoof and Mouth Disease, which can be devastating to livestock producers and wreak havoc on the farm economy. In conjunction with June Dairy Month, Gov. Bill Haslam has signed an agreement that partners Tennessee with eight other states to protect the dairy industry in the event of an HMD outbreak.

Known as the Secure Milk Supply Plan, the agreement sets standards by which milk producers, haulers and processors would interact with animal health authorities to reduce the risk of spreading HMD during an outbreak. The regional effort is part of the national initiative to develop biosecurity measures that would allow for the movement of milk without undermining HMD control and eradication efforts.

“Livestock and livestock products are the largest generator of revenue for Tennessee farmers, so an HMD outbreak here would be especially crippling to our ag economy,” Tennessee Department of Agriculture state veterinarian Charles Hatcher said. “This plan allows us to take appropriate disease protection measures during an outbreak while minimizing the impact to producers and processors so that the dairy industry can continue to function.”

HMD is a highly contagious disease that affects cloven-hooved animals, but not humans. The virus causes fever, followed by painful blisters on the animal’s mouth and hooves, and can cause extreme weight loss, lameness and reduced milk production. Although the disease has not been seen in the U.S. since 1929, outbreaks occur every year in other countries and the disease could easily be introduced through international trade.

In the event of a HMD outbreak, the movement of animals, animal products such as milk, people and vehicles would be restricted until the extent of the outbreak is known. Under the plan, non-affected dairies that meet certain qualifications would be allowed to ship milk in-state or to any participating state.

“We want to make sure the cure is not worse than the disease,” Hatcher said. “Education of and participation by dairy producers and processors is critical to the plan’s success.”

Some of the biosecurity requirements for dairy producers include recording vehicles and visitors, milk tank washing and disinfection, use of protective gear and other measures at pick-up and delivery. The most important part of the SMS plan is biosecurity measures surrounding the truck picking up milk from an approved participating dairy.

TDA has conducted regional workshops in Murfreesboro and Madisonville for dairy producers to demonstrate biosecurity procedures. “I want to thank the Tennessee Dairy Producers Association for their leadership and support of this initiative,” said Agriculture Commissioner Julius Johnson. “This type of partnership is particularly critical to protecting the dairy industry in the event of a disease outbreak.” For more information on the Secure Milk Supply Plan and other educational opportunities, contact the State Veterinarian’s Office at 615-837-5120.

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Olivia Rocks For TDPA

Dr. Dennis Onks, retired UT Extension leader, has created a one of a kind, hand crafted, rocking cow for the Tennessee Dairy Producers Association (TDPA) Youth Promotion Fund. She has been created to offer some child a very happy experience and a life time of memories. Dr. Onks and his wife June resided in Spring Hill for 13 years where Dr. Onks was Director of UT AgResearch’s Middle Tennessee and Dairy Research and Education Center located at the Tennessee Agriculture Experiment Station. Dr. Onks is an Advisory Board member for the TDPA and offered to create a special item to be used to help raise funds for the TDPA Fund. OLIVIA, THE ROCKING COW was the result of many hours of wood working and painting by Dr. Onks. She even carries a plate of authenticity attached to one of her rockers.

Olivia has made the rounds in the Dairy world during the early months of 2014. She has been in all three grand divisions of the great state of Tennessee at the annual regional meetings of the TDPA in Paris, Orlinda, Lewisburg, Cookeville, Athens, and Greenville. She attended the Tennessee Jersey Club meeting in Murfreesboro, the Tennessee Holstein Spring Sale in Lebanon and two dairy sales in Nolensville, and Murfreesboro. During the coming months she may show up anywhere and she will be at the Tennessee Jr. Dairy Expo, where the lucky ticket will be drawn.

Tickets can be obtained for a donation of five dollars per ticket from Stan Butt, Executive Director, TDPA. Stan is a resident of Maury County and can be reached at 931-698-0243 or by email at sreedbutt@gmail.com. Give him a call for a ticket. He will be traveling back and forth across the state the next several months visiting Tennessee dairies and will be happy to drop by your operation.


TDPA Annual Meetings Challenged by Weather
"Excellent Content, Good Crowds, and Good Food"

“Excellent content, good crowds, and most importantly, good food,” was how one attendee responded in an email about our annual meetings.  Producers had the opportunity to visit with each other and with TDPA Corporate Sponsors before and during each of the meetings. The Paris meeting had to be cancelled because of 3-4 inches of  ice, sleet and snow and Orlinda was rescheduled to Wednesday.

President John Bayless opened the meetings with a welcome and a message from the board stating, “From the foothills of the Smokies to the Delta, the Sweetwater Valley to the Cumberland Plateau, the Highland Rim to the Central Basin, we represent ALL dairy farmers regardless of size, breed, or how and where the milk is marketed.” His power point presentation listed all the current board members and those in attendance at each meeting were recognized..

Next, he introduced new Executive, Stan Butt for a few brief comments and recognition of TDPA Corporate Sponsors. Southeast Select Sires, Tennessee Farmers CO-OP Feeds, and Tennessee Department of Agriculture, TAEP program were recognized as $5,000 Premier Sponsors. Foothills Farmers CO-OP was recognized as a $2,500 Titanium Sponsor; Farm Credit Services, Dairy Farmers of America, Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative, and Purina Animal Health as $1,500  Platinum Sponsors; Mike Tansil and Layne Crop Ins, and Stacey Turner and Boehringer Ingelheim as $1,000 Gold Sponsors; Bordens Milk, CPC Commodities, First Bank and Trust, Land Trust for Tennessee, Marshall Farmers Coop, Rutherford Farmers Coop, Tech Mix and Traditions Auction Services as $500 Silver Sponsors; and  Alltech, Gerald Todd Trucking, Tony Jones with H & R AGRI-POWER, Middle Tennessee Dairy Service, Southern States, Glasgow, KY, and Valley Farmers CO-OP as $250 Bronze Sponsors..

President Bayless continued with a special thanks to Tim Riley with Southeast Select Sires, Dr. Dennis Onks, advisory board member and creator of OLIVIA– the rocking cow and Tony White– Past President  from 2009 when TDPA was chartered until December 2013. Will Moss, Bengi Daniels, Sam Smith, and Tommy Roberson were elected as new board members. Dr. Peter Krawcel, Assistant Professor, UT Dairy Extension and Research, spoke on UT’s commitment to the Tennessee Dairy Industry, new staff and special programs involving Dairy research, Deborah Boyd, TDPA Secretary/Treasurer, covered  information about the new Farm Bill’s Dairy Policy Reform and the Margin Protection Program.

President Bayless introduced  the Keynote Speaker, Dr. Bob James, Professor of Dairy Sciences at Virginia Tech and he  addressed the needs of Dairy production in the Southeast and gave an outstanding presentation on the “Economics of Calf Rearing.” Everyone left filled, informed and optimistic about the prospects for 2014.

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Milking Contest Draws Big Crowd at “Ag Day”

House Agriculture Committee Chairman, Curtis Halford, Vice-Chairman, Andy Holt and Tennessee Commissioner of Agriculture, Julius Johnson graciously welcomed the crowd as snow fell on Legislative Plaza. A Big thank you to TDPA member Ryan Gardner from Trace-View Holsteins, Santa Fe for bringing Tess and Angie, both haltered Holsteins, for the milking contest at “Ag Day on the Hill.” TDPA assisted Representative Holt and Keith Harrison, Tennessee Farmers COOP in making arrangements for this year’s milking contest.

This year the contest was won by Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and his able bodied assistant, State Senator Frank Niceley. Together, they had enough “pull” to edge out House Speaker Beth Harwell, who had won the contest the past two years. Lt. Gov. Ramsey was under a lot of pressure to win with all three of his grandsons watching. A check for seven hundred and fifty dollars ($750) was presented to Second Harvest Food Bank on behalf of the Farm and Forest Families of Tennessee.

TDPA President John Bayless and TDPA Executive, Stan Butt, were on hand to meet and greet legislators and offer delicious samples of cheese. They also worked with SUDIA area manager, Denise Jones, passing out milk, provided by Purity Dairies.

The overall feeling by those participating was that “Ag Day on the Hill” this year was a huge success.


Pictured left to right, Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, Stan Butt, Sen. Frank Nicely, Ryan Gardner, TDPA President John Bayless


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TAEP Continuing Education Qualifications Updated

New Qualifications for 50 Percent Cost Share Effective 2015

NASHVILLE -- In an effort to enhance the state’s agricultural industry and to increase farmers’ capacity to produce, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture is encouraging producers to take advantage of new continuing education opportunities now offered by the University of Tennessee Extension.

“Agricultural leaders recently unveiled a strategic plan to grow and develop our industry over the next decade,” Agriculture Commission Julius Johnson said. “Education and research were recognized as key components for helping us achieve our goals, and these continuing education opportunities will be important for producers to maximize efficiency in their operations and to increase farm profitability.”

Beginning in 2015, producers who wish to qualify for 50 percent cost share funding through the Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program may need to participate in UT advanced continuing education opportunities by certain TAEP reimbursement deadlines. This gives producers nearly two years to complete the new continuing education opportunities. For the 2014 application period, any Master producer certificates received prior to 2015 will still qualify for 50 percent cost share.

A schedule detailing current certification expiration dates and renewal deadlines, by program, is available at www.tn.gov/taep under Master Certification Information in the TAEP News section. Class offerings for 2014 were recently announced by UT Extension and are posted at utextension.tennessee.edu.

All current Tennessee Quality Milk certificates will expire May 1, 2015, so all dairy producers wishing to qualify for TAEP funds in 2015 will need to become certified as a Master Dairy Producer before Dec. 1, 2015.

TAEP Continuing Education QUALIFICATIONs UPDATED 2 – 2 – 2 – 2 – 2

Once all current certificates expire, producers will need to participate in continuing education programs every three years with the exception of dairy, which is an annual certification based on fewer class hours each year. Applications for 2014 TAEP cost share programs are expected to be available in April.

TAEP was established in 2005 by the Tennessee General Assembly and has been fully funded by Gov. Bill Haslam through a portion of the state’s cigarette sales tax. The program is administered by TDA to assist qualifying producers with cost share funds of up to 50 percent on farm improvement projects to increase efficiency and farm income. A UT study shows that for every TAEP dollar invested nearly $4 is generated in additional economic activity in local communities.

For more information, visit www.tn.gov/taep or call the TAEP general information line at 1-800-342-8206.



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Meet Your New Executive

The Tennessee Dairy Producers Association (TDPA) is pleased to announce that Stan Butt has been chosen to serve as their new Executive Director. Tony White, president of TDPA, said, “ the TDPA board is excited to have someone with Stan’s experience to step into this new position. We are confident that he will bring continuity to our association and will be a positive voice for our industry.” Stan grew up in Portland, Sumner County, Tennessee and recalls his first milking experience was hand milking an old Jersey cow belonging to a neighboring farmer. Stan graduated from Portland High School and went on to receive his college degree from Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, Tennessee. Stan’s first position was with the Middle Tennessee Council of the Boy Scouts of America, in Nashville, serving as the District Executive for the Dan Beard District. As a District Executive, he attended the National Executive Institute in New Jersey preparing him for his career ahead. Stan and his wife Sheila have been married 41 years and have three sons of their own and one adopted son and thirteen grandchildren. They reside in Columbia, Maury County, Tennessee where they lived since 1985. In his new position, Stan will become the contact person for TDPA assuming the many responsibilities under taken by the board since the formation of TDPA in 2009. His primary responsibilities will include being a proactive voice for the dairy industry, increasing membership in the association, securing and maintaining funding for the association, working to involve and retain youth in the dairy industry, interacting with the many livestock entities in the state as well as serving as the legislative liaison in both Nashville and Washington.

The Tennessee Dairy Producers Association is a non-profit organization seeking to represent all dairy producers in Tennessee, expediting a consistent and proactive response to issues affecting the viability of the dairy industry in Tennessee and serving as an unbiased source of information for producers as well as consumers.



 
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Tennessee Valley Livestock Conference
DAIRY Program Sponsored by Ag Central CO-OP

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The Tennessee Valley Livestock Conference will take place on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at Walters State Great Smoky Mountians Expo Center, 1615 Pavilion Drive, White Pine, TN 37890 (Exit 8 off I-81). It is in association with the Tennessee Dairy Producers Association, TN Cattlemen’s Association, NC Cattlemen’s Association, and VA Cattlemen’s Association.

SCHEDULE
8:00-9:30 Registration
9:30–10:00 Brady Catob/Delaval Automated Calf feeding
10:05-10:45 Nick Kunkel/Delaval Robotic Milking (VMS)
10:45-11:00 Break - Visit Industry Trade Show
11:00-11:30 Rick Elling/JOZ Automated Feed Pusher & Scrappers
11:30-12:00 Alan Brandmeyer/Trioliet Automated TMR Feeding
12:00-1:00 LUNCH—Visit Trade Show
1:00-3:00 Panel Discussion—Jai Templeton, Commissioner of Agriculture, John McClurkin, Water Resource Division, TN Dept of Ag, Shari Meghreblian, Deputy Commissioner of TDEC, and Stefan Maupin, Director of Public Policy TN Farm Bureau Federation

Be Present to Win a DeLaval Hand held cell counter DCC or a DeLaval mini swinging brushMSB!

FOR INFORMATION
Contact Eric Risser, AgCentral, 423-368-7753 or 800-467-2150
Stan Butt, TDPA 931-698-0243
Please RSVP to Eric or Stan

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Tennessee NRCS Provides EQIP Assistance to Address
Pasture and Hayland in Counties with Severe, Extreme,
or Exceptional Drought Conditions

Sign-up Deadline is May 19, 2017

NASHVILLE, April 11, 2017 – As a result of the drought issues faced by Tennessee’s pasture and hayland producers, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is providing financial and technical assistance through its Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Drought Special Sign Up to help address natural resource concerns on damaged land in counties with D2 (Severe), D3 (Extreme), and D4 (Exceptional) drought conditions—as designated on the U.S. Drought Monitor map dated November 22, 2016.

“Through this special sign up, producers may apply for assistance to install conservation practices that can help treat identified resource concerns to reduce the negative impacts of current drought conditions, and will help improve the sustainability of their operation in the long run,” said Jamie Carpenter, Acting State Conservationist, NRCS Tennessee.

Conservation practices available to producers through this special sign up include: Forage and Biomass Planting, Critical Area Planting, Access Control, Prescribed Grazing, Fence, Livestock Pipeline, Pumping Plant, Spring Development, Water Well, Watering Facility, and Heavy Use Area Protection.

Interested producers are encouraged to visit their local USDA service center to apply or to learn more about drought assistance. The deadline to sign up for this special drought initiative is May 19, 2017.

Additional program requirements and information about EQIP is available on the Tennessee NRCS website at www.tn.nrcs.usda.gov.

EQIP is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers to address natural resource concerns on agricultural and forest land.



Tools and Strategies To Improve Milk On your Farm

In 2017, the first educational program offered as part of Master Dairy Producer will focus on options and strategies for managing milk quality. Farmers interested in becoming a certified “Master Dairy Producer” will need to attend 2 of the various programs offered during 2017. We anticipate this certification will satisfy the educational component for those intending to apply for the 50% cost share through the TAEP program.

Meeting Locations and Dates
Please contact the local agent about registering one week before meeting date.
The module will be offered at:
Greeneville (Greene County) – March 7, Camp 214 4-H Lane, Greeneville, TN 37743
McMinnville (Warren County) – March 9, TSU Nursery Research Station, 472 Cadillac Lane, McMinnville, TN 37110
Athens (McMinn County) – March 15, Western Sizzlin, 1804 Decatur Pike, Athens, TN 37303
Lewisburg (Marshall County) – March 27, Russell Catering 220 Water Street, Lewisburg, TN 37091
Paris (Henry County) – March 28, Henry County UT Extension Office, 1120 Tyson Ave, Paris, TN 38242

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Financial Statements on Federal Orders 6 & 7

The combined financial statements for the Administrative and Marketing Service Funds for the orders administered from the office for the calendar year ending December 31, 2016.

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Farm Bureau Working on New Milk Price Insurance

A new type of dairy revenue insurance, that would offer regional protection against both milk price and production declines, is being worked on by the American Farm Bureau Federation, American Farm Bureau Insurance Services (AFBIS) and academic collaborators including dairy economist Marin Bozic.

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More Ag Groups Announce Support for 'DAIRY PRIDE' Act

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin says her 'DAIRY PRIDE' Act continues to pick up endorsements from prominent farms groups. The newest of those supporters include the Wisconsin and American Farm Bureau organizations.

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Tennessee NRCS Provides EQIP Assistance to Address
Pasture and Hayland in Counties with Severe, Extreme,
or Exceptional Drought Conditions

Sign-up Deadline is May 19, 2017

NASHVILLE, April 11, 2017 – As a result of the drought issues faced by Tennessee’s pasture and hayland producers, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is providing financial and technical assistance through its Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Drought Special Sign Up to help address natural resource concerns on damaged land in counties with D2 (Severe), D3 (Extreme), and D4 (Exceptional) drought conditions—as designated on the U.S. Drought Monitor map dated November 22, 2016.

“Through this special sign up, producers may apply for assistance to install conservation practices that can help treat identified resource concerns to reduce the negative impacts of current drought conditions, and will help improve the sustainability of their operation in the long run,” said Jamie Carpenter, Acting State Conservationist, NRCS Tennessee.

Conservation practices available to producers through this special sign up include: Forage and Biomass Planting, Critical Area Planting, Access Control, Prescribed Grazing, Fence, Livestock Pipeline, Pumping Plant, Spring Development, Water Well, Watering Facility, and Heavy Use Area Protection.

Interested producers are encouraged to visit their local USDA service center to apply or to learn more about drought assistance. The deadline to sign up for this special drought initiative is May 19, 2017.

Additional program requirements and information about EQIP is available on the Tennessee NRCS website at www.tn.nrcs.usda.gov.

EQIP is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers to address natural resource concerns on agricultural and forest land.



2017 TDPA Annual Meeting Scheduled

The 2017 Tennessee Dairy Producers Annual Meeting Friday will be held January 13 in Murfreesboro at the Embassy Suites Hotel and every Producer is invited to attend. Our Featured Speaker this year is Dr. David Kohl. You will not want to miss this opportunity to hear Dr. Kohl. Please find a meeting Schedule included in this mailing. A great lunch is planned of Beef Brisket sponsored by Alltech and Boehringer-Ingelheim. Dr. Neal Schrick and Dr. Peter Krawszel will be on the afternoon agenda before the Annual Business Meeting. Commissioner Jai Templeton will make a special announcement and presentation at the Annual Business Meeting. You will not want to miss his announcement. We want to welcome the Tennessee Holstein Association and the Tennessee Jersey Club as they will be holding their meetings in conjunction with the TCA Convention and the TDPA Annual Meeting. Also, ADA of Tennessee will be holding their meeting on Thursday, January 12 at the Holiday Inn. Everyone is encouraged to make your plans to join us on Friday, January 13, in Oakleigh C, at the Embassy Suites Hotel.

Friday – January 13th
All TDPA Friday sessions except opening session will be held in Oakleigh “C” Embassy Suites
8:00 - 9:00 - Combined Session with TCA, TDPA and TN Sheep Producers—Featured Speaker Dr.
David Kohl - Economics and Agriculture at the Crossroads
9:10 - Welcome and Opening Remarks
9:15 - 10:30 - Dr. David Kohl, Professor Emeritus, VA Tech - Managing in the Economic Reset
10:30 - 10:45 - Break
10:45 - 12:00 - Dr. Kohl—Financial and Management Benchmarks for Sucess
12:15 - 1:45 - Lunch and Trade Show Visit— Lunch sponsored by Elizabeth Lunsford and Alltech
and Stacey Turner and Boehringer-Ingelheim
1:45 - 1:55 - Dr. Neal Schrick, UTIA Dean of Animal Science
1:55 - 2:55 - Dr. Peter Krawszel, UTIA
3:00 - TDPA Annual Business Meeting
Commissioner Jai Templeton, TDA Presentation
President Benjie Daniels—Presentation and election of Board members
4:30 - Adjourn, Visit Trade Show

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September Newsletter

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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



Tennessee Dairy Producers Association Annual Meeting Schedule

Let us know which meeting you plan to attend, how many people from your farm and any dietary restrictions for the meal to be served. We look forward to see-ing you soon!

MEETING LOCATIONS AND DATES

Thursday, February 4th
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm Vendor Set-up (Embassy Suites Mirabella E-J)

Friday, February 5th
All TDPA Friday sessions will be held in Oakleigh “C” Embassy Suites
8:00 - 8:10 Welcome and Opening Remarks- John Bayless, President, TDPA and Stan Butt, Execu-tive Director, TDPA
8:10 - 8:55- Gary Moore, Executive Director, Land Trust for Tennessee, Opportunities Available For Saving Agricultural Lands
8:55 - 9:55- Dr. Shawn Hawkins, Associate Professor, UTIA, Biosystems Engineering & Soil Sci-ence – Nutrient Management and Utilization of Available Nitrogen
9:55 - 10:15 – Break, Visit Trade Show
10:15 - 11:00 – Geof Smith, DVM. PHD, Ruminant Health and Production Medicine, sponsored by Justin Hull and TechMix
11:00 - 11:45 – Dr. Andrew Griffith, UTIA, Assistant Professor, Ag & Resource Economics –New Grain Sorghum Research and Economic Benefit
11:45 - 12:30 – USDA Agricultural Marketing Service Dairy Programs
12:30 - 2:00 – Lunch and Trade Show Visit (Mirabella)
2:00 - 2:30 – John McClurkin, Tennessee Dept of Agriculture, Available Assistance from Ag Re-source Conservation Fund
2:30 - 4:30 – TDPA Annual Business Meeting
4:30 - Adjourn, Visit Trade Show

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42nd Annual Southern Dairy Conference

The 42nd Annual Southern Dairy Conference will be held March 8-9, 2016 Embassy Suites Atlanta Airport

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2016 Tennessee Area Dairy Producer Meetings

Let us know which meeting you plan to attend, how many people from your farm and any dietary restrictions for the meal to be served. We look forward to see-ing you soon!

MEETING LOCATIONS AND DATES
Monday, Jan. 18 - 7:00 p.m. CST Henry County Farm Bureau 406 N. Poplar Street Paris, TN 38242
Tuesday, Jan. 19 - 12 Noon CST Orlinda Community Center 7501 Highway 52 Orlinda, TN 37141
Tuesday, Jan. 19 - 7:00 p.m. CST First Cumberland Presbyterian 402 2nd Ave. North Lewisburg, TN 37091
Wednesday, Jan. 20 - 7:00 p.m. EST Valley Farmers Coop 920 N. Congress Parkway Athens, TN 37303
Thursday, Jan. 21 - 7:00 p.m. EST Clyde Austin 4-H Center 214 4-H Lane Greeneville, TN 37743

Discussion and information brought to you by the American Dairy Association of Tennessee and the Tennessee Farm Bureau

RESERVATIONS: Call Jeanne at 800.928.6455 or email jbilla@sedairy.org by Wednesday, January 13.



The Wilson Post

Read "The Wilson Post" about Going the milky way; New dairy parlor up and running in Shop Springs; Milk twice daily, every day; Growing up on milk (farms); Building on their family's property; Wilson County's first subway system; Happy cows, happy farmers; Milk and blood

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Reproduction: Keys for Improved Performance

In 2016, the first educational program offered as part of Master Dairy Producer will focus on aspects of reproduction. 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.

MEETING LOCATIONS AND DATES
Greeneville (Greene County) – January 14, Camp 214 4-H Lane, Greeneville, TN  37743
Athens (McMinn County) – January 22, Western Sizzlin, 1804 Decatur Pike, Athens, TN 37303
McMinnville (Warren County) – January 13, TSU Nursery Research Station, 472 Cadillac Lane, McMinnville, TN 37110
Lewisburg (Marshall County) – January 14, Russell Catering 220 Water Street, Lewisburg, TN 37091
Paris (Henry County) – January 12, Henry County UT Extension Office, 1120 Tyson Ave, Paris, TN 38242

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Key Considerations From A Veterinarian's Perspective

In 2015, the third educational program offered as part of Master Dairy Producer will focus on aspects of herd health and its relationship with productivity. Farmers interested in becoming a certified “Master Dairy Producer” will need to attend 2 of the various programs offered during 2015. We anticipate this certification will satisfy the educational component for those intending to apply for the 50% cost share through the TAEP program.

MEETING LOCATIONS AND DATES
Greeneville (Greene County) – October 29, Camp 214 4-H Lane, Greeneville, TN 37743
Athens (McMinn County) – October 30, Western Sizzlin, 1804 Decatur Pike, Athens, TN 37303
Paris (Henry County) – November 12, Henry County UT Extension Office, 1120 Tyson Ave, Paris, TN 38242
• Outside of these face-to-face opportunities, a Zoom link will be available for the November 12 meeting and a recorded version of the meeting will be available through your county agent. Please contact your local Extension office to make arrangements to take advantage of these, if you are unable to attend a face-to-face option.

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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.





Death of McLean Dougherty, Son of Blan & Kathy Dougherty

It is with deepest regrets that we inform our TDPA members of an accident that claimed the life of McLean Dougherty, son of Blan and Kathy Dougherty. McLean drowned in a swimming accident at the popular Blue Cove Hideway in McMinn County near Athens, TN on June 16th. You can access the news story at www.timesfreepress.com/news/local/story/2015/jun/17/man-drowns-former-quarry-mcminn-county/310041/ . We extend our sincere sympathy to Blan, Kathy and family. McLean was laid to rest in a private internment at the Mt. Harmony Cemetery on Saturday, June 20th.



Connecting Cow Comfort To Productivity, Health, & Well-being

In 2015, the second educational program offered as part of Master Dairy Producer will focus on aspects of cow comfort and its relationship with productivity. Farmers interested in becoming a certified “Master Dairy Producer” will need to attend 2 of the various programs offered during 2015. 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:
Greeneville (Greene County)
July 22, Camp 214 4-H Lane, Greeneville, TN 37743

Athens (McMinn County)
July 27, Western Sizzlin, 1804 Decatur Pike, Athens, TN 37303

McMinnville (Warren County)
July 28, TSU Nursery Research Station, 472 Cadillac Lane, McMinnville, TN 37110

Lewisburg (Marshall County)
July 29, Russell Catering 220 Water Street, Lewisburg, TN 37091

Paris (Henry County)
July 30, Henry County UT Extension Office, 1120 Tyson Ave, Paris, TN 38242

Springfield (Robertson County)
July 30, Highland Rim Research & Education Center (main office conference room), 3181 Experiment Station Rd., Springfield, TN 37172

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TDPA Area Meetings Scheduled

You are invited to a Tennessee Dairy Producers Association Area Meeting in your area. John Bayless and Stan Butt, with TDPA, will be giving an update about the TDPA Annual Meeting that was held in January and activi-ties of TDPA and topics of interest concerning you as Tennessee Dairy Producers. A meal will be provided at each location.

Please make your plans to attend by contacting Stan Butt at 931-698-0243 or sreedbutt@gmail.com so that we may have a reasonable count of the number to plan for the meal.

June 9th — Robertson County and surrounding Area, Orlinda Community Center, Orlinda TN at 7 p.m. Josh Wackler and Zoetis will be providing the meal. Dr. Bradley Mills will be the quest speaker.
June 11th - McMinnville (Warren County and surrounding area), TSU Nursery Research Station, 472 Cadil-lac Lane, McMinnville, TN 37110, 6:30 p.m. Josh Wackler and Zoetis will be providing the meal.
June 22nd - Paris (Henry County and surrounding area), Henry Farmers COOP conference room, Hwy 69 on left just past main store. 11:00 a.m. Jeffrey Turner and Purnia Feeds will be providing the meal.
June 25th - Lewisburg (Marshall County and surrounding area), Russell Catering Bldg, 220 Water Street, Lewisburg, TN 37091. 10.00 a.m.—12:00 noon. Dr. Jennifer Hatcher and Rock N Country Vet Clinic and Frank LeGrain and Biotic will be providing the meal
July 1 — TDPA Board Meeting, Logan’s/Cookeville, TN, 10 a.m.

East TN meetings to be scheduled mid to late July



Webinar to Assist Potential Applicants for Conservation Funding

An upcoming webinar on the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) will help potential applicants as they seek available funding. During the current round, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will invest up to $235 million to improve the nation's water quality, combat drought, enhance soil health, support wildlife habitat and protect agricultural production. Partners will match the Federal investment.

"This webinar is a great opportunity to directly engage with our partners," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. "Our goal is to leverage available Federal funding and produce more high-performing on-the-ground conservation solutions."

USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will host the webinar, open to both conservation partners and the general public, on Thursday, June 4, 2015 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EST. To join the webinar, visit https://usdanrcs.adobeconnect.com/r75qxphcya9/. Login to Adobe Connect using the Guest option and enter your name.

NRCS recently simplified the application process by creating new online tools: a pre-proposal fillable form, RCPP pre-application data entry tool and pre-proposal data entry tool instructions. These tools support partners as they fill out and submit their pre-proposal application.

RCPP empowers local leaders to work with multiple partners — such as private companies, local and tribal governments, universities, non-profit groups and other non-government partners — along with farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners to design solutions that work best for their region. Local partners and the federal government both invest funding and manpower to projects to maximize their impact.

USDA is now accepting pre-proposals for RCPP. Pre-proposals are due July 8, 2015. For more information on applying, visit the RCPP website.



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.

"I’m proud of the time and work they put in," says Pighetti. "This was a team effort, and they represented us well."

Dairy Challenge is where students apply past academic learning to a real-world dairy. The UTIA team placed first against other teams after each evaluated the same farm. Each team inspected the operation and conducted interviews with the owners, and then made recommendations about nutrition, reproduction, milking and finances. Teams also answered questions from judges about their recommendations. In its 14-year history, Dairy Challenge has trained more than 4,700 students. A total of 32 universities were represented at this recent competition.

"We were placed in a real-world situation with limited time and expected to analyze a dairy operation," says team member Billy Rochelle. "I have never been with a group who accomplished so much in so little time. Many industry participants were also there discussing internship and job opportunities with their respective companies."

Pighetti says that’s an important part of what the students learned through this experience – the chance to work on a real farm and to lend their expertise. "Basically they are the valued consultants," she says. "They learned how to critically evaluate and identify problems, and come up with the most logical way to fix things."

Other team members agreed the experience will help them meet future career goals. Stephanie Nash’s family operates a middle Tennessee dairy. "The dairy industry has always been a huge part of my life," she says. "I was blessed to be part of this amazing program for four years, and I will keep striving to be the voice for families in the dairy industry," she says.

"My experience at Dairy Challenge was phenomenal," says Ettie Peterson. "I learned so much about the industry through seminars, educational farm tours and sponsors. My entire experience from 6:30 a.m. practice to completing our presentation was beyond rewarding."

Other CASNR students took part in the Dairy Challenge Academy during this event. There was no competition here, but the students were able to also evaluate a working dairy farm alongside two dairy industry professionals. This group included Johnna Davis of Walland, Sydney Dean of Seymour, Jordan McGinnis of Washburn, Josh Snider of Lexington, N.C., and Dustie Strasser of Chapel Hill. Pighetti says this group of younger students may represent UTIA at future Dairy Challenges.

The UT Institute of Agriculture provides instruction, research and outreach through the UT College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the UT College of Veterinary Medicine, UT AgResearch, including its system of 10 research and education centers, and UT Extension offices in every county in the state.



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Learn About Robotic Milking System & Organic Dairy Farming

THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2015
Terry and Jennifer Bishop will host an open house to showcase their new robotic milking system, tunnel ventilated barn and automated mechanical scraper system. Attendees will have the opportunity to tour facility and ask questions about the technology and organic dairying.

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Chilhowee Dairy/ Bishop Farm, 312 Antioch Church Rd., Benton, TN 37307
Lunch and snacks will be provided.
Please RSVP to Shane Webb at (800) 464-2150

FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 2015
Attend an upcoming meeting on organic dairy farming. Regional Pool Manager Gerry Cohn and organic dairy farmer Butch Lay will lead a Q&A session about organic certification, production and animal care.

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Russell’s Catering, 220 Water St., Lewisburg, TN 37091
Lunch and snacks will be provided.

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First Educational Program Offered

In 2015, the first educational program offered as part of Master Dairy Producer will focus on aspects of forage production. Farmers interested in becoming a certified “Master Dairy Producer” will need to attend 2 of the 3 programs offered during 2015. We anticipate this certification will satisfy the educational component for those intending to apply for the 50% cost share through the TAEP program.

Meeting Locations & Dates
The forage production module will be offered at:
Paris (Henry County)
  March 4, Henry County UT Extension Office, 1120 Tyson Ave, Paris, TN 38242
Lewisburg (Marshall County)
  March 12, Russell Catering 220 Water Street, Lewisburg, TN 37091
McMinnville (Warren County)
  March 16, TSU Nursery Research Station, 472 Cadillac Lane, McMinnville, TN 37110
Athens (McMinn County)
  March 18, Western Sizzlin, 1804 Decatur Pike, Athens, TN 37303
Greeneville (Greene County)
  March 19, Camp 214 4-H Lane, Greeneville, TN 37743
Springfield (Robertson County)
  March 25, Highland Rim Research & Education Center (main office conference room),
  3181 Experiment Station Rd., Springfield, TN 37172

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TDPA Annual Meeting Friday January 16 In Murfreesboro

The Tennessee Dairy Producers Association (TDPA) is excited to be holding its Annual meeting in conjunction with the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association Convention and Trade Show. We hope that this endeavor leads to joint benefit for our producers as well as our industry sponsors who share both beef and dairy concerns. TDPA encourages all our dairy producers to take advantage of this first time opportunity to attend the special Friday Dairy sessions and the Trade Show which is designed with both beef and dairy in mind. For those attending all the morning dairy sessions the possibility exist the they will count as one module toward your re-certification of the Master Dairy program which qualifies you for fifty percent cost share through TAEP, so make your plans to attend if at all possible.

All morning Dairy sessions and lunch provided by Stacy Turner and Boehringer Ingelheim will be held at the Rutherford County Extension office at Lane Agri-Park on John Rice Blvd. (Across I-24 from Embassy Suites Hotel.) After lunch you are encouraged to visit the trade show at the Embassy Suites Hotel and the TDPA Annual meeting held in Broadlands A at the Embassy Suites Hotel beginning at 2:30 pm. All dairy producers are encouraged to attend since this will be the business meeting and election of board members.

There will be no registration fee to attend but all producers who plan to attend are asked to register by contacting Stan Butt, TDPA, at 931-698-0243 or by email at sreedbutt@gmail.com To reserve a room at the Embassy Suites Hotel call 615-890-4464 or online at www.murfreesboro.embassysuites.com code CTL. The special rate for the convention is only good if reservations are made by December 23rd. The special rate includes breakfast and happy hour drinks and snacks.

Thursday January 15th
12:00- 2:00 UT Bull Sale – Spring Hill Experiment Station
5:30-7:30 Cattle Health demonstration- “Caring for your Herds Health Needs”- Dr. Lew Strickland- UT Extension veterinarian- Lane Agri-Park 315 John Rice Blvd. (Across I-24 from hotel) Sponsored by Tn. Farmers Coop and UT Extension Service
6:00-10:00 Vendor setup (Mirabella E-J)
7:30-9:30 Board meeting Beef Council Meeting Room

Friday January 16th
7:00-7:30 FACCT Board of Directors Breakfast Meeting (Broadlands A)
8:00-Welcome Jerry Greene TCA President (Mirabella A-C)
Rheba Capps to sing Star Spangled Banner
8:05-8:20 Special Guest Forrest Roberts- Chief Executive Director of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (Mirabella A-C)
8:20-9:10 Cow College 1 “What is Sustainability?” (McDonald's Director of Sustainability Susan Forsell) (Sponsored by Land Trust for Tennessee) (Mirabella A-C)
9:00-9:45 BVD PI working group meeting (Cambridge A)
9:10-9:40 Trade Show opens (Coffee Sponsored by UT Beef and Forage Center) (Mirabella E-J)
9:00-10:00 Farm Animal Care Coalition of Tennessee (FACCT) Annual Meeting (Cambridge B)
9:40 -10:30 Delegate Session (Delegate Session is open to all attendees) (Mirabella A-C)
10:30-11:00 Trade Show Time (Mirabella E-J)
11:00-12:30 Live Cattle Video Auction and discussion (In trade show)(UT Ag. Economist Dr. Andrew Griffith to Discuss Livestock Marketing following video sale.) (Mirabella E-J)
12:30-2:00- Awards Luncheon (Oakleigh AB)
1:30-2:30- Trade Show time (Mirabella E-J)
2:30-4:30 Tn Dairy Producers Annual Meeting (Embassy Broadlands A)
2:30-3:30-Cow College 2 “Forage Systems for Maximizing Profitability in the Beef Business” Dr. Dennis Hancock University of Georgia Forage Specialist (Sponsored by UT Beef and Forage Center) (Mirabella A-C)
3:30 -4:10 Trade Show time (Mirabella E-J)
4:10-5:00 Cow College 3 “Washington DC Policy Update” (Colin Woodall National Cattlemen's Beef Association) (Mirabella A-C)
5:00-6:00 Fundraiser Auction/ Reception (in trade show) (Mirabella E-J)

Friday January 16th
*Morning dairy meetings and lunch will be conducted at the Rutherford County Extension office at Lane Agri-Park on 315 John Rice Blvd. (Across I-24 from Embassy)
8:45 – Welcome and opening remarks – John Bayless, President, TDPA and Stan Butt, Executive Director, TDPA
8:50-9:45 – “Are Futures in Your Future,” Andrew Griffith, Assistant Professor, Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture
9:45-10:30 – Succession Planning, “Now is the Time,” Mark Bolt, Financial Consultant, Mike Tansil, CPIA
10:30-12:00 – Importance of Quality Data – Dr. Jeffrey Bewley, University of Kentucky. Ph.D., Purdue University, Dairy Systems Mgt., M.S. University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dairy Systems Mgt.
12:00-12:30 – SQMI Update – members of SQMI team
12:30-1:30 – Lunch – (Sponsored by Stacy Turner and Boehringer Ingelheim) Community Room in Rutherford County Extension office
Afternoon Schedule
1:30-2:30 – Trade Show at Embassy Suites Hotel (Across I-24)
2:30-4:30 – TDPA Annual Meeting and Election of Board Members Embassy Suites (Broadlands A)
4:30 - Trade Show, TCA Cow College 3, fundraiser auction/reception and safe journey
*Tennessee Dairy Producers Association members are invited to participate in all TCA cow Colleges and events held Saturday.

Saturday January 17th
9:00-12:00 Youth activities
8:00-9:00 Cow College 4 “Environmental Myths” (Dr. Jude Capper Livestock Sustainability Consultant at Livestock Sustainability Consultancy) (Mirabella A-C)
9:00-9:45 Trade Show time (Mirabella E-J)
9:30-10:15 Cattlewomen's Meeting (Broadlands A)
9:45 FarmCredit/TCA Heifer Scholarship announcement.
9:55-10:45 Cow College 5 “Matching Your Cattle to Farm Resources” Burke Teichert” (Manager Deseret Ranch System Retired) Sponsored By Tennessee Angus Breeders (Mirabella A-C)
10:45-11:10 Trade Show time (Mirabella E-J)
11:10-12:00 Cow College 6 “Increasing Reproductive Efficiency through Proper Management” (Dr. Rick Funston Nebraska) (Sponsored by TBCIA) (Mirabella A-C)
12:00-1:30 lunch in trade show (Mirabella E-J)
2:00-3:00 Board meeting (Cambridge A)
Saturday- Youth activities
8:00-9:00 Join us for “Cow College 4” and hear Dr. Jude Capper respond to some of the misinformation about Animal Agriculture (Oakleigh A-B)
9:00-11:30 Quiz Bowl- Embassy Suites Hotel (Cambridge A-B)
10:00-11:00 Youth Scavenger Hunt- Trade Show (Mirabella E-J)
9:00-11:00 “Animal Agriculture ExposedYouth Workshops (30 minute rotating sessions)
What are the FACCTS of animal agriculture?” Lou Nave Executive Director of Farm Animal Care Coalition of Tennessee
Using Social Media to tell our story” Lauren Chase Communications Director of the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association/Tn Beef Council Broadlands A-B)
11:45 Board Bus to Lane Agri-Park (315 John Rice Blvd) For lunch
12:00 Lunch at Lane Agri Park (Tennessee Cattlemen's Association update)
1:00-2:30 Be a Beef Leader-FFA and Beef Ambassador leaders
2:45- Bus returns to Embassy Suites for departure


Williams wins Olivia "The Rocking Cow"

The donation of five dollars for one ticket wins Jim Williams OLIVIA “The Rocking Cow.” Jim Williams, the farm manager for Beasleyland Dairy in Chapel Hill,TN, made the donation in support of the Tennessee Dairy Producers Association Youth Promotion Fund. His daughter Gracie had other thoughts, she wanted to win OLIVIA. Jim’s ticket, or Gracie’s, was drawn at the Tennessee Jr. Dairy Expo and he was notified that night, but it took several weeks to get her delivered.

OLIVIA was handcrafted by Dr. Dennis Onks, retired Director of the UT AgResearch’s Middle Tennessee Dairy Research and Education Center located at the Tennessee Agriculture Experiment Station in Spring Hill, TN. Dr. Onks is an Advisory Board member for TDPA and he offered to create a special item to be used to help raise funds for TDPA. OLIVIA was the result of many hours of wood working and painting by Dr. Onks. She even carries a plate of authenticity attached to one of her rockers.

Congratulations to Jim and Gracie and a special thank you to Dr. Onks for making OLIVIA. Contributions totaled over eleven hundred dollars for the fund.


2015 Georgia Dairy Conference January 12-14

The 2015 Georgia Dairy Conference is rapidly approaching and we would like to invite your members to join us! This year’s conference will take place at the Savannah Riverfront Marriott in Savannah, Georgia, Jan. 12-14, 2015.

The Georgia Dairy Conference (GDC) is dedicated to providing dairymen with significant and practical “take-home” information. Thanks to support from generous industry supporters, the GDC has earned a reputation as a top educational conference in the Southeast. In 2014, more than 250 producers and dairy industry representatives attended this three-day event. This year, we’re building on that momentum by delivering another high-impact conference. Leading experts will make presentations on topics ranging from nutrition and genetics to the future of the dairy industry, dairy sustainability and economics.

In addition to our quality line-up of educational speakers, we will also host the first Southeast Dairy Student Symposium during the GDC on Tuesday, Jan. 13 from 6 to 9 p.m. This program is designed to provide students, interested in the dairy industry, with a platform to explore careers and internship opportunities in the Southeast. The objectives of the symposium are to connect dairymen, industry affiliates and future graduates; promote the exchange of ideas and experiences among students, dairymen and industry affiliates; and to build networking opportunities for future graduates.

We hope you will join us as we invest to make the Southeast dairy industry competitive in a national context. The registration fee for dairymen outside of Georgia and guests is $100. Your company is also invited to exhibit during our trade show. Visit our website at www.gamilk.org to download an agenda, registration forms and exhibitor information. If you would like additional information, please contact Farrah Newberry or Allison Fortner at 706-310-0020.

Monday, January 12th
8:30 a.m. ACCM Board of Directors Meeting
10:00 GA Milk Board of Directors Meeting
12:00 p.m. Registration and GDYF Board of Directors Meeting
12:00 p.m. SUDIA / ADA of GA Board Meeting
2:30 p.m. GA Dairy Industry Update - GA Milk, SUDIA, etc.
3:45 Exhibit Break and Door Prize Drawing 4:15 Securing a Sustainable Milk Supply for the Southeast Dairy Market Dr. Roger Cady, Elanco Animal Health
5:15 Q & A / Exhibitor Break
6:30 Evening Banquet

Tuesday, January 13th
7:30 a.m. Small Steps Add Up in Sustainability
Erin Fitzgerald, VP of Sustainability for the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy
Andrea Sensenig, Pennyslvania Dairy Producer and 2014 U.S. Sustainability Award Winner
8:15 Decision Making for Clinical Mastitis
Pam Ruegg, University of Wisconsin-Madison
9:00 Silages and Forages
Limin Kung, University of Delaware
10:00 Exhibitor/Refreshment Break
10:30 Understanding Consumer & Processor Quality Standards
Mark Wustenburg, Tillamook Creamery
11:15 Employee Management Simplified Tom Wall, Dairy Coach, LLC
12:15 Lunch
1:15 p.m. Dry Cow and Heat Stress Management
Dr. Jose Santos, University of Florida
2:00 Hormonal Sync Programs
Paul Fricke University of Wisconsin
2:45 Exhibitor/Refreshment Break
3:15 Feed Shrink Management
Dr. Jeff Weyers, Vicor

January 12-14, 2015
Savannah Riverfront Marriott
4:00 Troubleshooting Milk Quality Issues on Your Dairy Farm
Mark Wustenburg, Tillamook Creamery
6:00 Southeast Dairy Student Symposium

Wednesday, January 14
7:15 a.m. Sponsored Continental Breakfast
7:45 Ray West - SE DHIA Report
8:00 Electronic Heat Detection
Paul Fricke, University of Wisconsin
8:45 The (Almost) Perfect Parlor
Tom Wall, Dairy Coach, LLC
9:30 Refreshment Break
10:00 Milkfat Depression
Tom Jenkins, Clemson University
10:45 Co-op Mgrs. Panel, Cost to Balance SE Market
11:45 Q & A Session - Adjourn


National Mastitis Council 54th Annual Meeting set for Feb. 1-3

The National Mastitis Council (NMC) will host its 54th Annual Meeting, Feb. 1-3, 2015 at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tenn.

This three-day international forum will provide milk quality professionals the opportunity to exchange information on udder health, milking management and milk quality. Anyone with a vested interest in milk quality – milk quality specialists, veterinarians, milk plant field staff, dairy suppliers, dairy producers, university researchers, extension specialists and students – is invited to attend and exchange ideas.

“We’re excited to welcome a distinguished group of milk quality professionals from around the world to Memphis,” says Gary Neubauer, senior manager, dairy technical services at Zoetis and 2015 NMC Annual Meeting Program Chairman.

The annual meeting will kick-off Sunday, February 1 with six specialized short courses. General sessions open on Monday, February 2 and will run through Tuesday, February 3. “Milk Quality: What the Market Needs, Wants, Demands,” will be the featured symposium Tuesday afternoon. Four additional short courses will be offered Tuesday evening. Rounding out the educational opportunities will be the Technology Transfer Session (poster session) held on Monday and Tuesday.

“This year’s program is focused on the systems approach to milk quality encompassing the people, the equipment and the environment,” notes Neubauer.  “Our goal is for anyone who attends the meeting to take home practical ideas that they can implement immediately in the field or on the farm.”

Other highlights of the upcoming meeting include recognizing the National Dairy Quality Award winners and the recipient of the NMC Award of Excellence for Mastitis Prevention and Control, as well as introducing the NMC Scholars.

The complete program and agenda can be found online at: http://nmconline.org/annualmeet/2015/.

NMC is a professional organization devoted to reducing mastitis and enhancing milk quality. NMC promotes research and provides information to the dairy industry on udder health, milking management, milk quality and milk safety. Founded in 1961, NMC has close to 1,500 members in more than 40 countries throughout the world. For additional information: http://nmconline.org


TDPA Permitting Workshop

The Tennessee Dairy Producers Association Permitting Workshop will be held October 24, 2014 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Ellington Agricultural Center's Ed Jones Auditorium. The moderators will be TDPA Executive Director Stan Butt and TDPA and Robertson County Extension Agent/UT Extension Agent Paul Hart.

"Please RSVP to sreedbutt@gmail.com or call 931-698-0243 by Tuesday 12:00 noon for head count for lunch." to bottom of Agenda.

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TN Ag Literacy Week Coming November 16-22

November 16-22, 2014, has been designated as Tennessee Agriculture Literacy Week. This will be an outstanding opportunity for farmers and ranchers and other agriculture industry representatives to read children's books about the agriculture industry to school students. Volunteers are needed to visit elementary school classrooms around the state to read agriculturally themed books and talk about the importance of Tennessee Agriculture. Tennessee agriculture industry volunteers are encouraged to read agriculturally themed books to elementary school children showcasing the diversity of Tennessee agriculture and the role agriculture plays in our daily lives.

Volunteers should schedule their classroom visits with schools at least two weeks before their readings. All readings should be completed by November 22, 2014. All volunteers are encouraged to complete the Tennessee Agriculture Literacy Week, report by December 31, 2014 (report www.TennesseeAg.org). Tennessee Agriculture Literacy Week is a great opportunity to teach our next generation about the Tennesseans who provide the food, fuel and fiber for the world's growing population. Tennessee Agriculture Literacy Week is sponsored by the Tennessee Agriculture Education Committee, representing Tennessee's agriculture producers.

To learn more about the Agricultural Literacy Library, please contact Lou Nave, 615/970-8065 or Lou.Facct@gmail.com.


Dairy Farm Bill Meeting - Dairy Margin protection Program

Dr. Griffith will address the Margin Protection Program and how you can use the program to help insure an income over feed cost margin for the milk you are producing. He will demonstrate the MPP-Dairy decision tool to help you make a sound decision on insuring your margin. He will also provide information on how the entire program will work and the rules you must follow to operate in this program. These meetings will start at 10:30 am and should end sometime around 1:30 PM. Lunch will be provided. Please call the number below to the location you would like to attend, to help with the meal count. I hope you will be able to attend.

Lewisburg Location: Russell Catering, 220 Water Street, Lewisburg, TN
Date: October 20th, 2014 - Phone number: 931-359-1929

Greeneville Location: First Baptist Church Greeneville, 211 N Main St, Greeneville, TN.
Date: October 27th, 2014 - Phone number: 423-798-1710

Madisonville Location: Monroe County Farm Bureau, 510 Main St, Madisonville, TN
Date: October 28th, 2014 - Phone number: 423-442-2433

Paris Location: Henry County Extension Office, 1120 Tyson Avenue, Paris, TN
Date: November 6th, 2014 - Phone number: 731-642-2941

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Tennessee's Wild Hog Eradication Action Team - W.H.E.A.T.

W.H.E.A.T. is a 24-organization partnership dedicated to the eradication of wild hogs in Tennessee. This video has information on the problems of wild hogs and what to do about wild hogs in Tennessee by the the Wild Hog Eradication Action Team, or W.H.E.A.T.


Tennessee Signs On to Plan to Protect Dairy Industry

Four of the most dreaded words in agriculture are Hoof and Mouth Disease, which can be devastating to livestock producers and wreak havoc on the farm economy. In conjunction with June Dairy Month, Gov. Bill Haslam has signed an agreement that partners Tennessee with eight other states to protect the dairy industry in the event of an HMD outbreak.

Known as the Secure Milk Supply Plan, the agreement sets standards by which milk producers, haulers and processors would interact with animal health authorities to reduce the risk of spreading HMD during an outbreak. The regional effort is part of the national initiative to develop biosecurity measures that would allow for the movement of milk without undermining HMD control and eradication efforts.

“Livestock and livestock products are the largest generator of revenue for Tennessee farmers, so an HMD outbreak here would be especially crippling to our ag economy,” Tennessee Department of Agriculture state veterinarian Charles Hatcher said. “This plan allows us to take appropriate disease protection measures during an outbreak while minimizing the impact to producers and processors so that the dairy industry can continue to function.”

HMD is a highly contagious disease that affects cloven-hooved animals, but not humans. The virus causes fever, followed by painful blisters on the animal’s mouth and hooves, and can cause extreme weight loss, lameness and reduced milk production. Although the disease has not been seen in the U.S. since 1929, outbreaks occur every year in other countries and the disease could easily be introduced through international trade.

In the event of a HMD outbreak, the movement of animals, animal products such as milk, people and vehicles would be restricted until the extent of the outbreak is known. Under the plan, non-affected dairies that meet certain qualifications would be allowed to ship milk in-state or to any participating state.

“We want to make sure the cure is not worse than the disease,” Hatcher said. “Education of and participation by dairy producers and processors is critical to the plan’s success.”

Some of the biosecurity requirements for dairy producers include recording vehicles and visitors, milk tank washing and disinfection, use of protective gear and other measures at pick-up and delivery. The most important part of the SMS plan is biosecurity measures surrounding the truck picking up milk from an approved participating dairy.

TDA has conducted regional workshops in Murfreesboro and Madisonville for dairy producers to demonstrate biosecurity procedures. “I want to thank the Tennessee Dairy Producers Association for their leadership and support of this initiative,” said Agriculture Commissioner Julius Johnson. “This type of partnership is particularly critical to protecting the dairy industry in the event of a disease outbreak.” For more information on the Secure Milk Supply Plan and other educational opportunities, contact the State Veterinarian’s Office at 615-837-5120.

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Olivia Rocks For TDPA

Dr. Dennis Onks, retired UT Extension leader, has created a one of a kind, hand crafted, rocking cow for the Tennessee Dairy Producers Association (TDPA) Youth Promotion Fund. She has been created to offer some child a very happy experience and a life time of memories. Dr. Onks and his wife June resided in Spring Hill for 13 years where Dr. Onks was Director of UT AgResearch’s Middle Tennessee and Dairy Research and Education Center located at the Tennessee Agriculture Experiment Station. Dr. Onks is an Advisory Board member for the TDPA and offered to create a special item to be used to help raise funds for the TDPA Fund. OLIVIA, THE ROCKING COW was the result of many hours of wood working and painting by Dr. Onks. She even carries a plate of authenticity attached to one of her rockers.

Olivia has made the rounds in the Dairy world during the early months of 2014. She has been in all three grand divisions of the great state of Tennessee at the annual regional meetings of the TDPA in Paris, Orlinda, Lewisburg, Cookeville, Athens, and Greenville. She attended the Tennessee Jersey Club meeting in Murfreesboro, the Tennessee Holstein Spring Sale in Lebanon and two dairy sales in Nolensville, and Murfreesboro. During the coming months she may show up anywhere and she will be at the Tennessee Jr. Dairy Expo, where the lucky ticket will be drawn.

Tickets can be obtained for a donation of five dollars per ticket from Stan Butt, Executive Director, TDPA. Stan is a resident of Maury County and can be reached at 931-698-0243 or by email at sreedbutt@gmail.com. Give him a call for a ticket. He will be traveling back and forth across the state the next several months visiting Tennessee dairies and will be happy to drop by your operation.


TDPA Annual Meetings Challenged by Weather
"Excellent Content, Good Crowds, and Good Food"

“Excellent content, good crowds, and most importantly, good food,” was how one attendee responded in an email about our annual meetings.  Producers had the opportunity to visit with each other and with TDPA Corporate Sponsors before and during each of the meetings. The Paris meeting had to be cancelled because of 3-4 inches of  ice, sleet and snow and Orlinda was rescheduled to Wednesday.

President John Bayless opened the meetings with a welcome and a message from the board stating, “From the foothills of the Smokies to the Delta, the Sweetwater Valley to the Cumberland Plateau, the Highland Rim to the Central Basin, we represent ALL dairy farmers regardless of size, breed, or how and where the milk is marketed.” His power point presentation listed all the current board members and those in attendance at each meeting were recognized..

Next, he introduced new Executive, Stan Butt for a few brief comments and recognition of TDPA Corporate Sponsors. Southeast Select Sires, Tennessee Farmers CO-OP Feeds, and Tennessee Department of Agriculture, TAEP program were recognized as $5,000 Premier Sponsors. Foothills Farmers CO-OP was recognized as a $2,500 Titanium Sponsor; Farm Credit Services, Dairy Farmers of America, Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative, and Purina Animal Health as $1,500  Platinum Sponsors; Mike Tansil and Layne Crop Ins, and Stacey Turner and Boehringer Ingelheim as $1,000 Gold Sponsors; Bordens Milk, CPC Commodities, First Bank and Trust, Land Trust for Tennessee, Marshall Farmers Coop, Rutherford Farmers Coop, Tech Mix and Traditions Auction Services as $500 Silver Sponsors; and  Alltech, Gerald Todd Trucking, Tony Jones with H & R AGRI-POWER, Middle Tennessee Dairy Service, Southern States, Glasgow, KY, and Valley Farmers CO-OP as $250 Bronze Sponsors..

President Bayless continued with a special thanks to Tim Riley with Southeast Select Sires, Dr. Dennis Onks, advisory board member and creator of OLIVIA– the rocking cow and Tony White– Past President  from 2009 when TDPA was chartered until December 2013. Will Moss, Bengi Daniels, Sam Smith, and Tommy Roberson were elected as new board members. Dr. Peter Krawcel, Assistant Professor, UT Dairy Extension and Research, spoke on UT’s commitment to the Tennessee Dairy Industry, new staff and special programs involving Dairy research, Deborah Boyd, TDPA Secretary/Treasurer, covered  information about the new Farm Bill’s Dairy Policy Reform and the Margin Protection Program.

President Bayless introduced  the Keynote Speaker, Dr. Bob James, Professor of Dairy Sciences at Virginia Tech and he  addressed the needs of Dairy production in the Southeast and gave an outstanding presentation on the “Economics of Calf Rearing.” Everyone left filled, informed and optimistic about the prospects for 2014.

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Milking Contest Draws Big Crowd at “Ag Day”

House Agriculture Committee Chairman, Curtis Halford, Vice-Chairman, Andy Holt and Tennessee Commissioner of Agriculture, Julius Johnson graciously welcomed the crowd as snow fell on Legislative Plaza. A Big thank you to TDPA member Ryan Gardner from Trace-View Holsteins, Santa Fe for bringing Tess and Angie, both haltered Holsteins, for the milking contest at “Ag Day on the Hill.” TDPA assisted Representative Holt and Keith Harrison, Tennessee Farmers COOP in making arrangements for this year’s milking contest.

This year the contest was won by Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and his able bodied assistant, State Senator Frank Niceley. Together, they had enough “pull” to edge out House Speaker Beth Harwell, who had won the contest the past two years. Lt. Gov. Ramsey was under a lot of pressure to win with all three of his grandsons watching. A check for seven hundred and fifty dollars ($750) was presented to Second Harvest Food Bank on behalf of the Farm and Forest Families of Tennessee.

TDPA President John Bayless and TDPA Executive, Stan Butt, were on hand to meet and greet legislators and offer delicious samples of cheese. They also worked with SUDIA area manager, Denise Jones, passing out milk, provided by Purity Dairies.

The overall feeling by those participating was that “Ag Day on the Hill” this year was a huge success.


Pictured left to right, Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, Stan Butt, Sen. Frank Nicely, Ryan Gardner, TDPA President John Bayless


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TAEP Continuing Education Qualifications Updated

New Qualifications for 50 Percent Cost Share Effective 2015

NASHVILLE -- In an effort to enhance the state’s agricultural industry and to increase farmers’ capacity to produce, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture is encouraging producers to take advantage of new continuing education opportunities now offered by the University of Tennessee Extension.

“Agricultural leaders recently unveiled a strategic plan to grow and develop our industry over the next decade,” Agriculture Commission Julius Johnson said. “Education and research were recognized as key components for helping us achieve our goals, and these continuing education opportunities will be important for producers to maximize efficiency in their operations and to increase farm profitability.”

Beginning in 2015, producers who wish to qualify for 50 percent cost share funding through the Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program may need to participate in UT advanced continuing education opportunities by certain TAEP reimbursement deadlines. This gives producers nearly two years to complete the new continuing education opportunities. For the 2014 application period, any Master producer certificates received prior to 2015 will still qualify for 50 percent cost share.

A schedule detailing current certification expiration dates and renewal deadlines, by program, is available at www.tn.gov/taep under Master Certification Information in the TAEP News section. Class offerings for 2014 were recently announced by UT Extension and are posted at utextension.tennessee.edu.

All current Tennessee Quality Milk certificates will expire May 1, 2015, so all dairy producers wishing to qualify for TAEP funds in 2015 will need to become certified as a Master Dairy Producer before Dec. 1, 2015.

TAEP Continuing Education QUALIFICATIONs UPDATED 2 – 2 – 2 – 2 – 2

Once all current certificates expire, producers will need to participate in continuing education programs every three years with the exception of dairy, which is an annual certification based on fewer class hours each year. Applications for 2014 TAEP cost share programs are expected to be available in April.

TAEP was established in 2005 by the Tennessee General Assembly and has been fully funded by Gov. Bill Haslam through a portion of the state’s cigarette sales tax. The program is administered by TDA to assist qualifying producers with cost share funds of up to 50 percent on farm improvement projects to increase efficiency and farm income. A UT study shows that for every TAEP dollar invested nearly $4 is generated in additional economic activity in local communities.

For more information, visit www.tn.gov/taep or call the TAEP general information line at 1-800-342-8206.



USDA Announcement of Advanced Class Prices

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Meet Your New Executive

The Tennessee Dairy Producers Association (TDPA) is pleased to announce that Stan Butt has been chosen to serve as their new Executive Director. Tony White, president of TDPA, said, “ the TDPA board is excited to have someone with Stan’s experience to step into this new position. We are confident that he will bring continuity to our association and will be a positive voice for our industry.” Stan grew up in Portland, Sumner County, Tennessee and recalls his first milking experience was hand milking an old Jersey cow belonging to a neighboring farmer. Stan graduated from Portland High School and went on to receive his college degree from Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, Tennessee. Stan’s first position was with the Middle Tennessee Council of the Boy Scouts of America, in Nashville, serving as the District Executive for the Dan Beard District. As a District Executive, he attended the National Executive Institute in New Jersey preparing him for his career ahead. Stan and his wife Sheila have been married 41 years and have three sons of their own and one adopted son and thirteen grandchildren. They reside in Columbia, Maury County, Tennessee where they lived since 1985. In his new position, Stan will become the contact person for TDPA assuming the many responsibilities under taken by the board since the formation of TDPA in 2009. His primary responsibilities will include being a proactive voice for the dairy industry, increasing membership in the association, securing and maintaining funding for the association, working to involve and retain youth in the dairy industry, interacting with the many livestock entities in the state as well as serving as the legislative liaison in both Nashville and Washington.

The Tennessee Dairy Producers Association is a non-profit organization seeking to represent all dairy producers in Tennessee, expediting a consistent and proactive response to issues affecting the viability of the dairy industry in Tennessee and serving as an unbiased source of information for producers as well as consumers.



 
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Tennessee Valley Livestock Conference
DAIRY Program Sponsored by Ag Central CO-OP

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The Tennessee Valley Livestock Conference will take place on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at Walters State Great Smoky Mountians Expo Center, 1615 Pavilion Drive, White Pine, TN 37890 (Exit 8 off I-81). It is in association with the Tennessee Dairy Producers Association, TN Cattlemen’s Association, NC Cattlemen’s Association, and VA Cattlemen’s Association.

SCHEDULE
8:00-9:30 Registration
9:30–10:00 Brady Catob/Delaval Automated Calf feeding
10:05-10:45 Nick Kunkel/Delaval Robotic Milking (VMS)
10:45-11:00 Break - Visit Industry Trade Show
11:00-11:30 Rick Elling/JOZ Automated Feed Pusher & Scrappers
11:30-12:00 Alan Brandmeyer/Trioliet Automated TMR Feeding
12:00-1:00 LUNCH—Visit Trade Show
1:00-3:00 Panel Discussion—Jai Templeton, Commissioner of Agriculture, John McClurkin, Water Resource Division, TN Dept of Ag, Shari Meghreblian, Deputy Commissioner of TDEC, and Stefan Maupin, Director of Public Policy TN Farm Bureau Federation

Be Present to Win a DeLaval Hand held cell counter DCC or a DeLaval mini swinging brushMSB!

FOR INFORMATION
Contact Eric Risser, AgCentral, 423-368-7753 or 800-467-2150
Stan Butt, TDPA 931-698-0243
Please RSVP to Eric or Stan

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Tennessee NRCS Provides EQIP Assistance to Address
Pasture and Hayland in Counties with Severe, Extreme,
or Exceptional Drought Conditions

Sign-up Deadline is May 19, 2017

NASHVILLE, April 11, 2017 – As a result of the drought issues faced by Tennessee’s pasture and hayland producers, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is providing financial and technical assistance through its Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Drought Special Sign Up to help address natural resource concerns on damaged land in counties with D2 (Severe), D3 (Extreme), and D4 (Exceptional) drought conditions—as designated on the U.S. Drought Monitor map dated November 22, 2016.

“Through this special sign up, producers may apply for assistance to install conservation practices that can help treat identified resource concerns to reduce the negative impacts of current drought conditions, and will help improve the sustainability of their operation in the long run,” said Jamie Carpenter, Acting State Conservationist, NRCS Tennessee.

Conservation practices available to producers through this special sign up include: Forage and Biomass Planting, Critical Area Planting, Access Control, Prescribed Grazing, Fence, Livestock Pipeline, Pumping Plant, Spring Development, Water Well, Watering Facility, and Heavy Use Area Protection.

Interested producers are encouraged to visit their local USDA service center to apply or to learn more about drought assistance. The deadline to sign up for this special drought initiative is May 19, 2017.

Additional program requirements and information about EQIP is available on the Tennessee NRCS website at www.tn.nrcs.usda.gov.

EQIP is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers to address natural resource concerns on agricultural and forest land.



Tools and Strategies To Improve Milk On your Farm

In 2017, the first educational program offered as part of Master Dairy Producer will focus on options and strategies for managing milk quality. Farmers interested in becoming a certified “Master Dairy Producer” will need to attend 2 of the various programs offered during 2017. We anticipate this certification will satisfy the educational component for those intending to apply for the 50% cost share through the TAEP program.

Meeting Locations and Dates
Please contact the local agent about registering one week before meeting date.
The module will be offered at:
Greeneville (Greene County) – March 7, Camp 214 4-H Lane, Greeneville, TN 37743
McMinnville (Warren County) – March 9, TSU Nursery Research Station, 472 Cadillac Lane, McMinnville, TN 37110
Athens (McMinn County) – March 15, Western Sizzlin, 1804 Decatur Pike, Athens, TN 37303
Lewisburg (Marshall County) – March 27, Russell Catering 220 Water Street, Lewisburg, TN 37091
Paris (Henry County) – March 28, Henry County UT Extension Office, 1120 Tyson Ave, Paris, TN 38242

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Financial Statements on Federal Orders 6 & 7

The combined financial statements for the Administrative and Marketing Service Funds for the orders administered from the office for the calendar year ending December 31, 2016.

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Farm Bureau Working on New Milk Price Insurance

A new type of dairy revenue insurance, that would offer regional protection against both milk price and production declines, is being worked on by the American Farm Bureau Federation, American Farm Bureau Insurance Services (AFBIS) and academic collaborators including dairy economist Marin Bozic.

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More Ag Groups Announce Support for 'DAIRY PRIDE' Act

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin says her 'DAIRY PRIDE' Act continues to pick up endorsements from prominent farms groups. The newest of those supporters include the Wisconsin and American Farm Bureau organizations.

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Tennessee NRCS Provides EQIP Assistance to Address
Pasture and Hayland in Counties with Severe, Extreme,
or Exceptional Drought Conditions

Sign-up Deadline is May 19, 2017

NASHVILLE, April 11, 2017 – As a result of the drought issues faced by Tennessee’s pasture and hayland producers, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is providing financial and technical assistance through its Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Drought Special Sign Up to help address natural resource concerns on damaged land in counties with D2 (Severe), D3 (Extreme), and D4 (Exceptional) drought conditions—as designated on the U.S. Drought Monitor map dated November 22, 2016.

“Through this special sign up, producers may apply for assistance to install conservation practices that can help treat identified resource concerns to reduce the negative impacts of current drought conditions, and will help improve the sustainability of their operation in the long run,” said Jamie Carpenter, Acting State Conservationist, NRCS Tennessee.

Conservation practices available to producers through this special sign up include: Forage and Biomass Planting, Critical Area Planting, Access Control, Prescribed Grazing, Fence, Livestock Pipeline, Pumping Plant, Spring Development, Water Well, Watering Facility, and Heavy Use Area Protection.

Interested producers are encouraged to visit their local USDA service center to apply or to learn more about drought assistance. The deadline to sign up for this special drought initiative is May 19, 2017.

Additional program requirements and information about EQIP is available on the Tennessee NRCS website at www.tn.nrcs.usda.gov.

EQIP is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers to address natural resource concerns on agricultural and forest land.



2017 TDPA Annual Meeting Scheduled

The 2017 Tennessee Dairy Producers Annual Meeting Friday will be held January 13 in Murfreesboro at the Embassy Suites Hotel and every Producer is invited to attend. Our Featured Speaker this year is Dr. David Kohl. You will not want to miss this opportunity to hear Dr. Kohl. Please find a meeting Schedule included in this mailing. A great lunch is planned of Beef Brisket sponsored by Alltech and Boehringer-Ingelheim. Dr. Neal Schrick and Dr. Peter Krawszel will be on the afternoon agenda before the Annual Business Meeting. Commissioner Jai Templeton will make a special announcement and presentation at the Annual Business Meeting. You will not want to miss his announcement. We want to welcome the Tennessee Holstein Association and the Tennessee Jersey Club as they will be holding their meetings in conjunction with the TCA Convention and the TDPA Annual Meeting. Also, ADA of Tennessee will be holding their meeting on Thursday, January 12 at the Holiday Inn. Everyone is encouraged to make your plans to join us on Friday, January 13, in Oakleigh C, at the Embassy Suites Hotel.

Friday – January 13th
All TDPA Friday sessions except opening session will be held in Oakleigh “C” Embassy Suites
8:00 - 9:00 - Combined Session with TCA, TDPA and TN Sheep Producers—Featured Speaker Dr.
David Kohl - Economics and Agriculture at the Crossroads
9:10 - Welcome and Opening Remarks
9:15 - 10:30 - Dr. David Kohl, Professor Emeritus, VA Tech - Managing in the Economic Reset
10:30 - 10:45 - Break
10:45 - 12:00 - Dr. Kohl—Financial and Management Benchmarks for Sucess
12:15 - 1:45 - Lunch and Trade Show Visit— Lunch sponsored by Elizabeth Lunsford and Alltech
and Stacey Turner and Boehringer-Ingelheim
1:45 - 1:55 - Dr. Neal Schrick, UTIA Dean of Animal Science
1:55 - 2:55 - Dr. Peter Krawszel, UTIA
3:00 - TDPA Annual Business Meeting
Commissioner Jai Templeton, TDA Presentation
President Benjie Daniels—Presentation and election of Board members
4:30 - Adjourn, Visit Trade Show

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September Newsletter

The new September 2016 Tennessee Dairy Producers Association Newsletter is now available.
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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



Tennessee Dairy Producers Association Annual Meeting Schedule

Let us know which meeting you plan to attend, how many people from your farm and any dietary restrictions for the meal to be served. We look forward to see-ing you soon!

MEETING LOCATIONS AND DATES

Thursday, February 4th
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm Vendor Set-up (Embassy Suites Mirabella E-J)

Friday, February 5th
All TDPA Friday sessions will be held in Oakleigh “C” Embassy Suites
8:00 - 8:10 Welcome and Opening Remarks- John Bayless, President, TDPA and Stan Butt, Execu-tive Director, TDPA
8:10 - 8:55- Gary Moore, Executive Director, Land Trust for Tennessee, Opportunities Available For Saving Agricultural Lands
8:55 - 9:55- Dr. Shawn Hawkins, Associate Professor, UTIA, Biosystems Engineering & Soil Sci-ence – Nutrient Management and Utilization of Available Nitrogen
9:55 - 10:15 – Break, Visit Trade Show
10:15 - 11:00 – Geof Smith, DVM. PHD, Ruminant Health and Production Medicine, sponsored by Justin Hull and TechMix
11:00 - 11:45 – Dr. Andrew Griffith, UTIA, Assistant Professor, Ag & Resource Economics –New Grain Sorghum Research and Economic Benefit
11:45 - 12:30 – USDA Agricultural Marketing Service Dairy Programs
12:30 - 2:00 – Lunch and Trade Show Visit (Mirabella)
2:00 - 2:30 – John McClurkin, Tennessee Dept of Agriculture, Available Assistance from Ag Re-source Conservation Fund
2:30 - 4:30 – TDPA Annual Business Meeting
4:30 - Adjourn, Visit Trade Show

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42nd Annual Southern Dairy Conference

The 42nd Annual Southern Dairy Conference will be held March 8-9, 2016 Embassy Suites Atlanta Airport

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2016 Tennessee Area Dairy Producer Meetings

Let us know which meeting you plan to attend, how many people from your farm and any dietary restrictions for the meal to be served. We look forward to see-ing you soon!

MEETING LOCATIONS AND DATES
Monday, Jan. 18 - 7:00 p.m. CST Henry County Farm Bureau 406 N. Poplar Street Paris, TN 38242
Tuesday, Jan. 19 - 12 Noon CST Orlinda Community Center 7501 Highway 52 Orlinda, TN 37141
Tuesday, Jan. 19 - 7:00 p.m. CST First Cumberland Presbyterian 402 2nd Ave. North Lewisburg, TN 37091
Wednesday, Jan. 20 - 7:00 p.m. EST Valley Farmers Coop 920 N. Congress Parkway Athens, TN 37303
Thursday, Jan. 21 - 7:00 p.m. EST Clyde Austin 4-H Center 214 4-H Lane Greeneville, TN 37743

Discussion and information brought to you by the American Dairy Association of Tennessee and the Tennessee Farm Bureau

RESERVATIONS: Call Jeanne at 800.928.6455 or email jbilla@sedairy.org by Wednesday, January 13.



The Wilson Post

Read "The Wilson Post" about Going the milky way; New dairy parlor up and running in Shop Springs; Milk twice daily, every day; Growing up on milk (farms); Building on their family's property; Wilson County's first subway system; Happy cows, happy farmers; Milk and blood

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Reproduction: Keys for Improved Performance

In 2016, the first educational program offered as part of Master Dairy Producer will focus on aspects of reproduction. 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.

MEETING LOCATIONS AND DATES
Greeneville (Greene County) – January 14, Camp 214 4-H Lane, Greeneville, TN  37743
Athens (McMinn County) – January 22, Western Sizzlin, 1804 Decatur Pike, Athens, TN 37303
McMinnville (Warren County) – January 13, TSU Nursery Research Station, 472 Cadillac Lane, McMinnville, TN 37110
Lewisburg (Marshall County) – January 14, Russell Catering 220 Water Street, Lewisburg, TN 37091
Paris (Henry County) – January 12, Henry County UT Extension Office, 1120 Tyson Ave, Paris, TN 38242

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Key Considerations From A Veterinarian's Perspective

In 2015, the third educational program offered as part of Master Dairy Producer will focus on aspects of herd health and its relationship with productivity. Farmers interested in becoming a certified “Master Dairy Producer” will need to attend 2 of the various programs offered during 2015. We anticipate this certification will satisfy the educational component for those intending to apply for the 50% cost share through the TAEP program.

MEETING LOCATIONS AND DATES
Greeneville (Greene County) – October 29, Camp 214 4-H Lane, Greeneville, TN 37743
Athens (McMinn County) – October 30, Western Sizzlin, 1804 Decatur Pike, Athens, TN 37303
Paris (Henry County) – November 12, Henry County UT Extension Office, 1120 Tyson Ave, Paris, TN 38242
• Outside of these face-to-face opportunities, a Zoom link will be available for the November 12 meeting and a recorded version of the meeting will be available through your county agent. Please contact your local Extension office to make arrangements to take advantage of these, if you are unable to attend a face-to-face option.

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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.





Death of McLean Dougherty, Son of Blan & Kathy Dougherty

It is with deepest regrets that we inform our TDPA members of an accident that claimed the life of McLean Dougherty, son of Blan and Kathy Dougherty. McLean drowned in a swimming accident at the popular Blue Cove Hideway in McMinn County near Athens, TN on June 16th. You can access the news story at www.timesfreepress.com/news/local/story/2015/jun/17/man-drowns-former-quarry-mcminn-county/310041/ . We extend our sincere sympathy to Blan, Kathy and family. McLean was laid to rest in a private internment at the Mt. Harmony Cemetery on Saturday, June 20th.



Connecting Cow Comfort To Productivity, Health, & Well-being

In 2015, the second educational program offered as part of Master Dairy Producer will focus on aspects of cow comfort and its relationship with productivity. Farmers interested in becoming a certified “Master Dairy Producer” will need to attend 2 of the various programs offered during 2015. 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:
Greeneville (Greene County)
July 22, Camp 214 4-H Lane, Greeneville, TN 37743

Athens (McMinn County)
July 27, Western Sizzlin, 1804 Decatur Pike, Athens, TN 37303

McMinnville (Warren County)
July 28, TSU Nursery Research Station, 472 Cadillac Lane, McMinnville, TN 37110

Lewisburg (Marshall County)
July 29, Russell Catering 220 Water Street, Lewisburg, TN 37091

Paris (Henry County)
July 30, Henry County UT Extension Office, 1120 Tyson Ave, Paris, TN 38242

Springfield (Robertson County)
July 30, Highland Rim Research & Education Center (main office conference room), 3181 Experiment Station Rd., Springfield, TN 37172

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TDPA Area Meetings Scheduled

You are invited to a Tennessee Dairy Producers Association Area Meeting in your area. John Bayless and Stan Butt, with TDPA, will be giving an update about the TDPA Annual Meeting that was held in January and activi-ties of TDPA and topics of interest concerning you as Tennessee Dairy Producers. A meal will be provided at each location.

Please make your plans to attend by contacting Stan Butt at 931-698-0243 or sreedbutt@gmail.com so that we may have a reasonable count of the number to plan for the meal.

June 9th — Robertson County and surrounding Area, Orlinda Community Center, Orlinda TN at 7 p.m. Josh Wackler and Zoetis will be providing the meal. Dr. Bradley Mills will be the quest speaker.
June 11th - McMinnville (Warren County and surrounding area), TSU Nursery Research Station, 472 Cadil-lac Lane, McMinnville, TN 37110, 6:30 p.m. Josh Wackler and Zoetis will be providing the meal.
June 22nd - Paris (Henry County and surrounding area), Henry Farmers COOP conference room, Hwy 69 on left just past main store. 11:00 a.m. Jeffrey Turner and Purnia Feeds will be providing the meal.
June 25th - Lewisburg (Marshall County and surrounding area), Russell Catering Bldg, 220 Water Street, Lewisburg, TN 37091. 10.00 a.m.—12:00 noon. Dr. Jennifer Hatcher and Rock N Country Vet Clinic and Frank LeGrain and Biotic will be providing the meal
July 1 — TDPA Board Meeting, Logan’s/Cookeville, TN, 10 a.m.

East TN meetings to be scheduled mid to late July



Webinar to Assist Potential Applicants for Conservation Funding

An upcoming webinar on the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) will help potential applicants as they seek available funding. During the current round, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will invest up to $235 million to improve the nation's water quality, combat drought, enhance soil health, support wildlife habitat and protect agricultural production. Partners will match the Federal investment.

"This webinar is a great opportunity to directly engage with our partners," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. "Our goal is to leverage available Federal funding and produce more high-performing on-the-ground conservation solutions."

USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will host the webinar, open to both conservation partners and the general public, on Thursday, June 4, 2015 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EST. To join the webinar, visit https://usdanrcs.adobeconnect.com/r75qxphcya9/. Login to Adobe Connect using the Guest option and enter your name.

NRCS recently simplified the application process by creating new online tools: a pre-proposal fillable form, RCPP pre-application data entry tool and pre-proposal data entry tool instructions. These tools support partners as they fill out and submit their pre-proposal application.

RCPP empowers local leaders to work with multiple partners — such as private companies, local and tribal governments, universities, non-profit groups and other non-government partners — along with farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners to design solutions that work best for their region. Local partners and the federal government both invest funding and manpower to projects to maximize their impact.

USDA is now accepting pre-proposals for RCPP. Pre-proposals are due July 8, 2015. For more information on applying, visit the RCPP website.



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.

"I’m proud of the time and work they put in," says Pighetti. "This was a team effort, and they represented us well."

Dairy Challenge is where students apply past academic learning to a real-world dairy. The UTIA team placed first against other teams after each evaluated the same farm. Each team inspected the operation and conducted interviews with the owners, and then made recommendations about nutrition, reproduction, milking and finances. Teams also answered questions from judges about their recommendations. In its 14-year history, Dairy Challenge has trained more than 4,700 students. A total of 32 universities were represented at this recent competition.

"We were placed in a real-world situation with limited time and expected to analyze a dairy operation," says team member Billy Rochelle. "I have never been with a group who accomplished so much in so little time. Many industry participants were also there discussing internship and job opportunities with their respective companies."

Pighetti says that’s an important part of what the students learned through this experience – the chance to work on a real farm and to lend their expertise. "Basically they are the valued consultants," she says. "They learned how to critically evaluate and identify problems, and come up with the most logical way to fix things."

Other team members agreed the experience will help them meet future career goals. Stephanie Nash’s family operates a middle Tennessee dairy. "The dairy industry has always been a huge part of my life," she says. "I was blessed to be part of this amazing program for four years, and I will keep striving to be the voice for families in the dairy industry," she says.

"My experience at Dairy Challenge was phenomenal," says Ettie Peterson. "I learned so much about the industry through seminars, educational farm tours and sponsors. My entire experience from 6:30 a.m. practice to completing our presentation was beyond rewarding."

Other CASNR students took part in the Dairy Challenge Academy during this event. There was no competition here, but the students were able to also evaluate a working dairy farm alongside two dairy industry professionals. This group included Johnna Davis of Walland, Sydney Dean of Seymour, Jordan McGinnis of Washburn, Josh Snider of Lexington, N.C., and Dustie Strasser of Chapel Hill. Pighetti says this group of younger students may represent UTIA at future Dairy Challenges.

The UT Institute of Agriculture provides instruction, research and outreach through the UT College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the UT College of Veterinary Medicine, UT AgResearch, including its system of 10 research and education centers, and UT Extension offices in every county in the state.



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Learn About Robotic Milking System & Organic Dairy Farming

THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2015
Terry and Jennifer Bishop will host an open house to showcase their new robotic milking system, tunnel ventilated barn and automated mechanical scraper system. Attendees will have the opportunity to tour facility and ask questions about the technology and organic dairying.

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Chilhowee Dairy/ Bishop Farm, 312 Antioch Church Rd., Benton, TN 37307
Lunch and snacks will be provided.
Please RSVP to Shane Webb at (800) 464-2150

FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 2015
Attend an upcoming meeting on organic dairy farming. Regional Pool Manager Gerry Cohn and organic dairy farmer Butch Lay will lead a Q&A session about organic certification, production and animal care.

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Russell’s Catering, 220 Water St., Lewisburg, TN 37091
Lunch and snacks will be provided.

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First Educational Program Offered

In 2015, the first educational program offered as part of Master Dairy Producer will focus on aspects of forage production. Farmers interested in becoming a certified “Master Dairy Producer” will need to attend 2 of the 3 programs offered during 2015. We anticipate this certification will satisfy the educational component for those intending to apply for the 50% cost share through the TAEP program.

Meeting Locations & Dates
The forage production module will be offered at:
Paris (Henry County)
  March 4, Henry County UT Extension Office, 1120 Tyson Ave, Paris, TN 38242
Lewisburg (Marshall County)
  March 12, Russell Catering 220 Water Street, Lewisburg, TN 37091
McMinnville (Warren County)
  March 16, TSU Nursery Research Station, 472 Cadillac Lane, McMinnville, TN 37110
Athens (McMinn County)
  March 18, Western Sizzlin, 1804 Decatur Pike, Athens, TN 37303
Greeneville (Greene County)
  March 19, Camp 214 4-H Lane, Greeneville, TN 37743
Springfield (Robertson County)
  March 25, Highland Rim Research & Education Center (main office conference room),
  3181 Experiment Station Rd., Springfield, TN 37172

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TDPA Annual Meeting Friday January 16 In Murfreesboro

The Tennessee Dairy Producers Association (TDPA) is excited to be holding its Annual meeting in conjunction with the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association Convention and Trade Show. We hope that this endeavor leads to joint benefit for our producers as well as our industry sponsors who share both beef and dairy concerns. TDPA encourages all our dairy producers to take advantage of this first time opportunity to attend the special Friday Dairy sessions and the Trade Show which is designed with both beef and dairy in mind. For those attending all the morning dairy sessions the possibility exist the they will count as one module toward your re-certification of the Master Dairy program which qualifies you for fifty percent cost share through TAEP, so make your plans to attend if at all possible.

All morning Dairy sessions and lunch provided by Stacy Turner and Boehringer Ingelheim will be held at the Rutherford County Extension office at Lane Agri-Park on John Rice Blvd. (Across I-24 from Embassy Suites Hotel.) After lunch you are encouraged to visit the trade show at the Embassy Suites Hotel and the TDPA Annual meeting held in Broadlands A at the Embassy Suites Hotel beginning at 2:30 pm. All dairy producers are encouraged to attend since this will be the business meeting and election of board members.

There will be no registration fee to attend but all producers who plan to attend are asked to register by contacting Stan Butt, TDPA, at 931-698-0243 or by email at sreedbutt@gmail.com To reserve a room at the Embassy Suites Hotel call 615-890-4464 or online at www.murfreesboro.embassysuites.com code CTL. The special rate for the convention is only good if reservations are made by December 23rd. The special rate includes breakfast and happy hour drinks and snacks.

Thursday January 15th
12:00- 2:00 UT Bull Sale – Spring Hill Experiment Station
5:30-7:30 Cattle Health demonstration- “Caring for your Herds Health Needs”- Dr. Lew Strickland- UT Extension veterinarian- Lane Agri-Park 315 John Rice Blvd. (Across I-24 from hotel) Sponsored by Tn. Farmers Coop and UT Extension Service
6:00-10:00 Vendor setup (Mirabella E-J)
7:30-9:30 Board meeting Beef Council Meeting Room

Friday January 16th
7:00-7:30 FACCT Board of Directors Breakfast Meeting (Broadlands A)
8:00-Welcome Jerry Greene TCA President (Mirabella A-C)
Rheba Capps to sing Star Spangled Banner
8:05-8:20 Special Guest Forrest Roberts- Chief Executive Director of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (Mirabella A-C)
8:20-9:10 Cow College 1 “What is Sustainability?” (McDonald's Director of Sustainability Susan Forsell) (Sponsored by Land Trust for Tennessee) (Mirabella A-C)
9:00-9:45 BVD PI working group meeting (Cambridge A)
9:10-9:40 Trade Show opens (Coffee Sponsored by UT Beef and Forage Center) (Mirabella E-J)
9:00-10:00 Farm Animal Care Coalition of Tennessee (FACCT) Annual Meeting (Cambridge B)
9:40 -10:30 Delegate Session (Delegate Session is open to all attendees) (Mirabella A-C)
10:30-11:00 Trade Show Time (Mirabella E-J)
11:00-12:30 Live Cattle Video Auction and discussion (In trade show)(UT Ag. Economist Dr. Andrew Griffith to Discuss Livestock Marketing following video sale.) (Mirabella E-J)
12:30-2:00- Awards Luncheon (Oakleigh AB)
1:30-2:30- Trade Show time (Mirabella E-J)
2:30-4:30 Tn Dairy Producers Annual Meeting (Embassy Broadlands A)
2:30-3:30-Cow College 2 “Forage Systems for Maximizing Profitability in the Beef Business” Dr. Dennis Hancock University of Georgia Forage Specialist (Sponsored by UT Beef and Forage Center) (Mirabella A-C)
3:30 -4:10 Trade Show time (Mirabella E-J)
4:10-5:00 Cow College 3 “Washington DC Policy Update” (Colin Woodall National Cattlemen's Beef Association) (Mirabella A-C)
5:00-6:00 Fundraiser Auction/ Reception (in trade show) (Mirabella E-J)

Friday January 16th
*Morning dairy meetings and lunch will be conducted at the Rutherford County Extension office at Lane Agri-Park on 315 John Rice Blvd. (Across I-24 from Embassy)
8:45 – Welcome and opening remarks – John Bayless, President, TDPA and Stan Butt, Executive Director, TDPA
8:50-9:45 – “Are Futures in Your Future,” Andrew Griffith, Assistant Professor, Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture
9:45-10:30 – Succession Planning, “Now is the Time,” Mark Bolt, Financial Consultant, Mike Tansil, CPIA
10:30-12:00 – Importance of Quality Data – Dr. Jeffrey Bewley, University of Kentucky. Ph.D., Purdue University, Dairy Systems Mgt., M.S. University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dairy Systems Mgt.
12:00-12:30 – SQMI Update – members of SQMI team
12:30-1:30 – Lunch – (Sponsored by Stacy Turner and Boehringer Ingelheim) Community Room in Rutherford County Extension office
Afternoon Schedule
1:30-2:30 – Trade Show at Embassy Suites Hotel (Across I-24)
2:30-4:30 – TDPA Annual Meeting and Election of Board Members Embassy Suites (Broadlands A)
4:30 - Trade Show, TCA Cow College 3, fundraiser auction/reception and safe journey
*Tennessee Dairy Producers Association members are invited to participate in all TCA cow Colleges and events held Saturday.

Saturday January 17th
9:00-12:00 Youth activities
8:00-9:00 Cow College 4 “Environmental Myths” (Dr. Jude Capper Livestock Sustainability Consultant at Livestock Sustainability Consultancy) (Mirabella A-C)
9:00-9:45 Trade Show time (Mirabella E-J)
9:30-10:15 Cattlewomen's Meeting (Broadlands A)
9:45 FarmCredit/TCA Heifer Scholarship announcement.
9:55-10:45 Cow College 5 “Matching Your Cattle to Farm Resources” Burke Teichert” (Manager Deseret Ranch System Retired) Sponsored By Tennessee Angus Breeders (Mirabella A-C)
10:45-11:10 Trade Show time (Mirabella E-J)
11:10-12:00 Cow College 6 “Increasing Reproductive Efficiency through Proper Management” (Dr. Rick Funston Nebraska) (Sponsored by TBCIA) (Mirabella A-C)
12:00-1:30 lunch in trade show (Mirabella E-J)
2:00-3:00 Board meeting (Cambridge A)
Saturday- Youth activities
8:00-9:00 Join us for “Cow College 4” and hear Dr. Jude Capper respond to some of the misinformation about Animal Agriculture (Oakleigh A-B)
9:00-11:30 Quiz Bowl- Embassy Suites Hotel (Cambridge A-B)
10:00-11:00 Youth Scavenger Hunt- Trade Show (Mirabella E-J)
9:00-11:00 “Animal Agriculture ExposedYouth Workshops (30 minute rotating sessions)
What are the FACCTS of animal agriculture?” Lou Nave Executive Director of Farm Animal Care Coalition of Tennessee
Using Social Media to tell our story” Lauren Chase Communications Director of the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association/Tn Beef Council Broadlands A-B)
11:45 Board Bus to Lane Agri-Park (315 John Rice Blvd) For lunch
12:00 Lunch at Lane Agri Park (Tennessee Cattlemen's Association update)
1:00-2:30 Be a Beef Leader-FFA and Beef Ambassador leaders
2:45- Bus returns to Embassy Suites for departure


Williams wins Olivia "The Rocking Cow"

The donation of five dollars for one ticket wins Jim Williams OLIVIA “The Rocking Cow.” Jim Williams, the farm manager for Beasleyland Dairy in Chapel Hill,TN, made the donation in support of the Tennessee Dairy Producers Association Youth Promotion Fund. His daughter Gracie had other thoughts, she wanted to win OLIVIA. Jim’s ticket, or Gracie’s, was drawn at the Tennessee Jr. Dairy Expo and he was notified that night, but it took several weeks to get her delivered.

OLIVIA was handcrafted by Dr. Dennis Onks, retired Director of the UT AgResearch’s Middle Tennessee Dairy Research and Education Center located at the Tennessee Agriculture Experiment Station in Spring Hill, TN. Dr. Onks is an Advisory Board member for TDPA and he offered to create a special item to be used to help raise funds for TDPA. OLIVIA was the result of many hours of wood working and painting by Dr. Onks. She even carries a plate of authenticity attached to one of her rockers.

Congratulations to Jim and Gracie and a special thank you to Dr. Onks for making OLIVIA. Contributions totaled over eleven hundred dollars for the fund.


2015 Georgia Dairy Conference January 12-14

The 2015 Georgia Dairy Conference is rapidly approaching and we would like to invite your members to join us! This year’s conference will take place at the Savannah Riverfront Marriott in Savannah, Georgia, Jan. 12-14, 2015.

The Georgia Dairy Conference (GDC) is dedicated to providing dairymen with significant and practical “take-home” information. Thanks to support from generous industry supporters, the GDC has earned a reputation as a top educational conference in the Southeast. In 2014, more than 250 producers and dairy industry representatives attended this three-day event. This year, we’re building on that momentum by delivering another high-impact conference. Leading experts will make presentations on topics ranging from nutrition and genetics to the future of the dairy industry, dairy sustainability and economics.

In addition to our quality line-up of educational speakers, we will also host the first Southeast Dairy Student Symposium during the GDC on Tuesday, Jan. 13 from 6 to 9 p.m. This program is designed to provide students, interested in the dairy industry, with a platform to explore careers and internship opportunities in the Southeast. The objectives of the symposium are to connect dairymen, industry affiliates and future graduates; promote the exchange of ideas and experiences among students, dairymen and industry affiliates; and to build networking opportunities for future graduates.

We hope you will join us as we invest to make the Southeast dairy industry competitive in a national context. The registration fee for dairymen outside of Georgia and guests is $100. Your company is also invited to exhibit during our trade show. Visit our website at www.gamilk.org to download an agenda, registration forms and exhibitor information. If you would like additional information, please contact Farrah Newberry or Allison Fortner at 706-310-0020.

Monday, January 12th
8:30 a.m. ACCM Board of Directors Meeting
10:00 GA Milk Board of Directors Meeting
12:00 p.m. Registration and GDYF Board of Directors Meeting
12:00 p.m. SUDIA / ADA of GA Board Meeting
2:30 p.m. GA Dairy Industry Update - GA Milk, SUDIA, etc.
3:45 Exhibit Break and Door Prize Drawing 4:15 Securing a Sustainable Milk Supply for the Southeast Dairy Market Dr. Roger Cady, Elanco Animal Health
5:15 Q & A / Exhibitor Break
6:30 Evening Banquet

Tuesday, January 13th
7:30 a.m. Small Steps Add Up in Sustainability
Erin Fitzgerald, VP of Sustainability for the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy
Andrea Sensenig, Pennyslvania Dairy Producer and 2014 U.S. Sustainability Award Winner
8:15 Decision Making for Clinical Mastitis
Pam Ruegg, University of Wisconsin-Madison
9:00 Silages and Forages
Limin Kung, University of Delaware
10:00 Exhibitor/Refreshment Break
10:30 Understanding Consumer & Processor Quality Standards
Mark Wustenburg, Tillamook Creamery
11:15 Employee Management Simplified Tom Wall, Dairy Coach, LLC
12:15 Lunch
1:15 p.m. Dry Cow and Heat Stress Management
Dr. Jose Santos, University of Florida
2:00 Hormonal Sync Programs
Paul Fricke University of Wisconsin
2:45 Exhibitor/Refreshment Break
3:15 Feed Shrink Management
Dr. Jeff Weyers, Vicor

January 12-14, 2015
Savannah Riverfront Marriott
4:00 Troubleshooting Milk Quality Issues on Your Dairy Farm
Mark Wustenburg, Tillamook Creamery
6:00 Southeast Dairy Student Symposium

Wednesday, January 14
7:15 a.m. Sponsored Continental Breakfast
7:45 Ray West - SE DHIA Report
8:00 Electronic Heat Detection
Paul Fricke, University of Wisconsin
8:45 The (Almost) Perfect Parlor
Tom Wall, Dairy Coach, LLC
9:30 Refreshment Break
10:00 Milkfat Depression
Tom Jenkins, Clemson University
10:45 Co-op Mgrs. Panel, Cost to Balance SE Market
11:45 Q & A Session - Adjourn


National Mastitis Council 54th Annual Meeting set for Feb. 1-3

The National Mastitis Council (NMC) will host its 54th Annual Meeting, Feb. 1-3, 2015 at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tenn.

This three-day international forum will provide milk quality professionals the opportunity to exchange information on udder health, milking management and milk quality. Anyone with a vested interest in milk quality – milk quality specialists, veterinarians, milk plant field staff, dairy suppliers, dairy producers, university researchers, extension specialists and students – is invited to attend and exchange ideas.

“We’re excited to welcome a distinguished group of milk quality professionals from around the world to Memphis,” says Gary Neubauer, senior manager, dairy technical services at Zoetis and 2015 NMC Annual Meeting Program Chairman.

The annual meeting will kick-off Sunday, February 1 with six specialized short courses. General sessions open on Monday, February 2 and will run through Tuesday, February 3. “Milk Quality: What the Market Needs, Wants, Demands,” will be the featured symposium Tuesday afternoon. Four additional short courses will be offered Tuesday evening. Rounding out the educational opportunities will be the Technology Transfer Session (poster session) held on Monday and Tuesday.

“This year’s program is focused on the systems approach to milk quality encompassing the people, the equipment and the environment,” notes Neubauer.  “Our goal is for anyone who attends the meeting to take home practical ideas that they can implement immediately in the field or on the farm.”

Other highlights of the upcoming meeting include recognizing the National Dairy Quality Award winners and the recipient of the NMC Award of Excellence for Mastitis Prevention and Control, as well as introducing the NMC Scholars.

The complete program and agenda can be found online at: http://nmconline.org/annualmeet/2015/.

NMC is a professional organization devoted to reducing mastitis and enhancing milk quality. NMC promotes research and provides information to the dairy industry on udder health, milking management, milk quality and milk safety. Founded in 1961, NMC has close to 1,500 members in more than 40 countries throughout the world. For additional information: http://nmconline.org


TDPA Permitting Workshop

The Tennessee Dairy Producers Association Permitting Workshop will be held October 24, 2014 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Ellington Agricultural Center's Ed Jones Auditorium. The moderators will be TDPA Executive Director Stan Butt and TDPA and Robertson County Extension Agent/UT Extension Agent Paul Hart.

"Please RSVP to sreedbutt@gmail.com or call 931-698-0243 by Tuesday 12:00 noon for head count for lunch." to bottom of Agenda.

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TN Ag Literacy Week Coming November 16-22

November 16-22, 2014, has been designated as Tennessee Agriculture Literacy Week. This will be an outstanding opportunity for farmers and ranchers and other agriculture industry representatives to read children's books about the agriculture industry to school students. Volunteers are needed to visit elementary school classrooms around the state to read agriculturally themed books and talk about the importance of Tennessee Agriculture. Tennessee agriculture industry volunteers are encouraged to read agriculturally themed books to elementary school children showcasing the diversity of Tennessee agriculture and the role agriculture plays in our daily lives.

Volunteers should schedule their classroom visits with schools at least two weeks before their readings. All readings should be completed by November 22, 2014. All volunteers are encouraged to complete the Tennessee Agriculture Literacy Week, report by December 31, 2014 (report www.TennesseeAg.org). Tennessee Agriculture Literacy Week is a great opportunity to teach our next generation about the Tennesseans who provide the food, fuel and fiber for the world's growing population. Tennessee Agriculture Literacy Week is sponsored by the Tennessee Agriculture Education Committee, representing Tennessee's agriculture producers.

To learn more about the Agricultural Literacy Library, please contact Lou Nave, 615/970-8065 or Lou.Facct@gmail.com.


Dairy Farm Bill Meeting - Dairy Margin protection Program

Dr. Griffith will address the Margin Protection Program and how you can use the program to help insure an income over feed cost margin for the milk you are producing. He will demonstrate the MPP-Dairy decision tool to help you make a sound decision on insuring your margin. He will also provide information on how the entire program will work and the rules you must follow to operate in this program. These meetings will start at 10:30 am and should end sometime around 1:30 PM. Lunch will be provided. Please call the number below to the location you would like to attend, to help with the meal count. I hope you will be able to attend.

Lewisburg Location: Russell Catering, 220 Water Street, Lewisburg, TN
Date: October 20th, 2014 - Phone number: 931-359-1929

Greeneville Location: First Baptist Church Greeneville, 211 N Main St, Greeneville, TN.
Date: October 27th, 2014 - Phone number: 423-798-1710

Madisonville Location: Monroe County Farm Bureau, 510 Main St, Madisonville, TN
Date: October 28th, 2014 - Phone number: 423-442-2433

Paris Location: Henry County Extension Office, 1120 Tyson Avenue, Paris, TN
Date: November 6th, 2014 - Phone number: 731-642-2941

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Tennessee's Wild Hog Eradication Action Team - W.H.E.A.T.

W.H.E.A.T. is a 24-organization partnership dedicated to the eradication of wild hogs in Tennessee. This video has information on the problems of wild hogs and what to do about wild hogs in Tennessee by the the Wild Hog Eradication Action Team, or W.H.E.A.T.


Tennessee Signs On to Plan to Protect Dairy Industry

Four of the most dreaded words in agriculture are Hoof and Mouth Disease, which can be devastating to livestock producers and wreak havoc on the farm economy. In conjunction with June Dairy Month, Gov. Bill Haslam has signed an agreement that partners Tennessee with eight other states to protect the dairy industry in the event of an HMD outbreak.

Known as the Secure Milk Supply Plan, the agreement sets standards by which milk producers, haulers and processors would interact with animal health authorities to reduce the risk of spreading HMD during an outbreak. The regional effort is part of the national initiative to develop biosecurity measures that would allow for the movement of milk without undermining HMD control and eradication efforts.

“Livestock and livestock products are the largest generator of revenue for Tennessee farmers, so an HMD outbreak here would be especially crippling to our ag economy,” Tennessee Department of Agriculture state veterinarian Charles Hatcher said. “This plan allows us to take appropriate disease protection measures during an outbreak while minimizing the impact to producers and processors so that the dairy industry can continue to function.”

HMD is a highly contagious disease that affects cloven-hooved animals, but not humans. The virus causes fever, followed by painful blisters on the animal’s mouth and hooves, and can cause extreme weight loss, lameness and reduced milk production. Although the disease has not been seen in the U.S. since 1929, outbreaks occur every year in other countries and the disease could easily be introduced through international trade.

In the event of a HMD outbreak, the movement of animals, animal products such as milk, people and vehicles would be restricted until the extent of the outbreak is known. Under the plan, non-affected dairies that meet certain qualifications would be allowed to ship milk in-state or to any participating state.

“We want to make sure the cure is not worse than the disease,” Hatcher said. “Education of and participation by dairy producers and processors is critical to the plan’s success.”

Some of the biosecurity requirements for dairy producers include recording vehicles and visitors, milk tank washing and disinfection, use of protective gear and other measures at pick-up and delivery. The most important part of the SMS plan is biosecurity measures surrounding the truck picking up milk from an approved participating dairy.

TDA has conducted regional workshops in Murfreesboro and Madisonville for dairy producers to demonstrate biosecurity procedures. “I want to thank the Tennessee Dairy Producers Association for their leadership and support of this initiative,” said Agriculture Commissioner Julius Johnson. “This type of partnership is particularly critical to protecting the dairy industry in the event of a disease outbreak.” For more information on the Secure Milk Supply Plan and other educational opportunities, contact the State Veterinarian’s Office at 615-837-5120.

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Olivia Rocks For TDPA

Dr. Dennis Onks, retired UT Extension leader, has created a one of a kind, hand crafted, rocking cow for the Tennessee Dairy Producers Association (TDPA) Youth Promotion Fund. She has been created to offer some child a very happy experience and a life time of memories. Dr. Onks and his wife June resided in Spring Hill for 13 years where Dr. Onks was Director of UT AgResearch’s Middle Tennessee and Dairy Research and Education Center located at the Tennessee Agriculture Experiment Station. Dr. Onks is an Advisory Board member for the TDPA and offered to create a special item to be used to help raise funds for the TDPA Fund. OLIVIA, THE ROCKING COW was the result of many hours of wood working and painting by Dr. Onks. She even carries a plate of authenticity attached to one of her rockers.

Olivia has made the rounds in the Dairy world during the early months of 2014. She has been in all three grand divisions of the great state of Tennessee at the annual regional meetings of the TDPA in Paris, Orlinda, Lewisburg, Cookeville, Athens, and Greenville. She attended the Tennessee Jersey Club meeting in Murfreesboro, the Tennessee Holstein Spring Sale in Lebanon and two dairy sales in Nolensville, and Murfreesboro. During the coming months she may show up anywhere and she will be at the Tennessee Jr. Dairy Expo, where the lucky ticket will be drawn.

Tickets can be obtained for a donation of five dollars per ticket from Stan Butt, Executive Director, TDPA. Stan is a resident of Maury County and can be reached at 931-698-0243 or by email at sreedbutt@gmail.com. Give him a call for a ticket. He will be traveling back and forth across the state the next several months visiting Tennessee dairies and will be happy to drop by your operation.


TDPA Annual Meetings Challenged by Weather
"Excellent Content, Good Crowds, and Good Food"

“Excellent content, good crowds, and most importantly, good food,” was how one attendee responded in an email about our annual meetings.  Producers had the opportunity to visit with each other and with TDPA Corporate Sponsors before and during each of the meetings. The Paris meeting had to be cancelled because of 3-4 inches of  ice, sleet and snow and Orlinda was rescheduled to Wednesday.

President John Bayless opened the meetings with a welcome and a message from the board stating, “From the foothills of the Smokies to the Delta, the Sweetwater Valley to the Cumberland Plateau, the Highland Rim to the Central Basin, we represent ALL dairy farmers regardless of size, breed, or how and where the milk is marketed.” His power point presentation listed all the current board members and those in attendance at each meeting were recognized..

Next, he introduced new Executive, Stan Butt for a few brief comments and recognition of TDPA Corporate Sponsors. Southeast Select Sires, Tennessee Farmers CO-OP Feeds, and Tennessee Department of Agriculture, TAEP program were recognized as $5,000 Premier Sponsors. Foothills Farmers CO-OP was recognized as a $2,500 Titanium Sponsor; Farm Credit Services, Dairy Farmers of America, Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative, and Purina Animal Health as $1,500  Platinum Sponsors; Mike Tansil and Layne Crop Ins, and Stacey Turner and Boehringer Ingelheim as $1,000 Gold Sponsors; Bordens Milk, CPC Commodities, First Bank and Trust, Land Trust for Tennessee, Marshall Farmers Coop, Rutherford Farmers Coop, Tech Mix and Traditions Auction Services as $500 Silver Sponsors; and  Alltech, Gerald Todd Trucking, Tony Jones with H & R AGRI-POWER, Middle Tennessee Dairy Service, Southern States, Glasgow, KY, and Valley Farmers CO-OP as $250 Bronze Sponsors..

President Bayless continued with a special thanks to Tim Riley with Southeast Select Sires, Dr. Dennis Onks, advisory board member and creator of OLIVIA– the rocking cow and Tony White– Past President  from 2009 when TDPA was chartered until December 2013. Will Moss, Bengi Daniels, Sam Smith, and Tommy Roberson were elected as new board members. Dr. Peter Krawcel, Assistant Professor, UT Dairy Extension and Research, spoke on UT’s commitment to the Tennessee Dairy Industry, new staff and special programs involving Dairy research, Deborah Boyd, TDPA Secretary/Treasurer, covered  information about the new Farm Bill’s Dairy Policy Reform and the Margin Protection Program.

President Bayless introduced  the Keynote Speaker, Dr. Bob James, Professor of Dairy Sciences at Virginia Tech and he  addressed the needs of Dairy production in the Southeast and gave an outstanding presentation on the “Economics of Calf Rearing.” Everyone left filled, informed and optimistic about the prospects for 2014.

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Milking Contest Draws Big Crowd at “Ag Day”

House Agriculture Committee Chairman, Curtis Halford, Vice-Chairman, Andy Holt and Tennessee Commissioner of Agriculture, Julius Johnson graciously welcomed the crowd as snow fell on Legislative Plaza. A Big thank you to TDPA member Ryan Gardner from Trace-View Holsteins, Santa Fe for bringing Tess and Angie, both haltered Holsteins, for the milking contest at “Ag Day on the Hill.” TDPA assisted Representative Holt and Keith Harrison, Tennessee Farmers COOP in making arrangements for this year’s milking contest.

This year the contest was won by Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and his able bodied assistant, State Senator Frank Niceley. Together, they had enough “pull” to edge out House Speaker Beth Harwell, who had won the contest the past two years. Lt. Gov. Ramsey was under a lot of pressure to win with all three of his grandsons watching. A check for seven hundred and fifty dollars ($750) was presented to Second Harvest Food Bank on behalf of the Farm and Forest Families of Tennessee.

TDPA President John Bayless and TDPA Executive, Stan Butt, were on hand to meet and greet legislators and offer delicious samples of cheese. They also worked with SUDIA area manager, Denise Jones, passing out milk, provided by Purity Dairies.

The overall feeling by those participating was that “Ag Day on the Hill” this year was a huge success.


Pictured left to right, Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, Stan Butt, Sen. Frank Nicely, Ryan Gardner, TDPA President John Bayless


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TAEP Continuing Education Qualifications Updated

New Qualifications for 50 Percent Cost Share Effective 2015

NASHVILLE -- In an effort to enhance the state’s agricultural industry and to increase farmers’ capacity to produce, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture is encouraging producers to take advantage of new continuing education opportunities now offered by the University of Tennessee Extension.

“Agricultural leaders recently unveiled a strategic plan to grow and develop our industry over the next decade,” Agriculture Commission Julius Johnson said. “Education and research were recognized as key components for helping us achieve our goals, and these continuing education opportunities will be important for producers to maximize efficiency in their operations and to increase farm profitability.”

Beginning in 2015, producers who wish to qualify for 50 percent cost share funding through the Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program may need to participate in UT advanced continuing education opportunities by certain TAEP reimbursement deadlines. This gives producers nearly two years to complete the new continuing education opportunities. For the 2014 application period, any Master producer certificates received prior to 2015 will still qualify for 50 percent cost share.

A schedule detailing current certification expiration dates and renewal deadlines, by program, is available at www.tn.gov/taep under Master Certification Information in the TAEP News section. Class offerings for 2014 were recently announced by UT Extension and are posted at utextension.tennessee.edu.

All current Tennessee Quality Milk certificates will expire May 1, 2015, so all dairy producers wishing to qualify for TAEP funds in 2015 will need to become certified as a Master Dairy Producer before Dec. 1, 2015.

TAEP Continuing Education QUALIFICATIONs UPDATED 2 – 2 – 2 – 2 – 2

Once all current certificates expire, producers will need to participate in continuing education programs every three years with the exception of dairy, which is an annual certification based on fewer class hours each year. Applications for 2014 TAEP cost share programs are expected to be available in April.

TAEP was established in 2005 by the Tennessee General Assembly and has been fully funded by Gov. Bill Haslam through a portion of the state’s cigarette sales tax. The program is administered by TDA to assist qualifying producers with cost share funds of up to 50 percent on farm improvement projects to increase efficiency and farm income. A UT study shows that for every TAEP dollar invested nearly $4 is generated in additional economic activity in local communities.

For more information, visit www.tn.gov/taep or call the TAEP general information line at 1-800-342-8206.



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Meet Your New Executive

The Tennessee Dairy Producers Association (TDPA) is pleased to announce that Stan Butt has been chosen to serve as their new Executive Director. Tony White, president of TDPA, said, “ the TDPA board is excited to have someone with Stan’s experience to step into this new position. We are confident that he will bring continuity to our association and will be a positive voice for our industry.” Stan grew up in Portland, Sumner County, Tennessee and recalls his first milking experience was hand milking an old Jersey cow belonging to a neighboring farmer. Stan graduated from Portland High School and went on to receive his college degree from Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, Tennessee. Stan’s first position was with the Middle Tennessee Council of the Boy Scouts of America, in Nashville, serving as the District Executive for the Dan Beard District. As a District Executive, he attended the National Executive Institute in New Jersey preparing him for his career ahead. Stan and his wife Sheila have been married 41 years and have three sons of their own and one adopted son and thirteen grandchildren. They reside in Columbia, Maury County, Tennessee where they lived since 1985. In his new position, Stan will become the contact person for TDPA assuming the many responsibilities under taken by the board since the formation of TDPA in 2009. His primary responsibilities will include being a proactive voice for the dairy industry, increasing membership in the association, securing and maintaining funding for the association, working to involve and retain youth in the dairy industry, interacting with the many livestock entities in the state as well as serving as the legislative liaison in both Nashville and Washington.

The Tennessee Dairy Producers Association is a non-profit organization seeking to represent all dairy producers in Tennessee, expediting a consistent and proactive response to issues affecting the viability of the dairy industry in Tennessee and serving as an unbiased source of information for producers as well as consumers.



 
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Tennessee Valley Livestock Conference
DAIRY Program Sponsored by Ag Central CO-OP

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The Tennessee Valley Livestock Conference will take place on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at Walters State Great Smoky Mountians Expo Center, 1615 Pavilion Drive, White Pine, TN 37890 (Exit 8 off I-81). It is in association with the Tennessee Dairy Producers Association, TN Cattlemen’s Association, NC Cattlemen’s Association, and VA Cattlemen’s Association.

SCHEDULE
8:00-9:30 Registration
9:30–10:00 Brady Catob/Delaval Automated Calf feeding
10:05-10:45 Nick Kunkel/Delaval Robotic Milking (VMS)
10:45-11:00 Break - Visit Industry Trade Show
11:00-11:30 Rick Elling/JOZ Automated Feed Pusher & Scrappers
11:30-12:00 Alan Brandmeyer/Trioliet Automated TMR Feeding
12:00-1:00 LUNCH—Visit Trade Show
1:00-3:00 Panel Discussion—Jai Templeton, Commissioner of Agriculture, John McClurkin, Water Resource Division, TN Dept of Ag, Shari Meghreblian, Deputy Commissioner of TDEC, and Stefan Maupin, Director of Public Policy TN Farm Bureau Federation

Be Present to Win a DeLaval Hand held cell counter DCC or a DeLaval mini swinging brushMSB!

FOR INFORMATION
Contact Eric Risser, AgCentral, 423-368-7753 or 800-467-2150
Stan Butt, TDPA 931-698-0243
Please RSVP to Eric or Stan

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Tennessee NRCS Provides EQIP Assistance to Address
Pasture and Hayland in Counties with Severe, Extreme,
or Exceptional Drought Conditions

Sign-up Deadline is May 19, 2017

NASHVILLE, April 11, 2017 – As a result of the drought issues faced by Tennessee’s pasture and hayland producers, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is providing financial and technical assistance through its Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Drought Special Sign Up to help address natural resource concerns on damaged land in counties with D2 (Severe), D3 (Extreme), and D4 (Exceptional) drought conditions—as designated on the U.S. Drought Monitor map dated November 22, 2016.

“Through this special sign up, producers may apply for assistance to install conservation practices that can help treat identified resource concerns to reduce the negative impacts of current drought conditions, and will help improve the sustainability of their operation in the long run,” said Jamie Carpenter, Acting State Conservationist, NRCS Tennessee.

Conservation practices available to producers through this special sign up include: Forage and Biomass Planting, Critical Area Planting, Access Control, Prescribed Grazing, Fence, Livestock Pipeline, Pumping Plant, Spring Development, Water Well, Watering Facility, and Heavy Use Area Protection.

Interested producers are encouraged to visit their local USDA service center to apply or to learn more about drought assistance. The deadline to sign up for this special drought initiative is May 19, 2017.

Additional program requirements and information about EQIP is available on the Tennessee NRCS website at www.tn.nrcs.usda.gov.

EQIP is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers to address natural resource concerns on agricultural and forest land.



Tools and Strategies To Improve Milk On your Farm

In 2017, the first educational program offered as part of Master Dairy Producer will focus on options and strategies for managing milk quality. Farmers interested in becoming a certified “Master Dairy Producer” will need to attend 2 of the various programs offered during 2017. We anticipate this certification will satisfy the educational component for those intending to apply for the 50% cost share through the TAEP program.

Meeting Locations and Dates
Please contact the local agent about registering one week before meeting date.
The module will be offered at:
Greeneville (Greene County) – March 7, Camp 214 4-H Lane, Greeneville, TN 37743
McMinnville (Warren County) – March 9, TSU Nursery Research Station, 472 Cadillac Lane, McMinnville, TN 37110
Athens (McMinn County) – March 15, Western Sizzlin, 1804 Decatur Pike, Athens, TN 37303
Lewisburg (Marshall County) – March 27, Russell Catering 220 Water Street, Lewisburg, TN 37091
Paris (Henry County) – March 28, Henry County UT Extension Office, 1120 Tyson Ave, Paris, TN 38242

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Financial Statements on Federal Orders 6 & 7

The combined financial statements for the Administrative and Marketing Service Funds for the orders administered from the office for the calendar year ending December 31, 2016.

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Farm Bureau Working on New Milk Price Insurance

A new type of dairy revenue insurance, that would offer regional protection against both milk price and production declines, is being worked on by the American Farm Bureau Federation, American Farm Bureau Insurance Services (AFBIS) and academic collaborators including dairy economist Marin Bozic.

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More Ag Groups Announce Support for 'DAIRY PRIDE' Act

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin says her 'DAIRY PRIDE' Act continues to pick up endorsements from prominent farms groups. The newest of those supporters include the Wisconsin and American Farm Bureau organizations.

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Tennessee NRCS Provides EQIP Assistance to Address
Pasture and Hayland in Counties with Severe, Extreme,
or Exceptional Drought Conditions

Sign-up Deadline is May 19, 2017

NASHVILLE, April 11, 2017 – As a result of the drought issues faced by Tennessee’s pasture and hayland producers, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is providing financial and technical assistance through its Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Drought Special Sign Up to help address natural resource concerns on damaged land in counties with D2 (Severe), D3 (Extreme), and D4 (Exceptional) drought conditions—as designated on the U.S. Drought Monitor map dated November 22, 2016.

“Through this special sign up, producers may apply for assistance to install conservation practices that can help treat identified resource concerns to reduce the negative impacts of current drought conditions, and will help improve the sustainability of their operation in the long run,” said Jamie Carpenter, Acting State Conservationist, NRCS Tennessee.

Conservation practices available to producers through this special sign up include: Forage and Biomass Planting, Critical Area Planting, Access Control, Prescribed Grazing, Fence, Livestock Pipeline, Pumping Plant, Spring Development, Water Well, Watering Facility, and Heavy Use Area Protection.

Interested producers are encouraged to visit their local USDA service center to apply or to learn more about drought assistance. The deadline to sign up for this special drought initiative is May 19, 2017.

Additional program requirements and information about EQIP is available on the Tennessee NRCS website at www.tn.nrcs.usda.gov.

EQIP is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers to address natural resource concerns on agricultural and forest land.



2017 TDPA Annual Meeting Scheduled

The 2017 Tennessee Dairy Producers Annual Meeting Friday will be held January 13 in Murfreesboro at the Embassy Suites Hotel and every Producer is invited to attend. Our Featured Speaker this year is Dr. David Kohl. You will not want to miss this opportunity to hear Dr. Kohl. Please find a meeting Schedule included in this mailing. A great lunch is planned of Beef Brisket sponsored by Alltech and Boehringer-Ingelheim. Dr. Neal Schrick and Dr. Peter Krawszel will be on the afternoon agenda before the Annual Business Meeting. Commissioner Jai Templeton will make a special announcement and presentation at the Annual Business Meeting. You will not want to miss his announcement. We want to welcome the Tennessee Holstein Association and the Tennessee Jersey Club as they will be holding their meetings in conjunction with the TCA Convention and the TDPA Annual Meeting. Also, ADA of Tennessee will be holding their meeting on Thursday, January 12 at the Holiday Inn. Everyone is encouraged to make your plans to join us on Friday, January 13, in Oakleigh C, at the Embassy Suites Hotel.

Friday – January 13th
All TDPA Friday sessions except opening session will be held in Oakleigh “C” Embassy Suites
8:00 - 9:00 - Combined Session with TCA, TDPA and TN Sheep Producers—Featured Speaker Dr.
David Kohl - Economics and Agriculture at the Crossroads
9:10 - Welcome and Opening Remarks
9:15 - 10:30 - Dr. David Kohl, Professor Emeritus, VA Tech - Managing in the Economic Reset
10:30 - 10:45 - Break
10:45 - 12:00 - Dr. Kohl—Financial and Management Benchmarks for Sucess
12:15 - 1:45 - Lunch and Trade Show Visit— Lunch sponsored by Elizabeth Lunsford and Alltech
and Stacey Turner and Boehringer-Ingelheim
1:45 - 1:55 - Dr. Neal Schrick, UTIA Dean of Animal Science
1:55 - 2:55 - Dr. Peter Krawszel, UTIA
3:00 - TDPA Annual Business Meeting
Commissioner Jai Templeton, TDA Presentation
President Benjie Daniels—Presentation and election of Board members
4:30 - Adjourn, Visit Trade Show

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September Newsletter

The new September 2016 Tennessee Dairy Producers Association Newsletter is now available.
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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



Tennessee Dairy Producers Association Annual Meeting Schedule

Let us know which meeting you plan to attend, how many people from your farm and any dietary restrictions for the meal to be served. We look forward to see-ing you soon!

MEETING LOCATIONS AND DATES

Thursday, February 4th
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm Vendor Set-up (Embassy Suites Mirabella E-J)

Friday, February 5th
All TDPA Friday sessions will be held in Oakleigh “C” Embassy Suites
8:00 - 8:10 Welcome and Opening Remarks- John Bayless, President, TDPA and Stan Butt, Execu-tive Director, TDPA
8:10 - 8:55- Gary Moore, Executive Director, Land Trust for Tennessee, Opportunities Available For Saving Agricultural Lands
8:55 - 9:55- Dr. Shawn Hawkins, Associate Professor, UTIA, Biosystems Engineering & Soil Sci-ence – Nutrient Management and Utilization of Available Nitrogen
9:55 - 10:15 – Break, Visit Trade Show
10:15 - 11:00 – Geof Smith, DVM. PHD, Ruminant Health and Production Medicine, sponsored by Justin Hull and TechMix
11:00 - 11:45 – Dr. Andrew Griffith, UTIA, Assistant Professor, Ag & Resource Economics –New Grain Sorghum Research and Economic Benefit
11:45 - 12:30 – USDA Agricultural Marketing Service Dairy Programs
12:30 - 2:00 – Lunch and Trade Show Visit (Mirabella)
2:00 - 2:30 – John McClurkin, Tennessee Dept of Agriculture, Available Assistance from Ag Re-source Conservation Fund
2:30 - 4:30 – TDPA Annual Business Meeting
4:30 - Adjourn, Visit Trade Show

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42nd Annual Southern Dairy Conference

The 42nd Annual Southern Dairy Conference will be held March 8-9, 2016 Embassy Suites Atlanta Airport

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2016 Tennessee Area Dairy Producer Meetings

Let us know which meeting you plan to attend, how many people from your farm and any dietary restrictions for the meal to be served. We look forward to see-ing you soon!

MEETING LOCATIONS AND DATES
Monday, Jan. 18 - 7:00 p.m. CST Henry County Farm Bureau 406 N. Poplar Street Paris, TN 38242
Tuesday, Jan. 19 - 12 Noon CST Orlinda Community Center 7501 Highway 52 Orlinda, TN 37141
Tuesday, Jan. 19 - 7:00 p.m. CST First Cumberland Presbyterian 402 2nd Ave. North Lewisburg, TN 37091
Wednesday, Jan. 20 - 7:00 p.m. EST Valley Farmers Coop 920 N. Congress Parkway Athens, TN 37303
Thursday, Jan. 21 - 7:00 p.m. EST Clyde Austin 4-H Center 214 4-H Lane Greeneville, TN 37743

Discussion and information brought to you by the American Dairy Association of Tennessee and the Tennessee Farm Bureau

RESERVATIONS: Call Jeanne at 800.928.6455 or email jbilla@sedairy.org by Wednesday, January 13.



The Wilson Post

Read "The Wilson Post" about Going the milky way; New dairy parlor up and running in Shop Springs; Milk twice daily, every day; Growing up on milk (farms); Building on their family's property; Wilson County's first subway system; Happy cows, happy farmers; Milk and blood

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Reproduction: Keys for Improved Performance

In 2016, the first educational program offered as part of Master Dairy Producer will focus on aspects of reproduction. 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.

MEETING LOCATIONS AND DATES
Greeneville (Greene County) – January 14, Camp 214 4-H Lane, Greeneville, TN  37743
Athens (McMinn County) – January 22, Western Sizzlin, 1804 Decatur Pike, Athens, TN 37303
McMinnville (Warren County) – January 13, TSU Nursery Research Station, 472 Cadillac Lane, McMinnville, TN 37110
Lewisburg (Marshall County) – January 14, Russell Catering 220 Water Street, Lewisburg, TN 37091
Paris (Henry County) – January 12, Henry County UT Extension Office, 1120 Tyson Ave, Paris, TN 38242

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Key Considerations From A Veterinarian's Perspective

In 2015, the third educational program offered as part of Master Dairy Producer will focus on aspects of herd health and its relationship with productivity. Farmers interested in becoming a certified “Master Dairy Producer” will need to attend 2 of the various programs offered during 2015. We anticipate this certification will satisfy the educational component for those intending to apply for the 50% cost share through the TAEP program.

MEETING LOCATIONS AND DATES
Greeneville (Greene County) – October 29, Camp 214 4-H Lane, Greeneville, TN 37743
Athens (McMinn County) – October 30, Western Sizzlin, 1804 Decatur Pike, Athens, TN 37303
Paris (Henry County) – November 12, Henry County UT Extension Office, 1120 Tyson Ave, Paris, TN 38242
• Outside of these face-to-face opportunities, a Zoom link will be available for the November 12 meeting and a recorded version of the meeting will be available through your county agent. Please contact your local Extension office to make arrangements to take advantage of these, if you are unable to attend a face-to-face option.

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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.





Death of McLean Dougherty, Son of Blan & Kathy Dougherty

It is with deepest regrets that we inform our TDPA members of an accident that claimed the life of McLean Dougherty, son of Blan and Kathy Dougherty. McLean drowned in a swimming accident at the popular Blue Cove Hideway in McMinn County near Athens, TN on June 16th. You can access the news story at www.timesfreepress.com/news/local/story/2015/jun/17/man-drowns-former-quarry-mcminn-county/310041/ . We extend our sincere sympathy to Blan, Kathy and family. McLean was laid to rest in a private internment at the Mt. Harmony Cemetery on Saturday, June 20th.



Connecting Cow Comfort To Productivity, Health, & Well-being

In 2015, the second educational program offered as part of Master Dairy Producer will focus on aspects of cow comfort and its relationship with productivity. Farmers interested in becoming a certified “Master Dairy Producer” will need to attend 2 of the various programs offered during 2015. 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:
Greeneville (Greene County)
July 22, Camp 214 4-H Lane, Greeneville, TN 37743

Athens (McMinn County)
July 27, Western Sizzlin, 1804 Decatur Pike, Athens, TN 37303

McMinnville (Warren County)
July 28, TSU Nursery Research Station, 472 Cadillac Lane, McMinnville, TN 37110

Lewisburg (Marshall County)
July 29, Russell Catering 220 Water Street, Lewisburg, TN 37091

Paris (Henry County)
July 30, Henry County UT Extension Office, 1120 Tyson Ave, Paris, TN 38242

Springfield (Robertson County)
July 30, Highland Rim Research & Education Center (main office conference room), 3181 Experiment Station Rd., Springfield, TN 37172

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TDPA Area Meetings Scheduled

You are invited to a Tennessee Dairy Producers Association Area Meeting in your area. John Bayless and Stan Butt, with TDPA, will be giving an update about the TDPA Annual Meeting that was held in January and activi-ties of TDPA and topics of interest concerning you as Tennessee Dairy Producers. A meal will be provided at each location.

Please make your plans to attend by contacting Stan Butt at 931-698-0243 or sreedbutt@gmail.com so that we may have a reasonable count of the number to plan for the meal.

June 9th — Robertson County and surrounding Area, Orlinda Community Center, Orlinda TN at 7 p.m. Josh Wackler and Zoetis will be providing the meal. Dr. Bradley Mills will be the quest speaker.
June 11th - McMinnville (Warren County and surrounding area), TSU Nursery Research Station, 472 Cadil-lac Lane, McMinnville, TN 37110, 6:30 p.m. Josh Wackler and Zoetis will be providing the meal.
June 22nd - Paris (Henry County and surrounding area), Henry Farmers COOP conference room, Hwy 69 on left just past main store. 11:00 a.m. Jeffrey Turner and Purnia Feeds will be providing the meal.
June 25th - Lewisburg (Marshall County and surrounding area), Russell Catering Bldg, 220 Water Street, Lewisburg, TN 37091. 10.00 a.m.—12:00 noon. Dr. Jennifer Hatcher and Rock N Country Vet Clinic and Frank LeGrain and Biotic will be providing the meal
July 1 — TDPA Board Meeting, Logan’s/Cookeville, TN, 10 a.m.

East TN meetings to be scheduled mid to late July



Webinar to Assist Potential Applicants for Conservation Funding

An upcoming webinar on the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) will help potential applicants as they seek available funding. During the current round, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will invest up to $235 million to improve the nation's water quality, combat drought, enhance soil health, support wildlife habitat and protect agricultural production. Partners will match the Federal investment.

"This webinar is a great opportunity to directly engage with our partners," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. "Our goal is to leverage available Federal funding and produce more high-performing on-the-ground conservation solutions."

USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will host the webinar, open to both conservation partners and the general public, on Thursday, June 4, 2015 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EST. To join the webinar, visit https://usdanrcs.adobeconnect.com/r75qxphcya9/. Login to Adobe Connect using the Guest option and enter your name.

NRCS recently simplified the application process by creating new online tools: a pre-proposal fillable form, RCPP pre-application data entry tool and pre-proposal data entry tool instructions. These tools support partners as they fill out and submit their pre-proposal application.

RCPP empowers local leaders to work with multiple partners — such as private companies, local and tribal governments, universities, non-profit groups and other non-government partners — along with farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners to design solutions that work best for their region. Local partners and the federal government both invest funding and manpower to projects to maximize their impact.

USDA is now accepting pre-proposals for RCPP. Pre-proposals are due July 8, 2015. For more information on applying, visit the RCPP website.



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.

"I’m proud of the time and work they put in," says Pighetti. "This was a team effort, and they represented us well."

Dairy Challenge is where students apply past academic learning to a real-world dairy. The UTIA team placed first against other teams after each evaluated the same farm. Each team inspected the operation and conducted interviews with the owners, and then made recommendations about nutrition, reproduction, milking and finances. Teams also answered questions from judges about their recommendations. In its 14-year history, Dairy Challenge has trained more than 4,700 students. A total of 32 universities were represented at this recent competition.

"We were placed in a real-world situation with limited time and expected to analyze a dairy operation," says team member Billy Rochelle. "I have never been with a group who accomplished so much in so little time. Many industry participants were also there discussing internship and job opportunities with their respective companies."

Pighetti says that’s an important part of what the students learned through this experience – the chance to work on a real farm and to lend their expertise. "Basically they are the valued consultants," she says. "They learned how to critically evaluate and identify problems, and come up with the most logical way to fix things."

Other team members agreed the experience will help them meet future career goals. Stephanie Nash’s family operates a middle Tennessee dairy. "The dairy industry has always been a huge part of my life," she says. "I was blessed to be part of this amazing program for four years, and I will keep striving to be the voice for families in the dairy industry," she says.

"My experience at Dairy Challenge was phenomenal," says Ettie Peterson. "I learned so much about the industry through seminars, educational farm tours and sponsors. My entire experience from 6:30 a.m. practice to completing our presentation was beyond rewarding."

Other CASNR students took part in the Dairy Challenge Academy during this event. There was no competition here, but the students were able to also evaluate a working dairy farm alongside two dairy industry professionals. This group included Johnna Davis of Walland, Sydney Dean of Seymour, Jordan McGinnis of Washburn, Josh Snider of Lexington, N.C., and Dustie Strasser of Chapel Hill. Pighetti says this group of younger students may represent UTIA at future Dairy Challenges.

The UT Institute of Agriculture provides instruction, research and outreach through the UT College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the UT College of Veterinary Medicine, UT AgResearch, including its system of 10 research and education centers, and UT Extension offices in every county in the state.



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Learn About Robotic Milking System & Organic Dairy Farming

THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2015
Terry and Jennifer Bishop will host an open house to showcase their new robotic milking system, tunnel ventilated barn and automated mechanical scraper system. Attendees will have the opportunity to tour facility and ask questions about the technology and organic dairying.

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Chilhowee Dairy/ Bishop Farm, 312 Antioch Church Rd., Benton, TN 37307
Lunch and snacks will be provided.
Please RSVP to Shane Webb at (800) 464-2150

FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 2015
Attend an upcoming meeting on organic dairy farming. Regional Pool Manager Gerry Cohn and organic dairy farmer Butch Lay will lead a Q&A session about organic certification, production and animal care.

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Russell’s Catering, 220 Water St., Lewisburg, TN 37091
Lunch and snacks will be provided.

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First Educational Program Offered

In 2015, the first educational program offered as part of Master Dairy Producer will focus on aspects of forage production. Farmers interested in becoming a certified “Master Dairy Producer” will need to attend 2 of the 3 programs offered during 2015. We anticipate this certification will satisfy the educational component for those intending to apply for the 50% cost share through the TAEP program.

Meeting Locations & Dates
The forage production module will be offered at:
Paris (Henry County)
  March 4, Henry County UT Extension Office, 1120 Tyson Ave, Paris, TN 38242
Lewisburg (Marshall County)
  March 12, Russell Catering 220 Water Street, Lewisburg, TN 37091
McMinnville (Warren County)
  March 16, TSU Nursery Research Station, 472 Cadillac Lane, McMinnville, TN 37110
Athens (McMinn County)
  March 18, Western Sizzlin, 1804 Decatur Pike, Athens, TN 37303
Greeneville (Greene County)
  March 19, Camp 214 4-H Lane, Greeneville, TN 37743
Springfield (Robertson County)
  March 25, Highland Rim Research & Education Center (main office conference room),
  3181 Experiment Station Rd., Springfield, TN 37172

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TDPA Annual Meeting Friday January 16 In Murfreesboro

The Tennessee Dairy Producers Association (TDPA) is excited to be holding its Annual meeting in conjunction with the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association Convention and Trade Show. We hope that this endeavor leads to joint benefit for our producers as well as our industry sponsors who share both beef and dairy concerns. TDPA encourages all our dairy producers to take advantage of this first time opportunity to attend the special Friday Dairy sessions and the Trade Show which is designed with both beef and dairy in mind. For those attending all the morning dairy sessions the possibility exist the they will count as one module toward your re-certification of the Master Dairy program which qualifies you for fifty percent cost share through TAEP, so make your plans to attend if at all possible.

All morning Dairy sessions and lunch provided by Stacy Turner and Boehringer Ingelheim will be held at the Rutherford County Extension office at Lane Agri-Park on John Rice Blvd. (Across I-24 from Embassy Suites Hotel.) After lunch you are encouraged to visit the trade show at the Embassy Suites Hotel and the TDPA Annual meeting held in Broadlands A at the Embassy Suites Hotel beginning at 2:30 pm. All dairy producers are encouraged to attend since this will be the business meeting and election of board members.

There will be no registration fee to attend but all producers who plan to attend are asked to register by contacting Stan Butt, TDPA, at 931-698-0243 or by email at sreedbutt@gmail.com To reserve a room at the Embassy Suites Hotel call 615-890-4464 or online at www.murfreesboro.embassysuites.com code CTL. The special rate for the convention is only good if reservations are made by December 23rd. The special rate includes breakfast and happy hour drinks and snacks.

Thursday January 15th
12:00- 2:00 UT Bull Sale – Spring Hill Experiment Station
5:30-7:30 Cattle Health demonstration- “Caring for your Herds Health Needs”- Dr. Lew Strickland- UT Extension veterinarian- Lane Agri-Park 315 John Rice Blvd. (Across I-24 from hotel) Sponsored by Tn. Farmers Coop and UT Extension Service
6:00-10:00 Vendor setup (Mirabella E-J)
7:30-9:30 Board meeting Beef Council Meeting Room

Friday January 16th
7:00-7:30 FACCT Board of Directors Breakfast Meeting (Broadlands A)
8:00-Welcome Jerry Greene TCA President (Mirabella A-C)
Rheba Capps to sing Star Spangled Banner
8:05-8:20 Special Guest Forrest Roberts- Chief Executive Director of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (Mirabella A-C)
8:20-9:10 Cow College 1 “What is Sustainability?” (McDonald's Director of Sustainability Susan Forsell) (Sponsored by Land Trust for Tennessee) (Mirabella A-C)
9:00-9:45 BVD PI working group meeting (Cambridge A)
9:10-9:40 Trade Show opens (Coffee Sponsored by UT Beef and Forage Center) (Mirabella E-J)
9:00-10:00 Farm Animal Care Coalition of Tennessee (FACCT) Annual Meeting (Cambridge B)
9:40 -10:30 Delegate Session (Delegate Session is open to all attendees) (Mirabella A-C)
10:30-11:00 Trade Show Time (Mirabella E-J)
11:00-12:30 Live Cattle Video Auction and discussion (In trade show)(UT Ag. Economist Dr. Andrew Griffith to Discuss Livestock Marketing following video sale.) (Mirabella E-J)
12:30-2:00- Awards Luncheon (Oakleigh AB)
1:30-2:30- Trade Show time (Mirabella E-J)
2:30-4:30 Tn Dairy Producers Annual Meeting (Embassy Broadlands A)
2:30-3:30-Cow College 2 “Forage Systems for Maximizing Profitability in the Beef Business” Dr. Dennis Hancock University of Georgia Forage Specialist (Sponsored by UT Beef and Forage Center) (Mirabella A-C)
3:30 -4:10 Trade Show time (Mirabella E-J)
4:10-5:00 Cow College 3 “Washington DC Policy Update” (Colin Woodall National Cattlemen's Beef Association) (Mirabella A-C)
5:00-6:00 Fundraiser Auction/ Reception (in trade show) (Mirabella E-J)

Friday January 16th
*Morning dairy meetings and lunch will be conducted at the Rutherford County Extension office at Lane Agri-Park on 315 John Rice Blvd. (Across I-24 from Embassy)
8:45 – Welcome and opening remarks – John Bayless, President, TDPA and Stan Butt, Executive Director, TDPA
8:50-9:45 – “Are Futures in Your Future,” Andrew Griffith, Assistant Professor, Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture
9:45-10:30 – Succession Planning, “Now is the Time,” Mark Bolt, Financial Consultant, Mike Tansil, CPIA
10:30-12:00 – Importance of Quality Data – Dr. Jeffrey Bewley, University of Kentucky. Ph.D., Purdue University, Dairy Systems Mgt., M.S. University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dairy Systems Mgt.
12:00-12:30 – SQMI Update – members of SQMI team
12:30-1:30 – Lunch – (Sponsored by Stacy Turner and Boehringer Ingelheim) Community Room in Rutherford County Extension office
Afternoon Schedule
1:30-2:30 – Trade Show at Embassy Suites Hotel (Across I-24)
2:30-4:30 – TDPA Annual Meeting and Election of Board Members Embassy Suites (Broadlands A)
4:30 - Trade Show, TCA Cow College 3, fundraiser auction/reception and safe journey
*Tennessee Dairy Producers Association members are invited to participate in all TCA cow Colleges and events held Saturday.

Saturday January 17th
9:00-12:00 Youth activities
8:00-9:00 Cow College 4 “Environmental Myths” (Dr. Jude Capper Livestock Sustainability Consultant at Livestock Sustainability Consultancy) (Mirabella A-C)
9:00-9:45 Trade Show time (Mirabella E-J)
9:30-10:15 Cattlewomen's Meeting (Broadlands A)
9:45 FarmCredit/TCA Heifer Scholarship announcement.
9:55-10:45 Cow College 5 “Matching Your Cattle to Farm Resources” Burke Teichert” (Manager Deseret Ranch System Retired) Sponsored By Tennessee Angus Breeders (Mirabella A-C)
10:45-11:10 Trade Show time (Mirabella E-J)
11:10-12:00 Cow College 6 “Increasing Reproductive Efficiency through Proper Management” (Dr. Rick Funston Nebraska) (Sponsored by TBCIA) (Mirabella A-C)
12:00-1:30 lunch in trade show (Mirabella E-J)
2:00-3:00 Board meeting (Cambridge A)
Saturday- Youth activities
8:00-9:00 Join us for “Cow College 4” and hear Dr. Jude Capper respond to some of the misinformation about Animal Agriculture (Oakleigh A-B)
9:00-11:30 Quiz Bowl- Embassy Suites Hotel (Cambridge A-B)
10:00-11:00 Youth Scavenger Hunt- Trade Show (Mirabella E-J)
9:00-11:00 “Animal Agriculture ExposedYouth Workshops (30 minute rotating sessions)
What are the FACCTS of animal agriculture?” Lou Nave Executive Director of Farm Animal Care Coalition of Tennessee
Using Social Media to tell our story” Lauren Chase Communications Director of the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association/Tn Beef Council Broadlands A-B)
11:45 Board Bus to Lane Agri-Park (315 John Rice Blvd) For lunch
12:00 Lunch at Lane Agri Park (Tennessee Cattlemen's Association update)
1:00-2:30 Be a Beef Leader-FFA and Beef Ambassador leaders
2:45- Bus returns to Embassy Suites for departure


Williams wins Olivia "The Rocking Cow"

The donation of five dollars for one ticket wins Jim Williams OLIVIA “The Rocking Cow.” Jim Williams, the farm manager for Beasleyland Dairy in Chapel Hill,TN, made the donation in support of the Tennessee Dairy Producers Association Youth Promotion Fund. His daughter Gracie had other thoughts, she wanted to win OLIVIA. Jim’s ticket, or Gracie’s, was drawn at the Tennessee Jr. Dairy Expo and he was notified that night, but it took several weeks to get her delivered.

OLIVIA was handcrafted by Dr. Dennis Onks, retired Director of the UT AgResearch’s Middle Tennessee Dairy Research and Education Center located at the Tennessee Agriculture Experiment Station in Spring Hill, TN. Dr. Onks is an Advisory Board member for TDPA and he offered to create a special item to be used to help raise funds for TDPA. OLIVIA was the result of many hours of wood working and painting by Dr. Onks. She even carries a plate of authenticity attached to one of her rockers.

Congratulations to Jim and Gracie and a special thank you to Dr. Onks for making OLIVIA. Contributions totaled over eleven hundred dollars for the fund.


2015 Georgia Dairy Conference January 12-14

The 2015 Georgia Dairy Conference is rapidly approaching and we would like to invite your members to join us! This year’s conference will take place at the Savannah Riverfront Marriott in Savannah, Georgia, Jan. 12-14, 2015.

The Georgia Dairy Conference (GDC) is dedicated to providing dairymen with significant and practical “take-home” information. Thanks to support from generous industry supporters, the GDC has earned a reputation as a top educational conference in the Southeast. In 2014, more than 250 producers and dairy industry representatives attended this three-day event. This year, we’re building on that momentum by delivering another high-impact conference. Leading experts will make presentations on topics ranging from nutrition and genetics to the future of the dairy industry, dairy sustainability and economics.

In addition to our quality line-up of educational speakers, we will also host the first Southeast Dairy Student Symposium during the GDC on Tuesday, Jan. 13 from 6 to 9 p.m. This program is designed to provide students, interested in the dairy industry, with a platform to explore careers and internship opportunities in the Southeast. The objectives of the symposium are to connect dairymen, industry affiliates and future graduates; promote the exchange of ideas and experiences among students, dairymen and industry affiliates; and to build networking opportunities for future graduates.

We hope you will join us as we invest to make the Southeast dairy industry competitive in a national context. The registration fee for dairymen outside of Georgia and guests is $100. Your company is also invited to exhibit during our trade show. Visit our website at www.gamilk.org to download an agenda, registration forms and exhibitor information. If you would like additional information, please contact Farrah Newberry or Allison Fortner at 706-310-0020.

Monday, January 12th
8:30 a.m. ACCM Board of Directors Meeting
10:00 GA Milk Board of Directors Meeting
12:00 p.m. Registration and GDYF Board of Directors Meeting
12:00 p.m. SUDIA / ADA of GA Board Meeting
2:30 p.m. GA Dairy Industry Update - GA Milk, SUDIA, etc.
3:45 Exhibit Break and Door Prize Drawing 4:15 Securing a Sustainable Milk Supply for the Southeast Dairy Market Dr. Roger Cady, Elanco Animal Health
5:15 Q & A / Exhibitor Break
6:30 Evening Banquet

Tuesday, January 13th
7:30 a.m. Small Steps Add Up in Sustainability
Erin Fitzgerald, VP of Sustainability for the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy
Andrea Sensenig, Pennyslvania Dairy Producer and 2014 U.S. Sustainability Award Winner
8:15 Decision Making for Clinical Mastitis
Pam Ruegg, University of Wisconsin-Madison
9:00 Silages and Forages
Limin Kung, University of Delaware
10:00 Exhibitor/Refreshment Break
10:30 Understanding Consumer & Processor Quality Standards
Mark Wustenburg, Tillamook Creamery
11:15 Employee Management Simplified Tom Wall, Dairy Coach, LLC
12:15 Lunch
1:15 p.m. Dry Cow and Heat Stress Management
Dr. Jose Santos, University of Florida
2:00 Hormonal Sync Programs
Paul Fricke University of Wisconsin
2:45 Exhibitor/Refreshment Break
3:15 Feed Shrink Management
Dr. Jeff Weyers, Vicor

January 12-14, 2015
Savannah Riverfront Marriott
4:00 Troubleshooting Milk Quality Issues on Your Dairy Farm
Mark Wustenburg, Tillamook Creamery
6:00 Southeast Dairy Student Symposium

Wednesday, January 14
7:15 a.m. Sponsored Continental Breakfast
7:45 Ray West - SE DHIA Report
8:00 Electronic Heat Detection
Paul Fricke, University of Wisconsin
8:45 The (Almost) Perfect Parlor
Tom Wall, Dairy Coach, LLC
9:30 Refreshment Break
10:00 Milkfat Depression
Tom Jenkins, Clemson University
10:45 Co-op Mgrs. Panel, Cost to Balance SE Market
11:45 Q & A Session - Adjourn


National Mastitis Council 54th Annual Meeting set for Feb. 1-3

The National Mastitis Council (NMC) will host its 54th Annual Meeting, Feb. 1-3, 2015 at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tenn.

This three-day international forum will provide milk quality professionals the opportunity to exchange information on udder health, milking management and milk quality. Anyone with a vested interest in milk quality – milk quality specialists, veterinarians, milk plant field staff, dairy suppliers, dairy producers, university researchers, extension specialists and students – is invited to attend and exchange ideas.

“We’re excited to welcome a distinguished group of milk quality professionals from around the world to Memphis,” says Gary Neubauer, senior manager, dairy technical services at Zoetis and 2015 NMC Annual Meeting Program Chairman.

The annual meeting will kick-off Sunday, February 1 with six specialized short courses. General sessions open on Monday, February 2 and will run through Tuesday, February 3. “Milk Quality: What the Market Needs, Wants, Demands,” will be the featured symposium Tuesday afternoon. Four additional short courses will be offered Tuesday evening. Rounding out the educational opportunities will be the Technology Transfer Session (poster session) held on Monday and Tuesday.

“This year’s program is focused on the systems approach to milk quality encompassing the people, the equipment and the environment,” notes Neubauer.  “Our goal is for anyone who attends the meeting to take home practical ideas that they can implement immediately in the field or on the farm.”

Other highlights of the upcoming meeting include recognizing the National Dairy Quality Award winners and the recipient of the NMC Award of Excellence for Mastitis Prevention and Control, as well as introducing the NMC Scholars.

The complete program and agenda can be found online at: http://nmconline.org/annualmeet/2015/.

NMC is a professional organization devoted to reducing mastitis and enhancing milk quality. NMC promotes research and provides information to the dairy industry on udder health, milking management, milk quality and milk safety. Founded in 1961, NMC has close to 1,500 members in more than 40 countries throughout the world. For additional information: http://nmconline.org


TDPA Permitting Workshop

The Tennessee Dairy Producers Association Permitting Workshop will be held October 24, 2014 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Ellington Agricultural Center's Ed Jones Auditorium. The moderators will be TDPA Executive Director Stan Butt and TDPA and Robertson County Extension Agent/UT Extension Agent Paul Hart.

"Please RSVP to sreedbutt@gmail.com or call 931-698-0243 by Tuesday 12:00 noon for head count for lunch." to bottom of Agenda.

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TN Ag Literacy Week Coming November 16-22

November 16-22, 2014, has been designated as Tennessee Agriculture Literacy Week. This will be an outstanding opportunity for farmers and ranchers and other agriculture industry representatives to read children's books about the agriculture industry to school students. Volunteers are needed to visit elementary school classrooms around the state to read agriculturally themed books and talk about the importance of Tennessee Agriculture. Tennessee agriculture industry volunteers are encouraged to read agriculturally themed books to elementary school children showcasing the diversity of Tennessee agriculture and the role agriculture plays in our daily lives.

Volunteers should schedule their classroom visits with schools at least two weeks before their readings. All readings should be completed by November 22, 2014. All volunteers are encouraged to complete the Tennessee Agriculture Literacy Week, report by December 31, 2014 (report www.TennesseeAg.org). Tennessee Agriculture Literacy Week is a great opportunity to teach our next generation about the Tennesseans who provide the food, fuel and fiber for the world's growing population. Tennessee Agriculture Literacy Week is sponsored by the Tennessee Agriculture Education Committee, representing Tennessee's agriculture producers.

To learn more about the Agricultural Literacy Library, please contact Lou Nave, 615/970-8065 or Lou.Facct@gmail.com.


Dairy Farm Bill Meeting - Dairy Margin protection Program

Dr. Griffith will address the Margin Protection Program and how you can use the program to help insure an income over feed cost margin for the milk you are producing. He will demonstrate the MPP-Dairy decision tool to help you make a sound decision on insuring your margin. He will also provide information on how the entire program will work and the rules you must follow to operate in this program. These meetings will start at 10:30 am and should end sometime around 1:30 PM. Lunch will be provided. Please call the number below to the location you would like to attend, to help with the meal count. I hope you will be able to attend.

Lewisburg Location: Russell Catering, 220 Water Street, Lewisburg, TN
Date: October 20th, 2014 - Phone number: 931-359-1929

Greeneville Location: First Baptist Church Greeneville, 211 N Main St, Greeneville, TN.
Date: October 27th, 2014 - Phone number: 423-798-1710

Madisonville Location: Monroe County Farm Bureau, 510 Main St, Madisonville, TN
Date: October 28th, 2014 - Phone number: 423-442-2433

Paris Location: Henry County Extension Office, 1120 Tyson Avenue, Paris, TN
Date: November 6th, 2014 - Phone number: 731-642-2941

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Tennessee's Wild Hog Eradication Action Team - W.H.E.A.T.

W.H.E.A.T. is a 24-organization partnership dedicated to the eradication of wild hogs in Tennessee. This video has information on the problems of wild hogs and what to do about wild hogs in Tennessee by the the Wild Hog Eradication Action Team, or W.H.E.A.T.


Tennessee Signs On to Plan to Protect Dairy Industry

Four of the most dreaded words in agriculture are Hoof and Mouth Disease, which can be devastating to livestock producers and wreak havoc on the farm economy. In conjunction with June Dairy Month, Gov. Bill Haslam has signed an agreement that partners Tennessee with eight other states to protect the dairy industry in the event of an HMD outbreak.

Known as the Secure Milk Supply Plan, the agreement sets standards by which milk producers, haulers and processors would interact with animal health authorities to reduce the risk of spreading HMD during an outbreak. The regional effort is part of the national initiative to develop biosecurity measures that would allow for the movement of milk without undermining HMD control and eradication efforts.

“Livestock and livestock products are the largest generator of revenue for Tennessee farmers, so an HMD outbreak here would be especially crippling to our ag economy,” Tennessee Department of Agriculture state veterinarian Charles Hatcher said. “This plan allows us to take appropriate disease protection measures during an outbreak while minimizing the impact to producers and processors so that the dairy industry can continue to function.”

HMD is a highly contagious disease that affects cloven-hooved animals, but not humans. The virus causes fever, followed by painful blisters on the animal’s mouth and hooves, and can cause extreme weight loss, lameness and reduced milk production. Although the disease has not been seen in the U.S. since 1929, outbreaks occur every year in other countries and the disease could easily be introduced through international trade.

In the event of a HMD outbreak, the movement of animals, animal products such as milk, people and vehicles would be restricted until the extent of the outbreak is known. Under the plan, non-affected dairies that meet certain qualifications would be allowed to ship milk in-state or to any participating state.

“We want to make sure the cure is not worse than the disease,” Hatcher said. “Education of and participation by dairy producers and processors is critical to the plan’s success.”

Some of the biosecurity requirements for dairy producers include recording vehicles and visitors, milk tank washing and disinfection, use of protective gear and other measures at pick-up and delivery. The most important part of the SMS plan is biosecurity measures surrounding the truck picking up milk from an approved participating dairy.

TDA has conducted regional workshops in Murfreesboro and Madisonville for dairy producers to demonstrate biosecurity procedures. “I want to thank the Tennessee Dairy Producers Association for their leadership and support of this initiative,” said Agriculture Commissioner Julius Johnson. “This type of partnership is particularly critical to protecting the dairy industry in the event of a disease outbreak.” For more information on the Secure Milk Supply Plan and other educational opportunities, contact the State Veterinarian’s Office at 615-837-5120.

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Olivia Rocks For TDPA

Dr. Dennis Onks, retired UT Extension leader, has created a one of a kind, hand crafted, rocking cow for the Tennessee Dairy Producers Association (TDPA) Youth Promotion Fund. She has been created to offer some child a very happy experience and a life time of memories. Dr. Onks and his wife June resided in Spring Hill for 13 years where Dr. Onks was Director of UT AgResearch’s Middle Tennessee and Dairy Research and Education Center located at the Tennessee Agriculture Experiment Station. Dr. Onks is an Advisory Board member for the TDPA and offered to create a special item to be used to help raise funds for the TDPA Fund. OLIVIA, THE ROCKING COW was the result of many hours of wood working and painting by Dr. Onks. She even carries a plate of authenticity attached to one of her rockers.

Olivia has made the rounds in the Dairy world during the early months of 2014. She has been in all three grand divisions of the great state of Tennessee at the annual regional meetings of the TDPA in Paris, Orlinda, Lewisburg, Cookeville, Athens, and Greenville. She attended the Tennessee Jersey Club meeting in Murfreesboro, the Tennessee Holstein Spring Sale in Lebanon and two dairy sales in Nolensville, and Murfreesboro. During the coming months she may show up anywhere and she will be at the Tennessee Jr. Dairy Expo, where the lucky ticket will be drawn.

Tickets can be obtained for a donation of five dollars per ticket from Stan Butt, Executive Director, TDPA. Stan is a resident of Maury County and can be reached at 931-698-0243 or by email at sreedbutt@gmail.com. Give him a call for a ticket. He will be traveling back and forth across the state the next several months visiting Tennessee dairies and will be happy to drop by your operation.


TDPA Annual Meetings Challenged by Weather
"Excellent Content, Good Crowds, and Good Food"

“Excellent content, good crowds, and most importantly, good food,” was how one attendee responded in an email about our annual meetings.  Producers had the opportunity to visit with each other and with TDPA Corporate Sponsors before and during each of the meetings. The Paris meeting had to be cancelled because of 3-4 inches of  ice, sleet and snow and Orlinda was rescheduled to Wednesday.

President John Bayless opened the meetings with a welcome and a message from the board stating, “From the foothills of the Smokies to the Delta, the Sweetwater Valley to the Cumberland Plateau, the Highland Rim to the Central Basin, we represent ALL dairy farmers regardless of size, breed, or how and where the milk is marketed.” His power point presentation listed all the current board members and those in attendance at each meeting were recognized..

Next, he introduced new Executive, Stan Butt for a few brief comments and recognition of TDPA Corporate Sponsors. Southeast Select Sires, Tennessee Farmers CO-OP Feeds, and Tennessee Department of Agriculture, TAEP program were recognized as $5,000 Premier Sponsors. Foothills Farmers CO-OP was recognized as a $2,500 Titanium Sponsor; Farm Credit Services, Dairy Farmers of America, Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative, and Purina Animal Health as $1,500  Platinum Sponsors; Mike Tansil and Layne Crop Ins, and Stacey Turner and Boehringer Ingelheim as $1,000 Gold Sponsors; Bordens Milk, CPC Commodities, First Bank and Trust, Land Trust for Tennessee, Marshall Farmers Coop, Rutherford Farmers Coop, Tech Mix and Traditions Auction Services as $500 Silver Sponsors; and  Alltech, Gerald Todd Trucking, Tony Jones with H & R AGRI-POWER, Middle Tennessee Dairy Service, Southern States, Glasgow, KY, and Valley Farmers CO-OP as $250 Bronze Sponsors..

President Bayless continued with a special thanks to Tim Riley with Southeast Select Sires, Dr. Dennis Onks, advisory board member and creator of OLIVIA– the rocking cow and Tony White– Past President  from 2009 when TDPA was chartered until December 2013. Will Moss, Bengi Daniels, Sam Smith, and Tommy Roberson were elected as new board members. Dr. Peter Krawcel, Assistant Professor, UT Dairy Extension and Research, spoke on UT’s commitment to the Tennessee Dairy Industry, new staff and special programs involving Dairy research, Deborah Boyd, TDPA Secretary/Treasurer, covered  information about the new Farm Bill’s Dairy Policy Reform and the Margin Protection Program.

President Bayless introduced  the Keynote Speaker, Dr. Bob James, Professor of Dairy Sciences at Virginia Tech and he  addressed the needs of Dairy production in the Southeast and gave an outstanding presentation on the “Economics of Calf Rearing.” Everyone left filled, informed and optimistic about the prospects for 2014.

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Milking Contest Draws Big Crowd at “Ag Day”

House Agriculture Committee Chairman, Curtis Halford, Vice-Chairman, Andy Holt and Tennessee Commissioner of Agriculture, Julius Johnson graciously welcomed the crowd as snow fell on Legislative Plaza. A Big thank you to TDPA member Ryan Gardner from Trace-View Holsteins, Santa Fe for bringing Tess and Angie, both haltered Holsteins, for the milking contest at “Ag Day on the Hill.” TDPA assisted Representative Holt and Keith Harrison, Tennessee Farmers COOP in making arrangements for this year’s milking contest.

This year the contest was won by Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and his able bodied assistant, State Senator Frank Niceley. Together, they had enough “pull” to edge out House Speaker Beth Harwell, who had won the contest the past two years. Lt. Gov. Ramsey was under a lot of pressure to win with all three of his grandsons watching. A check for seven hundred and fifty dollars ($750) was presented to Second Harvest Food Bank on behalf of the Farm and Forest Families of Tennessee.

TDPA President John Bayless and TDPA Executive, Stan Butt, were on hand to meet and greet legislators and offer delicious samples of cheese. They also worked with SUDIA area manager, Denise Jones, passing out milk, provided by Purity Dairies.

The overall feeling by those participating was that “Ag Day on the Hill” this year was a huge success.


Pictured left to right, Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, Stan Butt, Sen. Frank Nicely, Ryan Gardner, TDPA President John Bayless


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TAEP Continuing Education Qualifications Updated

New Qualifications for 50 Percent Cost Share Effective 2015

NASHVILLE -- In an effort to enhance the state’s agricultural industry and to increase farmers’ capacity to produce, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture is encouraging producers to take advantage of new continuing education opportunities now offered by the University of Tennessee Extension.

“Agricultural leaders recently unveiled a strategic plan to grow and develop our industry over the next decade,” Agriculture Commission Julius Johnson said. “Education and research were recognized as key components for helping us achieve our goals, and these continuing education opportunities will be important for producers to maximize efficiency in their operations and to increase farm profitability.”

Beginning in 2015, producers who wish to qualify for 50 percent cost share funding through the Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program may need to participate in UT advanced continuing education opportunities by certain TAEP reimbursement deadlines. This gives producers nearly two years to complete the new continuing education opportunities. For the 2014 application period, any Master producer certificates received prior to 2015 will still qualify for 50 percent cost share.

A schedule detailing current certification expiration dates and renewal deadlines, by program, is available at www.tn.gov/taep under Master Certification Information in the TAEP News section. Class offerings for 2014 were recently announced by UT Extension and are posted at utextension.tennessee.edu.

All current Tennessee Quality Milk certificates will expire May 1, 2015, so all dairy producers wishing to qualify for TAEP funds in 2015 will need to become certified as a Master Dairy Producer before Dec. 1, 2015.

TAEP Continuing Education QUALIFICATIONs UPDATED 2 – 2 – 2 – 2 – 2

Once all current certificates expire, producers will need to participate in continuing education programs every three years with the exception of dairy, which is an annual certification based on fewer class hours each year. Applications for 2014 TAEP cost share programs are expected to be available in April.

TAEP was established in 2005 by the Tennessee General Assembly and has been fully funded by Gov. Bill Haslam through a portion of the state’s cigarette sales tax. The program is administered by TDA to assist qualifying producers with cost share funds of up to 50 percent on farm improvement projects to increase efficiency and farm income. A UT study shows that for every TAEP dollar invested nearly $4 is generated in additional economic activity in local communities.

For more information, visit www.tn.gov/taep or call the TAEP general information line at 1-800-342-8206.



USDA Announcement of Advanced Class Prices

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Meet Your New Executive

The Tennessee Dairy Producers Association (TDPA) is pleased to announce that Stan Butt has been chosen to serve as their new Executive Director. Tony White, president of TDPA, said, “ the TDPA board is excited to have someone with Stan’s experience to step into this new position. We are confident that he will bring continuity to our association and will be a positive voice for our industry.” Stan grew up in Portland, Sumner County, Tennessee and recalls his first milking experience was hand milking an old Jersey cow belonging to a neighboring farmer. Stan graduated from Portland High School and went on to receive his college degree from Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, Tennessee. Stan’s first position was with the Middle Tennessee Council of the Boy Scouts of America, in Nashville, serving as the District Executive for the Dan Beard District. As a District Executive, he attended the National Executive Institute in New Jersey preparing him for his career ahead. Stan and his wife Sheila have been married 41 years and have three sons of their own and one adopted son and thirteen grandchildren. They reside in Columbia, Maury County, Tennessee where they lived since 1985. In his new position, Stan will become the contact person for TDPA assuming the many responsibilities under taken by the board since the formation of TDPA in 2009. His primary responsibilities will include being a proactive voice for the dairy industry, increasing membership in the association, securing and maintaining funding for the association, working to involve and retain youth in the dairy industry, interacting with the many livestock entities in the state as well as serving as the legislative liaison in both Nashville and Washington.

The Tennessee Dairy Producers Association is a non-profit organization seeking to represent all dairy producers in Tennessee, expediting a consistent and proactive response to issues affecting the viability of the dairy industry in Tennessee and serving as an unbiased source of information for producers as well as consumers.



 
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Tennessee Valley Livestock Conference
DAIRY Program Sponsored by Ag Central CO-OP

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The Tennessee Valley Livestock Conference will take place on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at Walters State Great Smoky Mountians Expo Center, 1615 Pavilion Drive, White Pine, TN 37890 (Exit 8 off I-81). It is in association with the Tennessee Dairy Producers Association, TN Cattlemen’s Association, NC Cattlemen’s Association, and VA Cattlemen’s Association.

SCHEDULE
8:00-9:30 Registration
9:30–10:00 Brady Catob/Delaval Automated Calf feeding
10:05-10:45 Nick Kunkel/Delaval Robotic Milking (VMS)
10:45-11:00 Break - Visit Industry Trade Show
11:00-11:30 Rick Elling/JOZ Automated Feed Pusher & Scrappers
11:30-12:00 Alan Brandmeyer/Trioliet Automated TMR Feeding
12:00-1:00 LUNCH—Visit Trade Show
1:00-3:00 Panel Discussion—Jai Templeton, Commissioner of Agriculture, John McClurkin, Water Resource Division, TN Dept of Ag, Shari Meghreblian, Deputy Commissioner of TDEC, and Stefan Maupin, Director of Public Policy TN Farm Bureau Federation

Be Present to Win a DeLaval Hand held cell counter DCC or a DeLaval mini swinging brushMSB!

FOR INFORMATION
Contact Eric Risser, AgCentral, 423-368-7753 or 800-467-2150
Stan Butt, TDPA 931-698-0243
Please RSVP to Eric or Stan

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Tennessee NRCS Provides EQIP Assistance to Address
Pasture and Hayland in Counties with Severe, Extreme,
or Exceptional Drought Conditions

Sign-up Deadline is May 19, 2017

NASHVILLE, April 11, 2017 – As a result of the drought issues faced by Tennessee’s pasture and hayland producers, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is providing financial and technical assistance through its Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Drought Special Sign Up to help address natural resource concerns on damaged land in counties with D2 (Severe), D3 (Extreme), and D4 (Exceptional) drought conditions—as designated on the U.S. Drought Monitor map dated November 22, 2016.

“Through this special sign up, producers may apply for assistance to install conservation practices that can help treat identified resource concerns to reduce the negative impacts of current drought conditions, and will help improve the sustainability of their operation in the long run,” said Jamie Carpenter, Acting State Conservationist, NRCS Tennessee.

Conservation practices available to producers through this special sign up include: Forage and Biomass Planting, Critical Area Planting, Access Control, Prescribed Grazing, Fence, Livestock Pipeline, Pumping Plant, Spring Development, Water Well, Watering Facility, and Heavy Use Area Protection.

Interested producers are encouraged to visit their local USDA service center to apply or to learn more about drought assistance. The deadline to sign up for this special drought initiative is May 19, 2017.

Additional program requirements and information about EQIP is available on the Tennessee NRCS website at www.tn.nrcs.usda.gov.

EQIP is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers to address natural resource concerns on agricultural and forest land.



Tools and Strategies To Improve Milk On your Farm

In 2017, the first educational program offered as part of Master Dairy Producer will focus on options and strategies for managing milk quality. Farmers interested in becoming a certified “Master Dairy Producer” will need to attend 2 of the various programs offered during 2017. We anticipate this certification will satisfy the educational component for those intending to apply for the 50% cost share through the TAEP program.

Meeting Locations and Dates
Please contact the local agent about registering one week before meeting date.
The module will be offered at:
Greeneville (Greene County) – March 7, Camp 214 4-H Lane, Greeneville, TN 37743
McMinnville (Warren County) – March 9, TSU Nursery Research Station, 472 Cadillac Lane, McMinnville, TN 37110
Athens (McMinn County) – March 15, Western Sizzlin, 1804 Decatur Pike, Athens, TN 37303
Lewisburg (Marshall County) – March 27, Russell Catering 220 Water Street, Lewisburg, TN 37091
Paris (Henry County) – March 28, Henry County UT Extension Office, 1120 Tyson Ave, Paris, TN 38242

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Financial Statements on Federal Orders 6 & 7

The combined financial statements for the Administrative and Marketing Service Funds for the orders administered from the office for the calendar year ending December 31, 2016.

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Farm Bureau Working on New Milk Price Insurance

A new type of dairy revenue insurance, that would offer regional protection against both milk price and production declines, is being worked on by the American Farm Bureau Federation, American Farm Bureau Insurance Services (AFBIS) and academic collaborators including dairy economist Marin Bozic.

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More Ag Groups Announce Support for 'DAIRY PRIDE' Act

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin says her 'DAIRY PRIDE' Act continues to pick up endorsements from prominent farms groups. The newest of those supporters include the Wisconsin and American Farm Bureau organizations.

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Tennessee NRCS Provides EQIP Assistance to Address
Pasture and Hayland in Counties with Severe, Extreme,
or Exceptional Drought Conditions

Sign-up Deadline is May 19, 2017

NASHVILLE, April 11, 2017 – As a result of the drought issues faced by Tennessee’s pasture and hayland producers, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is providing financial and technical assistance through its Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Drought Special Sign Up to help address natural resource concerns on damaged land in counties with D2 (Severe), D3 (Extreme), and D4 (Exceptional) drought conditions—as designated on the U.S. Drought Monitor map dated November 22, 2016.

“Through this special sign up, producers may apply for assistance to install conservation practices that can help treat identified resource concerns to reduce the negative impacts of current drought conditions, and will help improve the sustainability of their operation in the long run,” said Jamie Carpenter, Acting State Conservationist, NRCS Tennessee.

Conservation practices available to producers through this special sign up include: Forage and Biomass Planting, Critical Area Planting, Access Control, Prescribed Grazing, Fence, Livestock Pipeline, Pumping Plant, Spring Development, Water Well, Watering Facility, and Heavy Use Area Protection.

Interested producers are encouraged to visit their local USDA service center to apply or to learn more about drought assistance. The deadline to sign up for this special drought initiative is May 19, 2017.

Additional program requirements and information about EQIP is available on the Tennessee NRCS website at www.tn.nrcs.usda.gov.

EQIP is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers to address natural resource concerns on agricultural and forest land.



2017 TDPA Annual Meeting Scheduled

The 2017 Tennessee Dairy Producers Annual Meeting Friday will be held January 13 in Murfreesboro at the Embassy Suites Hotel and every Producer is invited to attend. Our Featured Speaker this year is Dr. David Kohl. You will not want to miss this opportunity to hear Dr. Kohl. Please find a meeting Schedule included in this mailing. A great lunch is planned of Beef Brisket sponsored by Alltech and Boehringer-Ingelheim. Dr. Neal Schrick and Dr. Peter Krawszel will be on the afternoon agenda before the Annual Business Meeting. Commissioner Jai Templeton will make a special announcement and presentation at the Annual Business Meeting. You will not want to miss his announcement. We want to welcome the Tennessee Holstein Association and the Tennessee Jersey Club as they will be holding their meetings in conjunction with the TCA Convention and the TDPA Annual Meeting. Also, ADA of Tennessee will be holding their meeting on Thursday, January 12 at the Holiday Inn. Everyone is encouraged to make your plans to join us on Friday, January 13, in Oakleigh C, at the Embassy Suites Hotel.

Friday – January 13th
All TDPA Friday sessions except opening session will be held in Oakleigh “C” Embassy Suites
8:00 - 9:00 - Combined Session with TCA, TDPA and TN Sheep Producers—Featured Speaker Dr.
David Kohl - Economics and Agriculture at the Crossroads
9:10 - Welcome and Opening Remarks
9:15 - 10:30 - Dr. David Kohl, Professor Emeritus, VA Tech - Managing in the Economic Reset
10:30 - 10:45 - Break
10:45 - 12:00 - Dr. Kohl—Financial and Management Benchmarks for Sucess
12:15 - 1:45 - Lunch and Trade Show Visit— Lunch sponsored by Elizabeth Lunsford and Alltech
and Stacey Turner and Boehringer-Ingelheim
1:45 - 1:55 - Dr. Neal Schrick, UTIA Dean of Animal Science
1:55 - 2:55 - Dr. Peter Krawszel, UTIA
3:00 - TDPA Annual Business Meeting
Commissioner Jai Templeton, TDA Presentation
President Benjie Daniels—Presentation and election of Board members
4:30 - Adjourn, Visit Trade Show

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September Newsletter

The new September 2016 Tennessee Dairy Producers Association Newsletter is now available.
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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



Tennessee Dairy Producers Association Annual Meeting Schedule

Let us know which meeting you plan to attend, how many people from your farm and any dietary restrictions for the meal to be served. We look forward to see-ing you soon!

MEETING LOCATIONS AND DATES

Thursday, February 4th
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm Vendor Set-up (Embassy Suites Mirabella E-J)

Friday, February 5th
All TDPA Friday sessions will be held in Oakleigh “C” Embassy Suites
8:00 - 8:10 Welcome and Opening Remarks- John Bayless, President, TDPA and Stan Butt, Execu-tive Director, TDPA
8:10 - 8:55- Gary Moore, Executive Director, Land Trust for Tennessee, Opportunities Available For Saving Agricultural Lands
8:55 - 9:55- Dr. Shawn Hawkins, Associate Professor, UTIA, Biosystems Engineering & Soil Sci-ence – Nutrient Management and Utilization of Available Nitrogen
9:55 - 10:15 – Break, Visit Trade Show
10:15 - 11:00 – Geof Smith, DVM. PHD, Ruminant Health and Production Medicine, sponsored by Justin Hull and TechMix
11:00 - 11:45 – Dr. Andrew Griffith, UTIA, Assistant Professor, Ag & Resource Economics –New Grain Sorghum Research and Economic Benefit
11:45 - 12:30 – USDA Agricultural Marketing Service Dairy Programs
12:30 - 2:00 – Lunch and Trade Show Visit (Mirabella)
2:00 - 2:30 – John McClurkin, Tennessee Dept of Agriculture, Available Assistance from Ag Re-source Conservation Fund
2:30 - 4:30 – TDPA Annual Business Meeting
4:30 - Adjourn, Visit Trade Show

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42nd Annual Southern Dairy Conference

The 42nd Annual Southern Dairy Conference will be held March 8-9, 2016 Embassy Suites Atlanta Airport

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2016 Tennessee Area Dairy Producer Meetings

Let us know which meeting you plan to attend, how many people from your farm and any dietary restrictions for the meal to be served. We look forward to see-ing you soon!

MEETING LOCATIONS AND DATES
Monday, Jan. 18 - 7:00 p.m. CST Henry County Farm Bureau 406 N. Poplar Street Paris, TN 38242
Tuesday, Jan. 19 - 12 Noon CST Orlinda Community Center 7501 Highway 52 Orlinda, TN 37141
Tuesday, Jan. 19 - 7:00 p.m. CST First Cumberland Presbyterian 402 2nd Ave. North Lewisburg, TN 37091
Wednesday, Jan. 20 - 7:00 p.m. EST Valley Farmers Coop 920 N. Congress Parkway Athens, TN 37303
Thursday, Jan. 21 - 7:00 p.m. EST Clyde Austin 4-H Center 214 4-H Lane Greeneville, TN 37743

Discussion and information brought to you by the American Dairy Association of Tennessee and the Tennessee Farm Bureau

RESERVATIONS: Call Jeanne at 800.928.6455 or email jbilla@sedairy.org by Wednesday, January 13.



The Wilson Post

Read "The Wilson Post" about Going the milky way; New dairy parlor up and running in Shop Springs; Milk twice daily, every day; Growing up on milk (farms); Building on their family's property; Wilson County's first subway system; Happy cows, happy farmers; Milk and blood

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Reproduction: Keys for Improved Performance

In 2016, the first educational program offered as part of Master Dairy Producer will focus on aspects of reproduction. 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.

MEETING LOCATIONS AND DATES
Greeneville (Greene County) – January 14, Camp 214 4-H Lane, Greeneville, TN  37743
Athens (McMinn County) – January 22, Western Sizzlin, 1804 Decatur Pike, Athens, TN 37303
McMinnville (Warren County) – January 13, TSU Nursery Research Station, 472 Cadillac Lane, McMinnville, TN 37110
Lewisburg (Marshall County) – January 14, Russell Catering 220 Water Street, Lewisburg, TN 37091
Paris (Henry County) – January 12, Henry County UT Extension Office, 1120 Tyson Ave, Paris, TN 38242

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Key Considerations From A Veterinarian's Perspective

In 2015, the third educational program offered as part of Master Dairy Producer will focus on aspects of herd health and its relationship with productivity. Farmers interested in becoming a certified “Master Dairy Producer” will need to attend 2 of the various programs offered during 2015. We anticipate this certification will satisfy the educational component for those intending to apply for the 50% cost share through the TAEP program.

MEETING LOCATIONS AND DATES
Greeneville (Greene County) – October 29, Camp 214 4-H Lane, Greeneville, TN 37743
Athens (McMinn County) – October 30, Western Sizzlin, 1804 Decatur Pike, Athens, TN 37303
Paris (Henry County) – November 12, Henry County UT Extension Office, 1120 Tyson Ave, Paris, TN 38242
• Outside of these face-to-face opportunities, a Zoom link will be available for the November 12 meeting and a recorded version of the meeting will be available through your county agent. Please contact your local Extension office to make arrangements to take advantage of these, if you are unable to attend a face-to-face option.

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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.





Death of McLean Dougherty, Son of Blan & Kathy Dougherty

It is with deepest regrets that we inform our TDPA members of an accident that claimed the life of McLean Dougherty, son of Blan and Kathy Dougherty. McLean drowned in a swimming accident at the popular Blue Cove Hideway in McMinn County near Athens, TN on June 16th. You can access the news story at www.timesfreepress.com/news/local/story/2015/jun/17/man-drowns-former-quarry-mcminn-county/310041/ . We extend our sincere sympathy to Blan, Kathy and family. McLean was laid to rest in a private internment at the Mt. Harmony Cemetery on Saturday, June 20th.



Connecting Cow Comfort To Productivity, Health, & Well-being

In 2015, the second educational program offered as part of Master Dairy Producer will focus on aspects of cow comfort and its relationship with productivity. Farmers interested in becoming a certified “Master Dairy Producer” will need to attend 2 of the various programs offered during 2015. 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:
Greeneville (Greene County)
July 22, Camp 214 4-H Lane, Greeneville, TN 37743

Athens (McMinn County)
July 27, Western Sizzlin, 1804 Decatur Pike, Athens, TN 37303

McMinnville (Warren County)
July 28, TSU Nursery Research Station, 472 Cadillac Lane, McMinnville, TN 37110

Lewisburg (Marshall County)
July 29, Russell Catering 220 Water Street, Lewisburg, TN 37091

Paris (Henry County)
July 30, Henry County UT Extension Office, 1120 Tyson Ave, Paris, TN 38242

Springfield (Robertson County)
July 30, Highland Rim Research & Education Center (main office conference room), 3181 Experiment Station Rd., Springfield, TN 37172

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TDPA Area Meetings Scheduled

You are invited to a Tennessee Dairy Producers Association Area Meeting in your area. John Bayless and Stan Butt, with TDPA, will be giving an update about the TDPA Annual Meeting that was held in January and activi-ties of TDPA and topics of interest concerning you as Tennessee Dairy Producers. A meal will be provided at each location.

Please make your plans to attend by contacting Stan Butt at 931-698-0243 or sreedbutt@gmail.com so that we may have a reasonable count of the number to plan for the meal.

June 9th — Robertson County and surrounding Area, Orlinda Community Center, Orlinda TN at 7 p.m. Josh Wackler and Zoetis will be providing the meal. Dr. Bradley Mills will be the quest speaker.
June 11th - McMinnville (Warren County and surrounding area), TSU Nursery Research Station, 472 Cadil-lac Lane, McMinnville, TN 37110, 6:30 p.m. Josh Wackler and Zoetis will be providing the meal.
June 22nd - Paris (Henry County and surrounding area), Henry Farmers COOP conference room, Hwy 69 on left just past main store. 11:00 a.m. Jeffrey Turner and Purnia Feeds will be providing the meal.
June 25th - Lewisburg (Marshall County and surrounding area), Russell Catering Bldg, 220 Water Street, Lewisburg, TN 37091. 10.00 a.m.—12:00 noon. Dr. Jennifer Hatcher and Rock N Country Vet Clinic and Frank LeGrain and Biotic will be providing the meal
July 1 — TDPA Board Meeting, Logan’s/Cookeville, TN, 10 a.m.

East TN meetings to be scheduled mid to late July



Webinar to Assist Potential Applicants for Conservation Funding

An upcoming webinar on the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) will help potential applicants as they seek available funding. During the current round, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will invest up to $235 million to improve the nation's water quality, combat drought, enhance soil health, support wildlife habitat and protect agricultural production. Partners will match the Federal investment.

"This webinar is a great opportunity to directly engage with our partners," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. "Our goal is to leverage available Federal funding and produce more high-performing on-the-ground conservation solutions."

USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will host the webinar, open to both conservation partners and the general public, on Thursday, June 4, 2015 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EST. To join the webinar, visit https://usdanrcs.adobeconnect.com/r75qxphcya9/. Login to Adobe Connect using the Guest option and enter your name.

NRCS recently simplified the application process by creating new online tools: a pre-proposal fillable form, RCPP pre-application data entry tool and pre-proposal data entry tool instructions. These tools support partners as they fill out and submit their pre-proposal application.

RCPP empowers local leaders to work with multiple partners — such as private companies, local and tribal governments, universities, non-profit groups and other non-government partners — along with farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners to design solutions that work best for their region. Local partners and the federal government both invest funding and manpower to projects to maximize their impact.

USDA is now accepting pre-proposals for RCPP. Pre-proposals are due July 8, 2015. For more information on applying, visit the RCPP website.



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.

"I’m proud of the time and work they put in," says Pighetti. "This was a team effort, and they represented us well."

Dairy Challenge is where students apply past academic learning to a real-world dairy. The UTIA team placed first against other teams after each evaluated the same farm. Each team inspected the operation and conducted interviews with the owners, and then made recommendations about nutrition, reproduction, milking and finances. Teams also answered questions from judges about their recommendations. In its 14-year history, Dairy Challenge has trained more than 4,700 students. A total of 32 universities were represented at this recent competition.

"We were placed in a real-world situation with limited time and expected to analyze a dairy operation," says team member Billy Rochelle. "I have never been with a group who accomplished so much in so little time. Many industry participants were also there discussing internship and job opportunities with their respective companies."

Pighetti says that’s an important part of what the students learned through this experience – the chance to work on a real farm and to lend their expertise. "Basically they are the valued consultants," she says. "They learned how to critically evaluate and identify problems, and come up with the most logical way to fix things."

Other team members agreed the experience will help them meet future career goals. Stephanie Nash’s family operates a middle Tennessee dairy. "The dairy industry has always been a huge part of my life," she says. "I was blessed to be part of this amazing program for four years, and I will keep striving to be the voice for families in the dairy industry," she says.

"My experience at Dairy Challenge was phenomenal," says Ettie Peterson. "I learned so much about the industry through seminars, educational farm tours and sponsors. My entire experience from 6:30 a.m. practice to completing our presentation was beyond rewarding."

Other CASNR students took part in the Dairy Challenge Academy during this event. There was no competition here, but the students were able to also evaluate a working dairy farm alongside two dairy industry professionals. This group included Johnna Davis of Walland, Sydney Dean of Seymour, Jordan McGinnis of Washburn, Josh Snider of Lexington, N.C., and Dustie Strasser of Chapel Hill. Pighetti says this group of younger students may represent UTIA at future Dairy Challenges.

The UT Institute of Agriculture provides instruction, research and outreach through the UT College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the UT College of Veterinary Medicine, UT AgResearch, including its system of 10 research and education centers, and UT Extension offices in every county in the state.



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Learn About Robotic Milking System & Organic Dairy Farming

THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2015
Terry and Jennifer Bishop will host an open house to showcase their new robotic milking system, tunnel ventilated barn and automated mechanical scraper system. Attendees will have the opportunity to tour facility and ask questions about the technology and organic dairying.

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Chilhowee Dairy/ Bishop Farm, 312 Antioch Church Rd., Benton, TN 37307
Lunch and snacks will be provided.
Please RSVP to Shane Webb at (800) 464-2150

FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 2015
Attend an upcoming meeting on organic dairy farming. Regional Pool Manager Gerry Cohn and organic dairy farmer Butch Lay will lead a Q&A session about organic certification, production and animal care.

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Russell’s Catering, 220 Water St., Lewisburg, TN 37091
Lunch and snacks will be provided.

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First Educational Program Offered

In 2015, the first educational program offered as part of Master Dairy Producer will focus on aspects of forage production. Farmers interested in becoming a certified “Master Dairy Producer” will need to attend 2 of the 3 programs offered during 2015. We anticipate this certification will satisfy the educational component for those intending to apply for the 50% cost share through the TAEP program.

Meeting Locations & Dates
The forage production module will be offered at:
Paris (Henry County)
  March 4, Henry County UT Extension Office, 1120 Tyson Ave, Paris, TN 38242
Lewisburg (Marshall County)
  March 12, Russell Catering 220 Water Street, Lewisburg, TN 37091
McMinnville (Warren County)
  March 16, TSU Nursery Research Station, 472 Cadillac Lane, McMinnville, TN 37110
Athens (McMinn County)
  March 18, Western Sizzlin, 1804 Decatur Pike, Athens, TN 37303
Greeneville (Greene County)
  March 19, Camp 214 4-H Lane, Greeneville, TN 37743
Springfield (Robertson County)
  March 25, Highland Rim Research & Education Center (main office conference room),
  3181 Experiment Station Rd., Springfield, TN 37172

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TDPA Annual Meeting Friday January 16 In Murfreesboro

The Tennessee Dairy Producers Association (TDPA) is excited to be holding its Annual meeting in conjunction with the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association Convention and Trade Show. We hope that this endeavor leads to joint benefit for our producers as well as our industry sponsors who share both beef and dairy concerns. TDPA encourages all our dairy producers to take advantage of this first time opportunity to attend the special Friday Dairy sessions and the Trade Show which is designed with both beef and dairy in mind. For those attending all the morning dairy sessions the possibility exist the they will count as one module toward your re-certification of the Master Dairy program which qualifies you for fifty percent cost share through TAEP, so make your plans to attend if at all possible.

All morning Dairy sessions and lunch provided by Stacy Turner and Boehringer Ingelheim will be held at the Rutherford County Extension office at Lane Agri-Park on John Rice Blvd. (Across I-24 from Embassy Suites Hotel.) After lunch you are encouraged to visit the trade show at the Embassy Suites Hotel and the TDPA Annual meeting held in Broadlands A at the Embassy Suites Hotel beginning at 2:30 pm. All dairy producers are encouraged to attend since this will be the business meeting and election of board members.

There will be no registration fee to attend but all producers who plan to attend are asked to register by contacting Stan Butt, TDPA, at 931-698-0243 or by email at sreedbutt@gmail.com To reserve a room at the Embassy Suites Hotel call 615-890-4464 or online at www.murfreesboro.embassysuites.com code CTL. The special rate for the convention is only good if reservations are made by December 23rd. The special rate includes breakfast and happy hour drinks and snacks.

Thursday January 15th
12:00- 2:00 UT Bull Sale – Spring Hill Experiment Station
5:30-7:30 Cattle Health demonstration- “Caring for your Herds Health Needs”- Dr. Lew Strickland- UT Extension veterinarian- Lane Agri-Park 315 John Rice Blvd. (Across I-24 from hotel) Sponsored by Tn. Farmers Coop and UT Extension Service
6:00-10:00 Vendor setup (Mirabella E-J)
7:30-9:30 Board meeting Beef Council Meeting Room

Friday January 16th
7:00-7:30 FACCT Board of Directors Breakfast Meeting (Broadlands A)
8:00-Welcome Jerry Greene TCA President (Mirabella A-C)
Rheba Capps to sing Star Spangled Banner
8:05-8:20 Special Guest Forrest Roberts- Chief Executive Director of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (Mirabella A-C)
8:20-9:10 Cow College 1 “What is Sustainability?” (McDonald's Director of Sustainability Susan Forsell) (Sponsored by Land Trust for Tennessee) (Mirabella A-C)
9:00-9:45 BVD PI working group meeting (Cambridge A)
9:10-9:40 Trade Show opens (Coffee Sponsored by UT Beef and Forage Center) (Mirabella E-J)
9:00-10:00 Farm Animal Care Coalition of Tennessee (FACCT) Annual Meeting (Cambridge B)
9:40 -10:30 Delegate Session (Delegate Session is open to all attendees) (Mirabella A-C)
10:30-11:00 Trade Show Time (Mirabella E-J)
11:00-12:30 Live Cattle Video Auction and discussion (In trade show)(UT Ag. Economist Dr. Andrew Griffith to Discuss Livestock Marketing following video sale.) (Mirabella E-J)
12:30-2:00- Awards Luncheon (Oakleigh AB)
1:30-2:30- Trade Show time (Mirabella E-J)
2:30-4:30 Tn Dairy Producers Annual Meeting (Embassy Broadlands A)
2:30-3:30-Cow College 2 “Forage Systems for Maximizing Profitability in the Beef Business” Dr. Dennis Hancock University of Georgia Forage Specialist (Sponsored by UT Beef and Forage Center) (Mirabella A-C)
3:30 -4:10 Trade Show time (Mirabella E-J)
4:10-5:00 Cow College 3 “Washington DC Policy Update” (Colin Woodall National Cattlemen's Beef Association) (Mirabella A-C)
5:00-6:00 Fundraiser Auction/ Reception (in trade show) (Mirabella E-J)

Friday January 16th
*Morning dairy meetings and lunch will be conducted at the Rutherford County Extension office at Lane Agri-Park on 315 John Rice Blvd. (Across I-24 from Embassy)
8:45 – Welcome and opening remarks – John Bayless, President, TDPA and Stan Butt, Executive Director, TDPA
8:50-9:45 – “Are Futures in Your Future,” Andrew Griffith, Assistant Professor, Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture
9:45-10:30 – Succession Planning, “Now is the Time,” Mark Bolt, Financial Consultant, Mike Tansil, CPIA
10:30-12:00 – Importance of Quality Data – Dr. Jeffrey Bewley, University of Kentucky. Ph.D., Purdue University, Dairy Systems Mgt., M.S. University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dairy Systems Mgt.
12:00-12:30 – SQMI Update – members of SQMI team
12:30-1:30 – Lunch – (Sponsored by Stacy Turner and Boehringer Ingelheim) Community Room in Rutherford County Extension office
Afternoon Schedule
1:30-2:30 – Trade Show at Embassy Suites Hotel (Across I-24)
2:30-4:30 – TDPA Annual Meeting and Election of Board Members Embassy Suites (Broadlands A)
4:30 - Trade Show, TCA Cow College 3, fundraiser auction/reception and safe journey
*Tennessee Dairy Producers Association members are invited to participate in all TCA cow Colleges and events held Saturday.

Saturday January 17th
9:00-12:00 Youth activities
8:00-9:00 Cow College 4 “Environmental Myths” (Dr. Jude Capper Livestock Sustainability Consultant at Livestock Sustainability Consultancy) (Mirabella A-C)
9:00-9:45 Trade Show time (Mirabella E-J)
9:30-10:15 Cattlewomen's Meeting (Broadlands A)
9:45 FarmCredit/TCA Heifer Scholarship announcement.
9:55-10:45 Cow College 5 “Matching Your Cattle to Farm Resources” Burke Teichert” (Manager Deseret Ranch System Retired) Sponsored By Tennessee Angus Breeders (Mirabella A-C)
10:45-11:10 Trade Show time (Mirabella E-J)
11:10-12:00 Cow College 6 “Increasing Reproductive Efficiency through Proper Management” (Dr. Rick Funston Nebraska) (Sponsored by TBCIA) (Mirabella A-C)
12:00-1:30 lunch in trade show (Mirabella E-J)
2:00-3:00 Board meeting (Cambridge A)
Saturday- Youth activities
8:00-9:00 Join us for “Cow College 4” and hear Dr. Jude Capper respond to some of the misinformation about Animal Agriculture (Oakleigh A-B)
9:00-11:30 Quiz Bowl- Embassy Suites Hotel (Cambridge A-B)
10:00-11:00 Youth Scavenger Hunt- Trade Show (Mirabella E-J)
9:00-11:00 “Animal Agriculture ExposedYouth Workshops (30 minute rotating sessions)
What are the FACCTS of animal agriculture?” Lou Nave Executive Director of Farm Animal Care Coalition of Tennessee
Using Social Media to tell our story” Lauren Chase Communications Director of the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association/Tn Beef Council Broadlands A-B)
11:45 Board Bus to Lane Agri-Park (315 John Rice Blvd) For lunch
12:00 Lunch at Lane Agri Park (Tennessee Cattlemen's Association update)
1:00-2:30 Be a Beef Leader-FFA and Beef Ambassador leaders
2:45- Bus returns to Embassy Suites for departure


Williams wins Olivia "The Rocking Cow"

The donation of five dollars for one ticket wins Jim Williams OLIVIA “The Rocking Cow.” Jim Williams, the farm manager for Beasleyland Dairy in Chapel Hill,TN, made the donation in support of the Tennessee Dairy Producers Association Youth Promotion Fund. His daughter Gracie had other thoughts, she wanted to win OLIVIA. Jim’s ticket, or Gracie’s, was drawn at the Tennessee Jr. Dairy Expo and he was notified that night, but it took several weeks to get her delivered.

OLIVIA was handcrafted by Dr. Dennis Onks, retired Director of the UT AgResearch’s Middle Tennessee Dairy Research and Education Center located at the Tennessee Agriculture Experiment Station in Spring Hill, TN. Dr. Onks is an Advisory Board member for TDPA and he offered to create a special item to be used to help raise funds for TDPA. OLIVIA was the result of many hours of wood working and painting by Dr. Onks. She even carries a plate of authenticity attached to one of her rockers.

Congratulations to Jim and Gracie and a special thank you to Dr. Onks for making OLIVIA. Contributions totaled over eleven hundred dollars for the fund.


2015 Georgia Dairy Conference January 12-14

The 2015 Georgia Dairy Conference is rapidly approaching and we would like to invite your members to join us! This year’s conference will take place at the Savannah Riverfront Marriott in Savannah, Georgia, Jan. 12-14, 2015.

The Georgia Dairy Conference (GDC) is dedicated to providing dairymen with significant and practical “take-home” information. Thanks to support from generous industry supporters, the GDC has earned a reputation as a top educational conference in the Southeast. In 2014, more than 250 producers and dairy industry representatives attended this three-day event. This year, we’re building on that momentum by delivering another high-impact conference. Leading experts will make presentations on topics ranging from nutrition and genetics to the future of the dairy industry, dairy sustainability and economics.

In addition to our quality line-up of educational speakers, we will also host the first Southeast Dairy Student Symposium during the GDC on Tuesday, Jan. 13 from 6 to 9 p.m. This program is designed to provide students, interested in the dairy industry, with a platform to explore careers and internship opportunities in the Southeast. The objectives of the symposium are to connect dairymen, industry affiliates and future graduates; promote the exchange of ideas and experiences among students, dairymen and industry affiliates; and to build networking opportunities for future graduates.

We hope you will join us as we invest to make the Southeast dairy industry competitive in a national context. The registration fee for dairymen outside of Georgia and guests is $100. Your company is also invited to exhibit during our trade show. Visit our website at www.gamilk.org to download an agenda, registration forms and exhibitor information. If you would like additional information, please contact Farrah Newberry or Allison Fortner at 706-310-0020.

Monday, January 12th
8:30 a.m. ACCM Board of Directors Meeting
10:00 GA Milk Board of Directors Meeting
12:00 p.m. Registration and GDYF Board of Directors Meeting
12:00 p.m. SUDIA / ADA of GA Board Meeting
2:30 p.m. GA Dairy Industry Update - GA Milk, SUDIA, etc.
3:45 Exhibit Break and Door Prize Drawing 4:15 Securing a Sustainable Milk Supply for the Southeast Dairy Market Dr. Roger Cady, Elanco Animal Health
5:15 Q & A / Exhibitor Break
6:30 Evening Banquet

Tuesday, January 13th
7:30 a.m. Small Steps Add Up in Sustainability
Erin Fitzgerald, VP of Sustainability for the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy
Andrea Sensenig, Pennyslvania Dairy Producer and 2014 U.S. Sustainability Award Winner
8:15 Decision Making for Clinical Mastitis
Pam Ruegg, University of Wisconsin-Madison
9:00 Silages and Forages
Limin Kung, University of Delaware
10:00 Exhibitor/Refreshment Break
10:30 Understanding Consumer & Processor Quality Standards
Mark Wustenburg, Tillamook Creamery
11:15 Employee Management Simplified Tom Wall, Dairy Coach, LLC
12:15 Lunch
1:15 p.m. Dry Cow and Heat Stress Management
Dr. Jose Santos, University of Florida
2:00 Hormonal Sync Programs
Paul Fricke University of Wisconsin
2:45 Exhibitor/Refreshment Break
3:15 Feed Shrink Management
Dr. Jeff Weyers, Vicor

January 12-14, 2015
Savannah Riverfront Marriott
4:00 Troubleshooting Milk Quality Issues on Your Dairy Farm
Mark Wustenburg, Tillamook Creamery
6:00 Southeast Dairy Student Symposium

Wednesday, January 14
7:15 a.m. Sponsored Continental Breakfast
7:45 Ray West - SE DHIA Report
8:00 Electronic Heat Detection
Paul Fricke, University of Wisconsin
8:45 The (Almost) Perfect Parlor
Tom Wall, Dairy Coach, LLC
9:30 Refreshment Break
10:00 Milkfat Depression
Tom Jenkins, Clemson University
10:45 Co-op Mgrs. Panel, Cost to Balance SE Market
11:45 Q & A Session - Adjourn


National Mastitis Council 54th Annual Meeting set for Feb. 1-3

The National Mastitis Council (NMC) will host its 54th Annual Meeting, Feb. 1-3, 2015 at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tenn.

This three-day international forum will provide milk quality professionals the opportunity to exchange information on udder health, milking management and milk quality. Anyone with a vested interest in milk quality – milk quality specialists, veterinarians, milk plant field staff, dairy suppliers, dairy producers, university researchers, extension specialists and students – is invited to attend and exchange ideas.

“We’re excited to welcome a distinguished group of milk quality professionals from around the world to Memphis,” says Gary Neubauer, senior manager, dairy technical services at Zoetis and 2015 NMC Annual Meeting Program Chairman.

The annual meeting will kick-off Sunday, February 1 with six specialized short courses. General sessions open on Monday, February 2 and will run through Tuesday, February 3. “Milk Quality: What the Market Needs, Wants, Demands,” will be the featured symposium Tuesday afternoon. Four additional short courses will be offered Tuesday evening. Rounding out the educational opportunities will be the Technology Transfer Session (poster session) held on Monday and Tuesday.

“This year’s program is focused on the systems approach to milk quality encompassing the people, the equipment and the environment,” notes Neubauer.  “Our goal is for anyone who attends the meeting to take home practical ideas that they can implement immediately in the field or on the farm.”

Other highlights of the upcoming meeting include recognizing the National Dairy Quality Award winners and the recipient of the NMC Award of Excellence for Mastitis Prevention and Control, as well as introducing the NMC Scholars.

The complete program and agenda can be found online at: http://nmconline.org/annualmeet/2015/.

NMC is a professional organization devoted to reducing mastitis and enhancing milk quality. NMC promotes research and provides information to the dairy industry on udder health, milking management, milk quality and milk safety. Founded in 1961, NMC has close to 1,500 members in more than 40 countries throughout the world. For additional information: http://nmconline.org


TDPA Permitting Workshop

The Tennessee Dairy Producers Association Permitting Workshop will be held October 24, 2014 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Ellington Agricultural Center's Ed Jones Auditorium. The moderators will be TDPA Executive Director Stan Butt and TDPA and Robertson County Extension Agent/UT Extension Agent Paul Hart.

"Please RSVP to sreedbutt@gmail.com or call 931-698-0243 by Tuesday 12:00 noon for head count for lunch." to bottom of Agenda.

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TN Ag Literacy Week Coming November 16-22

November 16-22, 2014, has been designated as Tennessee Agriculture Literacy Week. This will be an outstanding opportunity for farmers and ranchers and other agriculture industry representatives to read children's books about the agriculture industry to school students. Volunteers are needed to visit elementary school classrooms around the state to read agriculturally themed books and talk about the importance of Tennessee Agriculture. Tennessee agriculture industry volunteers are encouraged to read agriculturally themed books to elementary school children showcasing the diversity of Tennessee agriculture and the role agriculture plays in our daily lives.

Volunteers should schedule their classroom visits with schools at least two weeks before their readings. All readings should be completed by November 22, 2014. All volunteers are encouraged to complete the Tennessee Agriculture Literacy Week, report by December 31, 2014 (report www.TennesseeAg.org). Tennessee Agriculture Literacy Week is a great opportunity to teach our next generation about the Tennesseans who provide the food, fuel and fiber for the world's growing population. Tennessee Agriculture Literacy Week is sponsored by the Tennessee Agriculture Education Committee, representing Tennessee's agriculture producers.

To learn more about the Agricultural Literacy Library, please contact Lou Nave, 615/970-8065 or Lou.Facct@gmail.com.


Dairy Farm Bill Meeting - Dairy Margin protection Program

Dr. Griffith will address the Margin Protection Program and how you can use the program to help insure an income over feed cost margin for the milk you are producing. He will demonstrate the MPP-Dairy decision tool to help you make a sound decision on insuring your margin. He will also provide information on how the entire program will work and the rules you must follow to operate in this program. These meetings will start at 10:30 am and should end sometime around 1:30 PM. Lunch will be provided. Please call the number below to the location you would like to attend, to help with the meal count. I hope you will be able to attend.

Lewisburg Location: Russell Catering, 220 Water Street, Lewisburg, TN
Date: October 20th, 2014 - Phone number: 931-359-1929

Greeneville Location: First Baptist Church Greeneville, 211 N Main St, Greeneville, TN.
Date: October 27th, 2014 - Phone number: 423-798-1710

Madisonville Location: Monroe County Farm Bureau, 510 Main St, Madisonville, TN
Date: October 28th, 2014 - Phone number: 423-442-2433

Paris Location: Henry County Extension Office, 1120 Tyson Avenue, Paris, TN
Date: November 6th, 2014 - Phone number: 731-642-2941

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Tennessee's Wild Hog Eradication Action Team - W.H.E.A.T.

W.H.E.A.T. is a 24-organization partnership dedicated to the eradication of wild hogs in Tennessee. This video has information on the problems of wild hogs and what to do about wild hogs in Tennessee by the the Wild Hog Eradication Action Team, or W.H.E.A.T.


Tennessee Signs On to Plan to Protect Dairy Industry

Four of the most dreaded words in agriculture are Hoof and Mouth Disease, which can be devastating to livestock producers and wreak havoc on the farm economy. In conjunction with June Dairy Month, Gov. Bill Haslam has signed an agreement that partners Tennessee with eight other states to protect the dairy industry in the event of an HMD outbreak.

Known as the Secure Milk Supply Plan, the agreement sets standards by which milk producers, haulers and processors would interact with animal health authorities to reduce the risk of spreading HMD during an outbreak. The regional effort is part of the national initiative to develop biosecurity measures that would allow for the movement of milk without undermining HMD control and eradication efforts.

“Livestock and livestock products are the largest generator of revenue for Tennessee farmers, so an HMD outbreak here would be especially crippling to our ag economy,” Tennessee Department of Agriculture state veterinarian Charles Hatcher said. “This plan allows us to take appropriate disease protection measures during an outbreak while minimizing the impact to producers and processors so that the dairy industry can continue to function.”

HMD is a highly contagious disease that affects cloven-hooved animals, but not humans. The virus causes fever, followed by painful blisters on the animal’s mouth and hooves, and can cause extreme weight loss, lameness and reduced milk production. Although the disease has not been seen in the U.S. since 1929, outbreaks occur every year in other countries and the disease could easily be introduced through international trade.

In the event of a HMD outbreak, the movement of animals, animal products such as milk, people and vehicles would be restricted until the extent of the outbreak is known. Under the plan, non-affected dairies that meet certain qualifications would be allowed to ship milk in-state or to any participating state.

“We want to make sure the cure is not worse than the disease,” Hatcher said. “Education of and participation by dairy producers and processors is critical to the plan’s success.”

Some of the biosecurity requirements for dairy producers include recording vehicles and visitors, milk tank washing and disinfection, use of protective gear and other measures at pick-up and delivery. The most important part of the SMS plan is biosecurity measures surrounding the truck picking up milk from an approved participating dairy.

TDA has conducted regional workshops in Murfreesboro and Madisonville for dairy producers to demonstrate biosecurity procedures. “I want to thank the Tennessee Dairy Producers Association for their leadership and support of this initiative,” said Agriculture Commissioner Julius Johnson. “This type of partnership is particularly critical to protecting the dairy industry in the event of a disease outbreak.” For more information on the Secure Milk Supply Plan and other educational opportunities, contact the State Veterinarian’s Office at 615-837-5120.

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Olivia Rocks For TDPA

Dr. Dennis Onks, retired UT Extension leader, has created a one of a kind, hand crafted, rocking cow for the Tennessee Dairy Producers Association (TDPA) Youth Promotion Fund. She has been created to offer some child a very happy experience and a life time of memories. Dr. Onks and his wife June resided in Spring Hill for 13 years where Dr. Onks was Director of UT AgResearch’s Middle Tennessee and Dairy Research and Education Center located at the Tennessee Agriculture Experiment Station. Dr. Onks is an Advisory Board member for the TDPA and offered to create a special item to be used to help raise funds for the TDPA Fund. OLIVIA, THE ROCKING COW was the result of many hours of wood working and painting by Dr. Onks. She even carries a plate of authenticity attached to one of her rockers.

Olivia has made the rounds in the Dairy world during the early months of 2014. She has been in all three grand divisions of the great state of Tennessee at the annual regional meetings of the TDPA in Paris, Orlinda, Lewisburg, Cookeville, Athens, and Greenville. She attended the Tennessee Jersey Club meeting in Murfreesboro, the Tennessee Holstein Spring Sale in Lebanon and two dairy sales in Nolensville, and Murfreesboro. During the coming months she may show up anywhere and she will be at the Tennessee Jr. Dairy Expo, where the lucky ticket will be drawn.

Tickets can be obtained for a donation of five dollars per ticket from Stan Butt, Executive Director, TDPA. Stan is a resident of Maury County and can be reached at 931-698-0243 or by email at sreedbutt@gmail.com. Give him a call for a ticket. He will be traveling back and forth across the state the next several months visiting Tennessee dairies and will be happy to drop by your operation.


TDPA Annual Meetings Challenged by Weather
"Excellent Content, Good Crowds, and Good Food"

“Excellent content, good crowds, and most importantly, good food,” was how one attendee responded in an email about our annual meetings.  Producers had the opportunity to visit with each other and with TDPA Corporate Sponsors before and during each of the meetings. The Paris meeting had to be cancelled because of 3-4 inches of  ice, sleet and snow and Orlinda was rescheduled to Wednesday.

President John Bayless opened the meetings with a welcome and a message from the board stating, “From the foothills of the Smokies to the Delta, the Sweetwater Valley to the Cumberland Plateau, the Highland Rim to the Central Basin, we represent ALL dairy farmers regardless of size, breed, or how and where the milk is marketed.” His power point presentation listed all the current board members and those in attendance at each meeting were recognized..

Next, he introduced new Executive, Stan Butt for a few brief comments and recognition of TDPA Corporate Sponsors. Southeast Select Sires, Tennessee Farmers CO-OP Feeds, and Tennessee Department of Agriculture, TAEP program were recognized as $5,000 Premier Sponsors. Foothills Farmers CO-OP was recognized as a $2,500 Titanium Sponsor; Farm Credit Services, Dairy Farmers of America, Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative, and Purina Animal Health as $1,500  Platinum Sponsors; Mike Tansil and Layne Crop Ins, and Stacey Turner and Boehringer Ingelheim as $1,000 Gold Sponsors; Bordens Milk, CPC Commodities, First Bank and Trust, Land Trust for Tennessee, Marshall Farmers Coop, Rutherford Farmers Coop, Tech Mix and Traditions Auction Services as $500 Silver Sponsors; and  Alltech, Gerald Todd Trucking, Tony Jones with H & R AGRI-POWER, Middle Tennessee Dairy Service, Southern States, Glasgow, KY, and Valley Farmers CO-OP as $250 Bronze Sponsors..

President Bayless continued with a special thanks to Tim Riley with Southeast Select Sires, Dr. Dennis Onks, advisory board member and creator of OLIVIA– the rocking cow and Tony White– Past President  from 2009 when TDPA was chartered until December 2013. Will Moss, Bengi Daniels, Sam Smith, and Tommy Roberson were elected as new board members. Dr. Peter Krawcel, Assistant Professor, UT Dairy Extension and Research, spoke on UT’s commitment to the Tennessee Dairy Industry, new staff and special programs involving Dairy research, Deborah Boyd, TDPA Secretary/Treasurer, covered  information about the new Farm Bill’s Dairy Policy Reform and the Margin Protection Program.

President Bayless introduced  the Keynote Speaker, Dr. Bob James, Professor of Dairy Sciences at Virginia Tech and he  addressed the needs of Dairy production in the Southeast and gave an outstanding presentation on the “Economics of Calf Rearing.” Everyone left filled, informed and optimistic about the prospects for 2014.

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Milking Contest Draws Big Crowd at “Ag Day”

House Agriculture Committee Chairman, Curtis Halford, Vice-Chairman, Andy Holt and Tennessee Commissioner of Agriculture, Julius Johnson graciously welcomed the crowd as snow fell on Legislative Plaza. A Big thank you to TDPA member Ryan Gardner from Trace-View Holsteins, Santa Fe for bringing Tess and Angie, both haltered Holsteins, for the milking contest at “Ag Day on the Hill.” TDPA assisted Representative Holt and Keith Harrison, Tennessee Farmers COOP in making arrangements for this year’s milking contest.

This year the contest was won by Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and his able bodied assistant, State Senator Frank Niceley. Together, they had enough “pull” to edge out House Speaker Beth Harwell, who had won the contest the past two years. Lt. Gov. Ramsey was under a lot of pressure to win with all three of his grandsons watching. A check for seven hundred and fifty dollars ($750) was presented to Second Harvest Food Bank on behalf of the Farm and Forest Families of Tennessee.

TDPA President John Bayless and TDPA Executive, Stan Butt, were on hand to meet and greet legislators and offer delicious samples of cheese. They also worked with SUDIA area manager, Denise Jones, passing out milk, provided by Purity Dairies.

The overall feeling by those participating was that “Ag Day on the Hill” this year was a huge success.


Pictured left to right, Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, Stan Butt, Sen. Frank Nicely, Ryan Gardner, TDPA President John Bayless


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TAEP Continuing Education Qualifications Updated

New Qualifications for 50 Percent Cost Share Effective 2015

NASHVILLE -- In an effort to enhance the state’s agricultural industry and to increase farmers’ capacity to produce, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture is encouraging producers to take advantage of new continuing education opportunities now offered by the University of Tennessee Extension.

“Agricultural leaders recently unveiled a strategic plan to grow and develop our industry over the next decade,” Agriculture Commission Julius Johnson said. “Education and research were recognized as key components for helping us achieve our goals, and these continuing education opportunities will be important for producers to maximize efficiency in their operations and to increase farm profitability.”

Beginning in 2015, producers who wish to qualify for 50 percent cost share funding through the Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program may need to participate in UT advanced continuing education opportunities by certain TAEP reimbursement deadlines. This gives producers nearly two years to complete the new continuing education opportunities. For the 2014 application period, any Master producer certificates received prior to 2015 will still qualify for 50 percent cost share.

A schedule detailing current certification expiration dates and renewal deadlines, by program, is available at www.tn.gov/taep under Master Certification Information in the TAEP News section. Class offerings for 2014 were recently announced by UT Extension and are posted at utextension.tennessee.edu.

All current Tennessee Quality Milk certificates will expire May 1, 2015, so all dairy producers wishing to qualify for TAEP funds in 2015 will need to become certified as a Master Dairy Producer before Dec. 1, 2015.

TAEP Continuing Education QUALIFICATIONs UPDATED 2 – 2 – 2 – 2 – 2

Once all current certificates expire, producers will need to participate in continuing education programs every three years with the exception of dairy, which is an annual certification based on fewer class hours each year. Applications for 2014 TAEP cost share programs are expected to be available in April.

TAEP was established in 2005 by the Tennessee General Assembly and has been fully funded by Gov. Bill Haslam through a portion of the state’s cigarette sales tax. The program is administered by TDA to assist qualifying producers with cost share funds of up to 50 percent on farm improvement projects to increase efficiency and farm income. A UT study shows that for every TAEP dollar invested nearly $4 is generated in additional economic activity in local communities.

For more information, visit www.tn.gov/taep or call the TAEP general information line at 1-800-342-8206.



USDA Announcement of Advanced Class Prices

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Meet Your New Executive

The Tennessee Dairy Producers Association (TDPA) is pleased to announce that Stan Butt has been chosen to serve as their new Executive Director. Tony White, president of TDPA, said, “ the TDPA board is excited to have someone with Stan’s experience to step into this new position. We are confident that he will bring continuity to our association and will be a positive voice for our industry.” Stan grew up in Portland, Sumner County, Tennessee and recalls his first milking experience was hand milking an old Jersey cow belonging to a neighboring farmer. Stan graduated from Portland High School and went on to receive his college degree from Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, Tennessee. Stan’s first position was with the Middle Tennessee Council of the Boy Scouts of America, in Nashville, serving as the District Executive for the Dan Beard District. As a District Executive, he attended the National Executive Institute in New Jersey preparing him for his career ahead. Stan and his wife Sheila have been married 41 years and have three sons of their own and one adopted son and thirteen grandchildren. They reside in Columbia, Maury County, Tennessee where they lived since 1985. In his new position, Stan will become the contact person for TDPA assuming the many responsibilities under taken by the board since the formation of TDPA in 2009. His primary responsibilities will include being a proactive voice for the dairy industry, increasing membership in the association, securing and maintaining funding for the association, working to involve and retain youth in the dairy industry, interacting with the many livestock entities in the state as well as serving as the legislative liaison in both Nashville and Washington.

The Tennessee Dairy Producers Association is a non-profit organization seeking to represent all dairy producers in Tennessee, expediting a consistent and proactive response to issues affecting the viability of the dairy industry in Tennessee and serving as an unbiased source of information for producers as well as consumers.



 
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Tennessee Valley Livestock Conference
DAIRY Program Sponsored by Ag Central CO-OP

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The Tennessee Valley Livestock Conference will take place on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at Walters State Great Smoky Mountians Expo Center, 1615 Pavilion Drive, White Pine, TN 37890 (Exit 8 off I-81). It is in association with the Tennessee Dairy Producers Association, TN Cattlemen’s Association, NC Cattlemen’s Association, and VA Cattlemen’s Association.

SCHEDULE
8:00-9:30 Registration
9:30–10:00 Brady Catob/Delaval Automated Calf feeding
10:05-10:45 Nick Kunkel/Delaval Robotic Milking (VMS)
10:45-11:00 Break - Visit Industry Trade Show
11:00-11:30 Rick Elling/JOZ Automated Feed Pusher & Scrappers
11:30-12:00 Alan Brandmeyer/Trioliet Automated TMR Feeding
12:00-1:00 LUNCH—Visit Trade Show
1:00-3:00 Panel Discussion—Jai Templeton, Commissioner of Agriculture, John McClurkin, Water Resource Division, TN Dept of Ag, Shari Meghreblian, Deputy Commissioner of TDEC, and Stefan Maupin, Director of Public Policy TN Farm Bureau Federation

Be Present to Win a DeLaval Hand held cell counter DCC or a DeLaval mini swinging brushMSB!

FOR INFORMATION
Contact Eric Risser, AgCentral, 423-368-7753 or 800-467-2150
Stan Butt, TDPA 931-698-0243
Please RSVP to Eric or Stan

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Tennessee NRCS Provides EQIP Assistance to Address
Pasture and Hayland in Counties with Severe, Extreme,
or Exceptional Drought Conditions

Sign-up Deadline is May 19, 2017

NASHVILLE, April 11, 2017 – As a result of the drought issues faced by Tennessee’s pasture and hayland producers, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is providing financial and technical assistance through its Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Drought Special Sign Up to help address natural resource concerns on damaged land in counties with D2 (Severe), D3 (Extreme), and D4 (Exceptional) drought conditions—as designated on the U.S. Drought Monitor map dated November 22, 2016.

“Through this special sign up, producers may apply for assistance to install conservation practices that can help treat identified resource concerns to reduce the negative impacts of current drought conditions, and will help improve the sustainability of their operation in the long run,” said Jamie Carpenter, Acting State Conservationist, NRCS Tennessee.

Conservation practices available to producers through this special sign up include: Forage and Biomass Planting, Critical Area Planting, Access Control, Prescribed Grazing, Fence, Livestock Pipeline, Pumping Plant, Spring Development, Water Well, Watering Facility, and Heavy Use Area Protection.

Interested producers are encouraged to visit their local USDA service center to apply or to learn more about drought assistance. The deadline to sign up for this special drought initiative is May 19, 2017.

Additional program requirements and information about EQIP is available on the Tennessee NRCS website at www.tn.nrcs.usda.gov.

EQIP is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers to address natural resource concerns on agricultural and forest land.



Tools and Strategies To Improve Milk On your Farm

In 2017, the first educational program offered as part of Master Dairy Producer will focus on options and strategies for managing milk quality. Farmers interested in becoming a certified “Master Dairy Producer” will need to attend 2 of the various programs offered during 2017. We anticipate this certification will satisfy the educational component for those intending to apply for the 50% cost share through the TAEP program.

Meeting Locations and Dates
Please contact the local agent about registering one week before meeting date.
The module will be offered at:
Greeneville (Greene County) – March 7, Camp 214 4-H Lane, Greeneville, TN 37743
McMinnville (Warren County) – March 9, TSU Nursery Research Station, 472 Cadillac Lane, McMinnville, TN 37110
Athens (McMinn County) – March 15, Western Sizzlin, 1804 Decatur Pike, Athens, TN 37303
Lewisburg (Marshall County) – March 27, Russell Catering 220 Water Street, Lewisburg, TN 37091
Paris (Henry County) – March 28, Henry County UT Extension Office, 1120 Tyson Ave, Paris, TN 38242

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Financial Statements on Federal Orders 6 & 7

The combined financial statements for the Administrative and Marketing Service Funds for the orders administered from the office for the calendar year ending December 31, 2016.

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Farm Bureau Working on New Milk Price Insurance

A new type of dairy revenue insurance, that would offer regional protection against both milk price and production declines, is being worked on by the American Farm Bureau Federation, American Farm Bureau Insurance Services (AFBIS) and academic collaborators including dairy economist Marin Bozic.

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More Ag Groups Announce Support for 'DAIRY PRIDE' Act

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin says her 'DAIRY PRIDE' Act continues to pick up endorsements from prominent farms groups. The newest of those supporters include the Wisconsin and American Farm Bureau organizations.

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Tennessee NRCS Provides EQIP Assistance to Address
Pasture and Hayland in Counties with Severe, Extreme,
or Exceptional Drought Conditions

Sign-up Deadline is May 19, 2017

NASHVILLE, April 11, 2017 – As a result of the drought issues faced by Tennessee’s pasture and hayland producers, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is providing financial and technical assistance through its Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Drought Special Sign Up to help address natural resource concerns on damaged land in counties with D2 (Severe), D3 (Extreme), and D4 (Exceptional) drought conditions—as designated on the U.S. Drought Monitor map dated November 22, 2016.

“Through this special sign up, producers may apply for assistance to install conservation practices that can help treat identified resource concerns to reduce the negative impacts of current drought conditions, and will help improve the sustainability of their operation in the long run,” said Jamie Carpenter, Acting State Conservationist, NRCS Tennessee.

Conservation practices available to producers through this special sign up include: Forage and Biomass Planting, Critical Area Planting, Access Control, Prescribed Grazing, Fence, Livestock Pipeline, Pumping Plant, Spring Development, Water Well, Watering Facility, and Heavy Use Area Protection.

Interested producers are encouraged to visit their local USDA service center to apply or to learn more about drought assistance. The deadline to sign up for this special drought initiative is May 19, 2017.

Additional program requirements and information about EQIP is available on the Tennessee NRCS website at www.tn.nrcs.usda.gov.

EQIP is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers to address natural resource concerns on agricultural and forest land.



2017 TDPA Annual Meeting Scheduled

The 2017 Tennessee Dairy Producers Annual Meeting Friday will be held January 13 in Murfreesboro at the Embassy Suites Hotel and every Producer is invited to attend. Our Featured Speaker this year is Dr. David Kohl. You will not want to miss this opportunity to hear Dr. Kohl. Please find a meeting Schedule included in this mailing. A great lunch is planned of Beef Brisket sponsored by Alltech and Boehringer-Ingelheim. Dr. Neal Schrick and Dr. Peter Krawszel will be on the afternoon agenda before the Annual Business Meeting. Commissioner Jai Templeton will make a special announcement and presentation at the Annual Business Meeting. You will not want to miss his announcement. We want to welcome the Tennessee Holstein Association and the Tennessee Jersey Club as they will be holding their meetings in conjunction with the TCA Convention and the TDPA Annual Meeting. Also, ADA of Tennessee will be holding their meeting on Thursday, January 12 at the Holiday Inn. Everyone is encouraged to make your plans to join us on Friday, January 13, in Oakleigh C, at the Embassy Suites Hotel.

Friday – January 13th
All TDPA Friday sessions except opening session will be held in Oakleigh “C” Embassy Suites
8:00 - 9:00 - Combined Session with TCA, TDPA and TN Sheep Producers—Featured Speaker Dr.
David Kohl - Economics and Agriculture at the Crossroads
9:10 - Welcome and Opening Remarks
9:15 - 10:30 - Dr. David Kohl, Professor Emeritus, VA Tech - Managing in the Economic Reset
10:30 - 10:45 - Break
10:45 - 12:00 - Dr. Kohl—Financial and Management Benchmarks for Sucess
12:15 - 1:45 - Lunch and Trade Show Visit— Lunch sponsored by Elizabeth Lunsford and Alltech
and Stacey Turner and Boehringer-Ingelheim
1:45 - 1:55 - Dr. Neal Schrick, UTIA Dean of Animal Science
1:55 - 2:55 - Dr. Peter Krawszel, UTIA
3:00 - TDPA Annual Business Meeting
Commissioner Jai Templeton, TDA Presentation
President Benjie Daniels—Presentation and election of Board members
4:30 - Adjourn, Visit Trade Show

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September Newsletter

The new September 2016 Tennessee Dairy Producers Association Newsletter is now available.
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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



Tennessee Dairy Producers Association Annual Meeting Schedule

Let us know which meeting you plan to attend, how many people from your farm and any dietary restrictions for the meal to be served. We look forward to see-ing you soon!

MEETING LOCATIONS AND DATES

Thursday, February 4th
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm Vendor Set-up (Embassy Suites Mirabella E-J)

Friday, February 5th
All TDPA Friday sessions will be held in Oakleigh “C” Embassy Suites
8:00 - 8:10 Welcome and Opening Remarks- John Bayless, President, TDPA and Stan Butt, Execu-tive Director, TDPA
8:10 - 8:55- Gary Moore, Executive Director, Land Trust for Tennessee, Opportunities Available For Saving Agricultural Lands
8:55 - 9:55- Dr. Shawn Hawkins, Associate Professor, UTIA, Biosystems Engineering & Soil Sci-ence – Nutrient Management and Utilization of Available Nitrogen
9:55 - 10:15 – Break, Visit Trade Show
10:15 - 11:00 – Geof Smith, DVM. PHD, Ruminant Health and Production Medicine, sponsored by Justin Hull and TechMix
11:00 - 11:45 – Dr. Andrew Griffith, UTIA, Assistant Professor, Ag & Resource Economics –New Grain Sorghum Research and Economic Benefit
11:45 - 12:30 – USDA Agricultural Marketing Service Dairy Programs
12:30 - 2:00 – Lunch and Trade Show Visit (Mirabella)
2:00 - 2:30 – John McClurkin, Tennessee Dept of Agriculture, Available Assistance from Ag Re-source Conservation Fund
2:30 - 4:30 – TDPA Annual Business Meeting
4:30 - Adjourn, Visit Trade Show

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42nd Annual Southern Dairy Conference

The 42nd Annual Southern Dairy Conference will be held March 8-9, 2016 Embassy Suites Atlanta Airport

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2016 Tennessee Area Dairy Producer Meetings

Let us know which meeting you plan to attend, how many people from your farm and any dietary restrictions for the meal to be served. We look forward to see-ing you soon!

MEETING LOCATIONS AND DATES
Monday, Jan. 18 - 7:00 p.m. CST Henry County Farm Bureau 406 N. Poplar Street Paris, TN 38242
Tuesday, Jan. 19 - 12 Noon CST Orlinda Community Center 7501 Highway 52 Orlinda, TN 37141
Tuesday, Jan. 19 - 7:00 p.m. CST First Cumberland Presbyterian 402 2nd Ave. North Lewisburg, TN 37091
Wednesday, Jan. 20 - 7:00 p.m. EST Valley Farmers Coop 920 N. Congress Parkway Athens, TN 37303
Thursday, Jan. 21 - 7:00 p.m. EST Clyde Austin 4-H Center 214 4-H Lane Greeneville, TN 37743

Discussion and information brought to you by the American Dairy Association of Tennessee and the Tennessee Farm Bureau

RESERVATIONS: Call Jeanne at 800.928.6455 or email jbilla@sedairy.org by Wednesday, January 13.



The Wilson Post

Read "The Wilson Post" about Going the milky way; New dairy parlor up and running in Shop Springs; Milk twice daily, every day; Growing up on milk (farms); Building on their family's property; Wilson County's first subway system; Happy cows, happy farmers; Milk and blood

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Reproduction: Keys for Improved Performance

In 2016, the first educational program offered as part of Master Dairy Producer will focus on aspects of reproduction. 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.

MEETING LOCATIONS AND DATES
Greeneville (Greene County) – January 14, Camp 214 4-H Lane, Greeneville, TN  37743
Athens (McMinn County) – January 22, Western Sizzlin, 1804 Decatur Pike, Athens, TN 37303
McMinnville (Warren County) – January 13, TSU Nursery Research Station, 472 Cadillac Lane, McMinnville, TN 37110
Lewisburg (Marshall County) – January 14, Russell Catering 220 Water Street, Lewisburg, TN 37091
Paris (Henry County) – January 12, Henry County UT Extension Office, 1120 Tyson Ave, Paris, TN 38242

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Key Considerations From A Veterinarian's Perspective

In 2015, the third educational program offered as part of Master Dairy Producer will focus on aspects of herd health and its relationship with productivity. Farmers interested in becoming a certified “Master Dairy Producer” will need to attend 2 of the various programs offered during 2015. We anticipate this certification will satisfy the educational component for those intending to apply for the 50% cost share through the TAEP program.

MEETING LOCATIONS AND DATES
Greeneville (Greene County) – October 29, Camp 214 4-H Lane, Greeneville, TN 37743
Athens (McMinn County) – October 30, Western Sizzlin, 1804 Decatur Pike, Athens, TN 37303
Paris (Henry County) – November 12, Henry County UT Extension Office, 1120 Tyson Ave, Paris, TN 38242
• Outside of these face-to-face opportunities, a Zoom link will be available for the November 12 meeting and a recorded version of the meeting will be available through your county agent. Please contact your local Extension office to make arrangements to take advantage of these, if you are unable to attend a face-to-face option.

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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.





Death of McLean Dougherty, Son of Blan & Kathy Dougherty

It is with deepest regrets that we inform our TDPA members of an accident that claimed the life of McLean Dougherty, son of Blan and Kathy Dougherty. McLean drowned in a swimming accident at the popular Blue Cove Hideway in McMinn County near Athens, TN on June 16th. You can access the news story at www.timesfreepress.com/news/local/story/2015/jun/17/man-drowns-former-quarry-mcminn-county/310041/ . We extend our sincere sympathy to Blan, Kathy and family. McLean was laid to rest in a private internment at the Mt. Harmony Cemetery on Saturday, June 20th.



Connecting Cow Comfort To Productivity, Health, & Well-being

In 2015, the second educational program offered as part of Master Dairy Producer will focus on aspects of cow comfort and its relationship with productivity. Farmers interested in becoming a certified “Master Dairy Producer” will need to attend 2 of the various programs offered during 2015. 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:
Greeneville (Greene County)
July 22, Camp 214 4-H Lane, Greeneville, TN 37743

Athens (McMinn County)
July 27, Western Sizzlin, 1804 Decatur Pike, Athens, TN 37303

McMinnville (Warren County)
July 28, TSU Nursery Research Station, 472 Cadillac Lane, McMinnville, TN 37110

Lewisburg (Marshall County)
July 29, Russell Catering 220 Water Street, Lewisburg, TN 37091

Paris (Henry County)
July 30, Henry County UT Extension Office, 1120 Tyson Ave, Paris, TN 38242

Springfield (Robertson County)
July 30, Highland Rim Research & Education Center (main office conference room), 3181 Experiment Station Rd., Springfield, TN 37172

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TDPA Area Meetings Scheduled

You are invited to a Tennessee Dairy Producers Association Area Meeting in your area. John Bayless and Stan Butt, with TDPA, will be giving an update about the TDPA Annual Meeting that was held in January and activi-ties of TDPA and topics of interest concerning you as Tennessee Dairy Producers. A meal will be provided at each location.

Please make your plans to attend by contacting Stan Butt at 931-698-0243 or sreedbutt@gmail.com so that we may have a reasonable count of the number to plan for the meal.

June 9th — Robertson County and surrounding Area, Orlinda Community Center, Orlinda TN at 7 p.m. Josh Wackler and Zoetis will be providing the meal. Dr. Bradley Mills will be the quest speaker.
June 11th - McMinnville (Warren County and surrounding area), TSU Nursery Research Station, 472 Cadil-lac Lane, McMinnville, TN 37110, 6:30 p.m. Josh Wackler and Zoetis will be providing the meal.
June 22nd - Paris (Henry County and surrounding area), Henry Farmers COOP conference room, Hwy 69 on left just past main store. 11:00 a.m. Jeffrey Turner and Purnia Feeds will be providing the meal.
June 25th - Lewisburg (Marshall County and surrounding area), Russell Catering Bldg, 220 Water Street, Lewisburg, TN 37091. 10.00 a.m.—12:00 noon. Dr. Jennifer Hatcher and Rock N Country Vet Clinic and Frank LeGrain and Biotic will be providing the meal
July 1 — TDPA Board Meeting, Logan’s/Cookeville, TN, 10 a.m.

East TN meetings to be scheduled mid to late July



Webinar to Assist Potential Applicants for Conservation Funding

An upcoming webinar on the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) will help potential applicants as they seek available funding. During the current round, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will invest up to $235 million to improve the nation's water quality, combat drought, enhance soil health, support wildlife habitat and protect agricultural production. Partners will match the Federal investment.

"This webinar is a great opportunity to directly engage with our partners," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. "Our goal is to leverage available Federal funding and produce more high-performing on-the-ground conservation solutions."

USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will host the webinar, open to both conservation partners and the general public, on Thursday, June 4, 2015 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EST. To join the webinar, visit https://usdanrcs.adobeconnect.com/r75qxphcya9/. Login to Adobe Connect using the Guest option and enter your name.

NRCS recently simplified the application process by creating new online tools: a pre-proposal fillable form, RCPP pre-application data entry tool and pre-proposal data entry tool instructions. These tools support partners as they fill out and submit their pre-proposal application.

RCPP empowers local leaders to work with multiple partners — such as private companies, local and tribal governments, universities, non-profit groups and other non-government partners — along with farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners to design solutions that work best for their region. Local partners and the federal government both invest funding and manpower to projects to maximize their impact.

USDA is now accepting pre-proposals for RCPP. Pre-proposals are due July 8, 2015. For more information on applying, visit the RCPP website.



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.

"I’m proud of the time and work they put in," says Pighetti. "This was a team effort, and they represented us well."

Dairy Challenge is where students apply past academic learning to a real-world dairy. The UTIA team placed first against other teams after each evaluated the same farm. Each team inspected the operation and conducted interviews with the owners, and then made recommendations about nutrition, reproduction, milking and finances. Teams also answered questions from judges about their recommendations. In its 14-year history, Dairy Challenge has trained more than 4,700 students. A total of 32 universities were represented at this recent competition.

"We were placed in a real-world situation with limited time and expected to analyze a dairy operation," says team member Billy Rochelle. "I have never been with a group who accomplished so much in so little time. Many industry participants were also there discussing internship and job opportunities with their respective companies."

Pighetti says that’s an important part of what the students learned through this experience – the chance to work on a real farm and to lend their expertise. "Basically they are the valued consultants," she says. "They learned how to critically evaluate and identify problems, and come up with the most logical way to fix things."

Other team members agreed the experience will help them meet future career goals. Stephanie Nash’s family operates a middle Tennessee dairy. "The dairy industry has always been a huge part of my life," she says. "I was blessed to be part of this amazing program for four years, and I will keep striving to be the voice for families in the dairy industry," she says.

"My experience at Dairy Challenge was phenomenal," says Ettie Peterson. "I learned so much about the industry through seminars, educational farm tours and sponsors. My entire experience from 6:30 a.m. practice to completing our presentation was beyond rewarding."

Other CASNR students took part in the Dairy Challenge Academy during this event. There was no competition here, but the students were able to also evaluate a working dairy farm alongside two dairy industry professionals. This group included Johnna Davis of Walland, Sydney Dean of Seymour, Jordan McGinnis of Washburn, Josh Snider of Lexington, N.C., and Dustie Strasser of Chapel Hill. Pighetti says this group of younger students may represent UTIA at future Dairy Challenges.

The UT Institute of Agriculture provides instruction, research and outreach through the UT College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the UT College of Veterinary Medicine, UT AgResearch, including its system of 10 research and education centers, and UT Extension offices in every county in the state.



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Learn About Robotic Milking System & Organic Dairy Farming

THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2015
Terry and Jennifer Bishop will host an open house to showcase their new robotic milking system, tunnel ventilated barn and automated mechanical scraper system. Attendees will have the opportunity to tour facility and ask questions about the technology and organic dairying.

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Chilhowee Dairy/ Bishop Farm, 312 Antioch Church Rd., Benton, TN 37307
Lunch and snacks will be provided.
Please RSVP to Shane Webb at (800) 464-2150

FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 2015
Attend an upcoming meeting on organic dairy farming. Regional Pool Manager Gerry Cohn and organic dairy farmer Butch Lay will lead a Q&A session about organic certification, production and animal care.

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Russell’s Catering, 220 Water St., Lewisburg, TN 37091
Lunch and snacks will be provided.

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First Educational Program Offered

In 2015, the first educational program offered as part of Master Dairy Producer will focus on aspects of forage production. Farmers interested in becoming a certified “Master Dairy Producer” will need to attend 2 of the 3 programs offered during 2015. We anticipate this certification will satisfy the educational component for those intending to apply for the 50% cost share through the TAEP program.

Meeting Locations & Dates
The forage production module will be offered at:
Paris (Henry County)
  March 4, Henry County UT Extension Office, 1120 Tyson Ave, Paris, TN 38242
Lewisburg (Marshall County)
  March 12, Russell Catering 220 Water Street, Lewisburg, TN 37091
McMinnville (Warren County)
  March 16, TSU Nursery Research Station, 472 Cadillac Lane, McMinnville, TN 37110
Athens (McMinn County)
  March 18, Western Sizzlin, 1804 Decatur Pike, Athens, TN 37303
Greeneville (Greene County)
  March 19, Camp 214 4-H Lane, Greeneville, TN 37743
Springfield (Robertson County)
  March 25, Highland Rim Research & Education Center (main office conference room),
  3181 Experiment Station Rd., Springfield, TN 37172

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TDPA Annual Meeting Friday January 16 In Murfreesboro

The Tennessee Dairy Producers Association (TDPA) is excited to be holding its Annual meeting in conjunction with the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association Convention and Trade Show. We hope that this endeavor leads to joint benefit for our producers as well as our industry sponsors who share both beef and dairy concerns. TDPA encourages all our dairy producers to take advantage of this first time opportunity to attend the special Friday Dairy sessions and the Trade Show which is designed with both beef and dairy in mind. For those attending all the morning dairy sessions the possibility exist the they will count as one module toward your re-certification of the Master Dairy program which qualifies you for fifty percent cost share through TAEP, so make your plans to attend if at all possible.

All morning Dairy sessions and lunch provided by Stacy Turner and Boehringer Ingelheim will be held at the Rutherford County Extension office at Lane Agri-Park on John Rice Blvd. (Across I-24 from Embassy Suites Hotel.) After lunch you are encouraged to visit the trade show at the Embassy Suites Hotel and the TDPA Annual meeting held in Broadlands A at the Embassy Suites Hotel beginning at 2:30 pm. All dairy producers are encouraged to attend since this will be the business meeting and election of board members.

There will be no registration fee to attend but all producers who plan to attend are asked to register by contacting Stan Butt, TDPA, at 931-698-0243 or by email at sreedbutt@gmail.com To reserve a room at the Embassy Suites Hotel call 615-890-4464 or online at www.murfreesboro.embassysuites.com code CTL. The special rate for the convention is only good if reservations are made by December 23rd. The special rate includes breakfast and happy hour drinks and snacks.

Thursday January 15th
12:00- 2:00 UT Bull Sale – Spring Hill Experiment Station
5:30-7:30 Cattle Health demonstration- “Caring for your Herds Health Needs”- Dr. Lew Strickland- UT Extension veterinarian- Lane Agri-Park 315 John Rice Blvd. (Across I-24 from hotel) Sponsored by Tn. Farmers Coop and UT Extension Service
6:00-10:00 Vendor setup (Mirabella E-J)
7:30-9:30 Board meeting Beef Council Meeting Room

Friday January 16th
7:00-7:30 FACCT Board of Directors Breakfast Meeting (Broadlands A)
8:00-Welcome Jerry Greene TCA President (Mirabella A-C)
Rheba Capps to sing Star Spangled Banner
8:05-8:20 Special Guest Forrest Roberts- Chief Executive Director of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (Mirabella A-C)
8:20-9:10 Cow College 1 “What is Sustainability?” (McDonald's Director of Sustainability Susan Forsell) (Sponsored by Land Trust for Tennessee) (Mirabella A-C)
9:00-9:45 BVD PI working group meeting (Cambridge A)
9:10-9:40 Trade Show opens (Coffee Sponsored by UT Beef and Forage Center) (Mirabella E-J)
9:00-10:00 Farm Animal Care Coalition of Tennessee (FACCT) Annual Meeting (Cambridge B)
9:40 -10:30 Delegate Session (Delegate Session is open to all attendees) (Mirabella A-C)
10:30-11:00 Trade Show Time (Mirabella E-J)
11:00-12:30 Live Cattle Video Auction and discussion (In trade show)(UT Ag. Economist Dr. Andrew Griffith to Discuss Livestock Marketing following video sale.) (Mirabella E-J)
12:30-2:00- Awards Luncheon (Oakleigh AB)
1:30-2:30- Trade Show time (Mirabella E-J)
2:30-4:30 Tn Dairy Producers Annual Meeting (Embassy Broadlands A)
2:30-3:30-Cow College 2 “Forage Systems for Maximizing Profitability in the Beef Business” Dr. Dennis Hancock University of Georgia Forage Specialist (Sponsored by UT Beef and Forage Center) (Mirabella A-C)
3:30 -4:10 Trade Show time (Mirabella E-J)
4:10-5:00 Cow College 3 “Washington DC Policy Update” (Colin Woodall National Cattlemen's Beef Association) (Mirabella A-C)
5:00-6:00 Fundraiser Auction/ Reception (in trade show) (Mirabella E-J)

Friday January 16th
*Morning dairy meetings and lunch will be conducted at the Rutherford County Extension office at Lane Agri-Park on 315 John Rice Blvd. (Across I-24 from Embassy)
8:45 – Welcome and opening remarks – John Bayless, President, TDPA and Stan Butt, Executive Director, TDPA
8:50-9:45 – “Are Futures in Your Future,” Andrew Griffith, Assistant Professor, Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture
9:45-10:30 – Succession Planning, “Now is the Time,” Mark Bolt, Financial Consultant, Mike Tansil, CPIA
10:30-12:00 – Importance of Quality Data – Dr. Jeffrey Bewley, University of Kentucky. Ph.D., Purdue University, Dairy Systems Mgt., M.S. University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dairy Systems Mgt.
12:00-12:30 – SQMI Update – members of SQMI team
12:30-1:30 – Lunch – (Sponsored by Stacy Turner and Boehringer Ingelheim) Community Room in Rutherford County Extension office
Afternoon Schedule
1:30-2:30 – Trade Show at Embassy Suites Hotel (Across I-24)
2:30-4:30 – TDPA Annual Meeting and Election of Board Members Embassy Suites (Broadlands A)
4:30 - Trade Show, TCA Cow College 3, fundraiser auction/reception and safe journey
*Tennessee Dairy Producers Association members are invited to participate in all TCA cow Colleges and events held Saturday.

Saturday January 17th
9:00-12:00 Youth activities
8:00-9:00 Cow College 4 “Environmental Myths” (Dr. Jude Capper Livestock Sustainability Consultant at Livestock Sustainability Consultancy) (Mirabella A-C)
9:00-9:45 Trade Show time (Mirabella E-J)
9:30-10:15 Cattlewomen's Meeting (Broadlands A)
9:45 FarmCredit/TCA Heifer Scholarship announcement.
9:55-10:45 Cow College 5 “Matching Your Cattle to Farm Resources” Burke Teichert” (Manager Deseret Ranch System Retired) Sponsored By Tennessee Angus Breeders (Mirabella A-C)
10:45-11:10 Trade Show time (Mirabella E-J)
11:10-12:00 Cow College 6 “Increasing Reproductive Efficiency through Proper Management” (Dr. Rick Funston Nebraska) (Sponsored by TBCIA) (Mirabella A-C)
12:00-1:30 lunch in trade show (Mirabella E-J)
2:00-3:00 Board meeting (Cambridge A)
Saturday- Youth activities
8:00-9:00 Join us for “Cow College 4” and hear Dr. Jude Capper respond to some of the misinformation about Animal Agriculture (Oakleigh A-B)
9:00-11:30 Quiz Bowl- Embassy Suites Hotel (Cambridge A-B)
10:00-11:00 Youth Scavenger Hunt- Trade Show (Mirabella E-J)
9:00-11:00 “Animal Agriculture ExposedYouth Workshops (30 minute rotating sessions)
What are the FACCTS of animal agriculture?” Lou Nave Executive Director of Farm Animal Care Coalition of Tennessee
Using Social Media to tell our story” Lauren Chase Communications Director of the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association/Tn Beef Council Broadlands A-B)
11:45 Board Bus to Lane Agri-Park (315 John Rice Blvd) For lunch
12:00 Lunch at Lane Agri Park (Tennessee Cattlemen's Association update)
1:00-2:30 Be a Beef Leader-FFA and Beef Ambassador leaders
2:45- Bus returns to Embassy Suites for departure


Williams wins Olivia "The Rocking Cow"

The donation of five dollars for one ticket wins Jim Williams OLIVIA “The Rocking Cow.” Jim Williams, the farm manager for Beasleyland Dairy in Chapel Hill,TN, made the donation in support of the Tennessee Dairy Producers Association Youth Promotion Fund. His daughter Gracie had other thoughts, she wanted to win OLIVIA. Jim’s ticket, or Gracie’s, was drawn at the Tennessee Jr. Dairy Expo and he was notified that night, but it took several weeks to get her delivered.

OLIVIA was handcrafted by Dr. Dennis Onks, retired Director of the UT AgResearch’s Middle Tennessee Dairy Research and Education Center located at the Tennessee Agriculture Experiment Station in Spring Hill, TN. Dr. Onks is an Advisory Board member for TDPA and he offered to create a special item to be used to help raise funds for TDPA. OLIVIA was the result of many hours of wood working and painting by Dr. Onks. She even carries a plate of authenticity attached to one of her rockers.

Congratulations to Jim and Gracie and a special thank you to Dr. Onks for making OLIVIA. Contributions totaled over eleven hundred dollars for the fund.


2015 Georgia Dairy Conference January 12-14

The 2015 Georgia Dairy Conference is rapidly approaching and we would like to invite your members to join us! This year’s conference will take place at the Savannah Riverfront Marriott in Savannah, Georgia, Jan. 12-14, 2015.

The Georgia Dairy Conference (GDC) is dedicated to providing dairymen with significant and practical “take-home” information. Thanks to support from generous industry supporters, the GDC has earned a reputation as a top educational conference in the Southeast. In 2014, more than 250 producers and dairy industry representatives attended this three-day event. This year, we’re building on that momentum by delivering another high-impact conference. Leading experts will make presentations on topics ranging from nutrition and genetics to the future of the dairy industry, dairy sustainability and economics.

In addition to our quality line-up of educational speakers, we will also host the first Southeast Dairy Student Symposium during the GDC on Tuesday, Jan. 13 from 6 to 9 p.m. This program is designed to provide students, interested in the dairy industry, with a platform to explore careers and internship opportunities in the Southeast. The objectives of the symposium are to connect dairymen, industry affiliates and future graduates; promote the exchange of ideas and experiences among students, dairymen and industry affiliates; and to build networking opportunities for future graduates.

We hope you will join us as we invest to make the Southeast dairy industry competitive in a national context. The registration fee for dairymen outside of Georgia and guests is $100. Your company is also invited to exhibit during our trade show. Visit our website at www.gamilk.org to download an agenda, registration forms and exhibitor information. If you would like additional information, please contact Farrah Newberry or Allison Fortner at 706-310-0020.

Monday, January 12th
8:30 a.m. ACCM Board of Directors Meeting
10:00 GA Milk Board of Directors Meeting
12:00 p.m. Registration and GDYF Board of Directors Meeting
12:00 p.m. SUDIA / ADA of GA Board Meeting
2:30 p.m. GA Dairy Industry Update - GA Milk, SUDIA, etc.
3:45 Exhibit Break and Door Prize Drawing 4:15 Securing a Sustainable Milk Supply for the Southeast Dairy Market Dr. Roger Cady, Elanco Animal Health
5:15 Q & A / Exhibitor Break
6:30 Evening Banquet

Tuesday, January 13th
7:30 a.m. Small Steps Add Up in Sustainability
Erin Fitzgerald, VP of Sustainability for the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy
Andrea Sensenig, Pennyslvania Dairy Producer and 2014 U.S. Sustainability Award Winner
8:15 Decision Making for Clinical Mastitis
Pam Ruegg, University of Wisconsin-Madison
9:00 Silages and Forages
Limin Kung, University of Delaware
10:00 Exhibitor/Refreshment Break
10:30 Understanding Consumer & Processor Quality Standards
Mark Wustenburg, Tillamook Creamery
11:15 Employee Management Simplified Tom Wall, Dairy Coach, LLC
12:15 Lunch
1:15 p.m. Dry Cow and Heat Stress Management
Dr. Jose Santos, University of Florida
2:00 Hormonal Sync Programs
Paul Fricke University of Wisconsin
2:45 Exhibitor/Refreshment Break
3:15 Feed Shrink Management
Dr. Jeff Weyers, Vicor

January 12-14, 2015
Savannah Riverfront Marriott
4:00 Troubleshooting Milk Quality Issues on Your Dairy Farm
Mark Wustenburg, Tillamook Creamery
6:00 Southeast Dairy Student Symposium

Wednesday, January 14
7:15 a.m. Sponsored Continental Breakfast
7:45 Ray West - SE DHIA Report
8:00 Electronic Heat Detection
Paul Fricke, University of Wisconsin
8:45 The (Almost) Perfect Parlor
Tom Wall, Dairy Coach, LLC
9:30 Refreshment Break
10:00 Milkfat Depression
Tom Jenkins, Clemson University
10:45 Co-op Mgrs. Panel, Cost to Balance SE Market
11:45 Q & A Session - Adjourn


National Mastitis Council 54th Annual Meeting set for Feb. 1-3

The National Mastitis Council (NMC) will host its 54th Annual Meeting, Feb. 1-3, 2015 at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tenn.

This three-day international forum will provide milk quality professionals the opportunity to exchange information on udder health, milking management and milk quality. Anyone with a vested interest in milk quality – milk quality specialists, veterinarians, milk plant field staff, dairy suppliers, dairy producers, university researchers, extension specialists and students – is invited to attend and exchange ideas.

“We’re excited to welcome a distinguished group of milk quality professionals from around the world to Memphis,” says Gary Neubauer, senior manager, dairy technical services at Zoetis and 2015 NMC Annual Meeting Program Chairman.

The annual meeting will kick-off Sunday, February 1 with six specialized short courses. General sessions open on Monday, February 2 and will run through Tuesday, February 3. “Milk Quality: What the Market Needs, Wants, Demands,” will be the featured symposium Tuesday afternoon. Four additional short courses will be offered Tuesday evening. Rounding out the educational opportunities will be the Technology Transfer Session (poster session) held on Monday and Tuesday.

“This year’s program is focused on the systems approach to milk quality encompassing the people, the equipment and the environment,” notes Neubauer.  “Our goal is for anyone who attends the meeting to take home practical ideas that they can implement immediately in the field or on the farm.”

Other highlights of the upcoming meeting include recognizing the National Dairy Quality Award winners and the recipient of the NMC Award of Excellence for Mastitis Prevention and Control, as well as introducing the NMC Scholars.

The complete program and agenda can be found online at: http://nmconline.org/annualmeet/2015/.

NMC is a professional organization devoted to reducing mastitis and enhancing milk quality. NMC promotes research and provides information to the dairy industry on udder health, milking management, milk quality and milk safety. Founded in 1961, NMC has close to 1,500 members in more than 40 countries throughout the world. For additional information: http://nmconline.org


TDPA Permitting Workshop

The Tennessee Dairy Producers Association Permitting Workshop will be held October 24, 2014 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Ellington Agricultural Center's Ed Jones Auditorium. The moderators will be TDPA Executive Director Stan Butt and TDPA and Robertson County Extension Agent/UT Extension Agent Paul Hart.

"Please RSVP to sreedbutt@gmail.com or call 931-698-0243 by Tuesday 12:00 noon for head count for lunch." to bottom of Agenda.

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TN Ag Literacy Week Coming November 16-22

November 16-22, 2014, has been designated as Tennessee Agriculture Literacy Week. This will be an outstanding opportunity for farmers and ranchers and other agriculture industry representatives to read children's books about the agriculture industry to school students. Volunteers are needed to visit elementary school classrooms around the state to read agriculturally themed books and talk about the importance of Tennessee Agriculture. Tennessee agriculture industry volunteers are encouraged to read agriculturally themed books to elementary school children showcasing the diversity of Tennessee agriculture and the role agriculture plays in our daily lives.

Volunteers should schedule their classroom visits with schools at least two weeks before their readings. All readings should be completed by November 22, 2014. All volunteers are encouraged to complete the Tennessee Agriculture Literacy Week, report by December 31, 2014 (report www.TennesseeAg.org). Tennessee Agriculture Literacy Week is a great opportunity to teach our next generation about the Tennesseans who provide the food, fuel and fiber for the world's growing population. Tennessee Agriculture Literacy Week is sponsored by the Tennessee Agriculture Education Committee, representing Tennessee's agriculture producers.

To learn more about the Agricultural Literacy Library, please contact Lou Nave, 615/970-8065 or Lou.Facct@gmail.com.


Dairy Farm Bill Meeting - Dairy Margin protection Program

Dr. Griffith will address the Margin Protection Program and how you can use the program to help insure an income over feed cost margin for the milk you are producing. He will demonstrate the MPP-Dairy decision tool to help you make a sound decision on insuring your margin. He will also provide information on how the entire program will work and the rules you must follow to operate in this program. These meetings will start at 10:30 am and should end sometime around 1:30 PM. Lunch will be provided. Please call the number below to the location you would like to attend, to help with the meal count. I hope you will be able to attend.

Lewisburg Location: Russell Catering, 220 Water Street, Lewisburg, TN
Date: October 20th, 2014 - Phone number: 931-359-1929

Greeneville Location: First Baptist Church Greeneville, 211 N Main St, Greeneville, TN.
Date: October 27th, 2014 - Phone number: 423-798-1710

Madisonville Location: Monroe County Farm Bureau, 510 Main St, Madisonville, TN
Date: October 28th, 2014 - Phone number: 423-442-2433

Paris Location: Henry County Extension Office, 1120 Tyson Avenue, Paris, TN
Date: November 6th, 2014 - Phone number: 731-642-2941

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Tennessee's Wild Hog Eradication Action Team - W.H.E.A.T.

W.H.E.A.T. is a 24-organization partnership dedicated to the eradication of wild hogs in Tennessee. This video has information on the problems of wild hogs and what to do about wild hogs in Tennessee by the the Wild Hog Eradication Action Team, or W.H.E.A.T.


Tennessee Signs On to Plan to Protect Dairy Industry

Four of the most dreaded words in agriculture are Hoof and Mouth Disease, which can be devastating to livestock producers and wreak havoc on the farm economy. In conjunction with June Dairy Month, Gov. Bill Haslam has signed an agreement that partners Tennessee with eight other states to protect the dairy industry in the event of an HMD outbreak.

Known as the Secure Milk Supply Plan, the agreement sets standards by which milk producers, haulers and processors would interact with animal health authorities to reduce the risk of spreading HMD during an outbreak. The regional effort is part of the national initiative to develop biosecurity measures that would allow for the movement of milk without undermining HMD control and eradication efforts.

“Livestock and livestock products are the largest generator of revenue for Tennessee farmers, so an HMD outbreak here would be especially crippling to our ag economy,” Tennessee Department of Agriculture state veterinarian Charles Hatcher said. “This plan allows us to take appropriate disease protection measures during an outbreak while minimizing the impact to producers and processors so that the dairy industry can continue to function.”

HMD is a highly contagious disease that affects cloven-hooved animals, but not humans. The virus causes fever, followed by painful blisters on the animal’s mouth and hooves, and can cause extreme weight loss, lameness and reduced milk production. Although the disease has not been seen in the U.S. since 1929, outbreaks occur every year in other countries and the disease could easily be introduced through international trade.

In the event of a HMD outbreak, the movement of animals, animal products such as milk, people and vehicles would be restricted until the extent of the outbreak is known. Under the plan, non-affected dairies that meet certain qualifications would be allowed to ship milk in-state or to any participating state.

“We want to make sure the cure is not worse than the disease,” Hatcher said. “Education of and participation by dairy producers and processors is critical to the plan’s success.”

Some of the biosecurity requirements for dairy producers include recording vehicles and visitors, milk tank washing and disinfection, use of protective gear and other measures at pick-up and delivery. The most important part of the SMS plan is biosecurity measures surrounding the truck picking up milk from an approved participating dairy.

TDA has conducted regional workshops in Murfreesboro and Madisonville for dairy producers to demonstrate biosecurity procedures. “I want to thank the Tennessee Dairy Producers Association for their leadership and support of this initiative,” said Agriculture Commissioner Julius Johnson. “This type of partnership is particularly critical to protecting the dairy industry in the event of a disease outbreak.” For more information on the Secure Milk Supply Plan and other educational opportunities, contact the State Veterinarian’s Office at 615-837-5120.

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Olivia Rocks For TDPA

Dr. Dennis Onks, retired UT Extension leader, has created a one of a kind, hand crafted, rocking cow for the Tennessee Dairy Producers Association (TDPA) Youth Promotion Fund. She has been created to offer some child a very happy experience and a life time of memories. Dr. Onks and his wife June resided in Spring Hill for 13 years where Dr. Onks was Director of UT AgResearch’s Middle Tennessee and Dairy Research and Education Center located at the Tennessee Agriculture Experiment Station. Dr. Onks is an Advisory Board member for the TDPA and offered to create a special item to be used to help raise funds for the TDPA Fund. OLIVIA, THE ROCKING COW was the result of many hours of wood working and painting by Dr. Onks. She even carries a plate of authenticity attached to one of her rockers.

Olivia has made the rounds in the Dairy world during the early months of 2014. She has been in all three grand divisions of the great state of Tennessee at the annual regional meetings of the TDPA in Paris, Orlinda, Lewisburg, Cookeville, Athens, and Greenville. She attended the Tennessee Jersey Club meeting in Murfreesboro, the Tennessee Holstein Spring Sale in Lebanon and two dairy sales in Nolensville, and Murfreesboro. During the coming months she may show up anywhere and she will be at the Tennessee Jr. Dairy Expo, where the lucky ticket will be drawn.

Tickets can be obtained for a donation of five dollars per ticket from Stan Butt, Executive Director, TDPA. Stan is a resident of Maury County and can be reached at 931-698-0243 or by email at sreedbutt@gmail.com. Give him a call for a ticket. He will be traveling back and forth across the state the next several months visiting Tennessee dairies and will be happy to drop by your operation.


TDPA Annual Meetings Challenged by Weather
"Excellent Content, Good Crowds, and Good Food"

“Excellent content, good crowds, and most importantly, good food,” was how one attendee responded in an email about our annual meetings.  Producers had the opportunity to visit with each other and with TDPA Corporate Sponsors before and during each of the meetings. The Paris meeting had to be cancelled because of 3-4 inches of  ice, sleet and snow and Orlinda was rescheduled to Wednesday.

President John Bayless opened the meetings with a welcome and a message from the board stating, “From the foothills of the Smokies to the Delta, the Sweetwater Valley to the Cumberland Plateau, the Highland Rim to the Central Basin, we represent ALL dairy farmers regardless of size, breed, or how and where the milk is marketed.” His power point presentation listed all the current board members and those in attendance at each meeting were recognized..

Next, he introduced new Executive, Stan Butt for a few brief comments and recognition of TDPA Corporate Sponsors. Southeast Select Sires, Tennessee Farmers CO-OP Feeds, and Tennessee Department of Agriculture, TAEP program were recognized as $5,000 Premier Sponsors. Foothills Farmers CO-OP was recognized as a $2,500 Titanium Sponsor; Farm Credit Services, Dairy Farmers of America, Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative, and Purina Animal Health as $1,500  Platinum Sponsors; Mike Tansil and Layne Crop Ins, and Stacey Turner and Boehringer Ingelheim as $1,000 Gold Sponsors; Bordens Milk, CPC Commodities, First Bank and Trust, Land Trust for Tennessee, Marshall Farmers Coop, Rutherford Farmers Coop, Tech Mix and Traditions Auction Services as $500 Silver Sponsors; and  Alltech, Gerald Todd Trucking, Tony Jones with H & R AGRI-POWER, Middle Tennessee Dairy Service, Southern States, Glasgow, KY, and Valley Farmers CO-OP as $250 Bronze Sponsors..

President Bayless continued with a special thanks to Tim Riley with Southeast Select Sires, Dr. Dennis Onks, advisory board member and creator of OLIVIA– the rocking cow and Tony White– Past President  from 2009 when TDPA was chartered until December 2013. Will Moss, Bengi Daniels, Sam Smith, and Tommy Roberson were elected as new board members. Dr. Peter Krawcel, Assistant Professor, UT Dairy Extension and Research, spoke on UT’s commitment to the Tennessee Dairy Industry, new staff and special programs involving Dairy research, Deborah Boyd, TDPA Secretary/Treasurer, covered  information about the new Farm Bill’s Dairy Policy Reform and the Margin Protection Program.

President Bayless introduced  the Keynote Speaker, Dr. Bob James, Professor of Dairy Sciences at Virginia Tech and he  addressed the needs of Dairy production in the Southeast and gave an outstanding presentation on the “Economics of Calf Rearing.” Everyone left filled, informed and optimistic about the prospects for 2014.

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Milking Contest Draws Big Crowd at “Ag Day”

House Agriculture Committee Chairman, Curtis Halford, Vice-Chairman, Andy Holt and Tennessee Commissioner of Agriculture, Julius Johnson graciously welcomed the crowd as snow fell on Legislative Plaza. A Big thank you to TDPA member Ryan Gardner from Trace-View Holsteins, Santa Fe for bringing Tess and Angie, both haltered Holsteins, for the milking contest at “Ag Day on the Hill.” TDPA assisted Representative Holt and Keith Harrison, Tennessee Farmers COOP in making arrangements for this year’s milking contest.

This year the contest was won by Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and his able bodied assistant, State Senator Frank Niceley. Together, they had enough “pull” to edge out House Speaker Beth Harwell, who had won the contest the past two years. Lt. Gov. Ramsey was under a lot of pressure to win with all three of his grandsons watching. A check for seven hundred and fifty dollars ($750) was presented to Second Harvest Food Bank on behalf of the Farm and Forest Families of Tennessee.

TDPA President John Bayless and TDPA Executive, Stan Butt, were on hand to meet and greet legislators and offer delicious samples of cheese. They also worked with SUDIA area manager, Denise Jones, passing out milk, provided by Purity Dairies.

The overall feeling by those participating was that “Ag Day on the Hill” this year was a huge success.


Pictured left to right, Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, Stan Butt, Sen. Frank Nicely, Ryan Gardner, TDPA President John Bayless


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TAEP Continuing Education Qualifications Updated

New Qualifications for 50 Percent Cost Share Effective 2015

NASHVILLE -- In an effort to enhance the state’s agricultural industry and to increase farmers’ capacity to produce, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture is encouraging producers to take advantage of new continuing education opportunities now offered by the University of Tennessee Extension.

“Agricultural leaders recently unveiled a strategic plan to grow and develop our industry over the next decade,” Agriculture Commission Julius Johnson said. “Education and research were recognized as key components for helping us achieve our goals, and these continuing education opportunities will be important for producers to maximize efficiency in their operations and to increase farm profitability.”

Beginning in 2015, producers who wish to qualify for 50 percent cost share funding through the Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program may need to participate in UT advanced continuing education opportunities by certain TAEP reimbursement deadlines. This gives producers nearly two years to complete the new continuing education opportunities. For the 2014 application period, any Master producer certificates received prior to 2015 will still qualify for 50 percent cost share.

A schedule detailing current certification expiration dates and renewal deadlines, by program, is available at www.tn.gov/taep under Master Certification Information in the TAEP News section. Class offerings for 2014 were recently announced by UT Extension and are posted at utextension.tennessee.edu.

All current Tennessee Quality Milk certificates will expire May 1, 2015, so all dairy producers wishing to qualify for TAEP funds in 2015 will need to become certified as a Master Dairy Producer before Dec. 1, 2015.

TAEP Continuing Education QUALIFICATIONs UPDATED 2 – 2 – 2 – 2 – 2

Once all current certificates expire, producers will need to participate in continuing education programs every three years with the exception of dairy, which is an annual certification based on fewer class hours each year. Applications for 2014 TAEP cost share programs are expected to be available in April.

TAEP was established in 2005 by the Tennessee General Assembly and has been fully funded by Gov. Bill Haslam through a portion of the state’s cigarette sales tax. The program is administered by TDA to assist qualifying producers with cost share funds of up to 50 percent on farm improvement projects to increase efficiency and farm income. A UT study shows that for every TAEP dollar invested nearly $4 is generated in additional economic activity in local communities.

For more information, visit www.tn.gov/taep or call the TAEP general information line at 1-800-342-8206.



USDA Announcement of Advanced Class Prices

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Meet Your New Executive

The Tennessee Dairy Producers Association (TDPA) is pleased to announce that Stan Butt has been chosen to serve as their new Executive Director. Tony White, president of TDPA, said, “ the TDPA board is excited to have someone with Stan’s experience to step into this new position. We are confident that he will bring continuity to our association and will be a positive voice for our industry.” Stan grew up in Portland, Sumner County, Tennessee and recalls his first milking experience was hand milking an old Jersey cow belonging to a neighboring farmer. Stan graduated from Portland High School and went on to receive his college degree from Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, Tennessee. Stan’s first position was with the Middle Tennessee Council of the Boy Scouts of America, in Nashville, serving as the District Executive for the Dan Beard District. As a District Executive, he attended the National Executive Institute in New Jersey preparing him for his career ahead. Stan and his wife Sheila have been married 41 years and have three sons of their own and one adopted son and thirteen grandchildren. They reside in Columbia, Maury County, Tennessee where they lived since 1985. In his new position, Stan will become the contact person for TDPA assuming the many responsibilities under taken by the board since the formation of TDPA in 2009. His primary responsibilities will include being a proactive voice for the dairy industry, increasing membership in the association, securing and maintaining funding for the association, working to involve and retain youth in the dairy industry, interacting with the many livestock entities in the state as well as serving as the legislative liaison in both Nashville and Washington.

The Tennessee Dairy Producers Association is a non-profit organization seeking to represent all dairy producers in Tennessee, expediting a consistent and proactive response to issues affecting the viability of the dairy industry in Tennessee and serving as an unbiased source of information for producers as well as consumers.



 
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Tennessee Valley Livestock Conference
DAIRY Program Sponsored by Ag Central CO-OP

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The Tennessee Valley Livestock Conference will take place on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at Walters State Great Smoky Mountians Expo Center, 1615 Pavilion Drive, White Pine, TN 37890 (Exit 8 off I-81). It is in association with the Tennessee Dairy Producers Association, TN Cattlemen’s Association, NC Cattlemen’s Association, and VA Cattlemen’s Association.

SCHEDULE
8:00-9:30 Registration
9:30–10:00 Brady Catob/Delaval Automated Calf feeding
10:05-10:45 Nick Kunkel/Delaval Robotic Milking (VMS)
10:45-11:00 Break - Visit Industry Trade Show
11:00-11:30 Rick Elling/JOZ Automated Feed Pusher & Scrappers
11:30-12:00 Alan Brandmeyer/Trioliet Automated TMR Feeding
12:00-1:00 LUNCH—Visit Trade Show
1:00-3:00 Panel Discussion—Jai Templeton, Commissioner of Agriculture, John McClurkin, Water Resource Division, TN Dept of Ag, Shari Meghreblian, Deputy Commissioner of TDEC, and Stefan Maupin, Director of Public Policy TN Farm Bureau Federation

Be Present to Win a DeLaval Hand held cell counter DCC or a DeLaval mini swinging brushMSB!

FOR INFORMATION
Contact Eric Risser, AgCentral, 423-368-7753 or 800-467-2150
Stan Butt, TDPA 931-698-0243
Please RSVP to Eric or Stan

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Tennessee NRCS Provides EQIP Assistance to Address
Pasture and Hayland in Counties with Severe, Extreme,
or Exceptional Drought Conditions

Sign-up Deadline is May 19, 2017

NASHVILLE, April 11, 2017 – As a result of the drought issues faced by Tennessee’s pasture and hayland producers, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is providing financial and technical assistance through its Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Drought Special Sign Up to help address natural resource concerns on damaged land in counties with D2 (Severe), D3 (Extreme), and D4 (Exceptional) drought conditions—as designated on the U.S. Drought Monitor map dated November 22, 2016.

“Through this special sign up, producers may apply for assistance to install conservation practices that can help treat identified resource concerns to reduce the negative impacts of current drought conditions, and will help improve the sustainability of their operation in the long run,” said Jamie Carpenter, Acting State Conservationist, NRCS Tennessee.

Conservation practices available to producers through this special sign up include: Forage and Biomass Planting, Critical Area Planting, Access Control, Prescribed Grazing, Fence, Livestock Pipeline, Pumping Plant, Spring Development, Water Well, Watering Facility, and Heavy Use Area Protection.

Interested producers are encouraged to visit their local USDA service center to apply or to learn more about drought assistance. The deadline to sign up for this special drought initiative is May 19, 2017.

Additional program requirements and information about EQIP is available on the Tennessee NRCS website at www.tn.nrcs.usda.gov.

EQIP is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers to address natural resource concerns on agricultural and forest land.



Tools and Strategies To Improve Milk On your Farm

In 2017, the first educational program offered as part of Master Dairy Producer will focus on options and strategies for managing milk quality. Farmers interested in becoming a certified “Master Dairy Producer” will need to attend 2 of the various programs offered during 2017. We anticipate this certification will satisfy the educational component for those intending to apply for the 50% cost share through the TAEP program.

Meeting Locations and Dates
Please contact the local agent about registering one week before meeting date.
The module will be offered at:
Greeneville (Greene County) – March 7, Camp 214 4-H Lane, Greeneville, TN 37743
McMinnville (Warren County) – March 9, TSU Nursery Research Station, 472 Cadillac Lane, McMinnville, TN 37110
Athens (McMinn County) – March 15, Western Sizzlin, 1804 Decatur Pike, Athens, TN 37303
Lewisburg (Marshall County) – March 27, Russell Catering 220 Water Street, Lewisburg, TN 37091
Paris (Henry County) – March 28, Henry County UT Extension Office, 1120 Tyson Ave, Paris, TN 38242

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Financial Statements on Federal Orders 6 & 7

The combined financial statements for the Administrative and Marketing Service Funds for the orders administered from the office for the calendar year ending December 31, 2016.

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Farm Bureau Working on New Milk Price Insurance

A new type of dairy revenue insurance, that would offer regional protection against both milk price and production declines, is being worked on by the American Farm Bureau Federation, American Farm Bureau Insurance Services (AFBIS) and academic collaborators including dairy economist Marin Bozic.

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More Ag Groups Announce Support for 'DAIRY PRIDE' Act

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin says her 'DAIRY PRIDE' Act continues to pick up endorsements from prominent farms groups. The newest of those supporters include the Wisconsin and American Farm Bureau organizations.

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Tennessee NRCS Provides EQIP Assistance to Address
Pasture and Hayland in Counties with Severe, Extreme,
or Exceptional Drought Conditions

Sign-up Deadline is May 19, 2017

NASHVILLE, April 11, 2017 – As a result of the drought issues faced by Tennessee’s pasture and hayland producers, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is providing financial and technical assistance through its Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Drought Special Sign Up to help address natural resource concerns on damaged land in counties with D2 (Severe), D3 (Extreme), and D4 (Exceptional) drought conditions—as designated on the U.S. Drought Monitor map dated November 22, 2016.

“Through this special sign up, producers may apply for assistance to install conservation practices that can help treat identified resource concerns to reduce the negative impacts of current drought conditions, and will help improve the sustainability of their operation in the long run,” said Jamie Carpenter, Acting State Conservationist, NRCS Tennessee.

Conservation practices available to producers through this special sign up include: Forage and Biomass Planting, Critical Area Planting, Access Control, Prescribed Grazing, Fence, Livestock Pipeline, Pumping Plant, Spring Development, Water Well, Watering Facility, and Heavy Use Area Protection.

Interested producers are encouraged to visit their local USDA service center to apply or to learn more about drought assistance. The deadline to sign up for this special drought initiative is May 19, 2017.

Additional program requirements and information about EQIP is available on the Tennessee NRCS website at www.tn.nrcs.usda.gov.

EQIP is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers to address natural resource concerns on agricultural and forest land.



2017 TDPA Annual Meeting Scheduled

The 2017 Tennessee Dairy Producers Annual Meeting Friday will be held January 13 in Murfreesboro at the Embassy Suites Hotel and every Producer is invited to attend. Our Featured Speaker this year is Dr. David Kohl. You will not want to miss this opportunity to hear Dr. Kohl. Please find a meeting Schedule included in this mailing. A great lunch is planned of Beef Brisket sponsored by Alltech and Boehringer-Ingelheim. Dr. Neal Schrick and Dr. Peter Krawszel will be on the afternoon agenda before the Annual Business Meeting. Commissioner Jai Templeton will make a special announcement and presentation at the Annual Business Meeting. You will not want to miss his announcement. We want to welcome the Tennessee Holstein Association and the Tennessee Jersey Club as they will be holding their meetings in conjunction with the TCA Convention and the TDPA Annual Meeting. Also, ADA of Tennessee will be holding their meeting on Thursday, January 12 at the Holiday Inn. Everyone is encouraged to make your plans to join us on Friday, January 13, in Oakleigh C, at the Embassy Suites Hotel.

Friday – January 13th
All TDPA Friday sessions except opening session will be held in Oakleigh “C” Embassy Suites
8:00 - 9:00 - Combined Session with TCA, TDPA and TN Sheep Producers—Featured Speaker Dr.
David Kohl - Economics and Agriculture at the Crossroads
9:10 - Welcome and Opening Remarks
9:15 - 10:30 - Dr. David Kohl, Professor Emeritus, VA Tech - Managing in the Economic Reset
10:30 - 10:45 - Break
10:45 - 12:00 - Dr. Kohl—Financial and Management Benchmarks for Sucess
12:15 - 1:45 - Lunch and Trade Show Visit— Lunch sponsored by Elizabeth Lunsford and Alltech
and Stacey Turner and Boehringer-Ingelheim
1:45 - 1:55 - Dr. Neal Schrick, UTIA Dean of Animal Science
1:55 - 2:55 - Dr. Peter Krawszel, UTIA
3:00 - TDPA Annual Business Meeting
Commissioner Jai Templeton, TDA Presentation
President Benjie Daniels—Presentation and election of Board members
4:30 - Adjourn, Visit Trade Show

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September Newsletter

The new September 2016 Tennessee Dairy Producers Association Newsletter is now available.
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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



Tennessee Dairy Producers Association Annual Meeting Schedule

Let us know which meeting you plan to attend, how many people from your farm and any dietary restrictions for the meal to be served. We look forward to see-ing you soon!

MEETING LOCATIONS AND DATES

Thursday, February 4th
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm Vendor Set-up (Embassy Suites Mirabella E-J)

Friday, February 5th
All TDPA Friday sessions will be held in Oakleigh “C” Embassy Suites
8:00 - 8:10 Welcome and Opening Remarks- John Bayless, President, TDPA and Stan Butt, Execu-tive Director, TDPA
8:10 - 8:55- Gary Moore, Executive Director, Land Trust for Tennessee, Opportunities Available For Saving Agricultural Lands
8:55 - 9:55- Dr. Shawn Hawkins, Associate Professor, UTIA, Biosystems Engineering & Soil Sci-ence – Nutrient Management and Utilization of Available Nitrogen
9:55 - 10:15 – Break, Visit Trade Show
10:15 - 11:00 – Geof Smith, DVM. PHD, Ruminant Health and Production Medicine, sponsored by Justin Hull and TechMix
11:00 - 11:45 – Dr. Andrew Griffith, UTIA, Assistant Professor, Ag & Resource Economics –New Grain Sorghum Research and Economic Benefit
11:45 - 12:30 – USDA Agricultural Marketing Service Dairy Programs
12:30 - 2:00 – Lunch and Trade Show Visit (Mirabella)
2:00 - 2:30 – John McClurkin, Tennessee Dept of Agriculture, Available Assistance from Ag Re-source Conservation Fund
2:30 - 4:30 – TDPA Annual Business Meeting
4:30 - Adjourn, Visit Trade Show

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42nd Annual Southern Dairy Conference

The 42nd Annual Southern Dairy Conference will be held March 8-9, 2016 Embassy Suites Atlanta Airport

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2016 Tennessee Area Dairy Producer Meetings

Let us know which meeting you plan to attend, how many people from your farm and any dietary restrictions for the meal to be served. We look forward to see-ing you soon!

MEETING LOCATIONS AND DATES
Monday, Jan. 18 - 7:00 p.m. CST Henry County Farm Bureau 406 N. Poplar Street Paris, TN 38242
Tuesday, Jan. 19 - 12 Noon CST Orlinda Community Center 7501 Highway 52 Orlinda, TN 37141
Tuesday, Jan. 19 - 7:00 p.m. CST First Cumberland Presbyterian 402 2nd Ave. North Lewisburg, TN 37091
Wednesday, Jan. 20 - 7:00 p.m. EST Valley Farmers Coop 920 N. Congress Parkway Athens, TN 37303
Thursday, Jan. 21 - 7:00 p.m. EST Clyde Austin 4-H Center 214 4-H Lane Greeneville, TN 37743

Discussion and information brought to you by the American Dairy Association of Tennessee and the Tennessee Farm Bureau

RESERVATIONS: Call Jeanne at 800.928.6455 or email jbilla@sedairy.org by Wednesday, January 13.



The Wilson Post

Read "The Wilson Post" about Going the milky way; New dairy parlor up and running in Shop Springs; Milk twice daily, every day; Growing up on milk (farms); Building on their family's property; Wilson County's first subway system; Happy cows, happy farmers; Milk and blood

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Reproduction: Keys for Improved Performance

In 2016, the first educational program offered as part of Master Dairy Producer will focus on aspects of reproduction. 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.

MEETING LOCATIONS AND DATES
Greeneville (Greene County) – January 14, Camp 214 4-H Lane, Greeneville, TN  37743
Athens (McMinn County) – January 22, Western Sizzlin, 1804 Decatur Pike, Athens, TN 37303
McMinnville (Warren County) – January 13, TSU Nursery Research Station, 472 Cadillac Lane, McMinnville, TN 37110
Lewisburg (Marshall County) – January 14, Russell Catering 220 Water Street, Lewisburg, TN 37091
Paris (Henry County) – January 12, Henry County UT Extension Office, 1120 Tyson Ave, Paris, TN 38242

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Key Considerations From A Veterinarian's Perspective

In 2015, the third educational program offered as part of Master Dairy Producer will focus on aspects of herd health and its relationship with productivity. Farmers interested in becoming a certified “Master Dairy Producer” will need to attend 2 of the various programs offered during 2015. We anticipate this certification will satisfy the educational component for those intending to apply for the 50% cost share through the TAEP program.

MEETING LOCATIONS AND DATES
Greeneville (Greene County) – October 29, Camp 214 4-H Lane, Greeneville, TN 37743
Athens (McMinn County) – October 30, Western Sizzlin, 1804 Decatur Pike, Athens, TN 37303
Paris (Henry County) – November 12, Henry County UT Extension Office, 1120 Tyson Ave, Paris, TN 38242
• Outside of these face-to-face opportunities, a Zoom link will be available for the November 12 meeting and a recorded version of the meeting will be available through your county agent. Please contact your local Extension office to make arrangements to take advantage of these, if you are unable to attend a face-to-face option.

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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.





Death of McLean Dougherty, Son of Blan & Kathy Dougherty

It is with deepest regrets that we inform our TDPA members of an accident that claimed the life of McLean Dougherty, son of Blan and Kathy Dougherty. McLean drowned in a swimming accident at the popular Blue Cove Hideway in McMinn County near Athens, TN on June 16th. You can access the news story at www.timesfreepress.com/news/local/story/2015/jun/17/man-drowns-former-quarry-mcminn-county/310041/ . We extend our sincere sympathy to Blan, Kathy and family. McLean was laid to rest in a private internment at the Mt. Harmony Cemetery on Saturday, June 20th.



Connecting Cow Comfort To Productivity, Health, & Well-being

In 2015, the second educational program offered as part of Master Dairy Producer will focus on aspects of cow comfort and its relationship with productivity. Farmers interested in becoming a certified “Master Dairy Producer” will need to attend 2 of the various programs offered during 2015. 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:
Greeneville (Greene County)
July 22, Camp 214 4-H Lane, Greeneville, TN 37743

Athens (McMinn County)
July 27, Western Sizzlin, 1804 Decatur Pike, Athens, TN 37303

McMinnville (Warren County)
July 28, TSU Nursery Research Station, 472 Cadillac Lane, McMinnville, TN 37110

Lewisburg (Marshall County)
July 29, Russell Catering 220 Water Street, Lewisburg, TN 37091

Paris (Henry County)
July 30, Henry County UT Extension Office, 1120 Tyson Ave, Paris, TN 38242

Springfield (Robertson County)
July 30, Highland Rim Research & Education Center (main office conference room), 3181 Experiment Station Rd., Springfield, TN 37172

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TDPA Area Meetings Scheduled

You are invited to a Tennessee Dairy Producers Association Area Meeting in your area. John Bayless and Stan Butt, with TDPA, will be giving an update about the TDPA Annual Meeting that was held in January and activi-ties of TDPA and topics of interest concerning you as Tennessee Dairy Producers. A meal will be provided at each location.

Please make your plans to attend by contacting Stan Butt at 931-698-0243 or sreedbutt@gmail.com so that we may have a reasonable count of the number to plan for the meal.

June 9th — Robertson County and surrounding Area, Orlinda Community Center, Orlinda TN at 7 p.m. Josh Wackler and Zoetis will be providing the meal. Dr. Bradley Mills will be the quest speaker.
June 11th - McMinnville (Warren County and surrounding area), TSU Nursery Research Station, 472 Cadil-lac Lane, McMinnville, TN 37110, 6:30 p.m. Josh Wackler and Zoetis will be providing the meal.
June 22nd - Paris (Henry County and surrounding area), Henry Farmers COOP conference room, Hwy 69 on left just past main store. 11:00 a.m. Jeffrey Turner and Purnia Feeds will be providing the meal.
June 25th - Lewisburg (Marshall County and surrounding area), Russell Catering Bldg, 220 Water Street, Lewisburg, TN 37091. 10.00 a.m.—12:00 noon. Dr. Jennifer Hatcher and Rock N Country Vet Clinic and Frank LeGrain and Biotic will be providing the meal
July 1 — TDPA Board Meeting, Logan’s/Cookeville, TN, 10 a.m.

East TN meetings to be scheduled mid to late July



Webinar to Assist Potential Applicants for Conservation Funding

An upcoming webinar on the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) will help potential applicants as they seek available funding. During the current round, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will invest up to $235 million to improve the nation's water quality, combat drought, enhance soil health, support wildlife habitat and protect agricultural production. Partners will match the Federal investment.

"This webinar is a great opportunity to directly engage with our partners," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. "Our goal is to leverage available Federal funding and produce more high-performing on-the-ground conservation solutions."

USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will host the webinar, open to both conservation partners and the general public, on Thursday, June 4, 2015 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EST. To join the webinar, visit https://usdanrcs.adobeconnect.com/r75qxphcya9/. Login to Adobe Connect using the Guest option and enter your name.

NRCS recently simplified the application process by creating new online tools: a pre-proposal fillable form, RCPP pre-application data entry tool and pre-proposal data entry tool instructions. These tools support partners as they fill out and submit their pre-proposal application.

RCPP empowers local leaders to work with multiple partners — such as private companies, local and tribal governments, universities, non-profit groups and other non-government partners — along with farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners to design solutions that work best for their region. Local partners and the federal government both invest funding and manpower to projects to maximize their impact.

USDA is now accepting pre-proposals for RCPP. Pre-proposals are due July 8, 2015. For more information on applying, visit the RCPP website.



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.

"I’m proud of the time and work they put in," says Pighetti. "This was a team effort, and they represented us well."

Dairy Challenge is where students apply past academic learning to a real-world dairy. The UTIA team placed first against other teams after each evaluated the same farm. Each team inspected the operation and conducted interviews with the owners, and then made recommendations about nutrition, reproduction, milking and finances. Teams also answered questions from judges about their recommendations. In its 14-year history, Dairy Challenge has trained more than 4,700 students. A total of 32 universities were represented at this recent competition.

"We were placed in a real-world situation with limited time and expected to analyze a dairy operation," says team member Billy Rochelle. "I have never been with a group who accomplished so much in so little time. Many industry participants were also there discussing internship and job opportunities with their respective companies."

Pighetti says that’s an important part of what the students learned through this experience – the chance to work on a real farm and to lend their expertise. "Basically they are the valued consultants," she says. "They learned how to critically evaluate and identify problems, and come up with the most logical way to fix things."

Other team members agreed the experience will help them meet future career goals. Stephanie Nash’s family operates a middle Tennessee dairy. "The dairy industry has always been a huge part of my life," she says. "I was blessed to be part of this amazing program for four years, and I will keep striving to be the voice for families in the dairy industry," she says.

"My experience at Dairy Challenge was phenomenal," says Ettie Peterson. "I learned so much about the industry through seminars, educational farm tours and sponsors. My entire experience from 6:30 a.m. practice to completing our presentation was beyond rewarding."

Other CASNR students took part in the Dairy Challenge Academy during this event. There was no competition here, but the students were able to also evaluate a working dairy farm alongside two dairy industry professionals. This group included Johnna Davis of Walland, Sydney Dean of Seymour, Jordan McGinnis of Washburn, Josh Snider of Lexington, N.C., and Dustie Strasser of Chapel Hill. Pighetti says this group of younger students may represent UTIA at future Dairy Challenges.

The UT Institute of Agriculture provides instruction, research and outreach through the UT College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the UT College of Veterinary Medicine, UT AgResearch, including its system of 10 research and education centers, and UT Extension offices in every county in the state.



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Learn About Robotic Milking System & Organic Dairy Farming

THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2015
Terry and Jennifer Bishop will host an open house to showcase their new robotic milking system, tunnel ventilated barn and automated mechanical scraper system. Attendees will have the opportunity to tour facility and ask questions about the technology and organic dairying.

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Chilhowee Dairy/ Bishop Farm, 312 Antioch Church Rd., Benton, TN 37307
Lunch and snacks will be provided.
Please RSVP to Shane Webb at (800) 464-2150

FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 2015
Attend an upcoming meeting on organic dairy farming. Regional Pool Manager Gerry Cohn and organic dairy farmer Butch Lay will lead a Q&A session about organic certification, production and animal care.

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Russell’s Catering, 220 Water St., Lewisburg, TN 37091
Lunch and snacks will be provided.

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First Educational Program Offered

In 2015, the first educational program offered as part of Master Dairy Producer will focus on aspects of forage production. Farmers interested in becoming a certified “Master Dairy Producer” will need to attend 2 of the 3 programs offered during 2015. We anticipate this certification will satisfy the educational component for those intending to apply for the 50% cost share through the TAEP program.

Meeting Locations & Dates
The forage production module will be offered at:
Paris (Henry County)
  March 4, Henry County UT Extension Office, 1120 Tyson Ave, Paris, TN 38242
Lewisburg (Marshall County)
  March 12, Russell Catering 220 Water Street, Lewisburg, TN 37091
McMinnville (Warren County)
  March 16, TSU Nursery Research Station, 472 Cadillac Lane, McMinnville, TN 37110
Athens (McMinn County)
  March 18, Western Sizzlin, 1804 Decatur Pike, Athens, TN 37303
Greeneville (Greene County)
  March 19, Camp 214 4-H Lane, Greeneville, TN 37743
Springfield (Robertson County)
  March 25, Highland Rim Research & Education Center (main office conference room),
  3181 Experiment Station Rd., Springfield, TN 37172

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TDPA Annual Meeting Friday January 16 In Murfreesboro

The Tennessee Dairy Producers Association (TDPA) is excited to be holding its Annual meeting in conjunction with the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association Convention and Trade Show. We hope that this endeavor leads to joint benefit for our producers as well as our industry sponsors who share both beef and dairy concerns. TDPA encourages all our dairy producers to take advantage of this first time opportunity to attend the special Friday Dairy sessions and the Trade Show which is designed with both beef and dairy in mind. For those attending all the morning dairy sessions the possibility exist the they will count as one module toward your re-certification of the Master Dairy program which qualifies you for fifty percent cost share through TAEP, so make your plans to attend if at all possible.

All morning Dairy sessions and lunch provided by Stacy Turner and Boehringer Ingelheim will be held at the Rutherford County Extension office at Lane Agri-Park on John Rice Blvd. (Across I-24 from Embassy Suites Hotel.) After lunch you are encouraged to visit the trade show at the Embassy Suites Hotel and the TDPA Annual meeting held in Broadlands A at the Embassy Suites Hotel beginning at 2:30 pm. All dairy producers are encouraged to attend since this will be the business meeting and election of board members.

There will be no registration fee to attend but all producers who plan to attend are asked to register by contacting Stan Butt, TDPA, at 931-698-0243 or by email at sreedbutt@gmail.com To reserve a room at the Embassy Suites Hotel call 615-890-4464 or online at www.murfreesboro.embassysuites.com code CTL. The special rate for the convention is only good if reservations are made by December 23rd. The special rate includes breakfast and happy hour drinks and snacks.

Thursday January 15th
12:00- 2:00 UT Bull Sale – Spring Hill Experiment Station
5:30-7:30 Cattle Health demonstration- “Caring for your Herds Health Needs”- Dr. Lew Strickland- UT Extension veterinarian- Lane Agri-Park 315 John Rice Blvd. (Across I-24 from hotel) Sponsored by Tn. Farmers Coop and UT Extension Service
6:00-10:00 Vendor setup (Mirabella E-J)
7:30-9:30 Board meeting Beef Council Meeting Room

Friday January 16th
7:00-7:30 FACCT Board of Directors Breakfast Meeting (Broadlands A)
8:00-Welcome Jerry Greene TCA President (Mirabella A-C)
Rheba Capps to sing Star Spangled Banner
8:05-8:20 Special Guest Forrest Roberts- Chief Executive Director of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (Mirabella A-C)
8:20-9:10 Cow College 1 “What is Sustainability?” (McDonald's Director of Sustainability Susan Forsell) (Sponsored by Land Trust for Tennessee) (Mirabella A-C)
9:00-9:45 BVD PI working group meeting (Cambridge A)
9:10-9:40 Trade Show opens (Coffee Sponsored by UT Beef and Forage Center) (Mirabella E-J)
9:00-10:00 Farm Animal Care Coalition of Tennessee (FACCT) Annual Meeting (Cambridge B)
9:40 -10:30 Delegate Session (Delegate Session is open to all attendees) (Mirabella A-C)
10:30-11:00 Trade Show Time (Mirabella E-J)
11:00-12:30 Live Cattle Video Auction and discussion (In trade show)(UT Ag. Economist Dr. Andrew Griffith to Discuss Livestock Marketing following video sale.) (Mirabella E-J)
12:30-2:00- Awards Luncheon (Oakleigh AB)
1:30-2:30- Trade Show time (Mirabella E-J)
2:30-4:30 Tn Dairy Producers Annual Meeting (Embassy Broadlands A)
2:30-3:30-Cow College 2 “Forage Systems for Maximizing Profitability in the Beef Business” Dr. Dennis Hancock University of Georgia Forage Specialist (Sponsored by UT Beef and Forage Center) (Mirabella A-C)
3:30 -4:10 Trade Show time (Mirabella E-J)
4:10-5:00 Cow College 3 “Washington DC Policy Update” (Colin Woodall National Cattlemen's Beef Association) (Mirabella A-C)
5:00-6:00 Fundraiser Auction/ Reception (in trade show) (Mirabella E-J)

Friday January 16th
*Morning dairy meetings and lunch will be conducted at the Rutherford County Extension office at Lane Agri-Park on 315 John Rice Blvd. (Across I-24 from Embassy)
8:45 – Welcome and opening remarks – John Bayless, President, TDPA and Stan Butt, Executive Director, TDPA
8:50-9:45 – “Are Futures in Your Future,” Andrew Griffith, Assistant Professor, Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture
9:45-10:30 – Succession Planning, “Now is the Time,” Mark Bolt, Financial Consultant, Mike Tansil, CPIA
10:30-12:00 – Importance of Quality Data – Dr. Jeffrey Bewley, University of Kentucky. Ph.D., Purdue University, Dairy Systems Mgt., M.S. University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dairy Systems Mgt.
12:00-12:30 – SQMI Update – members of SQMI team
12:30-1:30 – Lunch – (Sponsored by Stacy Turner and Boehringer Ingelheim) Community Room in Rutherford County Extension office
Afternoon Schedule
1:30-2:30 – Trade Show at Embassy Suites Hotel (Across I-24)
2:30-4:30 – TDPA Annual Meeting and Election of Board Members Embassy Suites (Broadlands A)
4:30 - Trade Show, TCA Cow College 3, fundraiser auction/reception and safe journey
*Tennessee Dairy Producers Association members are invited to participate in all TCA cow Colleges and events held Saturday.

Saturday January 17th
9:00-12:00 Youth activities
8:00-9:00 Cow College 4 “Environmental Myths” (Dr. Jude Capper Livestock Sustainability Consultant at Livestock Sustainability Consultancy) (Mirabella A-C)
9:00-9:45 Trade Show time (Mirabella E-J)
9:30-10:15 Cattlewomen's Meeting (Broadlands A)
9:45 FarmCredit/TCA Heifer Scholarship announcement.
9:55-10:45 Cow College 5 “Matching Your Cattle to Farm Resources” Burke Teichert” (Manager Deseret Ranch System Retired) Sponsored By Tennessee Angus Breeders (Mirabella A-C)
10:45-11:10 Trade Show time (Mirabella E-J)
11:10-12:00 Cow College 6 “Increasing Reproductive Efficiency through Proper Management” (Dr. Rick Funston Nebraska) (Sponsored by TBCIA) (Mirabella A-C)
12:00-1:30 lunch in trade show (Mirabella E-J)
2:00-3:00 Board meeting (Cambridge A)
Saturday- Youth activities
8:00-9:00 Join us for “Cow College 4” and hear Dr. Jude Capper respond to some of the misinformation about Animal Agriculture (Oakleigh A-B)
9:00-11:30 Quiz Bowl- Embassy Suites Hotel (Cambridge A-B)
10:00-11:00 Youth Scavenger Hunt- Trade Show (Mirabella E-J)
9:00-11:00 “Animal Agriculture ExposedYouth Workshops (30 minute rotating sessions)
What are the FACCTS of animal agriculture?” Lou Nave Executive Director of Farm Animal Care Coalition of Tennessee
Using Social Media to tell our story” Lauren Chase Communications Director of the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association/Tn Beef Council Broadlands A-B)
11:45 Board Bus to Lane Agri-Park (315 John Rice Blvd) For lunch
12:00 Lunch at Lane Agri Park (Tennessee Cattlemen's Association update)
1:00-2:30 Be a Beef Leader-FFA and Beef Ambassador leaders
2:45- Bus returns to Embassy Suites for departure


Williams wins Olivia "The Rocking Cow"

The donation of five dollars for one ticket wins Jim Williams OLIVIA “The Rocking Cow.” Jim Williams, the farm manager for Beasleyland Dairy in Chapel Hill,TN, made the donation in support of the Tennessee Dairy Producers Association Youth Promotion Fund. His daughter Gracie had other thoughts, she wanted to win OLIVIA. Jim’s ticket, or Gracie’s, was drawn at the Tennessee Jr. Dairy Expo and he was notified that night, but it took several weeks to get her delivered.

OLIVIA was handcrafted by Dr. Dennis Onks, retired Director of the UT AgResearch’s Middle Tennessee Dairy Research and Education Center located at the Tennessee Agriculture Experiment Station in Spring Hill, TN. Dr. Onks is an Advisory Board member for TDPA and he offered to create a special item to be used to help raise funds for TDPA. OLIVIA was the result of many hours of wood working and painting by Dr. Onks. She even carries a plate of authenticity attached to one of her rockers.

Congratulations to Jim and Gracie and a special thank you to Dr. Onks for making OLIVIA. Contributions totaled over eleven hundred dollars for the fund.


2015 Georgia Dairy Conference January 12-14

The 2015 Georgia Dairy Conference is rapidly approaching and we would like to invite your members to join us! This year’s conference will take place at the Savannah Riverfront Marriott in Savannah, Georgia, Jan. 12-14, 2015.

The Georgia Dairy Conference (GDC) is dedicated to providing dairymen with significant and practical “take-home” information. Thanks to support from generous industry supporters, the GDC has earned a reputation as a top educational conference in the Southeast. In 2014, more than 250 producers and dairy industry representatives attended this three-day event. This year, we’re building on that momentum by delivering another high-impact conference. Leading experts will make presentations on topics ranging from nutrition and genetics to the future of the dairy industry, dairy sustainability and economics.

In addition to our quality line-up of educational speakers, we will also host the first Southeast Dairy Student Symposium during the GDC on Tuesday, Jan. 13 from 6 to 9 p.m. This program is designed to provide students, interested in the dairy industry, with a platform to explore careers and internship opportunities in the Southeast. The objectives of the symposium are to connect dairymen, industry affiliates and future graduates; promote the exchange of ideas and experiences among students, dairymen and industry affiliates; and to build networking opportunities for future graduates.

We hope you will join us as we invest to make the Southeast dairy industry competitive in a national context. The registration fee for dairymen outside of Georgia and guests is $100. Your company is also invited to exhibit during our trade show. Visit our website at www.gamilk.org to download an agenda, registration forms and exhibitor information. If you would like additional information, please contact Farrah Newberry or Allison Fortner at 706-310-0020.

Monday, January 12th
8:30 a.m. ACCM Board of Directors Meeting
10:00 GA Milk Board of Directors Meeting
12:00 p.m. Registration and GDYF Board of Directors Meeting
12:00 p.m. SUDIA / ADA of GA Board Meeting
2:30 p.m. GA Dairy Industry Update - GA Milk, SUDIA, etc.
3:45 Exhibit Break and Door Prize Drawing 4:15 Securing a Sustainable Milk Supply for the Southeast Dairy Market Dr. Roger Cady, Elanco Animal Health
5:15 Q & A / Exhibitor Break
6:30 Evening Banquet

Tuesday, January 13th
7:30 a.m. Small Steps Add Up in Sustainability
Erin Fitzgerald, VP of Sustainability for the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy
Andrea Sensenig, Pennyslvania Dairy Producer and 2014 U.S. Sustainability Award Winner
8:15 Decision Making for Clinical Mastitis
Pam Ruegg, University of Wisconsin-Madison
9:00 Silages and Forages
Limin Kung, University of Delaware
10:00 Exhibitor/Refreshment Break
10:30 Understanding Consumer & Processor Quality Standards
Mark Wustenburg, Tillamook Creamery
11:15 Employee Management Simplified Tom Wall, Dairy Coach, LLC
12:15 Lunch
1:15 p.m. Dry Cow and Heat Stress Management
Dr. Jose Santos, University of Florida
2:00 Hormonal Sync Programs
Paul Fricke University of Wisconsin
2:45 Exhibitor/Refreshment Break
3:15 Feed Shrink Management
Dr. Jeff Weyers, Vicor

January 12-14, 2015
Savannah Riverfront Marriott
4:00 Troubleshooting Milk Quality Issues on Your Dairy Farm
Mark Wustenburg, Tillamook Creamery
6:00 Southeast Dairy Student Symposium

Wednesday, January 14
7:15 a.m. Sponsored Continental Breakfast
7:45 Ray West - SE DHIA Report
8:00 Electronic Heat Detection
Paul Fricke, University of Wisconsin
8:45 The (Almost) Perfect Parlor
Tom Wall, Dairy Coach, LLC
9:30 Refreshment Break
10:00 Milkfat Depression
Tom Jenkins, Clemson University
10:45 Co-op Mgrs. Panel, Cost to Balance SE Market
11:45 Q & A Session - Adjourn


National Mastitis Council 54th Annual Meeting set for Feb. 1-3

The National Mastitis Council (NMC) will host its 54th Annual Meeting, Feb. 1-3, 2015 at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tenn.

This three-day international forum will provide milk quality professionals the opportunity to exchange information on udder health, milking management and milk quality. Anyone with a vested interest in milk quality – milk quality specialists, veterinarians, milk plant field staff, dairy suppliers, dairy producers, university researchers, extension specialists and students – is invited to attend and exchange ideas.

“We’re excited to welcome a distinguished group of milk quality professionals from around the world to Memphis,” says Gary Neubauer, senior manager, dairy technical services at Zoetis and 2015 NMC Annual Meeting Program Chairman.

The annual meeting will kick-off Sunday, February 1 with six specialized short courses. General sessions open on Monday, February 2 and will run through Tuesday, February 3. “Milk Quality: What the Market Needs, Wants, Demands,” will be the featured symposium Tuesday afternoon. Four additional short courses will be offered Tuesday evening. Rounding out the educational opportunities will be the Technology Transfer Session (poster session) held on Monday and Tuesday.

“This year’s program is focused on the systems approach to milk quality encompassing the people, the equipment and the environment,” notes Neubauer.  “Our goal is for anyone who attends the meeting to take home practical ideas that they can implement immediately in the field or on the farm.”

Other highlights of the upcoming meeting include recognizing the National Dairy Quality Award winners and the recipient of the NMC Award of Excellence for Mastitis Prevention and Control, as well as introducing the NMC Scholars.

The complete program and agenda can be found online at: http://nmconline.org/annualmeet/2015/.

NMC is a professional organization devoted to reducing mastitis and enhancing milk quality. NMC promotes research and provides information to the dairy industry on udder health, milking management, milk quality and milk safety. Founded in 1961, NMC has close to 1,500 members in more than 40 countries throughout the world. For additional information: http://nmconline.org


TDPA Permitting Workshop

The Tennessee Dairy Producers Association Permitting Workshop will be held October 24, 2014 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Ellington Agricultural Center's Ed Jones Auditorium. The moderators will be TDPA Executive Director Stan Butt and TDPA and Robertson County Extension Agent/UT Extension Agent Paul Hart.

"Please RSVP to sreedbutt@gmail.com or call 931-698-0243 by Tuesday 12:00 noon for head count for lunch." to bottom of Agenda.

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TN Ag Literacy Week Coming November 16-22

November 16-22, 2014, has been designated as Tennessee Agriculture Literacy Week. This will be an outstanding opportunity for farmers and ranchers and other agriculture industry representatives to read children's books about the agriculture industry to school students. Volunteers are needed to visit elementary school classrooms around the state to read agriculturally themed books and talk about the importance of Tennessee Agriculture. Tennessee agriculture industry volunteers are encouraged to read agriculturally themed books to elementary school children showcasing the diversity of Tennessee agriculture and the role agriculture plays in our daily lives.

Volunteers should schedule their classroom visits with schools at least two weeks before their readings. All readings should be completed by November 22, 2014. All volunteers are encouraged to complete the Tennessee Agriculture Literacy Week, report by December 31, 2014 (report www.TennesseeAg.org). Tennessee Agriculture Literacy Week is a great opportunity to teach our next generation about the Tennesseans who provide the food, fuel and fiber for the world's growing population. Tennessee Agriculture Literacy Week is sponsored by the Tennessee Agriculture Education Committee, representing Tennessee's agriculture producers.

To learn more about the Agricultural Literacy Library, please contact Lou Nave, 615/970-8065 or Lou.Facct@gmail.com.


Dairy Farm Bill Meeting - Dairy Margin protection Program

Dr. Griffith will address the Margin Protection Program and how you can use the program to help insure an income over feed cost margin for the milk you are producing. He will demonstrate the MPP-Dairy decision tool to help you make a sound decision on insuring your margin. He will also provide information on how the entire program will work and the rules you must follow to operate in this program. These meetings will start at 10:30 am and should end sometime around 1:30 PM. Lunch will be provided. Please call the number below to the location you would like to attend, to help with the meal count. I hope you will be able to attend.

Lewisburg Location: Russell Catering, 220 Water Street, Lewisburg, TN
Date: October 20th, 2014 - Phone number: 931-359-1929

Greeneville Location: First Baptist Church Greeneville, 211 N Main St, Greeneville, TN.
Date: October 27th, 2014 - Phone number: 423-798-1710

Madisonville Location: Monroe County Farm Bureau, 510 Main St, Madisonville, TN
Date: October 28th, 2014 - Phone number: 423-442-2433

Paris Location: Henry County Extension Office, 1120 Tyson Avenue, Paris, TN
Date: November 6th, 2014 - Phone number: 731-642-2941

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Tennessee's Wild Hog Eradication Action Team - W.H.E.A.T.

W.H.E.A.T. is a 24-organization partnership dedicated to the eradication of wild hogs in Tennessee. This video has information on the problems of wild hogs and what to do about wild hogs in Tennessee by the the Wild Hog Eradication Action Team, or W.H.E.A.T.


Tennessee Signs On to Plan to Protect Dairy Industry

Four of the most dreaded words in agriculture are Hoof and Mouth Disease, which can be devastating to livestock producers and wreak havoc on the farm economy. In conjunction with June Dairy Month, Gov. Bill Haslam has signed an agreement that partners Tennessee with eight other states to protect the dairy industry in the event of an HMD outbreak.

Known as the Secure Milk Supply Plan, the agreement sets standards by which milk producers, haulers and processors would interact with animal health authorities to reduce the risk of spreading HMD during an outbreak. The regional effort is part of the national initiative to develop biosecurity measures that would allow for the movement of milk without undermining HMD control and eradication efforts.

“Livestock and livestock products are the largest generator of revenue for Tennessee farmers, so an HMD outbreak here would be especially crippling to our ag economy,” Tennessee Department of Agriculture state veterinarian Charles Hatcher said. “This plan allows us to take appropriate disease protection measures during an outbreak while minimizing the impact to producers and processors so that the dairy industry can continue to function.”

HMD is a highly contagious disease that affects cloven-hooved animals, but not humans. The virus causes fever, followed by painful blisters on the animal’s mouth and hooves, and can cause extreme weight loss, lameness and reduced milk production. Although the disease has not been seen in the U.S. since 1929, outbreaks occur every year in other countries and the disease could easily be introduced through international trade.

In the event of a HMD outbreak, the movement of animals, animal products such as milk, people and vehicles would be restricted until the extent of the outbreak is known. Under the plan, non-affected dairies that meet certain qualifications would be allowed to ship milk in-state or to any participating state.

“We want to make sure the cure is not worse than the disease,” Hatcher said. “Education of and participation by dairy producers and processors is critical to the plan’s success.”

Some of the biosecurity requirements for dairy producers include recording vehicles and visitors, milk tank washing and disinfection, use of protective gear and other measures at pick-up and delivery. The most important part of the SMS plan is biosecurity measures surrounding the truck picking up milk from an approved participating dairy.

TDA has conducted regional workshops in Murfreesboro and Madisonville for dairy producers to demonstrate biosecurity procedures. “I want to thank the Tennessee Dairy Producers Association for their leadership and support of this initiative,” said Agriculture Commissioner Julius Johnson. “This type of partnership is particularly critical to protecting the dairy industry in the event of a disease outbreak.” For more information on the Secure Milk Supply Plan and other educational opportunities, contact the State Veterinarian’s Office at 615-837-5120.

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Olivia Rocks For TDPA

Dr. Dennis Onks, retired UT Extension leader, has created a one of a kind, hand crafted, rocking cow for the Tennessee Dairy Producers Association (TDPA) Youth Promotion Fund. She has been created to offer some child a very happy experience and a life time of memories. Dr. Onks and his wife June resided in Spring Hill for 13 years where Dr. Onks was Director of UT AgResearch’s Middle Tennessee and Dairy Research and Education Center located at the Tennessee Agriculture Experiment Station. Dr. Onks is an Advisory Board member for the TDPA and offered to create a special item to be used to help raise funds for the TDPA Fund. OLIVIA, THE ROCKING COW was the result of many hours of wood working and painting by Dr. Onks. She even carries a plate of authenticity attached to one of her rockers.

Olivia has made the rounds in the Dairy world during the early months of 2014. She has been in all three grand divisions of the great state of Tennessee at the annual regional meetings of the TDPA in Paris, Orlinda, Lewisburg, Cookeville, Athens, and Greenville. She attended the Tennessee Jersey Club meeting in Murfreesboro, the Tennessee Holstein Spring Sale in Lebanon and two dairy sales in Nolensville, and Murfreesboro. During the coming months she may show up anywhere and she will be at the Tennessee Jr. Dairy Expo, where the lucky ticket will be drawn.

Tickets can be obtained for a donation of five dollars per ticket from Stan Butt, Executive Director, TDPA. Stan is a resident of Maury County and can be reached at 931-698-0243 or by email at sreedbutt@gmail.com. Give him a call for a ticket. He will be traveling back and forth across the state the next several months visiting Tennessee dairies and will be happy to drop by your operation.


TDPA Annual Meetings Challenged by Weather
"Excellent Content, Good Crowds, and Good Food"

“Excellent content, good crowds, and most importantly, good food,” was how one attendee responded in an email about our annual meetings.  Producers had the opportunity to visit with each other and with TDPA Corporate Sponsors before and during each of the meetings. The Paris meeting had to be cancelled because of 3-4 inches of  ice, sleet and snow and Orlinda was rescheduled to Wednesday.

President John Bayless opened the meetings with a welcome and a message from the board stating, “From the foothills of the Smokies to the Delta, the Sweetwater Valley to the Cumberland Plateau, the Highland Rim to the Central Basin, we represent ALL dairy farmers regardless of size, breed, or how and where the milk is marketed.” His power point presentation listed all the current board members and those in attendance at each meeting were recognized..

Next, he introduced new Executive, Stan Butt for a few brief comments and recognition of TDPA Corporate Sponsors. Southeast Select Sires, Tennessee Farmers CO-OP Feeds, and Tennessee Department of Agriculture, TAEP program were recognized as $5,000 Premier Sponsors. Foothills Farmers CO-OP was recognized as a $2,500 Titanium Sponsor; Farm Credit Services, Dairy Farmers of America, Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative, and Purina Animal Health as $1,500  Platinum Sponsors; Mike Tansil and Layne Crop Ins, and Stacey Turner and Boehringer Ingelheim as $1,000 Gold Sponsors; Bordens Milk, CPC Commodities, First Bank and Trust, Land Trust for Tennessee, Marshall Farmers Coop, Rutherford Farmers Coop, Tech Mix and Traditions Auction Services as $500 Silver Sponsors; and  Alltech, Gerald Todd Trucking, Tony Jones with H & R AGRI-POWER, Middle Tennessee Dairy Service, Southern States, Glasgow, KY, and Valley Farmers CO-OP as $250 Bronze Sponsors..

President Bayless continued with a special thanks to Tim Riley with Southeast Select Sires, Dr. Dennis Onks, advisory board member and creator of OLIVIA– the rocking cow and Tony White– Past President  from 2009 when TDPA was chartered until December 2013. Will Moss, Bengi Daniels, Sam Smith, and Tommy Roberson were elected as new board members. Dr. Peter Krawcel, Assistant Professor, UT Dairy Extension and Research, spoke on UT’s commitment to the Tennessee Dairy Industry, new staff and special programs involving Dairy research, Deborah Boyd, TDPA Secretary/Treasurer, covered  information about the new Farm Bill’s Dairy Policy Reform and the Margin Protection Program.

President Bayless introduced  the Keynote Speaker, Dr. Bob James, Professor of Dairy Sciences at Virginia Tech and he  addressed the needs of Dairy production in the Southeast and gave an outstanding presentation on the “Economics of Calf Rearing.” Everyone left filled, informed and optimistic about the prospects for 2014.

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Milking Contest Draws Big Crowd at “Ag Day”

House Agriculture Committee Chairman, Curtis Halford, Vice-Chairman, Andy Holt and Tennessee Commissioner of Agriculture, Julius Johnson graciously welcomed the crowd as snow fell on Legislative Plaza. A Big thank you to TDPA member Ryan Gardner from Trace-View Holsteins, Santa Fe for bringing Tess and Angie, both haltered Holsteins, for the milking contest at “Ag Day on the Hill.” TDPA assisted Representative Holt and Keith Harrison, Tennessee Farmers COOP in making arrangements for this year’s milking contest.

This year the contest was won by Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and his able bodied assistant, State Senator Frank Niceley. Together, they had enough “pull” to edge out House Speaker Beth Harwell, who had won the contest the past two years. Lt. Gov. Ramsey was under a lot of pressure to win with all three of his grandsons watching. A check for seven hundred and fifty dollars ($750) was presented to Second Harvest Food Bank on behalf of the Farm and Forest Families of Tennessee.

TDPA President John Bayless and TDPA Executive, Stan Butt, were on hand to meet and greet legislators and offer delicious samples of cheese. They also worked with SUDIA area manager, Denise Jones, passing out milk, provided by Purity Dairies.

The overall feeling by those participating was that “Ag Day on the Hill” this year was a huge success.


Pictured left to right, Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, Stan Butt, Sen. Frank Nicely, Ryan Gardner, TDPA President John Bayless


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TAEP Continuing Education Qualifications Updated

New Qualifications for 50 Percent Cost Share Effective 2015

NASHVILLE -- In an effort to enhance the state’s agricultural industry and to increase farmers’ capacity to produce, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture is encouraging producers to take advantage of new continuing education opportunities now offered by the University of Tennessee Extension.

“Agricultural leaders recently unveiled a strategic plan to grow and develop our industry over the next decade,” Agriculture Commission Julius Johnson said. “Education and research were recognized as key components for helping us achieve our goals, and these continuing education opportunities will be important for producers to maximize efficiency in their operations and to increase farm profitability.”

Beginning in 2015, producers who wish to qualify for 50 percent cost share funding through the Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program may need to participate in UT advanced continuing education opportunities by certain TAEP reimbursement deadlines. This gives producers nearly two years to complete the new continuing education opportunities. For the 2014 application period, any Master producer certificates received prior to 2015 will still qualify for 50 percent cost share.

A schedule detailing current certification expiration dates and renewal deadlines, by program, is available at www.tn.gov/taep under Master Certification Information in the TAEP News section. Class offerings for 2014 were recently announced by UT Extension and are posted at utextension.tennessee.edu.

All current Tennessee Quality Milk certificates will expire May 1, 2015, so all dairy producers wishing to qualify for TAEP funds in 2015 will need to become certified as a Master Dairy Producer before Dec. 1, 2015.

TAEP Continuing Education QUALIFICATIONs UPDATED 2 – 2 – 2 – 2 – 2

Once all current certificates expire, producers will need to participate in continuing education programs every three years with the exception of dairy, which is an annual certification based on fewer class hours each year. Applications for 2014 TAEP cost share programs are expected to be available in April.

TAEP was established in 2005 by the Tennessee General Assembly and has been fully funded by Gov. Bill Haslam through a portion of the state’s cigarette sales tax. The program is administered by TDA to assist qualifying producers with cost share funds of up to 50 percent on farm improvement projects to increase efficiency and farm income. A UT study shows that for every TAEP dollar invested nearly $4 is generated in additional economic activity in local communities.

For more information, visit www.tn.gov/taep or call the TAEP general information line at 1-800-342-8206.



USDA Announcement of Advanced Class Prices

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Meet Your New Executive

The Tennessee Dairy Producers Association (TDPA) is pleased to announce that Stan Butt has been chosen to serve as their new Executive Director. Tony White, president of TDPA, said, “ the TDPA board is excited to have someone with Stan’s experience to step into this new position. We are confident that he will bring continuity to our association and will be a positive voice for our industry.” Stan grew up in Portland, Sumner County, Tennessee and recalls his first milking experience was hand milking an old Jersey cow belonging to a neighboring farmer. Stan graduated from Portland High School and went on to receive his college degree from Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, Tennessee. Stan’s first position was with the Middle Tennessee Council of the Boy Scouts of America, in Nashville, serving as the District Executive for the Dan Beard District. As a District Executive, he attended the National Executive Institute in New Jersey preparing him for his career ahead. Stan and his wife Sheila have been married 41 years and have three sons of their own and one adopted son and thirteen grandchildren. They reside in Columbia, Maury County, Tennessee where they lived since 1985. In his new position, Stan will become the contact person for TDPA assuming the many responsibilities under taken by the board since the formation of TDPA in 2009. His primary responsibilities will include being a proactive voice for the dairy industry, increasing membership in the association, securing and maintaining funding for the association, working to involve and retain youth in the dairy industry, interacting with the many livestock entities in the state as well as serving as the legislative liaison in both Nashville and Washington.

The Tennessee Dairy Producers Association is a non-profit organization seeking to represent all dairy producers in Tennessee, expediting a consistent and proactive response to issues affecting the viability of the dairy industry in Tennessee and serving as an unbiased source of information for producers as well as consumers.



 
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Tennessee Valley Livestock Conference
DAIRY Program Sponsored by Ag Central CO-OP

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The Tennessee Valley Livestock Conference will take place on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at Walters State Great Smoky Mountians Expo Center, 1615 Pavilion Drive, White Pine, TN 37890 (Exit 8 off I-81). It is in association with the Tennessee Dairy Producers Association, TN Cattlemen’s Association, NC Cattlemen’s Association, and VA Cattlemen’s Association.

SCHEDULE
8:00-9:30 Registration
9:30–10:00 Brady Catob/Delaval Automated Calf feeding
10:05-10:45 Nick Kunkel/Delaval Robotic Milking (VMS)
10:45-11:00 Break - Visit Industry Trade Show
11:00-11:30 Rick Elling/JOZ Automated Feed Pusher & Scrappers
11:30-12:00 Alan Brandmeyer/Trioliet Automated TMR Feeding
12:00-1:00 LUNCH—Visit Trade Show
1:00-3:00 Panel Discussion—Jai Templeton, Commissioner of Agriculture, John McClurkin, Water Resource Division, TN Dept of Ag, Shari Meghreblian, Deputy Commissioner of TDEC, and Stefan Maupin, Director of Public Policy TN Farm Bureau Federation

Be Present to Win a DeLaval Hand held cell counter DCC or a DeLaval mini swinging brushMSB!

FOR INFORMATION
Contact Eric Risser, AgCentral, 423-368-7753 or 800-467-2150
Stan Butt, TDPA 931-698-0243
Please RSVP to Eric or Stan

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Tennessee NRCS Provides EQIP Assistance to Address
Pasture and Hayland in Counties with Severe, Extreme,
or Exceptional Drought Conditions

Sign-up Deadline is May 19, 2017

NASHVILLE, April 11, 2017 – As a result of the drought issues faced by Tennessee’s pasture and hayland producers, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is providing financial and technical assistance through its Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Drought Special Sign Up to help address natural resource concerns on damaged land in counties with D2 (Severe), D3 (Extreme), and D4 (Exceptional) drought conditions—as designated on the U.S. Drought Monitor map dated November 22, 2016.

“Through this special sign up, producers may apply for assistance to install conservation practices that can help treat identified resource concerns to reduce the negative impacts of current drought conditions, and will help improve the sustainability of their operation in the long run,” said Jamie Carpenter, Acting State Conservationist, NRCS Tennessee.

Conservation practices available to producers through this special sign up include: Forage and Biomass Planting, Critical Area Planting, Access Control, Prescribed Grazing, Fence, Livestock Pipeline, Pumping Plant, Spring Development, Water Well, Watering Facility, and Heavy Use Area Protection.

Interested producers are encouraged to visit their local USDA service center to apply or to learn more about drought assistance. The deadline to sign up for this special drought initiative is May 19, 2017.

Additional program requirements and information about EQIP is available on the Tennessee NRCS website at www.tn.nrcs.usda.gov.

EQIP is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers to address natural resource concerns on agricultural and forest land.



Tools and Strategies To Improve Milk On your Farm

In 2017, the first educational program offered as part of Master Dairy Producer will focus on options and strategies for managing milk quality. Farmers interested in becoming a certified “Master Dairy Producer” will need to attend 2 of the various programs offered during 2017. We anticipate this certification will satisfy the educational component for those intending to apply for the 50% cost share through the TAEP program.

Meeting Locations and Dates
Please contact the local agent about registering one week before meeting date.
The module will be offered at:
Greeneville (Greene County) – March 7, Camp 214 4-H Lane, Greeneville, TN 37743
McMinnville (Warren County) – March 9, TSU Nursery Research Station, 472 Cadillac Lane, McMinnville, TN 37110
Athens (McMinn County) – March 15, Western Sizzlin, 1804 Decatur Pike, Athens, TN 37303
Lewisburg (Marshall County) – March 27, Russell Catering 220 Water Street, Lewisburg, TN 37091
Paris (Henry County) – March 28, Henry County UT Extension Office, 1120 Tyson Ave, Paris, TN 38242

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Financial Statements on Federal Orders 6 & 7

The combined financial statements for the Administrative and Marketing Service Funds for the orders administered from the office for the calendar year ending December 31, 2016.

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Farm Bureau Working on New Milk Price Insurance

A new type of dairy revenue insurance, that would offer regional protection against both milk price and production declines, is being worked on by the American Farm Bureau Federation, American Farm Bureau Insurance Services (AFBIS) and academic collaborators including dairy economist Marin Bozic.

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More Ag Groups Announce Support for 'DAIRY PRIDE' Act

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin says her 'DAIRY PRIDE' Act continues to pick up endorsements from prominent farms groups. The newest of those supporters include the Wisconsin and American Farm Bureau organizations.

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Tennessee NRCS Provides EQIP Assistance to Address
Pasture and Hayland in Counties with Severe, Extreme,
or Exceptional Drought Conditions

Sign-up Deadline is May 19, 2017

NASHVILLE, April 11, 2017 – As a result of the drought issues faced by Tennessee’s pasture and hayland producers, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is providing financial and technical assistance through its Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Drought Special Sign Up to help address natural resource concerns on damaged land in counties with D2 (Severe), D3 (Extreme), and D4 (Exceptional) drought conditions—as designated on the U.S. Drought Monitor map dated November 22, 2016.

“Through this special sign up, producers may apply for assistance to install conservation practices that can help treat identified resource concerns to reduce the negative impacts of current drought conditions, and will help improve the sustainability of their operation in the long run,” said Jamie Carpenter, Acting State Conservationist, NRCS Tennessee.

Conservation practices available to producers through this special sign up include: Forage and Biomass Planting, Critical Area Planting, Access Control, Prescribed Grazing, Fence, Livestock Pipeline, Pumping Plant, Spring Development, Water Well, Watering Facility, and Heavy Use Area Protection.

Interested producers are encouraged to visit their local USDA service center to apply or to learn more about drought assistance. The deadline to sign up for this special drought initiative is May 19, 2017.

Additional program requirements and information about EQIP is available on the Tennessee NRCS website at www.tn.nrcs.usda.gov.

EQIP is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers to address natural resource concerns on agricultural and forest land.



2017 TDPA Annual Meeting Scheduled

The 2017 Tennessee Dairy Producers Annual Meeting Friday will be held January 13 in Murfreesboro at the Embassy Suites Hotel and every Producer is invited to attend. Our Featured Speaker this year is Dr. David Kohl. You will not want to miss this opportunity to hear Dr. Kohl. Please find a meeting Schedule included in this mailing. A great lunch is planned of Beef Brisket sponsored by Alltech and Boehringer-Ingelheim. Dr. Neal Schrick and Dr. Peter Krawszel will be on the afternoon agenda before the Annual Business Meeting. Commissioner Jai Templeton will make a special announcement and presentation at the Annual Business Meeting. You will not want to miss his announcement. We want to welcome the Tennessee Holstein Association and the Tennessee Jersey Club as they will be holding their meetings in conjunction with the TCA Convention and the TDPA Annual Meeting. Also, ADA of Tennessee will be holding their meeting on Thursday, January 12 at the Holiday Inn. Everyone is encouraged to make your plans to join us on Friday, January 13, in Oakleigh C, at the Embassy Suites Hotel.

Friday – January 13th
All TDPA Friday sessions except opening session will be held in Oakleigh “C” Embassy Suites
8:00 - 9:00 - Combined Session with TCA, TDPA and TN Sheep Producers—Featured Speaker Dr.
David Kohl - Economics and Agriculture at the Crossroads
9:10 - Welcome and Opening Remarks
9:15 - 10:30 - Dr. David Kohl, Professor Emeritus, VA Tech - Managing in the Economic Reset
10:30 - 10:45 - Break
10:45 - 12:00 - Dr. Kohl—Financial and Management Benchmarks for Sucess
12:15 - 1:45 - Lunch and Trade Show Visit— Lunch sponsored by Elizabeth Lunsford and Alltech
and Stacey Turner and Boehringer-Ingelheim
1:45 - 1:55 - Dr. Neal Schrick, UTIA Dean of Animal Science
1:55 - 2:55 - Dr. Peter Krawszel, UTIA
3:00 - TDPA Annual Business Meeting
Commissioner Jai Templeton, TDA Presentation
President Benjie Daniels—Presentation and election of Board members
4:30 - Adjourn, Visit Trade Show

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September Newsletter

The new September 2016 Tennessee Dairy Producers Association Newsletter is now available.
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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



Tennessee Dairy Producers Association Annual Meeting Schedule

Let us know which meeting you plan to attend, how many people from your farm and any dietary restrictions for the meal to be served. We look forward to see-ing you soon!

MEETING LOCATIONS AND DATES

Thursday, February 4th
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm Vendor Set-up (Embassy Suites Mirabella E-J)

Friday, February 5th
All TDPA Friday sessions will be held in Oakleigh “C” Embassy Suites
8:00 - 8:10 Welcome and Opening Remarks- John Bayless, President, TDPA and Stan Butt, Execu-tive Director, TDPA
8:10 - 8:55- Gary Moore, Executive Director, Land Trust for Tennessee, Opportunities Available For Saving Agricultural Lands
8:55 - 9:55- Dr. Shawn Hawkins, Associate Professor, UTIA, Biosystems Engineering & Soil Sci-ence – Nutrient Management and Utilization of Available Nitrogen
9:55 - 10:15 – Break, Visit Trade Show
10:15 - 11:00 – Geof Smith, DVM. PHD, Ruminant Health and Production Medicine, sponsored by Justin Hull and TechMix
11:00 - 11:45 – Dr. Andrew Griffith, UTIA, Assistant Professor, Ag & Resource Economics –New Grain Sorghum Research and Economic Benefit
11:45 - 12:30 – USDA Agricultural Marketing Service Dairy Programs
12:30 - 2:00 – Lunch and Trade Show Visit (Mirabella)
2:00 - 2:30 – John McClurkin, Tennessee Dept of Agriculture, Available Assistance from Ag Re-source Conservation Fund
2:30 - 4:30 – TDPA Annual Business Meeting
4:30 - Adjourn, Visit Trade Show

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42nd Annual Southern Dairy Conference

The 42nd Annual Southern Dairy Conference will be held March 8-9, 2016 Embassy Suites Atlanta Airport

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2016 Tennessee Area Dairy Producer Meetings

Let us know which meeting you plan to attend, how many people from your farm and any dietary restrictions for the meal to be served. We look forward to see-ing you soon!

MEETING LOCATIONS AND DATES
Monday, Jan. 18 - 7:00 p.m. CST Henry County Farm Bureau 406 N. Poplar Street Paris, TN 38242
Tuesday, Jan. 19 - 12 Noon CST Orlinda Community Center 7501 Highway 52 Orlinda, TN 37141
Tuesday, Jan. 19 - 7:00 p.m. CST First Cumberland Presbyterian 402 2nd Ave. North Lewisburg, TN 37091
Wednesday, Jan. 20 - 7:00 p.m. EST Valley Farmers Coop 920 N. Congress Parkway Athens, TN 37303
Thursday, Jan. 21 - 7:00 p.m. EST Clyde Austin 4-H Center 214 4-H Lane Greeneville, TN 37743

Discussion and information brought to you by the American Dairy Association of Tennessee and the Tennessee Farm Bureau

RESERVATIONS: Call Jeanne at 800.928.6455 or email jbilla@sedairy.org by Wednesday, January 13.



The Wilson Post

Read "The Wilson Post" about Going the milky way; New dairy parlor up and running in Shop Springs; Milk twice daily, every day; Growing up on milk (farms); Building on their family's property; Wilson County's first subway system; Happy cows, happy farmers; Milk and blood

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Reproduction: Keys for Improved Performance

In 2016, the first educational program offered as part of Master Dairy Producer will focus on aspects of reproduction. 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.

MEETING LOCATIONS AND DATES
Greeneville (Greene County) – January 14, Camp 214 4-H Lane, Greeneville, TN  37743
Athens (McMinn County) – January 22, Western Sizzlin, 1804 Decatur Pike, Athens, TN 37303
McMinnville (Warren County) – January 13, TSU Nursery Research Station, 472 Cadillac Lane, McMinnville, TN 37110
Lewisburg (Marshall County) – January 14, Russell Catering 220 Water Street, Lewisburg, TN 37091
Paris (Henry County) – January 12, Henry County UT Extension Office, 1120 Tyson Ave, Paris, TN 38242

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Key Considerations From A Veterinarian's Perspective

In 2015, the third educational program offered as part of Master Dairy Producer will focus on aspects of herd health and its relationship with productivity. Farmers interested in becoming a certified “Master Dairy Producer” will need to attend 2 of the various programs offered during 2015. We anticipate this certification will satisfy the educational component for those intending to apply for the 50% cost share through the TAEP program.

MEETING LOCATIONS AND DATES
Greeneville (Greene County) – October 29, Camp 214 4-H Lane, Greeneville, TN 37743
Athens (McMinn County) – October 30, Western Sizzlin, 1804 Decatur Pike, Athens, TN 37303
Paris (Henry County) – November 12, Henry County UT Extension Office, 1120 Tyson Ave, Paris, TN 38242
• Outside of these face-to-face opportunities, a Zoom link will be available for the November 12 meeting and a recorded version of the meeting will be available through your county agent. Please contact your local Extension office to make arrangements to take advantage of these, if you are unable to attend a face-to-face option.

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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.





Death of McLean Dougherty, Son of Blan & Kathy Dougherty

It is with deepest regrets that we inform our TDPA members of an accident that claimed the life of McLean Dougherty, son of Blan and Kathy Dougherty. McLean drowned in a swimming accident at the popular Blue Cove Hideway in McMinn County near Athens, TN on June 16th. You can access the news story at www.timesfreepress.com/news/local/story/2015/jun/17/man-drowns-former-quarry-mcminn-county/310041/ . We extend our sincere sympathy to Blan, Kathy and family. McLean was laid to rest in a private internment at the Mt. Harmony Cemetery on Saturday, June 20th.



Connecting Cow Comfort To Productivity, Health, & Well-being

In 2015, the second educational program offered as part of Master Dairy Producer will focus on aspects of cow comfort and its relationship with productivity. Farmers interested in becoming a certified “Master Dairy Producer” will need to attend 2 of the various programs offered during 2015. 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:
Greeneville (Greene County)
July 22, Camp 214 4-H Lane, Greeneville, TN 37743

Athens (McMinn County)
July 27, Western Sizzlin, 1804 Decatur Pike, Athens, TN 37303

McMinnville (Warren County)
July 28, TSU Nursery Research Station, 472 Cadillac Lane, McMinnville, TN 37110

Lewisburg (Marshall County)
July 29, Russell Catering 220 Water Street, Lewisburg, TN 37091

Paris (Henry County)
July 30, Henry County UT Extension Office, 1120 Tyson Ave, Paris, TN 38242

Springfield (Robertson County)
July 30, Highland Rim Research & Education Center (main office conference room), 3181 Experiment Station Rd., Springfield, TN 37172

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TDPA Area Meetings Scheduled

You are invited to a Tennessee Dairy Producers Association Area Meeting in your area. John Bayless and Stan Butt, with TDPA, will be giving an update about the TDPA Annual Meeting that was held in January and activi-ties of TDPA and topics of interest concerning you as Tennessee Dairy Producers. A meal will be provided at each location.

Please make your plans to attend by contacting Stan Butt at 931-698-0243 or sreedbutt@gmail.com so that we may have a reasonable count of the number to plan for the meal.

June 9th — Robertson County and surrounding Area, Orlinda Community Center, Orlinda TN at 7 p.m. Josh Wackler and Zoetis will be providing the meal. Dr. Bradley Mills will be the quest speaker.
June 11th - McMinnville (Warren County and surrounding area), TSU Nursery Research Station, 472 Cadil-lac Lane, McMinnville, TN 37110, 6:30 p.m. Josh Wackler and Zoetis will be providing the meal.
June 22nd - Paris (Henry County and surrounding area), Henry Farmers COOP conference room, Hwy 69 on left just past main store. 11:00 a.m. Jeffrey Turner and Purnia Feeds will be providing the meal.
June 25th - Lewisburg (Marshall County and surrounding area), Russell Catering Bldg, 220 Water Street, Lewisburg, TN 37091. 10.00 a.m.—12:00 noon. Dr. Jennifer Hatcher and Rock N Country Vet Clinic and Frank LeGrain and Biotic will be providing the meal
July 1 — TDPA Board Meeting, Logan’s/Cookeville, TN, 10 a.m.

East TN meetings to be scheduled mid to late July



Webinar to Assist Potential Applicants for Conservation Funding

An upcoming webinar on the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) will help potential applicants as they seek available funding. During the current round, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will invest up to $235 million to improve the nation's water quality, combat drought, enhance soil health, support wildlife habitat and protect agricultural production. Partners will match the Federal investment.

"This webinar is a great opportunity to directly engage with our partners," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. "Our goal is to leverage available Federal funding and produce more high-performing on-the-ground conservation solutions."

USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will host the webinar, open to both conservation partners and the general public, on Thursday, June 4, 2015 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EST. To join the webinar, visit https://usdanrcs.adobeconnect.com/r75qxphcya9/. Login to Adobe Connect using the Guest option and enter your name.

NRCS recently simplified the application process by creating new online tools: a pre-proposal fillable form, RCPP pre-application data entry tool and pre-proposal data entry tool instructions. These tools support partners as they fill out and submit their pre-proposal application.

RCPP empowers local leaders to work with multiple partners — such as private companies, local and tribal governments, universities, non-profit groups and other non-government partners — along with farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners to design solutions that work best for their region. Local partners and the federal government both invest funding and manpower to projects to maximize their impact.

USDA is now accepting pre-proposals for RCPP. Pre-proposals are due July 8, 2015. For more information on applying, visit the RCPP website.



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.

"I’m proud of the time and work they put in," says Pighetti. "This was a team effort, and they represented us well."

Dairy Challenge is where students apply past academic learning to a real-world dairy. The UTIA team placed first against other teams after each evaluated the same farm. Each team inspected the operation and conducted interviews with the owners, and then made recommendations about nutrition, reproduction, milking and finances. Teams also answered questions from judges about their recommendations. In its 14-year history, Dairy Challenge has trained more than 4,700 students. A total of 32 universities were represented at this recent competition.

"We were placed in a real-world situation with limited time and expected to analyze a dairy operation," says team member Billy Rochelle. "I have never been with a group who accomplished so much in so little time. Many industry participants were also there discussing internship and job opportunities with their respective companies."

Pighetti says that’s an important part of what the students learned through this experience – the chance to work on a real farm and to lend their expertise. "Basically they are the valued consultants," she says. "They learned how to critically evaluate and identify problems, and come up with the most logical way to fix things."

Other team members agreed the experience will help them meet future career goals. Stephanie Nash’s family operates a middle Tennessee dairy. "The dairy industry has always been a huge part of my life," she says. "I was blessed to be part of this amazing program for four years, and I will keep striving to be the voice for families in the dairy industry," she says.

"My experience at Dairy Challenge was phenomenal," says Ettie Peterson. "I learned so much about the industry through seminars, educational farm tours and sponsors. My entire experience from 6:30 a.m. practice to completing our presentation was beyond rewarding."

Other CASNR students took part in the Dairy Challenge Academy during this event. There was no competition here, but the students were able to also evaluate a working dairy farm alongside two dairy industry professionals. This group included Johnna Davis of Walland, Sydney Dean of Seymour, Jordan McGinnis of Washburn, Josh Snider of Lexington, N.C., and Dustie Strasser of Chapel Hill. Pighetti says this group of younger students may represent UTIA at future Dairy Challenges.

The UT Institute of Agriculture provides instruction, research and outreach through the UT College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the UT College of Veterinary Medicine, UT AgResearch, including its system of 10 research and education centers, and UT Extension offices in every county in the state.



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Learn About Robotic Milking System & Organic Dairy Farming

THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2015
Terry and Jennifer Bishop will host an open house to showcase their new robotic milking system, tunnel ventilated barn and automated mechanical scraper system. Attendees will have the opportunity to tour facility and ask questions about the technology and organic dairying.

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Chilhowee Dairy/ Bishop Farm, 312 Antioch Church Rd., Benton, TN 37307
Lunch and snacks will be provided.
Please RSVP to Shane Webb at (800) 464-2150

FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 2015
Attend an upcoming meeting on organic dairy farming. Regional Pool Manager Gerry Cohn and organic dairy farmer Butch Lay will lead a Q&A session about organic certification, production and animal care.

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Russell’s Catering, 220 Water St., Lewisburg, TN 37091
Lunch and snacks will be provided.

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First Educational Program Offered

In 2015, the first educational program offered as part of Master Dairy Producer will focus on aspects of forage production. Farmers interested in becoming a certified “Master Dairy Producer” will need to attend 2 of the 3 programs offered during 2015. We anticipate this certification will satisfy the educational component for those intending to apply for the 50% cost share through the TAEP program.

Meeting Locations & Dates
The forage production module will be offered at:
Paris (Henry County)
  March 4, Henry County UT Extension Office, 1120 Tyson Ave, Paris, TN 38242
Lewisburg (Marshall County)
  March 12, Russell Catering 220 Water Street, Lewisburg, TN 37091
McMinnville (Warren County)
  March 16, TSU Nursery Research Station, 472 Cadillac Lane, McMinnville, TN 37110
Athens (McMinn County)
  March 18, Western Sizzlin, 1804 Decatur Pike, Athens, TN 37303
Greeneville (Greene County)
  March 19, Camp 214 4-H Lane, Greeneville, TN 37743
Springfield (Robertson County)
  March 25, Highland Rim Research & Education Center (main office conference room),
  3181 Experiment Station Rd., Springfield, TN 37172

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TDPA Annual Meeting Friday January 16 In Murfreesboro

The Tennessee Dairy Producers Association (TDPA) is excited to be holding its Annual meeting in conjunction with the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association Convention and Trade Show. We hope that this endeavor leads to joint benefit for our producers as well as our industry sponsors who share both beef and dairy concerns. TDPA encourages all our dairy producers to take advantage of this first time opportunity to attend the special Friday Dairy sessions and the Trade Show which is designed with both beef and dairy in mind. For those attending all the morning dairy sessions the possibility exist the they will count as one module toward your re-certification of the Master Dairy program which qualifies you for fifty percent cost share through TAEP, so make your plans to attend if at all possible.

All morning Dairy sessions and lunch provided by Stacy Turner and Boehringer Ingelheim will be held at the Rutherford County Extension office at Lane Agri-Park on John Rice Blvd. (Across I-24 from Embassy Suites Hotel.) After lunch you are encouraged to visit the trade show at the Embassy Suites Hotel and the TDPA Annual meeting held in Broadlands A at the Embassy Suites Hotel beginning at 2:30 pm. All dairy producers are encouraged to attend since this will be the business meeting and election of board members.

There will be no registration fee to attend but all producers who plan to attend are asked to register by contacting Stan Butt, TDPA, at 931-698-0243 or by email at sreedbutt@gmail.com To reserve a room at the Embassy Suites Hotel call 615-890-4464 or online at www.murfreesboro.embassysuites.com code CTL. The special rate for the convention is only good if reservations are made by December 23rd. The special rate includes breakfast and happy hour drinks and snacks.

Thursday January 15th
12:00- 2:00 UT Bull Sale – Spring Hill Experiment Station
5:30-7:30 Cattle Health demonstration- “Caring for your Herds Health Needs”- Dr. Lew Strickland- UT Extension veterinarian- Lane Agri-Park 315 John Rice Blvd. (Across I-24 from hotel) Sponsored by Tn. Farmers Coop and UT Extension Service
6:00-10:00 Vendor setup (Mirabella E-J)
7:30-9:30 Board meeting Beef Council Meeting Room

Friday January 16th
7:00-7:30 FACCT Board of Directors Breakfast Meeting (Broadlands A)
8:00-Welcome Jerry Greene TCA President (Mirabella A-C)
Rheba Capps to sing Star Spangled Banner
8:05-8:20 Special Guest Forrest Roberts- Chief Executive Director of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (Mirabella A-C)
8:20-9:10 Cow College 1 “What is Sustainability?” (McDonald's Director of Sustainability Susan Forsell) (Sponsored by Land Trust for Tennessee) (Mirabella A-C)
9:00-9:45 BVD PI working group meeting (Cambridge A)
9:10-9:40 Trade Show opens (Coffee Sponsored by UT Beef and Forage Center) (Mirabella E-J)
9:00-10:00 Farm Animal Care Coalition of Tennessee (FACCT) Annual Meeting (Cambridge B)
9:40 -10:30 Delegate Session (Delegate Session is open to all attendees) (Mirabella A-C)
10:30-11:00 Trade Show Time (Mirabella E-J)
11:00-12:30 Live Cattle Video Auction and discussion (In trade show)(UT Ag. Economist Dr. Andrew Griffith to Discuss Livestock Marketing following video sale.) (Mirabella E-J)
12:30-2:00- Awards Luncheon (Oakleigh AB)
1:30-2:30- Trade Show time (Mirabella E-J)
2:30-4:30 Tn Dairy Producers Annual Meeting (Embassy Broadlands A)
2:30-3:30-Cow College 2 “Forage Systems for Maximizing Profitability in the Beef Business” Dr. Dennis Hancock University of Georgia Forage Specialist (Sponsored by UT Beef and Forage Center) (Mirabella A-C)
3:30 -4:10 Trade Show time (Mirabella E-J)
4:10-5:00 Cow College 3 “Washington DC Policy Update” (Colin Woodall National Cattlemen's Beef Association) (Mirabella A-C)
5:00-6:00 Fundraiser Auction/ Reception (in trade show) (Mirabella E-J)

Friday January 16th
*Morning dairy meetings and lunch will be conducted at the Rutherford County Extension office at Lane Agri-Park on 315 John Rice Blvd. (Across I-24 from Embassy)
8:45 – Welcome and opening remarks – John Bayless, President, TDPA and Stan Butt, Executive Director, TDPA
8:50-9:45 – “Are Futures in Your Future,” Andrew Griffith, Assistant Professor, Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture
9:45-10:30 – Succession Planning, “Now is the Time,” Mark Bolt, Financial Consultant, Mike Tansil, CPIA
10:30-12:00 – Importance of Quality Data – Dr. Jeffrey Bewley, University of Kentucky. Ph.D., Purdue University, Dairy Systems Mgt., M.S. University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dairy Systems Mgt.
12:00-12:30 – SQMI Update – members of SQMI team
12:30-1:30 – Lunch – (Sponsored by Stacy Turner and Boehringer Ingelheim) Community Room in Rutherford County Extension office
Afternoon Schedule
1:30-2:30 – Trade Show at Embassy Suites Hotel (Across I-24)
2:30-4:30 – TDPA Annual Meeting and Election of Board Members Embassy Suites (Broadlands A)
4:30 - Trade Show, TCA Cow College 3, fundraiser auction/reception and safe journey
*Tennessee Dairy Producers Association members are invited to participate in all TCA cow Colleges and events held Saturday.

Saturday January 17th
9:00-12:00 Youth activities
8:00-9:00 Cow College 4 “Environmental Myths” (Dr. Jude Capper Livestock Sustainability Consultant at Livestock Sustainability Consultancy) (Mirabella A-C)
9:00-9:45 Trade Show time (Mirabella E-J)
9:30-10:15 Cattlewomen's Meeting (Broadlands A)
9:45 FarmCredit/TCA Heifer Scholarship announcement.
9:55-10:45 Cow College 5 “Matching Your Cattle to Farm Resources” Burke Teichert” (Manager Deseret Ranch System Retired) Sponsored By Tennessee Angus Breeders (Mirabella A-C)
10:45-11:10 Trade Show time (Mirabella E-J)
11:10-12:00 Cow College 6 “Increasing Reproductive Efficiency through Proper Management” (Dr. Rick Funston Nebraska) (Sponsored by TBCIA) (Mirabella A-C)
12:00-1:30 lunch in trade show (Mirabella E-J)
2:00-3:00 Board meeting (Cambridge A)
Saturday- Youth activities
8:00-9:00 Join us for “Cow College 4” and hear Dr. Jude Capper respond to some of the misinformation about Animal Agriculture (Oakleigh A-B)
9:00-11:30 Quiz Bowl- Embassy Suites Hotel (Cambridge A-B)
10:00-11:00 Youth Scavenger Hunt- Trade Show (Mirabella E-J)
9:00-11:00 “Animal Agriculture ExposedYouth Workshops (30 minute rotating sessions)
What are the FACCTS of animal agriculture?” Lou Nave Executive Director of Farm Animal Care Coalition of Tennessee
Using Social Media to tell our story” Lauren Chase Communications Director of the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association/Tn Beef Council Broadlands A-B)
11:45 Board Bus to Lane Agri-Park (315 John Rice Blvd) For lunch
12:00 Lunch at Lane Agri Park (Tennessee Cattlemen's Association update)
1:00-2:30 Be a Beef Leader-FFA and Beef Ambassador leaders
2:45- Bus returns to Embassy Suites for departure


Williams wins Olivia "The Rocking Cow"

The donation of five dollars for one ticket wins Jim Williams OLIVIA “The Rocking Cow.” Jim Williams, the farm manager for Beasleyland Dairy in Chapel Hill,TN, made the donation in support of the Tennessee Dairy Producers Association Youth Promotion Fund. His daughter Gracie had other thoughts, she wanted to win OLIVIA. Jim’s ticket, or Gracie’s, was drawn at the Tennessee Jr. Dairy Expo and he was notified that night, but it took several weeks to get her delivered.

OLIVIA was handcrafted by Dr. Dennis Onks, retired Director of the UT AgResearch’s Middle Tennessee Dairy Research and Education Center located at the Tennessee Agriculture Experiment Station in Spring Hill, TN. Dr. Onks is an Advisory Board member for TDPA and he offered to create a special item to be used to help raise funds for TDPA. OLIVIA was the result of many hours of wood working and painting by Dr. Onks. She even carries a plate of authenticity attached to one of her rockers.

Congratulations to Jim and Gracie and a special thank you to Dr. Onks for making OLIVIA. Contributions totaled over eleven hundred dollars for the fund.


2015 Georgia Dairy Conference January 12-14

The 2015 Georgia Dairy Conference is rapidly approaching and we would like to invite your members to join us! This year’s conference will take place at the Savannah Riverfront Marriott in Savannah, Georgia, Jan. 12-14, 2015.

The Georgia Dairy Conference (GDC) is dedicated to providing dairymen with significant and practical “take-home” information. Thanks to support from generous industry supporters, the GDC has earned a reputation as a top educational conference in the Southeast. In 2014, more than 250 producers and dairy industry representatives attended this three-day event. This year, we’re building on that momentum by delivering another high-impact conference. Leading experts will make presentations on topics ranging from nutrition and genetics to the future of the dairy industry, dairy sustainability and economics.

In addition to our quality line-up of educational speakers, we will also host the first Southeast Dairy Student Symposium during the GDC on Tuesday, Jan. 13 from 6 to 9 p.m. This program is designed to provide students, interested in the dairy industry, with a platform to explore careers and internship opportunities in the Southeast. The objectives of the symposium are to connect dairymen, industry affiliates and future graduates; promote the exchange of ideas and experiences among students, dairymen and industry affiliates; and to build networking opportunities for future graduates.

We hope you will join us as we invest to make the Southeast dairy industry competitive in a national context. The registration fee for dairymen outside of Georgia and guests is $100. Your company is also invited to exhibit during our trade show. Visit our website at www.gamilk.org to download an agenda, registration forms and exhibitor information. If you would like additional information, please contact Farrah Newberry or Allison Fortner at 706-310-0020.

Monday, January 12th
8:30 a.m. ACCM Board of Directors Meeting
10:00 GA Milk Board of Directors Meeting
12:00 p.m. Registration and GDYF Board of Directors Meeting
12:00 p.m. SUDIA / ADA of GA Board Meeting
2:30 p.m. GA Dairy Industry Update - GA Milk, SUDIA, etc.
3:45 Exhibit Break and Door Prize Drawing 4:15 Securing a Sustainable Milk Supply for the Southeast Dairy Market Dr. Roger Cady, Elanco Animal Health
5:15 Q & A / Exhibitor Break
6:30 Evening Banquet

Tuesday, January 13th
7:30 a.m. Small Steps Add Up in Sustainability
Erin Fitzgerald, VP of Sustainability for the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy
Andrea Sensenig, Pennyslvania Dairy Producer and 2014 U.S. Sustainability Award Winner
8:15 Decision Making for Clinical Mastitis
Pam Ruegg, University of Wisconsin-Madison
9:00 Silages and Forages
Limin Kung, University of Delaware
10:00 Exhibitor/Refreshment Break
10:30 Understanding Consumer & Processor Quality Standards
Mark Wustenburg, Tillamook Creamery
11:15 Employee Management Simplified Tom Wall, Dairy Coach, LLC
12:15 Lunch
1:15 p.m. Dry Cow and Heat Stress Management
Dr. Jose Santos, University of Florida
2:00 Hormonal Sync Programs
Paul Fricke University of Wisconsin
2:45 Exhibitor/Refreshment Break
3:15 Feed Shrink Management
Dr. Jeff Weyers, Vicor

January 12-14, 2015
Savannah Riverfront Marriott
4:00 Troubleshooting Milk Quality Issues on Your Dairy Farm
Mark Wustenburg, Tillamook Creamery
6:00 Southeast Dairy Student Symposium

Wednesday, January 14
7:15 a.m. Sponsored Continental Breakfast
7:45 Ray West - SE DHIA Report
8:00 Electronic Heat Detection
Paul Fricke, University of Wisconsin
8:45 The (Almost) Perfect Parlor
Tom Wall, Dairy Coach, LLC
9:30 Refreshment Break
10:00 Milkfat Depression
Tom Jenkins, Clemson University
10:45 Co-op Mgrs. Panel, Cost to Balance SE Market
11:45 Q & A Session - Adjourn


National Mastitis Council 54th Annual Meeting set for Feb. 1-3

The National Mastitis Council (NMC) will host its 54th Annual Meeting, Feb. 1-3, 2015 at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tenn.

This three-day international forum will provide milk quality professionals the opportunity to exchange information on udder health, milking management and milk quality. Anyone with a vested interest in milk quality – milk quality specialists, veterinarians, milk plant field staff, dairy suppliers, dairy producers, university researchers, extension specialists and students – is invited to attend and exchange ideas.

“We’re excited to welcome a distinguished group of milk quality professionals from around the world to Memphis,” says Gary Neubauer, senior manager, dairy technical services at Zoetis and 2015 NMC Annual Meeting Program Chairman.

The annual meeting will kick-off Sunday, February 1 with six specialized short courses. General sessions open on Monday, February 2 and will run through Tuesday, February 3. “Milk Quality: What the Market Needs, Wants, Demands,” will be the featured symposium Tuesday afternoon. Four additional short courses will be offered Tuesday evening. Rounding out the educational opportunities will be the Technology Transfer Session (poster session) held on Monday and Tuesday.

“This year’s program is focused on the systems approach to milk quality encompassing the people, the equipment and the environment,” notes Neubauer.  “Our goal is for anyone who attends the meeting to take home practical ideas that they can implement immediately in the field or on the farm.”

Other highlights of the upcoming meeting include recognizing the National Dairy Quality Award winners and the recipient of the NMC Award of Excellence for Mastitis Prevention and Control, as well as introducing the NMC Scholars.

The complete program and agenda can be found online at: http://nmconline.org/annualmeet/2015/.

NMC is a professional organization devoted to reducing mastitis and enhancing milk quality. NMC promotes research and provides information to the dairy industry on udder health, milking management, milk quality and milk safety. Founded in 1961, NMC has close to 1,500 members in more than 40 countries throughout the world. For additional information: http://nmconline.org


TDPA Permitting Workshop

The Tennessee Dairy Producers Association Permitting Workshop will be held October 24, 2014 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Ellington Agricultural Center's Ed Jones Auditorium. The moderators will be TDPA Executive Director Stan Butt and TDPA and Robertson County Extension Agent/UT Extension Agent Paul Hart.

"Please RSVP to sreedbutt@gmail.com or call 931-698-0243 by Tuesday 12:00 noon for head count for lunch." to bottom of Agenda.

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TN Ag Literacy Week Coming November 16-22

November 16-22, 2014, has been designated as Tennessee Agriculture Literacy Week. This will be an outstanding opportunity for farmers and ranchers and other agriculture industry representatives to read children's books about the agriculture industry to school students. Volunteers are needed to visit elementary school classrooms around the state to read agriculturally themed books and talk about the importance of Tennessee Agriculture. Tennessee agriculture industry volunteers are encouraged to read agriculturally themed books to elementary school children showcasing the diversity of Tennessee agriculture and the role agriculture plays in our daily lives.

Volunteers should schedule their classroom visits with schools at least two weeks before their readings. All readings should be completed by November 22, 2014. All volunteers are encouraged to complete the Tennessee Agriculture Literacy Week, report by December 31, 2014 (report www.TennesseeAg.org). Tennessee Agriculture Literacy Week is a great opportunity to teach our next generation about the Tennesseans who provide the food, fuel and fiber for the world's growing population. Tennessee Agriculture Literacy Week is sponsored by the Tennessee Agriculture Education Committee, representing Tennessee's agriculture producers.

To learn more about the Agricultural Literacy Library, please contact Lou Nave, 615/970-8065 or Lou.Facct@gmail.com.


Dairy Farm Bill Meeting - Dairy Margin protection Program

Dr. Griffith will address the Margin Protection Program and how you can use the program to help insure an income over feed cost margin for the milk you are producing. He will demonstrate the MPP-Dairy decision tool to help you make a sound decision on insuring your margin. He will also provide information on how the entire program will work and the rules you must follow to operate in this program. These meetings will start at 10:30 am and should end sometime around 1:30 PM. Lunch will be provided. Please call the number below to the location you would like to attend, to help with the meal count. I hope you will be able to attend.

Lewisburg Location: Russell Catering, 220 Water Street, Lewisburg, TN
Date: October 20th, 2014 - Phone number: 931-359-1929

Greeneville Location: First Baptist Church Greeneville, 211 N Main St, Greeneville, TN.
Date: October 27th, 2014 - Phone number: 423-798-1710

Madisonville Location: Monroe County Farm Bureau, 510 Main St, Madisonville, TN
Date: October 28th, 2014 - Phone number: 423-442-2433

Paris Location: Henry County Extension Office, 1120 Tyson Avenue, Paris, TN
Date: November 6th, 2014 - Phone number: 731-642-2941

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Tennessee's Wild Hog Eradication Action Team - W.H.E.A.T.

W.H.E.A.T. is a 24-organization partnership dedicated to the eradication of wild hogs in Tennessee. This video has information on the problems of wild hogs and what to do about wild hogs in Tennessee by the the Wild Hog Eradication Action Team, or W.H.E.A.T.


Tennessee Signs On to Plan to Protect Dairy Industry

Four of the most dreaded words in agriculture are Hoof and Mouth Disease, which can be devastating to livestock producers and wreak havoc on the farm economy. In conjunction with June Dairy Month, Gov. Bill Haslam has signed an agreement that partners Tennessee with eight other states to protect the dairy industry in the event of an HMD outbreak.

Known as the Secure Milk Supply Plan, the agreement sets standards by which milk producers, haulers and processors would interact with animal health authorities to reduce the risk of spreading HMD during an outbreak. The regional effort is part of the national initiative to develop biosecurity measures that would allow for the movement of milk without undermining HMD control and eradication efforts.

“Livestock and livestock products are the largest generator of revenue for Tennessee farmers, so an HMD outbreak here would be especially crippling to our ag economy,” Tennessee Department of Agriculture state veterinarian Charles Hatcher said. “This plan allows us to take appropriate disease protection measures during an outbreak while minimizing the impact to producers and processors so that the dairy industry can continue to function.”

HMD is a highly contagious disease that affects cloven-hooved animals, but not humans. The virus causes fever, followed by painful blisters on the animal’s mouth and hooves, and can cause extreme weight loss, lameness and reduced milk production. Although the disease has not been seen in the U.S. since 1929, outbreaks occur every year in other countries and the disease could easily be introduced through international trade.

In the event of a HMD outbreak, the movement of animals, animal products such as milk, people and vehicles would be restricted until the extent of the outbreak is known. Under the plan, non-affected dairies that meet certain qualifications would be allowed to ship milk in-state or to any participating state.

“We want to make sure the cure is not worse than the disease,” Hatcher said. “Education of and participation by dairy producers and processors is critical to the plan’s success.”

Some of the biosecurity requirements for dairy producers include recording vehicles and visitors, milk tank washing and disinfection, use of protective gear and other measures at pick-up and delivery. The most important part of the SMS plan is biosecurity measures surrounding the truck picking up milk from an approved participating dairy.

TDA has conducted regional workshops in Murfreesboro and Madisonville for dairy producers to demonstrate biosecurity procedures. “I want to thank the Tennessee Dairy Producers Association for their leadership and support of this initiative,” said Agriculture Commissioner Julius Johnson. “This type of partnership is particularly critical to protecting the dairy industry in the event of a disease outbreak.” For more information on the Secure Milk Supply Plan and other educational opportunities, contact the State Veterinarian’s Office at 615-837-5120.

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Olivia Rocks For TDPA

Dr. Dennis Onks, retired UT Extension leader, has created a one of a kind, hand crafted, rocking cow for the Tennessee Dairy Producers Association (TDPA) Youth Promotion Fund. She has been created to offer some child a very happy experience and a life time of memories. Dr. Onks and his wife June resided in Spring Hill for 13 years where Dr. Onks was Director of UT AgResearch’s Middle Tennessee and Dairy Research and Education Center located at the Tennessee Agriculture Experiment Station. Dr. Onks is an Advisory Board member for the TDPA and offered to create a special item to be used to help raise funds for the TDPA Fund. OLIVIA, THE ROCKING COW was the result of many hours of wood working and painting by Dr. Onks. She even carries a plate of authenticity attached to one of her rockers.

Olivia has made the rounds in the Dairy world during the early months of 2014. She has been in all three grand divisions of the great state of Tennessee at the annual regional meetings of the TDPA in Paris, Orlinda, Lewisburg, Cookeville, Athens, and Greenville. She attended the Tennessee Jersey Club meeting in Murfreesboro, the Tennessee Holstein Spring Sale in Lebanon and two dairy sales in Nolensville, and Murfreesboro. During the coming months she may show up anywhere and she will be at the Tennessee Jr. Dairy Expo, where the lucky ticket will be drawn.

Tickets can be obtained for a donation of five dollars per ticket from Stan Butt, Executive Director, TDPA. Stan is a resident of Maury County and can be reached at 931-698-0243 or by email at sreedbutt@gmail.com. Give him a call for a ticket. He will be traveling back and forth across the state the next several months visiting Tennessee dairies and will be happy to drop by your operation.


TDPA Annual Meetings Challenged by Weather
"Excellent Content, Good Crowds, and Good Food"

“Excellent content, good crowds, and most importantly, good food,” was how one attendee responded in an email about our annual meetings.  Producers had the opportunity to visit with each other and with TDPA Corporate Sponsors before and during each of the meetings. The Paris meeting had to be cancelled because of 3-4 inches of  ice, sleet and snow and Orlinda was rescheduled to Wednesday.

President John Bayless opened the meetings with a welcome and a message from the board stating, “From the foothills of the Smokies to the Delta, the Sweetwater Valley to the Cumberland Plateau, the Highland Rim to the Central Basin, we represent ALL dairy farmers regardless of size, breed, or how and where the milk is marketed.” His power point presentation listed all the current board members and those in attendance at each meeting were recognized..

Next, he introduced new Executive, Stan Butt for a few brief comments and recognition of TDPA Corporate Sponsors. Southeast Select Sires, Tennessee Farmers CO-OP Feeds, and Tennessee Department of Agriculture, TAEP program were recognized as $5,000 Premier Sponsors. Foothills Farmers CO-OP was recognized as a $2,500 Titanium Sponsor; Farm Credit Services, Dairy Farmers of America, Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative, and Purina Animal Health as $1,500  Platinum Sponsors; Mike Tansil and Layne Crop Ins, and Stacey Turner and Boehringer Ingelheim as $1,000 Gold Sponsors; Bordens Milk, CPC Commodities, First Bank and Trust, Land Trust for Tennessee, Marshall Farmers Coop, Rutherford Farmers Coop, Tech Mix and Traditions Auction Services as $500 Silver Sponsors; and  Alltech, Gerald Todd Trucking, Tony Jones with H & R AGRI-POWER, Middle Tennessee Dairy Service, Southern States, Glasgow, KY, and Valley Farmers CO-OP as $250 Bronze Sponsors..

President Bayless continued with a special thanks to Tim Riley with Southeast Select Sires, Dr. Dennis Onks, advisory board member and creator of OLIVIA– the rocking cow and Tony White– Past President  from 2009 when TDPA was chartered until December 2013. Will Moss, Bengi Daniels, Sam Smith, and Tommy Roberson were elected as new board members. Dr. Peter Krawcel, Assistant Professor, UT Dairy Extension and Research, spoke on UT’s commitment to the Tennessee Dairy Industry, new staff and special programs involving Dairy research, Deborah Boyd, TDPA Secretary/Treasurer, covered  information about the new Farm Bill’s Dairy Policy Reform and the Margin Protection Program.

President Bayless introduced  the Keynote Speaker, Dr. Bob James, Professor of Dairy Sciences at Virginia Tech and he  addressed the needs of Dairy production in the Southeast and gave an outstanding presentation on the “Economics of Calf Rearing.” Everyone left filled, informed and optimistic about the prospects for 2014.

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Milking Contest Draws Big Crowd at “Ag Day”

House Agriculture Committee Chairman, Curtis Halford, Vice-Chairman, Andy Holt and Tennessee Commissioner of Agriculture, Julius Johnson graciously welcomed the crowd as snow fell on Legislative Plaza. A Big thank you to TDPA member Ryan Gardner from Trace-View Holsteins, Santa Fe for bringing Tess and Angie, both haltered Holsteins, for the milking contest at “Ag Day on the Hill.” TDPA assisted Representative Holt and Keith Harrison, Tennessee Farmers COOP in making arrangements for this year’s milking contest.

This year the contest was won by Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and his able bodied assistant, State Senator Frank Niceley. Together, they had enough “pull” to edge out House Speaker Beth Harwell, who had won the contest the past two years. Lt. Gov. Ramsey was under a lot of pressure to win with all three of his grandsons watching. A check for seven hundred and fifty dollars ($750) was presented to Second Harvest Food Bank on behalf of the Farm and Forest Families of Tennessee.

TDPA President John Bayless and TDPA Executive, Stan Butt, were on hand to meet and greet legislators and offer delicious samples of cheese. They also worked with SUDIA area manager, Denise Jones, passing out milk, provided by Purity Dairies.

The overall feeling by those participating was that “Ag Day on the Hill” this year was a huge success.


Pictured left to right, Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, Stan Butt, Sen. Frank Nicely, Ryan Gardner, TDPA President John Bayless


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TAEP Continuing Education Qualifications Updated

New Qualifications for 50 Percent Cost Share Effective 2015

NASHVILLE -- In an effort to enhance the state’s agricultural industry and to increase farmers’ capacity to produce, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture is encouraging producers to take advantage of new continuing education opportunities now offered by the University of Tennessee Extension.

“Agricultural leaders recently unveiled a strategic plan to grow and develop our industry over the next decade,” Agriculture Commission Julius Johnson said. “Education and research were recognized as key components for helping us achieve our goals, and these continuing education opportunities will be important for producers to maximize efficiency in their operations and to increase farm profitability.”

Beginning in 2015, producers who wish to qualify for 50 percent cost share funding through the Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program may need to participate in UT advanced continuing education opportunities by certain TAEP reimbursement deadlines. This gives producers nearly two years to complete the new continuing education opportunities. For the 2014 application period, any Master producer certificates received prior to 2015 will still qualify for 50 percent cost share.

A schedule detailing current certification expiration dates and renewal deadlines, by program, is available at www.tn.gov/taep under Master Certification Information in the TAEP News section. Class offerings for 2014 were recently announced by UT Extension and are posted at utextension.tennessee.edu.

All current Tennessee Quality Milk certificates will expire May 1, 2015, so all dairy producers wishing to qualify for TAEP funds in 2015 will need to become certified as a Master Dairy Producer before Dec. 1, 2015.

TAEP Continuing Education QUALIFICATIONs UPDATED 2 – 2 – 2 – 2 – 2

Once all current certificates expire, producers will need to participate in continuing education programs every three years with the exception of dairy, which is an annual certification based on fewer class hours each year. Applications for 2014 TAEP cost share programs are expected to be available in April.

TAEP was established in 2005 by the Tennessee General Assembly and has been fully funded by Gov. Bill Haslam through a portion of the state’s cigarette sales tax. The program is administered by TDA to assist qualifying producers with cost share funds of up to 50 percent on farm improvement projects to increase efficiency and farm income. A UT study shows that for every TAEP dollar invested nearly $4 is generated in additional economic activity in local communities.

For more information, visit www.tn.gov/taep or call the TAEP general information line at 1-800-342-8206.



USDA Announcement of Advanced Class Prices

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Meet Your New Executive

The Tennessee Dairy Producers Association (TDPA) is pleased to announce that Stan Butt has been chosen to serve as their new Executive Director. Tony White, president of TDPA, said, “ the TDPA board is excited to have someone with Stan’s experience to step into this new position. We are confident that he will bring continuity to our association and will be a positive voice for our industry.” Stan grew up in Portland, Sumner County, Tennessee and recalls his first milking experience was hand milking an old Jersey cow belonging to a neighboring farmer. Stan graduated from Portland High School and went on to receive his college degree from Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, Tennessee. Stan’s first position was with the Middle Tennessee Council of the Boy Scouts of America, in Nashville, serving as the District Executive for the Dan Beard District. As a District Executive, he attended the National Executive Institute in New Jersey preparing him for his career ahead. Stan and his wife Sheila have been married 41 years and have three sons of their own and one adopted son and thirteen grandchildren. They reside in Columbia, Maury County, Tennessee where they lived since 1985. In his new position, Stan will become the contact person for TDPA assuming the many responsibilities under taken by the board since the formation of TDPA in 2009. His primary responsibilities will include being a proactive voice for the dairy industry, increasing membership in the association, securing and maintaining funding for the association, working to involve and retain youth in the dairy industry, interacting with the many livestock entities in the state as well as serving as the legislative liaison in both Nashville and Washington.

The Tennessee Dairy Producers Association is a non-profit organization seeking to represent all dairy producers in Tennessee, expediting a consistent and proactive response to issues affecting the viability of the dairy industry in Tennessee and serving as an unbiased source of information for producers as well as consumers.



 
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Tennessee Valley Livestock Conference
DAIRY Program Sponsored by Ag Central CO-OP

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The Tennessee Valley Livestock Conference will take place on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at Walters State Great Smoky Mountians Expo Center, 1615 Pavilion Drive, White Pine, TN 37890 (Exit 8 off I-81). It is in association with the Tennessee Dairy Producers Association, TN Cattlemen’s Association, NC Cattlemen’s Association, and VA Cattlemen’s Association.

SCHEDULE
8:00-9:30 Registration
9:30–10:00 Brady Catob/Delaval Automated Calf feeding
10:05-10:45 Nick Kunkel/Delaval Robotic Milking (VMS)
10:45-11:00 Break - Visit Industry Trade Show
11:00-11:30 Rick Elling/JOZ Automated Feed Pusher & Scrappers
11:30-12:00 Alan Brandmeyer/Trioliet Automated TMR Feeding
12:00-1:00 LUNCH—Visit Trade Show
1:00-3:00 Panel Discussion—Jai Templeton, Commissioner of Agriculture, John McClurkin, Water Resource Division, TN Dept of Ag, Shari Meghreblian, Deputy Commissioner of TDEC, and Stefan Maupin, Director of Public Policy TN Farm Bureau Federation

Be Present to Win a DeLaval Hand held cell counter DCC or a DeLaval mini swinging brushMSB!

FOR INFORMATION
Contact Eric Risser, AgCentral, 423-368-7753 or 800-467-2150
Stan Butt, TDPA 931-698-0243
Please RSVP to Eric or Stan

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Tennessee NRCS Provides EQIP Assistance to Address
Pasture and Hayland in Counties with Severe, Extreme,
or Exceptional Drought Conditions

Sign-up Deadline is May 19, 2017

NASHVILLE, April 11, 2017 – As a result of the drought issues faced by Tennessee’s pasture and hayland producers, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is providing financial and technical assistance through its Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Drought Special Sign Up to help address natural resource concerns on damaged land in counties with D2 (Severe), D3 (Extreme), and D4 (Exceptional) drought conditions—as designated on the U.S. Drought Monitor map dated November 22, 2016.

“Through this special sign up, producers may apply for assistance to install conservation practices that can help treat identified resource concerns to reduce the negative impacts of current drought conditions, and will help improve the sustainability of their operation in the long run,” said Jamie Carpenter, Acting State Conservationist, NRCS Tennessee.

Conservation practices available to producers through this special sign up include: Forage and Biomass Planting, Critical Area Planting, Access Control, Prescribed Grazing, Fence, Livestock Pipeline, Pumping Plant, Spring Development, Water Well, Watering Facility, and Heavy Use Area Protection.

Interested producers are encouraged to visit their local USDA service center to apply or to learn more about drought assistance. The deadline to sign up for this special drought initiative is May 19, 2017.

Additional program requirements and information about EQIP is available on the Tennessee NRCS website at www.tn.nrcs.usda.gov.

EQIP is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers to address natural resource concerns on agricultural and forest land.



Tools and Strategies To Improve Milk On your Farm

In 2017, the first educational program offered as part of Master Dairy Producer will focus on options and strategies for managing milk quality. Farmers interested in becoming a certified “Master Dairy Producer” will need to attend 2 of the various programs offered during 2017. We anticipate this certification will satisfy the educational component for those intending to apply for the 50% cost share through the TAEP program.

Meeting Locations and Dates
Please contact the local agent about registering one week before meeting date.
The module will be offered at:
Greeneville (Greene County) – March 7, Camp 214 4-H Lane, Greeneville, TN 37743
McMinnville (Warren County) – March 9, TSU Nursery Research Station, 472 Cadillac Lane, McMinnville, TN 37110
Athens (McMinn County) – March 15, Western Sizzlin, 1804 Decatur Pike, Athens, TN 37303
Lewisburg (Marshall County) – March 27, Russell Catering 220 Water Street, Lewisburg, TN 37091
Paris (Henry County) – March 28, Henry County UT Extension Office, 1120 Tyson Ave, Paris, TN 38242

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Financial Statements on Federal Orders 6 & 7

The combined financial statements for the Administrative and Marketing Service Funds for the orders administered from the office for the calendar year ending December 31, 2016.

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Farm Bureau Working on New Milk Price Insurance

A new type of dairy revenue insurance, that would offer regional protection against both milk price and production declines, is being worked on by the American Farm Bureau Federation, American Farm Bureau Insurance Services (AFBIS) and academic collaborators including dairy economist Marin Bozic.

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More Ag Groups Announce Support for 'DAIRY PRIDE' Act

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin says her 'DAIRY PRIDE' Act continues to pick up endorsements from prominent farms groups. The newest of those supporters include the Wisconsin and American Farm Bureau organizations.

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Tennessee NRCS Provides EQIP Assistance to Address
Pasture and Hayland in Counties with Severe, Extreme,
or Exceptional Drought Conditions

Sign-up Deadline is May 19, 2017

NASHVILLE, April 11, 2017 – As a result of the drought issues faced by Tennessee’s pasture and hayland producers, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is providing financial and technical assistance through its Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Drought Special Sign Up to help address natural resource concerns on damaged land in counties with D2 (Severe), D3 (Extreme), and D4 (Exceptional) drought conditions—as designated on the U.S. Drought Monitor map dated November 22, 2016.

“Through this special sign up, producers may apply for assistance to install conservation practices that can help treat identified resource concerns to reduce the negative impacts of current drought conditions, and will help improve the sustainability of their operation in the long run,” said Jamie Carpenter, Acting State Conservationist, NRCS Tennessee.

Conservation practices available to producers through this special sign up include: Forage and Biomass Planting, Critical Area Planting, Access Control, Prescribed Grazing, Fence, Livestock Pipeline, Pumping Plant, Spring Development, Water Well, Watering Facility, and Heavy Use Area Protection.

Interested producers are encouraged to visit their local USDA service center to apply or to learn more about drought assistance. The deadline to sign up for this special drought initiative is May 19, 2017.

Additional program requirements and information about EQIP is available on the Tennessee NRCS website at www.tn.nrcs.usda.gov.

EQIP is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers to address natural resource concerns on agricultural and forest land.



2017 TDPA Annual Meeting Scheduled

The 2017 Tennessee Dairy Producers Annual Meeting Friday will be held January 13 in Murfreesboro at the Embassy Suites Hotel and every Producer is invited to attend. Our Featured Speaker this year is Dr. David Kohl. You will not want to miss this opportunity to hear Dr. Kohl. Please find a meeting Schedule included in this mailing. A great lunch is planned of Beef Brisket sponsored by Alltech and Boehringer-Ingelheim. Dr. Neal Schrick and Dr. Peter Krawszel will be on the afternoon agenda before the Annual Business Meeting. Commissioner Jai Templeton will make a special announcement and presentation at the Annual Business Meeting. You will not want to miss his announcement. We want to welcome the Tennessee Holstein Association and the Tennessee Jersey Club as they will be holding their meetings in conjunction with the TCA Convention and the TDPA Annual Meeting. Also, ADA of Tennessee will be holding their meeting on Thursday, January 12 at the Holiday Inn. Everyone is encouraged to make your plans to join us on Friday, January 13, in Oakleigh C, at the Embassy Suites Hotel.

Friday – January 13th
All TDPA Friday sessions except opening session will be held in Oakleigh “C” Embassy Suites
8:00 - 9:00 - Combined Session with TCA, TDPA and TN Sheep Producers—Featured Speaker Dr.
David Kohl - Economics and Agriculture at the Crossroads
9:10 - Welcome and Opening Remarks
9:15 - 10:30 - Dr. David Kohl, Professor Emeritus, VA Tech - Managing in the Economic Reset
10:30 - 10:45 - Break
10:45 - 12:00 - Dr. Kohl—Financial and Management Benchmarks for Sucess
12:15 - 1:45 - Lunch and Trade Show Visit— Lunch sponsored by Elizabeth Lunsford and Alltech
and Stacey Turner and Boehringer-Ingelheim
1:45 - 1:55 - Dr. Neal Schrick, UTIA Dean of Animal Science
1:55 - 2:55 - Dr. Peter Krawszel, UTIA
3:00 - TDPA Annual Business Meeting
Commissioner Jai Templeton, TDA Presentation
President Benjie Daniels—Presentation and election of Board members
4:30 - Adjourn, Visit Trade Show

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September Newsletter

The new September 2016 Tennessee Dairy Producers Association Newsletter is now available.
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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



Tennessee Dairy Producers Association Annual Meeting Schedule

Let us know which meeting you plan to attend, how many people from your farm and any dietary restrictions for the meal to be served. We look forward to see-ing you soon!

MEETING LOCATIONS AND DATES

Thursday, February 4th
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm Vendor Set-up (Embassy Suites Mirabella E-J)

Friday, February 5th
All TDPA Friday sessions will be held in Oakleigh “C” Embassy Suites
8:00 - 8:10 Welcome and Opening Remarks- John Bayless, President, TDPA and Stan Butt, Execu-tive Director, TDPA
8:10 - 8:55- Gary Moore, Executive Director, Land Trust for Tennessee, Opportunities Available For Saving Agricultural Lands
8:55 - 9:55- Dr. Shawn Hawkins, Associate Professor, UTIA, Biosystems Engineering & Soil Sci-ence – Nutrient Management and Utilization of Available Nitrogen
9:55 - 10:15 – Break, Visit Trade Show
10:15 - 11:00 – Geof Smith, DVM. PHD, Ruminant Health and Production Medicine, sponsored by Justin Hull and TechMix
11:00 - 11:45 – Dr. Andrew Griffith, UTIA, Assistant Professor, Ag & Resource Economics –New Grain Sorghum Research and Economic Benefit
11:45 - 12:30 – USDA Agricultural Marketing Service Dairy Programs
12:30 - 2:00 – Lunch and Trade Show Visit (Mirabella)
2:00 - 2:30 – John McClurkin, Tennessee Dept of Agriculture, Available Assistance from Ag Re-source Conservation Fund
2:30 - 4:30 – TDPA Annual Business Meeting
4:30 - Adjourn, Visit Trade Show

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42nd Annual Southern Dairy Conference

The 42nd Annual Southern Dairy Conference will be held March 8-9, 2016 Embassy Suites Atlanta Airport

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2016 Tennessee Area Dairy Producer Meetings

Let us know which meeting you plan to attend, how many people from your farm and any dietary restrictions for the meal to be served. We look forward to see-ing you soon!

MEETING LOCATIONS AND DATES
Monday, Jan. 18 - 7:00 p.m. CST Henry County Farm Bureau 406 N. Poplar Street Paris, TN 38242
Tuesday, Jan. 19 - 12 Noon CST Orlinda Community Center 7501 Highway 52 Orlinda, TN 37141
Tuesday, Jan. 19 - 7:00 p.m. CST First Cumberland Presbyterian 402 2nd Ave. North Lewisburg, TN 37091
Wednesday, Jan. 20 - 7:00 p.m. EST Valley Farmers Coop 920 N. Congress Parkway Athens, TN 37303
Thursday, Jan. 21 - 7:00 p.m. EST Clyde Austin 4-H Center 214 4-H Lane Greeneville, TN 37743

Discussion and information brought to you by the American Dairy Association of Tennessee and the Tennessee Farm Bureau

RESERVATIONS: Call Jeanne at 800.928.6455 or email jbilla@sedairy.org by Wednesday, January 13.



The Wilson Post

Read "The Wilson Post" about Going the milky way; New dairy parlor up and running in Shop Springs; Milk twice daily, every day; Growing up on milk (farms); Building on their family's property; Wilson County's first subway system; Happy cows, happy farmers; Milk and blood

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Reproduction: Keys for Improved Performance

In 2016, the first educational program offered as part of Master Dairy Producer will focus on aspects of reproduction. 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.

MEETING LOCATIONS AND DATES
Greeneville (Greene County) – January 14, Camp 214 4-H Lane, Greeneville, TN  37743
Athens (McMinn County) – January 22, Western Sizzlin, 1804 Decatur Pike, Athens, TN 37303
McMinnville (Warren County) – January 13, TSU Nursery Research Station, 472 Cadillac Lane, McMinnville, TN 37110
Lewisburg (Marshall County) – January 14, Russell Catering 220 Water Street, Lewisburg, TN 37091
Paris (Henry County) – January 12, Henry County UT Extension Office, 1120 Tyson Ave, Paris, TN 38242

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Key Considerations From A Veterinarian's Perspective

In 2015, the third educational program offered as part of Master Dairy Producer will focus on aspects of herd health and its relationship with productivity. Farmers interested in becoming a certified “Master Dairy Producer” will need to attend 2 of the various programs offered during 2015. We anticipate this certification will satisfy the educational component for those intending to apply for the 50% cost share through the TAEP program.

MEETING LOCATIONS AND DATES
Greeneville (Greene County) – October 29, Camp 214 4-H Lane, Greeneville, TN 37743
Athens (McMinn County) – October 30, Western Sizzlin, 1804 Decatur Pike, Athens, TN 37303
Paris (Henry County) – November 12, Henry County UT Extension Office, 1120 Tyson Ave, Paris, TN 38242
• Outside of these face-to-face opportunities, a Zoom link will be available for the November 12 meeting and a recorded version of the meeting will be available through your county agent. Please contact your local Extension office to make arrangements to take advantage of these, if you are unable to attend a face-to-face option.

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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.





Death of McLean Dougherty, Son of Blan & Kathy Dougherty

It is with deepest regrets that we inform our TDPA members of an accident that claimed the life of McLean Dougherty, son of Blan and Kathy Dougherty. McLean drowned in a swimming accident at the popular Blue Cove Hideway in McMinn County near Athens, TN on June 16th. You can access the news story at www.timesfreepress.com/news/local/story/2015/jun/17/man-drowns-former-quarry-mcminn-county/310041/ . We extend our sincere sympathy to Blan, Kathy and family. McLean was laid to rest in a private internment at the Mt. Harmony Cemetery on Saturday, June 20th.



Connecting Cow Comfort To Productivity, Health, & Well-being

In 2015, the second educational program offered as part of Master Dairy Producer will focus on aspects of cow comfort and its relationship with productivity. Farmers interested in becoming a certified “Master Dairy Producer” will need to attend 2 of the various programs offered during 2015. 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:
Greeneville (Greene County)
July 22, Camp 214 4-H Lane, Greeneville, TN 37743

Athens (McMinn County)
July 27, Western Sizzlin, 1804 Decatur Pike, Athens, TN 37303

McMinnville (Warren County)
July 28, TSU Nursery Research Station, 472 Cadillac Lane, McMinnville, TN 37110

Lewisburg (Marshall County)
July 29, Russell Catering 220 Water Street, Lewisburg, TN 37091

Paris (Henry County)
July 30, Henry County UT Extension Office, 1120 Tyson Ave, Paris, TN 38242

Springfield (Robertson County)
July 30, Highland Rim Research & Education Center (main office conference room), 3181 Experiment Station Rd., Springfield, TN 37172

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TDPA Area Meetings Scheduled

You are invited to a Tennessee Dairy Producers Association Area Meeting in your area. John Bayless and Stan Butt, with TDPA, will be giving an update about the TDPA Annual Meeting that was held in January and activi-ties of TDPA and topics of interest concerning you as Tennessee Dairy Producers. A meal will be provided at each location.

Please make your plans to attend by contacting Stan Butt at 931-698-0243 or sreedbutt@gmail.com so that we may have a reasonable count of the number to plan for the meal.

June 9th — Robertson County and surrounding Area, Orlinda Community Center, Orlinda TN at 7 p.m. Josh Wackler and Zoetis will be providing the meal. Dr. Bradley Mills will be the quest speaker.
June 11th - McMinnville (Warren County and surrounding area), TSU Nursery Research Station, 472 Cadil-lac Lane, McMinnville, TN 37110, 6:30 p.m. Josh Wackler and Zoetis will be providing the meal.
June 22nd - Paris (Henry County and surrounding area), Henry Farmers COOP conference room, Hwy 69 on left just past main store. 11:00 a.m. Jeffrey Turner and Purnia Feeds will be providing the meal.
June 25th - Lewisburg (Marshall County and surrounding area), Russell Catering Bldg, 220 Water Street, Lewisburg, TN 37091. 10.00 a.m.—12:00 noon. Dr. Jennifer Hatcher and Rock N Country Vet Clinic and Frank LeGrain and Biotic will be providing the meal
July 1 — TDPA Board Meeting, Logan’s/Cookeville, TN, 10 a.m.

East TN meetings to be scheduled mid to late July



Webinar to Assist Potential Applicants for Conservation Funding

An upcoming webinar on the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) will help potential applicants as they seek available funding. During the current round, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will invest up to $235 million to improve the nation's water quality, combat drought, enhance soil health, support wildlife habitat and protect agricultural production. Partners will match the Federal investment.

"This webinar is a great opportunity to directly engage with our partners," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. "Our goal is to leverage available Federal funding and produce more high-performing on-the-ground conservation solutions."

USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will host the webinar, open to both conservation partners and the general public, on Thursday, June 4, 2015 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EST. To join the webinar, visit https://usdanrcs.adobeconnect.com/r75qxphcya9/. Login to Adobe Connect using the Guest option and enter your name.

NRCS recently simplified the application process by creating new online tools: a pre-proposal fillable form, RCPP pre-application data entry tool and pre-proposal data entry tool instructions. These tools support partners as they fill out and submit their pre-proposal application.

RCPP empowers local leaders to work with multiple partners — such as private companies, local and tribal governments, universities, non-profit groups and other non-government partners — along with farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners to design solutions that work best for their region. Local partners and the federal government both invest funding and manpower to projects to maximize their impact.

USDA is now accepting pre-proposals for RCPP. Pre-proposals are due July 8, 2015. For more information on applying, visit the RCPP website.



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.

"I’m proud of the time and work they put in," says Pighetti. "This was a team effort, and they represented us well."

Dairy Challenge is where students apply past academic learning to a real-world dairy. The UTIA team placed first against other teams after each evaluated the same farm. Each team inspected the operation and conducted interviews with the owners, and then made recommendations about nutrition, reproduction, milking and finances. Teams also answered questions from judges about their recommendations. In its 14-year history, Dairy Challenge has trained more than 4,700 students. A total of 32 universities were represented at this recent competition.

"We were placed in a real-world situation with limited time and expected to analyze a dairy operation," says team member Billy Rochelle. "I have never been with a group who accomplished so much in so little time. Many industry participants were also there discussing internship and job opportunities with their respective companies."

Pighetti says that’s an important part of what the students learned through this experience – the chance to work on a real farm and to lend their expertise. "Basically they are the valued consultants," she says. "They learned how to critically evaluate and identify problems, and come up with the most logical way to fix things."

Other team members agreed the experience will help them meet future career goals. Stephanie Nash’s family operates a middle Tennessee dairy. "The dairy industry has always been a huge part of my life," she says. "I was blessed to be part of this amazing program for four years, and I will keep striving to be the voice for families in the dairy industry," she says.

"My experience at Dairy Challenge was phenomenal," says Ettie Peterson. "I learned so much about the industry through seminars, educational farm tours and sponsors. My entire experience from 6:30 a.m. practice to completing our presentation was beyond rewarding."

Other CASNR students took part in the Dairy Challenge Academy during this event. There was no competition here, but the students were able to also evaluate a working dairy farm alongside two dairy industry professionals. This group included Johnna Davis of Walland, Sydney Dean of Seymour, Jordan McGinnis of Washburn, Josh Snider of Lexington, N.C., and Dustie Strasser of Chapel Hill. Pighetti says this group of younger students may represent UTIA at future Dairy Challenges.

The UT Institute of Agriculture provides instruction, research and outreach through the UT College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the UT College of Veterinary Medicine, UT AgResearch, including its system of 10 research and education centers, and UT Extension offices in every county in the state.



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Learn About Robotic Milking System & Organic Dairy Farming

THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2015
Terry and Jennifer Bishop will host an open house to showcase their new robotic milking system, tunnel ventilated barn and automated mechanical scraper system. Attendees will have the opportunity to tour facility and ask questions about the technology and organic dairying.

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Chilhowee Dairy/ Bishop Farm, 312 Antioch Church Rd., Benton, TN 37307
Lunch and snacks will be provided.
Please RSVP to Shane Webb at (800) 464-2150

FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 2015
Attend an upcoming meeting on organic dairy farming. Regional Pool Manager Gerry Cohn and organic dairy farmer Butch Lay will lead a Q&A session about organic certification, production and animal care.

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Russell’s Catering, 220 Water St., Lewisburg, TN 37091
Lunch and snacks will be provided.

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First Educational Program Offered

In 2015, the first educational program offered as part of Master Dairy Producer will focus on aspects of forage production. Farmers interested in becoming a certified “Master Dairy Producer” will need to attend 2 of the 3 programs offered during 2015. We anticipate this certification will satisfy the educational component for those intending to apply for the 50% cost share through the TAEP program.

Meeting Locations & Dates
The forage production module will be offered at:
Paris (Henry County)
  March 4, Henry County UT Extension Office, 1120 Tyson Ave, Paris, TN 38242
Lewisburg (Marshall County)
  March 12, Russell Catering 220 Water Street, Lewisburg, TN 37091
McMinnville (Warren County)
  March 16, TSU Nursery Research Station, 472 Cadillac Lane, McMinnville, TN 37110
Athens (McMinn County)
  March 18, Western Sizzlin, 1804 Decatur Pike, Athens, TN 37303
Greeneville (Greene County)
  March 19, Camp 214 4-H Lane, Greeneville, TN 37743
Springfield (Robertson County)
  March 25, Highland Rim Research & Education Center (main office conference room),
  3181 Experiment Station Rd., Springfield, TN 37172

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TDPA Annual Meeting Friday January 16 In Murfreesboro

The Tennessee Dairy Producers Association (TDPA) is excited to be holding its Annual meeting in conjunction with the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association Convention and Trade Show. We hope that this endeavor leads to joint benefit for our producers as well as our industry sponsors who share both beef and dairy concerns. TDPA encourages all our dairy producers to take advantage of this first time opportunity to attend the special Friday Dairy sessions and the Trade Show which is designed with both beef and dairy in mind. For those attending all the morning dairy sessions the possibility exist the they will count as one module toward your re-certification of the Master Dairy program which qualifies you for fifty percent cost share through TAEP, so make your plans to attend if at all possible.

All morning Dairy sessions and lunch provided by Stacy Turner and Boehringer Ingelheim will be held at the Rutherford County Extension office at Lane Agri-Park on John Rice Blvd. (Across I-24 from Embassy Suites Hotel.) After lunch you are encouraged to visit the trade show at the Embassy Suites Hotel and the TDPA Annual meeting held in Broadlands A at the Embassy Suites Hotel beginning at 2:30 pm. All dairy producers are encouraged to attend since this will be the business meeting and election of board members.

There will be no registration fee to attend but all producers who plan to attend are asked to register by contacting Stan Butt, TDPA, at 931-698-0243 or by email at sreedbutt@gmail.com To reserve a room at the Embassy Suites Hotel call 615-890-4464 or online at www.murfreesboro.embassysuites.com code CTL. The special rate for the convention is only good if reservations are made by December 23rd. The special rate includes breakfast and happy hour drinks and snacks.

Thursday January 15th
12:00- 2:00 UT Bull Sale – Spring Hill Experiment Station
5:30-7:30 Cattle Health demonstration- “Caring for your Herds Health Needs”- Dr. Lew Strickland- UT Extension veterinarian- Lane Agri-Park 315 John Rice Blvd. (Across I-24 from hotel) Sponsored by Tn. Farmers Coop and UT Extension Service
6:00-10:00 Vendor setup (Mirabella E-J)
7:30-9:30 Board meeting Beef Council Meeting Room

Friday January 16th
7:00-7:30 FACCT Board of Directors Breakfast Meeting (Broadlands A)
8:00-Welcome Jerry Greene TCA President (Mirabella A-C)
Rheba Capps to sing Star Spangled Banner
8:05-8:20 Special Guest Forrest Roberts- Chief Executive Director of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (Mirabella A-C)
8:20-9:10 Cow College 1 “What is Sustainability?” (McDonald's Director of Sustainability Susan Forsell) (Sponsored by Land Trust for Tennessee) (Mirabella A-C)
9:00-9:45 BVD PI working group meeting (Cambridge A)
9:10-9:40 Trade Show opens (Coffee Sponsored by UT Beef and Forage Center) (Mirabella E-J)
9:00-10:00 Farm Animal Care Coalition of Tennessee (FACCT) Annual Meeting (Cambridge B)
9:40 -10:30 Delegate Session (Delegate Session is open to all attendees) (Mirabella A-C)
10:30-11:00 Trade Show Time (Mirabella E-J)
11:00-12:30 Live Cattle Video Auction and discussion (In trade show)(UT Ag. Economist Dr. Andrew Griffith to Discuss Livestock Marketing following video sale.) (Mirabella E-J)
12:30-2:00- Awards Luncheon (Oakleigh AB)
1:30-2:30- Trade Show time (Mirabella E-J)
2:30-4:30 Tn Dairy Producers Annual Meeting (Embassy Broadlands A)
2:30-3:30-Cow College 2 “Forage Systems for Maximizing Profitability in the Beef Business” Dr. Dennis Hancock University of Georgia Forage Specialist (Sponsored by UT Beef and Forage Center) (Mirabella A-C)
3:30 -4:10 Trade Show time (Mirabella E-J)
4:10-5:00 Cow College 3 “Washington DC Policy Update” (Colin Woodall National Cattlemen's Beef Association) (Mirabella A-C)
5:00-6:00 Fundraiser Auction/ Reception (in trade show) (Mirabella E-J)

Friday January 16th
*Morning dairy meetings and lunch will be conducted at the Rutherford County Extension office at Lane Agri-Park on 315 John Rice Blvd. (Across I-24 from Embassy)
8:45 – Welcome and opening remarks – John Bayless, President, TDPA and Stan Butt, Executive Director, TDPA
8:50-9:45 – “Are Futures in Your Future,” Andrew Griffith, Assistant Professor, Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture
9:45-10:30 – Succession Planning, “Now is the Time,” Mark Bolt, Financial Consultant, Mike Tansil, CPIA
10:30-12:00 – Importance of Quality Data – Dr. Jeffrey Bewley, University of Kentucky. Ph.D., Purdue University, Dairy Systems Mgt., M.S. University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dairy Systems Mgt.
12:00-12:30 – SQMI Update – members of SQMI team
12:30-1:30 – Lunch – (Sponsored by Stacy Turner and Boehringer Ingelheim) Community Room in Rutherford County Extension office
Afternoon Schedule
1:30-2:30 – Trade Show at Embassy Suites Hotel (Across I-24)
2:30-4:30 – TDPA Annual Meeting and Election of Board Members Embassy Suites (Broadlands A)
4:30 - Trade Show, TCA Cow College 3, fundraiser auction/reception and safe journey
*Tennessee Dairy Producers Association members are invited to participate in all TCA cow Colleges and events held Saturday.

Saturday January 17th
9:00-12:00 Youth activities
8:00-9:00 Cow College 4 “Environmental Myths” (Dr. Jude Capper Livestock Sustainability Consultant at Livestock Sustainability Consultancy) (Mirabella A-C)
9:00-9:45 Trade Show time (Mirabella E-J)
9:30-10:15 Cattlewomen's Meeting (Broadlands A)
9:45 FarmCredit/TCA Heifer Scholarship announcement.
9:55-10:45 Cow College 5 “Matching Your Cattle to Farm Resources” Burke Teichert” (Manager Deseret Ranch System Retired) Sponsored By Tennessee Angus Breeders (Mirabella A-C)
10:45-11:10 Trade Show time (Mirabella E-J)
11:10-12:00 Cow College 6 “Increasing Reproductive Efficiency through Proper Management” (Dr. Rick Funston Nebraska) (Sponsored by TBCIA) (Mirabella A-C)
12:00-1:30 lunch in trade show (Mirabella E-J)
2:00-3:00 Board meeting (Cambridge A)
Saturday- Youth activities
8:00-9:00 Join us for “Cow College 4” and hear Dr. Jude Capper respond to some of the misinformation about Animal Agriculture (Oakleigh A-B)
9:00-11:30 Quiz Bowl- Embassy Suites Hotel (Cambridge A-B)
10:00-11:00 Youth Scavenger Hunt- Trade Show (Mirabella E-J)
9:00-11:00 “Animal Agriculture ExposedYouth Workshops (30 minute rotating sessions)
What are the FACCTS of animal agriculture?” Lou Nave Executive Director of Farm Animal Care Coalition of Tennessee
Using Social Media to tell our story” Lauren Chase Communications Director of the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association/Tn Beef Council Broadlands A-B)
11:45 Board Bus to Lane Agri-Park (315 John Rice Blvd) For lunch
12:00 Lunch at Lane Agri Park (Tennessee Cattlemen's Association update)
1:00-2:30 Be a Beef Leader-FFA and Beef Ambassador leaders
2:45- Bus returns to Embassy Suites for departure


Williams wins Olivia "The Rocking Cow"

The donation of five dollars for one ticket wins Jim Williams OLIVIA “The Rocking Cow.” Jim Williams, the farm manager for Beasleyland Dairy in Chapel Hill,TN, made the donation in support of the Tennessee Dairy Producers Association Youth Promotion Fund. His daughter Gracie had other thoughts, she wanted to win OLIVIA. Jim’s ticket, or Gracie’s, was drawn at the Tennessee Jr. Dairy Expo and he was notified that night, but it took several weeks to get her delivered.

OLIVIA was handcrafted by Dr. Dennis Onks, retired Director of the UT AgResearch’s Middle Tennessee Dairy Research and Education Center located at the Tennessee Agriculture Experiment Station in Spring Hill, TN. Dr. Onks is an Advisory Board member for TDPA and he offered to create a special item to be used to help raise funds for TDPA. OLIVIA was the result of many hours of wood working and painting by Dr. Onks. She even carries a plate of authenticity attached to one of her rockers.

Congratulations to Jim and Gracie and a special thank you to Dr. Onks for making OLIVIA. Contributions totaled over eleven hundred dollars for the fund.


2015 Georgia Dairy Conference January 12-14

The 2015 Georgia Dairy Conference is rapidly approaching and we would like to invite your members to join us! This year’s conference will take place at the Savannah Riverfront Marriott in Savannah, Georgia, Jan. 12-14, 2015.

The Georgia Dairy Conference (GDC) is dedicated to providing dairymen with significant and practical “take-home” information. Thanks to support from generous industry supporters, the GDC has earned a reputation as a top educational conference in the Southeast. In 2014, more than 250 producers and dairy industry representatives attended this three-day event. This year, we’re building on that momentum by delivering another high-impact conference. Leading experts will make presentations on topics ranging from nutrition and genetics to the future of the dairy industry, dairy sustainability and economics.

In addition to our quality line-up of educational speakers, we will also host the first Southeast Dairy Student Symposium during the GDC on Tuesday, Jan. 13 from 6 to 9 p.m. This program is designed to provide students, interested in the dairy industry, with a platform to explore careers and internship opportunities in the Southeast. The objectives of the symposium are to connect dairymen, industry affiliates and future graduates; promote the exchange of ideas and experiences among students, dairymen and industry affiliates; and to build networking opportunities for future graduates.

We hope you will join us as we invest to make the Southeast dairy industry competitive in a national context. The registration fee for dairymen outside of Georgia and guests is $100. Your company is also invited to exhibit during our trade show. Visit our website at www.gamilk.org to download an agenda, registration forms and exhibitor information. If you would like additional information, please contact Farrah Newberry or Allison Fortner at 706-310-0020.

Monday, January 12th
8:30 a.m. ACCM Board of Directors Meeting
10:00 GA Milk Board of Directors Meeting
12:00 p.m. Registration and GDYF Board of Directors Meeting
12:00 p.m. SUDIA / ADA of GA Board Meeting
2:30 p.m. GA Dairy Industry Update - GA Milk, SUDIA, etc.
3:45 Exhibit Break and Door Prize Drawing 4:15 Securing a Sustainable Milk Supply for the Southeast Dairy Market Dr. Roger Cady, Elanco Animal Health
5:15 Q & A / Exhibitor Break
6:30 Evening Banquet

Tuesday, January 13th
7:30 a.m. Small Steps Add Up in Sustainability
Erin Fitzgerald, VP of Sustainability for the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy
Andrea Sensenig, Pennyslvania Dairy Producer and 2014 U.S. Sustainability Award Winner
8:15 Decision Making for Clinical Mastitis
Pam Ruegg, University of Wisconsin-Madison
9:00 Silages and Forages
Limin Kung, University of Delaware
10:00 Exhibitor/Refreshment Break
10:30 Understanding Consumer & Processor Quality Standards
Mark Wustenburg, Tillamook Creamery
11:15 Employee Management Simplified Tom Wall, Dairy Coach, LLC
12:15 Lunch
1:15 p.m. Dry Cow and Heat Stress Management
Dr. Jose Santos, University of Florida
2:00 Hormonal Sync Programs
Paul Fricke University of Wisconsin
2:45 Exhibitor/Refreshment Break
3:15 Feed Shrink Management
Dr. Jeff Weyers, Vicor

January 12-14, 2015
Savannah Riverfront Marriott
4:00 Troubleshooting Milk Quality Issues on Your Dairy Farm
Mark Wustenburg, Tillamook Creamery
6:00 Southeast Dairy Student Symposium

Wednesday, January 14
7:15 a.m. Sponsored Continental Breakfast
7:45 Ray West - SE DHIA Report
8:00 Electronic Heat Detection
Paul Fricke, University of Wisconsin
8:45 The (Almost) Perfect Parlor
Tom Wall, Dairy Coach, LLC
9:30 Refreshment Break
10:00 Milkfat Depression
Tom Jenkins, Clemson University
10:45 Co-op Mgrs. Panel, Cost to Balance SE Market
11:45 Q & A Session - Adjourn


National Mastitis Council 54th Annual Meeting set for Feb. 1-3

The National Mastitis Council (NMC) will host its 54th Annual Meeting, Feb. 1-3, 2015 at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tenn.

This three-day international forum will provide milk quality professionals the opportunity to exchange information on udder health, milking management and milk quality. Anyone with a vested interest in milk quality – milk quality specialists, veterinarians, milk plant field staff, dairy suppliers, dairy producers, university researchers, extension specialists and students – is invited to attend and exchange ideas.

“We’re excited to welcome a distinguished group of milk quality professionals from around the world to Memphis,” says Gary Neubauer, senior manager, dairy technical services at Zoetis and 2015 NMC Annual Meeting Program Chairman.

The annual meeting will kick-off Sunday, February 1 with six specialized short courses. General sessions open on Monday, February 2 and will run through Tuesday, February 3. “Milk Quality: What the Market Needs, Wants, Demands,” will be the featured symposium Tuesday afternoon. Four additional short courses will be offered Tuesday evening. Rounding out the educational opportunities will be the Technology Transfer Session (poster session) held on Monday and Tuesday.

“This year’s program is focused on the systems approach to milk quality encompassing the people, the equipment and the environment,” notes Neubauer.  “Our goal is for anyone who attends the meeting to take home practical ideas that they can implement immediately in the field or on the farm.”

Other highlights of the upcoming meeting include recognizing the National Dairy Quality Award winners and the recipient of the NMC Award of Excellence for Mastitis Prevention and Control, as well as introducing the NMC Scholars.

The complete program and agenda can be found online at: http://nmconline.org/annualmeet/2015/.

NMC is a professional organization devoted to reducing mastitis and enhancing milk quality. NMC promotes research and provides information to the dairy industry on udder health, milking management, milk quality and milk safety. Founded in 1961, NMC has close to 1,500 members in more than 40 countries throughout the world. For additional information: http://nmconline.org


TDPA Permitting Workshop

The Tennessee Dairy Producers Association Permitting Workshop will be held October 24, 2014 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Ellington Agricultural Center's Ed Jones Auditorium. The moderators will be TDPA Executive Director Stan Butt and TDPA and Robertson County Extension Agent/UT Extension Agent Paul Hart.

"Please RSVP to sreedbutt@gmail.com or call 931-698-0243 by Tuesday 12:00 noon for head count for lunch." to bottom of Agenda.

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TN Ag Literacy Week Coming November 16-22

November 16-22, 2014, has been designated as Tennessee Agriculture Literacy Week. This will be an outstanding opportunity for farmers and ranchers and other agriculture industry representatives to read children's books about the agriculture industry to school students. Volunteers are needed to visit elementary school classrooms around the state to read agriculturally themed books and talk about the importance of Tennessee Agriculture. Tennessee agriculture industry volunteers are encouraged to read agriculturally themed books to elementary school children showcasing the diversity of Tennessee agriculture and the role agriculture plays in our daily lives.

Volunteers should schedule their classroom visits with schools at least two weeks before their readings. All readings should be completed by November 22, 2014. All volunteers are encouraged to complete the Tennessee Agriculture Literacy Week, report by December 31, 2014 (report www.TennesseeAg.org). Tennessee Agriculture Literacy Week is a great opportunity to teach our next generation about the Tennesseans who provide the food, fuel and fiber for the world's growing population. Tennessee Agriculture Literacy Week is sponsored by the Tennessee Agriculture Education Committee, representing Tennessee's agriculture producers.

To learn more about the Agricultural Literacy Library, please contact Lou Nave, 615/970-8065 or Lou.Facct@gmail.com.


Dairy Farm Bill Meeting - Dairy Margin protection Program

Dr. Griffith will address the Margin Protection Program and how you can use the program to help insure an income over feed cost margin for the milk you are producing. He will demonstrate the MPP-Dairy decision tool to help you make a sound decision on insuring your margin. He will also provide information on how the entire program will work and the rules you must follow to operate in this program. These meetings will start at 10:30 am and should end sometime around 1:30 PM. Lunch will be provided. Please call the number below to the location you would like to attend, to help with the meal count. I hope you will be able to attend.

Lewisburg Location: Russell Catering, 220 Water Street, Lewisburg, TN
Date: October 20th, 2014 - Phone number: 931-359-1929

Greeneville Location: First Baptist Church Greeneville, 211 N Main St, Greeneville, TN.
Date: October 27th, 2014 - Phone number: 423-798-1710

Madisonville Location: Monroe County Farm Bureau, 510 Main St, Madisonville, TN
Date: October 28th, 2014 - Phone number: 423-442-2433

Paris Location: Henry County Extension Office, 1120 Tyson Avenue, Paris, TN
Date: November 6th, 2014 - Phone number: 731-642-2941

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Tennessee's Wild Hog Eradication Action Team - W.H.E.A.T.

W.H.E.A.T. is a 24-organization partnership dedicated to the eradication of wild hogs in Tennessee. This video has information on the problems of wild hogs and what to do about wild hogs in Tennessee by the the Wild Hog Eradication Action Team, or W.H.E.A.T.


Tennessee Signs On to Plan to Protect Dairy Industry

Four of the most dreaded words in agriculture are Hoof and Mouth Disease, which can be devastating to livestock producers and wreak havoc on the farm economy. In conjunction with June Dairy Month, Gov. Bill Haslam has signed an agreement that partners Tennessee with eight other states to protect the dairy industry in the event of an HMD outbreak.

Known as the Secure Milk Supply Plan, the agreement sets standards by which milk producers, haulers and processors would interact with animal health authorities to reduce the risk of spreading HMD during an outbreak. The regional effort is part of the national initiative to develop biosecurity measures that would allow for the movement of milk without undermining HMD control and eradication efforts.

“Livestock and livestock products are the largest generator of revenue for Tennessee farmers, so an HMD outbreak here would be especially crippling to our ag economy,” Tennessee Department of Agriculture state veterinarian Charles Hatcher said. “This plan allows us to take appropriate disease protection measures during an outbreak while minimizing the impact to producers and processors so that the dairy industry can continue to function.”

HMD is a highly contagious disease that affects cloven-hooved animals, but not humans. The virus causes fever, followed by painful blisters on the animal’s mouth and hooves, and can cause extreme weight loss, lameness and reduced milk production. Although the disease has not been seen in the U.S. since 1929, outbreaks occur every year in other countries and the disease could easily be introduced through international trade.

In the event of a HMD outbreak, the movement of animals, animal products such as milk, people and vehicles would be restricted until the extent of the outbreak is known. Under the plan, non-affected dairies that meet certain qualifications would be allowed to ship milk in-state or to any participating state.

“We want to make sure the cure is not worse than the disease,” Hatcher said. “Education of and participation by dairy producers and processors is critical to the plan’s success.”

Some of the biosecurity requirements for dairy producers include recording vehicles and visitors, milk tank washing and disinfection, use of protective gear and other measures at pick-up and delivery. The most important part of the SMS plan is biosecurity measures surrounding the truck picking up milk from an approved participating dairy.

TDA has conducted regional workshops in Murfreesboro and Madisonville for dairy producers to demonstrate biosecurity procedures. “I want to thank the Tennessee Dairy Producers Association for their leadership and support of this initiative,” said Agriculture Commissioner Julius Johnson. “This type of partnership is particularly critical to protecting the dairy industry in the event of a disease outbreak.” For more information on the Secure Milk Supply Plan and other educational opportunities, contact the State Veterinarian’s Office at 615-837-5120.

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Olivia Rocks For TDPA

Dr. Dennis Onks, retired UT Extension leader, has created a one of a kind, hand crafted, rocking cow for the Tennessee Dairy Producers Association (TDPA) Youth Promotion Fund. She has been created to offer some child a very happy experience and a life time of memories. Dr. Onks and his wife June resided in Spring Hill for 13 years where Dr. Onks was Director of UT AgResearch’s Middle Tennessee and Dairy Research and Education Center located at the Tennessee Agriculture Experiment Station. Dr. Onks is an Advisory Board member for the TDPA and offered to create a special item to be used to help raise funds for the TDPA Fund. OLIVIA, THE ROCKING COW was the result of many hours of wood working and painting by Dr. Onks. She even carries a plate of authenticity attached to one of her rockers.

Olivia has made the rounds in the Dairy world during the early months of 2014. She has been in all three grand divisions of the great state of Tennessee at the annual regional meetings of the TDPA in Paris, Orlinda, Lewisburg, Cookeville, Athens, and Greenville. She attended the Tennessee Jersey Club meeting in Murfreesboro, the Tennessee Holstein Spring Sale in Lebanon and two dairy sales in Nolensville, and Murfreesboro. During the coming months she may show up anywhere and she will be at the Tennessee Jr. Dairy Expo, where the lucky ticket will be drawn.

Tickets can be obtained for a donation of five dollars per ticket from Stan Butt, Executive Director, TDPA. Stan is a resident of Maury County and can be reached at 931-698-0243 or by email at sreedbutt@gmail.com. Give him a call for a ticket. He will be traveling back and forth across the state the next several months visiting Tennessee dairies and will be happy to drop by your operation.


TDPA Annual Meetings Challenged by Weather
"Excellent Content, Good Crowds, and Good Food"

“Excellent content, good crowds, and most importantly, good food,” was how one attendee responded in an email about our annual meetings.  Producers had the opportunity to visit with each other and with TDPA Corporate Sponsors before and during each of the meetings. The Paris meeting had to be cancelled because of 3-4 inches of  ice, sleet and snow and Orlinda was rescheduled to Wednesday.

President John Bayless opened the meetings with a welcome and a message from the board stating, “From the foothills of the Smokies to the Delta, the Sweetwater Valley to the Cumberland Plateau, the Highland Rim to the Central Basin, we represent ALL dairy farmers regardless of size, breed, or how and where the milk is marketed.” His power point presentation listed all the current board members and those in attendance at each meeting were recognized..

Next, he introduced new Executive, Stan Butt for a few brief comments and recognition of TDPA Corporate Sponsors. Southeast Select Sires, Tennessee Farmers CO-OP Feeds, and Tennessee Department of Agriculture, TAEP program were recognized as $5,000 Premier Sponsors. Foothills Farmers CO-OP was recognized as a $2,500 Titanium Sponsor; Farm Credit Services, Dairy Farmers of America, Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative, and Purina Animal Health as $1,500  Platinum Sponsors; Mike Tansil and Layne Crop Ins, and Stacey Turner and Boehringer Ingelheim as $1,000 Gold Sponsors; Bordens Milk, CPC Commodities, First Bank and Trust, Land Trust for Tennessee, Marshall Farmers Coop, Rutherford Farmers Coop, Tech Mix and Traditions Auction Services as $500 Silver Sponsors; and  Alltech, Gerald Todd Trucking, Tony Jones with H & R AGRI-POWER, Middle Tennessee Dairy Service, Southern States, Glasgow, KY, and Valley Farmers CO-OP as $250 Bronze Sponsors..

President Bayless continued with a special thanks to Tim Riley with Southeast Select Sires, Dr. Dennis Onks, advisory board member and creator of OLIVIA– the rocking cow and Tony White– Past President  from 2009 when TDPA was chartered until December 2013. Will Moss, Bengi Daniels, Sam Smith, and Tommy Roberson were elected as new board members. Dr. Peter Krawcel, Assistant Professor, UT Dairy Extension and Research, spoke on UT’s commitment to the Tennessee Dairy Industry, new staff and special programs involving Dairy research, Deborah Boyd, TDPA Secretary/Treasurer, covered  information about the new Farm Bill’s Dairy Policy Reform and the Margin Protection Program.

President Bayless introduced  the Keynote Speaker, Dr. Bob James, Professor of Dairy Sciences at Virginia Tech and he  addressed the needs of Dairy production in the Southeast and gave an outstanding presentation on the “Economics of Calf Rearing.” Everyone left filled, informed and optimistic about the prospects for 2014.

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Milking Contest Draws Big Crowd at “Ag Day”

House Agriculture Committee Chairman, Curtis Halford, Vice-Chairman, Andy Holt and Tennessee Commissioner of Agriculture, Julius Johnson graciously welcomed the crowd as snow fell on Legislative Plaza. A Big thank you to TDPA member Ryan Gardner from Trace-View Holsteins, Santa Fe for bringing Tess and Angie, both haltered Holsteins, for the milking contest at “Ag Day on the Hill.” TDPA assisted Representative Holt and Keith Harrison, Tennessee Farmers COOP in making arrangements for this year’s milking contest.

This year the contest was won by Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and his able bodied assistant, State Senator Frank Niceley. Together, they had enough “pull” to edge out House Speaker Beth Harwell, who had won the contest the past two years. Lt. Gov. Ramsey was under a lot of pressure to win with all three of his grandsons watching. A check for seven hundred and fifty dollars ($750) was presented to Second Harvest Food Bank on behalf of the Farm and Forest Families of Tennessee.

TDPA President John Bayless and TDPA Executive, Stan Butt, were on hand to meet and greet legislators and offer delicious samples of cheese. They also worked with SUDIA area manager, Denise Jones, passing out milk, provided by Purity Dairies.

The overall feeling by those participating was that “Ag Day on the Hill” this year was a huge success.


Pictured left to right, Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, Stan Butt, Sen. Frank Nicely, Ryan Gardner, TDPA President John Bayless


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TAEP Continuing Education Qualifications Updated

New Qualifications for 50 Percent Cost Share Effective 2015

NASHVILLE -- In an effort to enhance the state’s agricultural industry and to increase farmers’ capacity to produce, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture is encouraging producers to take advantage of new continuing education opportunities now offered by the University of Tennessee Extension.

“Agricultural leaders recently unveiled a strategic plan to grow and develop our industry over the next decade,” Agriculture Commission Julius Johnson said. “Education and research were recognized as key components for helping us achieve our goals, and these continuing education opportunities will be important for producers to maximize efficiency in their operations and to increase farm profitability.”

Beginning in 2015, producers who wish to qualify for 50 percent cost share funding through the Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program may need to participate in UT advanced continuing education opportunities by certain TAEP reimbursement deadlines. This gives producers nearly two years to complete the new continuing education opportunities. For the 2014 application period, any Master producer certificates received prior to 2015 will still qualify for 50 percent cost share.

A schedule detailing current certification expiration dates and renewal deadlines, by program, is available at www.tn.gov/taep under Master Certification Information in the TAEP News section. Class offerings for 2014 were recently announced by UT Extension and are posted at utextension.tennessee.edu.

All current Tennessee Quality Milk certificates will expire May 1, 2015, so all dairy producers wishing to qualify for TAEP funds in 2015 will need to become certified as a Master Dairy Producer before Dec. 1, 2015.

TAEP Continuing Education QUALIFICATIONs UPDATED 2 – 2 – 2 – 2 – 2

Once all current certificates expire, producers will need to participate in continuing education programs every three years with the exception of dairy, which is an annual certification based on fewer class hours each year. Applications for 2014 TAEP cost share programs are expected to be available in April.

TAEP was established in 2005 by the Tennessee General Assembly and has been fully funded by Gov. Bill Haslam through a portion of the state’s cigarette sales tax. The program is administered by TDA to assist qualifying producers with cost share funds of up to 50 percent on farm improvement projects to increase efficiency and farm income. A UT study shows that for every TAEP dollar invested nearly $4 is generated in additional economic activity in local communities.

For more information, visit www.tn.gov/taep or call the TAEP general information line at 1-800-342-8206.



USDA Announcement of Advanced Class Prices

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Meet Your New Executive

The Tennessee Dairy Producers Association (TDPA) is pleased to announce that Stan Butt has been chosen to serve as their new Executive Director. Tony White, president of TDPA, said, “ the TDPA board is excited to have someone with Stan’s experience to step into this new position. We are confident that he will bring continuity to our association and will be a positive voice for our industry.” Stan grew up in Portland, Sumner County, Tennessee and recalls his first milking experience was hand milking an old Jersey cow belonging to a neighboring farmer. Stan graduated from Portland High School and went on to receive his college degree from Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, Tennessee. Stan’s first position was with the Middle Tennessee Council of the Boy Scouts of America, in Nashville, serving as the District Executive for the Dan Beard District. As a District Executive, he attended the National Executive Institute in New Jersey preparing him for his career ahead. Stan and his wife Sheila have been married 41 years and have three sons of their own and one adopted son and thirteen grandchildren. They reside in Columbia, Maury County, Tennessee where they lived since 1985. In his new position, Stan will become the contact person for TDPA assuming the many responsibilities under taken by the board since the formation of TDPA in 2009. His primary responsibilities will include being a proactive voice for the dairy industry, increasing membership in the association, securing and maintaining funding for the association, working to involve and retain youth in the dairy industry, interacting with the many livestock entities in the state as well as serving as the legislative liaison in both Nashville and Washington.

The Tennessee Dairy Producers Association is a non-profit organization seeking to represent all dairy producers in Tennessee, expediting a consistent and proactive response to issues affecting the viability of the dairy industry in Tennessee and serving as an unbiased source of information for producers as well as consumers.



 
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Tennessee Valley Livestock Conference
DAIRY Program Sponsored by Ag Central CO-OP

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The Tennessee Valley Livestock Conference will take place on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at Walters State Great Smoky Mountians Expo Center, 1615 Pavilion Drive, White Pine, TN 37890 (Exit 8 off I-81). It is in association with the Tennessee Dairy Producers Association, TN Cattlemen’s Association, NC Cattlemen’s Association, and VA Cattlemen’s Association.

SCHEDULE
8:00-9:30 Registration
9:30–10:00 Brady Catob/Delaval Automated Calf feeding
10:05-10:45 Nick Kunkel/Delaval Robotic Milking (VMS)
10:45-11:00 Break - Visit Industry Trade Show
11:00-11:30 Rick Elling/JOZ Automated Feed Pusher & Scrappers
11:30-12:00 Alan Brandmeyer/Trioliet Automated TMR Feeding
12:00-1:00 LUNCH—Visit Trade Show
1:00-3:00 Panel Discussion—Jai Templeton, Commissioner of Agriculture, John McClurkin, Water Resource Division, TN Dept of Ag, Shari Meghreblian, Deputy Commissioner of TDEC, and Stefan Maupin, Director of Public Policy TN Farm Bureau Federation

Be Present to Win a DeLaval Hand held cell counter DCC or a DeLaval mini swinging brushMSB!

FOR INFORMATION
Contact Eric Risser, AgCentral, 423-368-7753 or 800-467-2150
Stan Butt, TDPA 931-698-0243
Please RSVP to Eric or Stan

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Tennessee NRCS Provides EQIP Assistance to Address
Pasture and Hayland in Counties with Severe, Extreme,
or Exceptional Drought Conditions

Sign-up Deadline is May 19, 2017

NASHVILLE, April 11, 2017 – As a result of the drought issues faced by Tennessee’s pasture and hayland producers, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is providing financial and technical assistance through its Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Drought Special Sign Up to help address natural resource concerns on damaged land in counties with D2 (Severe), D3 (Extreme), and D4 (Exceptional) drought conditions—as designated on the U.S. Drought Monitor map dated November 22, 2016.

“Through this special sign up, producers may apply for assistance to install conservation practices that can help treat identified resource concerns to reduce the negative impacts of current drought conditions, and will help improve the sustainability of their operation in the long run,” said Jamie Carpenter, Acting State Conservationist, NRCS Tennessee.

Conservation practices available to producers through this special sign up include: Forage and Biomass Planting, Critical Area Planting, Access Control, Prescribed Grazing, Fence, Livestock Pipeline, Pumping Plant, Spring Development, Water Well, Watering Facility, and Heavy Use Area Protection.

Interested producers are encouraged to visit their local USDA service center to apply or to learn more about drought assistance. The deadline to sign up for this special drought initiative is May 19, 2017.

Additional program requirements and information about EQIP is available on the Tennessee NRCS website at www.tn.nrcs.usda.gov.

EQIP is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers to address natural resource concerns on agricultural and forest land.



Tools and Strategies To Improve Milk On your Farm

In 2017, the first educational program offered as part of Master Dairy Producer will focus on options and strategies for managing milk quality. Farmers interested in becoming a certified “Master Dairy Producer” will need to attend 2 of the various programs offered during 2017. We anticipate this certification will satisfy the educational component for those intending to apply for the 50% cost share through the TAEP program.

Meeting Locations and Dates
Please contact the local agent about registering one week before meeting date.
The module will be offered at:
Greeneville (Greene County) – March 7, Camp 214 4-H Lane, Greeneville, TN 37743
McMinnville (Warren County) – March 9, TSU Nursery Research Station, 472 Cadillac Lane, McMinnville, TN 37110
Athens (McMinn County) – March 15, Western Sizzlin, 1804 Decatur Pike, Athens, TN 37303
Lewisburg (Marshall County) – March 27, Russell Catering 220 Water Street, Lewisburg, TN 37091
Paris (Henry County) – March 28, Henry County UT Extension Office, 1120 Tyson Ave, Paris, TN 38242

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Financial Statements on Federal Orders 6 & 7

The combined financial statements for the Administrative and Marketing Service Funds for the orders administered from the office for the calendar year ending December 31, 2016.

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Farm Bureau Working on New Milk Price Insurance

A new type of dairy revenue insurance, that would offer regional protection against both milk price and production declines, is being worked on by the American Farm Bureau Federation, American Farm Bureau Insurance Services (AFBIS) and academic collaborators including dairy economist Marin Bozic.

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More Ag Groups Announce Support for 'DAIRY PRIDE' Act

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin says her 'DAIRY PRIDE' Act continues to pick up endorsements from prominent farms groups. The newest of those supporters include the Wisconsin and American Farm Bureau organizations.

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Tennessee NRCS Provides EQIP Assistance to Address
Pasture and Hayland in Counties with Severe, Extreme,
or Exceptional Drought Conditions

Sign-up Deadline is May 19, 2017

NASHVILLE, April 11, 2017 – As a result of the drought issues faced by Tennessee’s pasture and hayland producers, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is providing financial and technical assistance through its Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Drought Special Sign Up to help address natural resource concerns on damaged land in counties with D2 (Severe), D3 (Extreme), and D4 (Exceptional) drought conditions—as designated on the U.S. Drought Monitor map dated November 22, 2016.

“Through this special sign up, producers may apply for assistance to install conservation practices that can help treat identified resource concerns to reduce the negative impacts of current drought conditions, and will help improve the sustainability of their operation in the long run,” said Jamie Carpenter, Acting State Conservationist, NRCS Tennessee.

Conservation practices available to producers through this special sign up include: Forage and Biomass Planting, Critical Area Planting, Access Control, Prescribed Grazing, Fence, Livestock Pipeline, Pumping Plant, Spring Development, Water Well, Watering Facility, and Heavy Use Area Protection.

Interested producers are encouraged to visit their local USDA service center to apply or to learn more about drought assistance. The deadline to sign up for this special drought initiative is May 19, 2017.

Additional program requirements and information about EQIP is available on the Tennessee NRCS website at www.tn.nrcs.usda.gov.

EQIP is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers to address natural resource concerns on agricultural and forest land.



2017 TDPA Annual Meeting Scheduled

The 2017 Tennessee Dairy Producers Annual Meeting Friday will be held January 13 in Murfreesboro at the Embassy Suites Hotel and every Producer is invited to attend. Our Featured Speaker this year is Dr. David Kohl. You will not want to miss this opportunity to hear Dr. Kohl. Please find a meeting Schedule included in this mailing. A great lunch is planned of Beef Brisket sponsored by Alltech and Boehringer-Ingelheim. Dr. Neal Schrick and Dr. Peter Krawszel will be on the afternoon agenda before the Annual Business Meeting. Commissioner Jai Templeton will make a special announcement and presentation at the Annual Business Meeting. You will not want to miss his announcement. We want to welcome the Tennessee Holstein Association and the Tennessee Jersey Club as they will be holding their meetings in conjunction with the TCA Convention and the TDPA Annual Meeting. Also, ADA of Tennessee will be holding their meeting on Thursday, January 12 at the Holiday Inn. Everyone is encouraged to make your plans to join us on Friday, January 13, in Oakleigh C, at the Embassy Suites Hotel.

Friday – January 13th
All TDPA Friday sessions except opening session will be held in Oakleigh “C” Embassy Suites
8:00 - 9:00 - Combined Session with TCA, TDPA and TN Sheep Producers—Featured Speaker Dr.
David Kohl - Economics and Agriculture at the Crossroads
9:10 - Welcome and Opening Remarks
9:15 - 10:30 - Dr. David Kohl, Professor Emeritus, VA Tech - Managing in the Economic Reset
10:30 - 10:45 - Break
10:45 - 12:00 - Dr. Kohl—Financial and Management Benchmarks for Sucess
12:15 - 1:45 - Lunch and Trade Show Visit— Lunch sponsored by Elizabeth Lunsford and Alltech
and Stacey Turner and Boehringer-Ingelheim
1:45 - 1:55 - Dr. Neal Schrick, UTIA Dean of Animal Science
1:55 - 2:55 - Dr. Peter Krawszel, UTIA
3:00 - TDPA Annual Business Meeting
Commissioner Jai Templeton, TDA Presentation
President Benjie Daniels—Presentation and election of Board members
4:30 - Adjourn, Visit Trade Show

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September Newsletter

The new September 2016 Tennessee Dairy Producers Association Newsletter is now available.
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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



Tennessee Dairy Producers Association Annual Meeting Schedule

Let us know which meeting you plan to attend, how many people from your farm and any dietary restrictions for the meal to be served. We look forward to see-ing you soon!

MEETING LOCATIONS AND DATES

Thursday, February 4th
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm Vendor Set-up (Embassy Suites Mirabella E-J)

Friday, February 5th
All TDPA Friday sessions will be held in Oakleigh “C” Embassy Suites
8:00 - 8:10 Welcome and Opening Remarks- John Bayless, President, TDPA and Stan Butt, Execu-tive Director, TDPA
8:10 - 8:55- Gary Moore, Executive Director, Land Trust for Tennessee, Opportunities Available For Saving Agricultural Lands
8:55 - 9:55- Dr. Shawn Hawkins, Associate Professor, UTIA, Biosystems Engineering & Soil Sci-ence – Nutrient Management and Utilization of Available Nitrogen
9:55 - 10:15 – Break, Visit Trade Show
10:15 - 11:00 – Geof Smith, DVM. PHD, Ruminant Health and Production Medicine, sponsored by Justin Hull and TechMix
11:00 - 11:45 – Dr. Andrew Griffith, UTIA, Assistant Professor, Ag & Resource Economics –New Grain Sorghum Research and Economic Benefit
11:45 - 12:30 – USDA Agricultural Marketing Service Dairy Programs
12:30 - 2:00 – Lunch and Trade Show Visit (Mirabella)
2:00 - 2:30 – John McClurkin, Tennessee Dept of Agriculture, Available Assistance from Ag Re-source Conservation Fund
2:30 - 4:30 – TDPA Annual Business Meeting
4:30 - Adjourn, Visit Trade Show

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42nd Annual Southern Dairy Conference

The 42nd Annual Southern Dairy Conference will be held March 8-9, 2016 Embassy Suites Atlanta Airport

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2016 Tennessee Area Dairy Producer Meetings

Let us know which meeting you plan to attend, how many people from your farm and any dietary restrictions for the meal to be served. We look forward to see-ing you soon!

MEETING LOCATIONS AND DATES
Monday, Jan. 18 - 7:00 p.m. CST Henry County Farm Bureau 406 N. Poplar Street Paris, TN 38242
Tuesday, Jan. 19 - 12 Noon CST Orlinda Community Center 7501 Highway 52 Orlinda, TN 37141
Tuesday, Jan. 19 - 7:00 p.m. CST First Cumberland Presbyterian 402 2nd Ave. North Lewisburg, TN 37091
Wednesday, Jan. 20 - 7:00 p.m. EST Valley Farmers Coop 920 N. Congress Parkway Athens, TN 37303
Thursday, Jan. 21 - 7:00 p.m. EST Clyde Austin 4-H Center 214 4-H Lane Greeneville, TN 37743

Discussion and information brought to you by the American Dairy Association of Tennessee and the Tennessee Farm Bureau

RESERVATIONS: Call Jeanne at 800.928.6455 or email jbilla@sedairy.org by Wednesday, January 13.



The Wilson Post

Read "The Wilson Post" about Going the milky way; New dairy parlor up and running in Shop Springs; Milk twice daily, every day; Growing up on milk (farms); Building on their family's property; Wilson County's first subway system; Happy cows, happy farmers; Milk and blood

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Reproduction: Keys for Improved Performance

In 2016, the first educational program offered as part of Master Dairy Producer will focus on aspects of reproduction. 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.

MEETING LOCATIONS AND DATES
Greeneville (Greene County) – January 14, Camp 214 4-H Lane, Greeneville, TN  37743
Athens (McMinn County) – January 22, Western Sizzlin, 1804 Decatur Pike, Athens, TN 37303
McMinnville (Warren County) – January 13, TSU Nursery Research Station, 472 Cadillac Lane, McMinnville, TN 37110
Lewisburg (Marshall County) – January 14, Russell Catering 220 Water Street, Lewisburg, TN 37091
Paris (Henry County) – January 12, Henry County UT Extension Office, 1120 Tyson Ave, Paris, TN 38242

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Key Considerations From A Veterinarian's Perspective

In 2015, the third educational program offered as part of Master Dairy Producer will focus on aspects of herd health and its relationship with productivity. Farmers interested in becoming a certified “Master Dairy Producer” will need to attend 2 of the various programs offered during 2015. We anticipate this certification will satisfy the educational component for those intending to apply for the 50% cost share through the TAEP program.

MEETING LOCATIONS AND DATES
Greeneville (Greene County) – October 29, Camp 214 4-H Lane, Greeneville, TN 37743
Athens (McMinn County) – October 30, Western Sizzlin, 1804 Decatur Pike, Athens, TN 37303
Paris (Henry County) – November 12, Henry County UT Extension Office, 1120 Tyson Ave, Paris, TN 38242
• Outside of these face-to-face opportunities, a Zoom link will be available for the November 12 meeting and a recorded version of the meeting will be available through your county agent. Please contact your local Extension office to make arrangements to take advantage of these, if you are unable to attend a face-to-face option.

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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.





Death of McLean Dougherty, Son of Blan & Kathy Dougherty

It is with deepest regrets that we inform our TDPA members of an accident that claimed the life of McLean Dougherty, son of Blan and Kathy Dougherty. McLean drowned in a swimming accident at the popular Blue Cove Hideway in McMinn County near Athens, TN on June 16th. You can access the news story at www.timesfreepress.com/news/local/story/2015/jun/17/man-drowns-former-quarry-mcminn-county/310041/ . We extend our sincere sympathy to Blan, Kathy and family. McLean was laid to rest in a private internment at the Mt. Harmony Cemetery on Saturday, June 20th.



Connecting Cow Comfort To Productivity, Health, & Well-being

In 2015, the second educational program offered as part of Master Dairy Producer will focus on aspects of cow comfort and its relationship with productivity. Farmers interested in becoming a certified “Master Dairy Producer” will need to attend 2 of the various programs offered during 2015. 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:
Greeneville (Greene County)
July 22, Camp 214 4-H Lane, Greeneville, TN 37743

Athens (McMinn County)
July 27, Western Sizzlin, 1804 Decatur Pike, Athens, TN 37303

McMinnville (Warren County)
July 28, TSU Nursery Research Station, 472 Cadillac Lane, McMinnville, TN 37110

Lewisburg (Marshall County)
July 29, Russell Catering 220 Water Street, Lewisburg, TN 37091

Paris (Henry County)
July 30, Henry County UT Extension Office, 1120 Tyson Ave, Paris, TN 38242

Springfield (Robertson County)
July 30, Highland Rim Research & Education Center (main office conference room), 3181 Experiment Station Rd., Springfield, TN 37172

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TDPA Area Meetings Scheduled

You are invited to a Tennessee Dairy Producers Association Area Meeting in your area. John Bayless and Stan Butt, with TDPA, will be giving an update about the TDPA Annual Meeting that was held in January and activi-ties of TDPA and topics of interest concerning you as Tennessee Dairy Producers. A meal will be provided at each location.

Please make your plans to attend by contacting Stan Butt at 931-698-0243 or sreedbutt@gmail.com so that we may have a reasonable count of the number to plan for the meal.

June 9th — Robertson County and surrounding Area, Orlinda Community Center, Orlinda TN at 7 p.m. Josh Wackler and Zoetis will be providing the meal. Dr. Bradley Mills will be the quest speaker.
June 11th - McMinnville (Warren County and surrounding area), TSU Nursery Research Station, 472 Cadil-lac Lane, McMinnville, TN 37110, 6:30 p.m. Josh Wackler and Zoetis will be providing the meal.
June 22nd - Paris (Henry County and surrounding area), Henry Farmers COOP conference room, Hwy 69 on left just past main store. 11:00 a.m. Jeffrey Turner and Purnia Feeds will be providing the meal.
June 25th - Lewisburg (Marshall County and surrounding area), Russell Catering Bldg, 220 Water Street, Lewisburg, TN 37091. 10.00 a.m.—12:00 noon. Dr. Jennifer Hatcher and Rock N Country Vet Clinic and Frank LeGrain and Biotic will be providing the meal
July 1 — TDPA Board Meeting, Logan’s/Cookeville, TN, 10 a.m.

East TN meetings to be scheduled mid to late July



Webinar to Assist Potential Applicants for Conservation Funding

An upcoming webinar on the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) will help potential applicants as they seek available funding. During the current round, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will invest up to $235 million to improve the nation's water quality, combat drought, enhance soil health, support wildlife habitat and protect agricultural production. Partners will match the Federal investment.

"This webinar is a great opportunity to directly engage with our partners," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. "Our goal is to leverage available Federal funding and produce more high-performing on-the-ground conservation solutions."

USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will host the webinar, open to both conservation partners and the general public, on Thursday, June 4, 2015 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EST. To join the webinar, visit https://usdanrcs.adobeconnect.com/r75qxphcya9/. Login to Adobe Connect using the Guest option and enter your name.

NRCS recently simplified the application process by creating new online tools: a pre-proposal fillable form, RCPP pre-application data entry tool and pre-proposal data entry tool instructions. These tools support partners as they fill out and submit their pre-proposal application.

RCPP empowers local leaders to work with multiple partners — such as private companies, local and tribal governments, universities, non-profit groups and other non-government partners — along with farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners to design solutions that work best for their region. Local partners and the federal government both invest funding and manpower to projects to maximize their impact.

USDA is now accepting pre-proposals for RCPP. Pre-proposals are due July 8, 2015. For more information on applying, visit the RCPP website.



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.

"I’m proud of the time and work they put in," says Pighetti. "This was a team effort, and they represented us well."

Dairy Challenge is where students apply past academic learning to a real-world dairy. The UTIA team placed first against other teams after each evaluated the same farm. Each team inspected the operation and conducted interviews with the owners, and then made recommendations about nutrition, reproduction, milking and finances. Teams also answered questions from judges about their recommendations. In its 14-year history, Dairy Challenge has trained more than 4,700 students. A total of 32 universities were represented at this recent competition.

"We were placed in a real-world situation with limited time and expected to analyze a dairy operation," says team member Billy Rochelle. "I have never been with a group who accomplished so much in so little time. Many industry participants were also there discussing internship and job opportunities with their respective companies."

Pighetti says that’s an important part of what the students learned through this experience – the chance to work on a real farm and to lend their expertise. "Basically they are the valued consultants," she says. "They learned how to critically evaluate and identify problems, and come up with the most logical way to fix things."

Other team members agreed the experience will help them meet future career goals. Stephanie Nash’s family operates a middle Tennessee dairy. "The dairy industry has always been a huge part of my life," she says. "I was blessed to be part of this amazing program for four years, and I will keep striving to be the voice for families in the dairy industry," she says.

"My experience at Dairy Challenge was phenomenal," says Ettie Peterson. "I learned so much about the industry through seminars, educational farm tours and sponsors. My entire experience from 6:30 a.m. practice to completing our presentation was beyond rewarding."

Other CASNR students took part in the Dairy Challenge Academy during this event. There was no competition here, but the students were able to also evaluate a working dairy farm alongside two dairy industry professionals. This group included Johnna Davis of Walland, Sydney Dean of Seymour, Jordan McGinnis of Washburn, Josh Snider of Lexington, N.C., and Dustie Strasser of Chapel Hill. Pighetti says this group of younger students may represent UTIA at future Dairy Challenges.

The UT Institute of Agriculture provides instruction, research and outreach through the UT College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the UT College of Veterinary Medicine, UT AgResearch, including its system of 10 research and education centers, and UT Extension offices in every county in the state.



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Learn About Robotic Milking System & Organic Dairy Farming

THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2015
Terry and Jennifer Bishop will host an open house to showcase their new robotic milking system, tunnel ventilated barn and automated mechanical scraper system. Attendees will have the opportunity to tour facility and ask questions about the technology and organic dairying.

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Chilhowee Dairy/ Bishop Farm, 312 Antioch Church Rd., Benton, TN 37307
Lunch and snacks will be provided.
Please RSVP to Shane Webb at (800) 464-2150

FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 2015
Attend an upcoming meeting on organic dairy farming. Regional Pool Manager Gerry Cohn and organic dairy farmer Butch Lay will lead a Q&A session about organic certification, production and animal care.

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Russell’s Catering, 220 Water St., Lewisburg, TN 37091
Lunch and snacks will be provided.

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First Educational Program Offered

In 2015, the first educational program offered as part of Master Dairy Producer will focus on aspects of forage production. Farmers interested in becoming a certified “Master Dairy Producer” will need to attend 2 of the 3 programs offered during 2015. We anticipate this certification will satisfy the educational component for those intending to apply for the 50% cost share through the TAEP program.

Meeting Locations & Dates
The forage production module will be offered at:
Paris (Henry County)
  March 4, Henry County UT Extension Office, 1120 Tyson Ave, Paris, TN 38242
Lewisburg (Marshall County)
  March 12, Russell Catering 220 Water Street, Lewisburg, TN 37091
McMinnville (Warren County)
  March 16, TSU Nursery Research Station, 472 Cadillac Lane, McMinnville, TN 37110
Athens (McMinn County)
  March 18, Western Sizzlin, 1804 Decatur Pike, Athens, TN 37303
Greeneville (Greene County)
  March 19, Camp 214 4-H Lane, Greeneville, TN 37743
Springfield (Robertson County)
  March 25, Highland Rim Research & Education Center (main office conference room),
  3181 Experiment Station Rd., Springfield, TN 37172

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TDPA Annual Meeting Friday January 16 In Murfreesboro

The Tennessee Dairy Producers Association (TDPA) is excited to be holding its Annual meeting in conjunction with the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association Convention and Trade Show. We hope that this endeavor leads to joint benefit for our producers as well as our industry sponsors who share both beef and dairy concerns. TDPA encourages all our dairy producers to take advantage of this first time opportunity to attend the special Friday Dairy sessions and the Trade Show which is designed with both beef and dairy in mind. For those attending all the morning dairy sessions the possibility exist the they will count as one module toward your re-certification of the Master Dairy program which qualifies you for fifty percent cost share through TAEP, so make your plans to attend if at all possible.

All morning Dairy sessions and lunch provided by Stacy Turner and Boehringer Ingelheim will be held at the Rutherford County Extension office at Lane Agri-Park on John Rice Blvd. (Across I-24 from Embassy Suites Hotel.) After lunch you are encouraged to visit the trade show at the Embassy Suites Hotel and the TDPA Annual meeting held in Broadlands A at the Embassy Suites Hotel beginning at 2:30 pm. All dairy producers are encouraged to attend since this will be the business meeting and election of board members.

There will be no registration fee to attend but all producers who plan to attend are asked to register by contacting Stan Butt, TDPA, at 931-698-0243 or by email at sreedbutt@gmail.com To reserve a room at the Embassy Suites Hotel call 615-890-4464 or online at www.murfreesboro.embassysuites.com code CTL. The special rate for the convention is only good if reservations are made by December 23rd. The special rate includes breakfast and happy hour drinks and snacks.

Thursday January 15th
12:00- 2:00 UT Bull Sale – Spring Hill Experiment Station
5:30-7:30 Cattle Health demonstration- “Caring for your Herds Health Needs”- Dr. Lew Strickland- UT Extension veterinarian- Lane Agri-Park 315 John Rice Blvd. (Across I-24 from hotel) Sponsored by Tn. Farmers Coop and UT Extension Service
6:00-10:00 Vendor setup (Mirabella E-J)
7:30-9:30 Board meeting Beef Council Meeting Room

Friday January 16th
7:00-7:30 FACCT Board of Directors Breakfast Meeting (Broadlands A)
8:00-Welcome Jerry Greene TCA President (Mirabella A-C)
Rheba Capps to sing Star Spangled Banner
8:05-8:20 Special Guest Forrest Roberts- Chief Executive Director of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (Mirabella A-C)
8:20-9:10 Cow College 1 “What is Sustainability?” (McDonald's Director of Sustainability Susan Forsell) (Sponsored by Land Trust for Tennessee) (Mirabella A-C)
9:00-9:45 BVD PI working group meeting (Cambridge A)
9:10-9:40 Trade Show opens (Coffee Sponsored by UT Beef and Forage Center) (Mirabella E-J)
9:00-10:00 Farm Animal Care Coalition of Tennessee (FACCT) Annual Meeting (Cambridge B)
9:40 -10:30 Delegate Session (Delegate Session is open to all attendees) (Mirabella A-C)
10:30-11:00 Trade Show Time (Mirabella E-J)
11:00-12:30 Live Cattle Video Auction and discussion (In trade show)(UT Ag. Economist Dr. Andrew Griffith to Discuss Livestock Marketing following video sale.) (Mirabella E-J)
12:30-2:00- Awards Luncheon (Oakleigh AB)
1:30-2:30- Trade Show time (Mirabella E-J)
2:30-4:30 Tn Dairy Producers Annual Meeting (Embassy Broadlands A)
2:30-3:30-Cow College 2 “Forage Systems for Maximizing Profitability in the Beef Business” Dr. Dennis Hancock University of Georgia Forage Specialist (Sponsored by UT Beef and Forage Center) (Mirabella A-C)
3:30 -4:10 Trade Show time (Mirabella E-J)
4:10-5:00 Cow College 3 “Washington DC Policy Update” (Colin Woodall National Cattlemen's Beef Association) (Mirabella A-C)
5:00-6:00 Fundraiser Auction/ Reception (in trade show) (Mirabella E-J)

Friday January 16th
*Morning dairy meetings and lunch will be conducted at the Rutherford County Extension office at Lane Agri-Park on 315 John Rice Blvd. (Across I-24 from Embassy)
8:45 – Welcome and opening remarks – John Bayless, President, TDPA and Stan Butt, Executive Director, TDPA
8:50-9:45 – “Are Futures in Your Future,” Andrew Griffith, Assistant Professor, Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture
9:45-10:30 – Succession Planning, “Now is the Time,” Mark Bolt, Financial Consultant, Mike Tansil, CPIA
10:30-12:00 – Importance of Quality Data – Dr. Jeffrey Bewley, University of Kentucky. Ph.D., Purdue University, Dairy Systems Mgt., M.S. University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dairy Systems Mgt.
12:00-12:30 – SQMI Update – members of SQMI team
12:30-1:30 – Lunch – (Sponsored by Stacy Turner and Boehringer Ingelheim) Community Room in Rutherford County Extension office
Afternoon Schedule
1:30-2:30 – Trade Show at Embassy Suites Hotel (Across I-24)
2:30-4:30 – TDPA Annual Meeting and Election of Board Members Embassy Suites (Broadlands A)
4:30 - Trade Show, TCA Cow College 3, fundraiser auction/reception and safe journey
*Tennessee Dairy Producers Association members are invited to participate in all TCA cow Colleges and events held Saturday.

Saturday January 17th
9:00-12:00 Youth activities
8:00-9:00 Cow College 4 “Environmental Myths” (Dr. Jude Capper Livestock Sustainability Consultant at Livestock Sustainability Consultancy) (Mirabella A-C)
9:00-9:45 Trade Show time (Mirabella E-J)
9:30-10:15 Cattlewomen's Meeting (Broadlands A)
9:45 FarmCredit/TCA Heifer Scholarship announcement.
9:55-10:45 Cow College 5 “Matching Your Cattle to Farm Resources” Burke Teichert” (Manager Deseret Ranch System Retired) Sponsored By Tennessee Angus Breeders (Mirabella A-C)
10:45-11:10 Trade Show time (Mirabella E-J)
11:10-12:00 Cow College 6 “Increasing Reproductive Efficiency through Proper Management” (Dr. Rick Funston Nebraska) (Sponsored by TBCIA) (Mirabella A-C)
12:00-1:30 lunch in trade show (Mirabella E-J)
2:00-3:00 Board meeting (Cambridge A)
Saturday- Youth activities
8:00-9:00 Join us for “Cow College 4” and hear Dr. Jude Capper respond to some of the misinformation about Animal Agriculture (Oakleigh A-B)
9:00-11:30 Quiz Bowl- Embassy Suites Hotel (Cambridge A-B)
10:00-11:00 Youth Scavenger Hunt- Trade Show (Mirabella E-J)
9:00-11:00 “Animal Agriculture ExposedYouth Workshops (30 minute rotating sessions)
What are the FACCTS of animal agriculture?” Lou Nave Executive Director of Farm Animal Care Coalition of Tennessee
Using Social Media to tell our story” Lauren Chase Communications Director of the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association/Tn Beef Council Broadlands A-B)
11:45 Board Bus to Lane Agri-Park (315 John Rice Blvd) For lunch
12:00 Lunch at Lane Agri Park (Tennessee Cattlemen's Association update)
1:00-2:30 Be a Beef Leader-FFA and Beef Ambassador leaders
2:45- Bus returns to Embassy Suites for departure


Williams wins Olivia "The Rocking Cow"

The donation of five dollars for one ticket wins Jim Williams OLIVIA “The Rocking Cow.” Jim Williams, the farm manager for Beasleyland Dairy in Chapel Hill,TN, made the donation in support of the Tennessee Dairy Producers Association Youth Promotion Fund. His daughter Gracie had other thoughts, she wanted to win OLIVIA. Jim’s ticket, or Gracie’s, was drawn at the Tennessee Jr. Dairy Expo and he was notified that night, but it took several weeks to get her delivered.

OLIVIA was handcrafted by Dr. Dennis Onks, retired Director of the UT AgResearch’s Middle Tennessee Dairy Research and Education Center located at the Tennessee Agriculture Experiment Station in Spring Hill, TN. Dr. Onks is an Advisory Board member for TDPA and he offered to create a special item to be used to help raise funds for TDPA. OLIVIA was the result of many hours of wood working and painting by Dr. Onks. She even carries a plate of authenticity attached to one of her rockers.

Congratulations to Jim and Gracie and a special thank you to Dr. Onks for making OLIVIA. Contributions totaled over eleven hundred dollars for the fund.


2015 Georgia Dairy Conference January 12-14

The 2015 Georgia Dairy Conference is rapidly approaching and we would like to invite your members to join us! This year’s conference will take place at the Savannah Riverfront Marriott in Savannah, Georgia, Jan. 12-14, 2015.

The Georgia Dairy Conference (GDC) is dedicated to providing dairymen with significant and practical “take-home” information. Thanks to support from generous industry supporters, the GDC has earned a reputation as a top educational conference in the Southeast. In 2014, more than 250 producers and dairy industry representatives attended this three-day event. This year, we’re building on that momentum by delivering another high-impact conference. Leading experts will make presentations on topics ranging from nutrition and genetics to the future of the dairy industry, dairy sustainability and economics.

In addition to our quality line-up of educational speakers, we will also host the first Southeast Dairy Student Symposium during the GDC on Tuesday, Jan. 13 from 6 to 9 p.m. This program is designed to provide students, interested in the dairy industry, with a platform to explore careers and internship opportunities in the Southeast. The objectives of the symposium are to connect dairymen, industry affiliates and future graduates; promote the exchange of ideas and experiences among students, dairymen and industry affiliates; and to build networking opportunities for future graduates.

We hope you will join us as we invest to make the Southeast dairy industry competitive in a national context. The registration fee for dairymen outside of Georgia and guests is $100. Your company is also invited to exhibit during our trade show. Visit our website at www.gamilk.org to download an agenda, registration forms and exhibitor information. If you would like additional information, please contact Farrah Newberry or Allison Fortner at 706-310-0020.

Monday, January 12th
8:30 a.m. ACCM Board of Directors Meeting
10:00 GA Milk Board of Directors Meeting
12:00 p.m. Registration and GDYF Board of Directors Meeting
12:00 p.m. SUDIA / ADA of GA Board Meeting
2:30 p.m. GA Dairy Industry Update - GA Milk, SUDIA, etc.
3:45 Exhibit Break and Door Prize Drawing 4:15 Securing a Sustainable Milk Supply for the Southeast Dairy Market Dr. Roger Cady, Elanco Animal Health
5:15 Q & A / Exhibitor Break
6:30 Evening Banquet

Tuesday, January 13th
7:30 a.m. Small Steps Add Up in Sustainability
Erin Fitzgerald, VP of Sustainability for the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy
Andrea Sensenig, Pennyslvania Dairy Producer and 2014 U.S. Sustainability Award Winner
8:15 Decision Making for Clinical Mastitis
Pam Ruegg, University of Wisconsin-Madison
9:00 Silages and Forages
Limin Kung, University of Delaware
10:00 Exhibitor/Refreshment Break
10:30 Understanding Consumer & Processor Quality Standards
Mark Wustenburg, Tillamook Creamery
11:15 Employee Management Simplified Tom Wall, Dairy Coach, LLC
12:15 Lunch
1:15 p.m. Dry Cow and Heat Stress Management
Dr. Jose Santos, University of Florida
2:00 Hormonal Sync Programs
Paul Fricke University of Wisconsin
2:45 Exhibitor/Refreshment Break
3:15 Feed Shrink Management
Dr. Jeff Weyers, Vicor

January 12-14, 2015
Savannah Riverfront Marriott
4:00 Troubleshooting Milk Quality Issues on Your Dairy Farm
Mark Wustenburg, Tillamook Creamery
6:00 Southeast Dairy Student Symposium

Wednesday, January 14
7:15 a.m. Sponsored Continental Breakfast
7:45 Ray West - SE DHIA Report
8:00 Electronic Heat Detection
Paul Fricke, University of Wisconsin
8:45 The (Almost) Perfect Parlor
Tom Wall, Dairy Coach, LLC
9:30 Refreshment Break
10:00 Milkfat Depression
Tom Jenkins, Clemson University
10:45 Co-op Mgrs. Panel, Cost to Balance SE Market
11:45 Q & A Session - Adjourn


National Mastitis Council 54th Annual Meeting set for Feb. 1-3

The National Mastitis Council (NMC) will host its 54th Annual Meeting, Feb. 1-3, 2015 at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tenn.

This three-day international forum will provide milk quality professionals the opportunity to exchange information on udder health, milking management and milk quality. Anyone with a vested interest in milk quality – milk quality specialists, veterinarians, milk plant field staff, dairy suppliers, dairy producers, university researchers, extension specialists and students – is invited to attend and exchange ideas.

“We’re excited to welcome a distinguished group of milk quality professionals from around the world to Memphis,” says Gary Neubauer, senior manager, dairy technical services at Zoetis and 2015 NMC Annual Meeting Program Chairman.

The annual meeting will kick-off Sunday, February 1 with six specialized short courses. General sessions open on Monday, February 2 and will run through Tuesday, February 3. “Milk Quality: What the Market Needs, Wants, Demands,” will be the featured symposium Tuesday afternoon. Four additional short courses will be offered Tuesday evening. Rounding out the educational opportunities will be the Technology Transfer Session (poster session) held on Monday and Tuesday.

“This year’s program is focused on the systems approach to milk quality encompassing the people, the equipment and the environment,” notes Neubauer.  “Our goal is for anyone who attends the meeting to take home practical ideas that they can implement immediately in the field or on the farm.”

Other highlights of the upcoming meeting include recognizing the National Dairy Quality Award winners and the recipient of the NMC Award of Excellence for Mastitis Prevention and Control, as well as introducing the NMC Scholars.

The complete program and agenda can be found online at: http://nmconline.org/annualmeet/2015/.

NMC is a professional organization devoted to reducing mastitis and enhancing milk quality. NMC promotes research and provides information to the dairy industry on udder health, milking management, milk quality and milk safety. Founded in 1961, NMC has close to 1,500 members in more than 40 countries throughout the world. For additional information: http://nmconline.org


TDPA Permitting Workshop

The Tennessee Dairy Producers Association Permitting Workshop will be held October 24, 2014 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Ellington Agricultural Center's Ed Jones Auditorium. The moderators will be TDPA Executive Director Stan Butt and TDPA and Robertson County Extension Agent/UT Extension Agent Paul Hart.

"Please RSVP to sreedbutt@gmail.com or call 931-698-0243 by Tuesday 12:00 noon for head count for lunch." to bottom of Agenda.

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TN Ag Literacy Week Coming November 16-22

November 16-22, 2014, has been designated as Tennessee Agriculture Literacy Week. This will be an outstanding opportunity for farmers and ranchers and other agriculture industry representatives to read children's books about the agriculture industry to school students. Volunteers are needed to visit elementary school classrooms around the state to read agriculturally themed books and talk about the importance of Tennessee Agriculture. Tennessee agriculture industry volunteers are encouraged to read agriculturally themed books to elementary school children showcasing the diversity of Tennessee agriculture and the role agriculture plays in our daily lives.

Volunteers should schedule their classroom visits with schools at least two weeks before their readings. All readings should be completed by November 22, 2014. All volunteers are encouraged to complete the Tennessee Agriculture Literacy Week, report by December 31, 2014 (report www.TennesseeAg.org). Tennessee Agriculture Literacy Week is a great opportunity to teach our next generation about the Tennesseans who provide the food, fuel and fiber for the world's growing population. Tennessee Agriculture Literacy Week is sponsored by the Tennessee Agriculture Education Committee, representing Tennessee's agriculture producers.

To learn more about the Agricultural Literacy Library, please contact Lou Nave, 615/970-8065 or Lou.Facct@gmail.com.


Dairy Farm Bill Meeting - Dairy Margin protection Program

Dr. Griffith will address the Margin Protection Program and how you can use the program to help insure an income over feed cost margin for the milk you are producing. He will demonstrate the MPP-Dairy decision tool to help you make a sound decision on insuring your margin. He will also provide information on how the entire program will work and the rules you must follow to operate in this program. These meetings will start at 10:30 am and should end sometime around 1:30 PM. Lunch will be provided. Please call the number below to the location you would like to attend, to help with the meal count. I hope you will be able to attend.

Lewisburg Location: Russell Catering, 220 Water Street, Lewisburg, TN
Date: October 20th, 2014 - Phone number: 931-359-1929

Greeneville Location: First Baptist Church Greeneville, 211 N Main St, Greeneville, TN.
Date: October 27th, 2014 - Phone number: 423-798-1710

Madisonville Location: Monroe County Farm Bureau, 510 Main St, Madisonville, TN
Date: October 28th, 2014 - Phone number: 423-442-2433

Paris Location: Henry County Extension Office, 1120 Tyson Avenue, Paris, TN
Date: November 6th, 2014 - Phone number: 731-642-2941

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Tennessee's Wild Hog Eradication Action Team - W.H.E.A.T.

W.H.E.A.T. is a 24-organization partnership dedicated to the eradication of wild hogs in Tennessee. This video has information on the problems of wild hogs and what to do about wild hogs in Tennessee by the the Wild Hog Eradication Action Team, or W.H.E.A.T.


Tennessee Signs On to Plan to Protect Dairy Industry

Four of the most dreaded words in agriculture are Hoof and Mouth Disease, which can be devastating to livestock producers and wreak havoc on the farm economy. In conjunction with June Dairy Month, Gov. Bill Haslam has signed an agreement that partners Tennessee with eight other states to protect the dairy industry in the event of an HMD outbreak.

Known as the Secure Milk Supply Plan, the agreement sets standards by which milk producers, haulers and processors would interact with animal health authorities to reduce the risk of spreading HMD during an outbreak. The regional effort is part of the national initiative to develop biosecurity measures that would allow for the movement of milk without undermining HMD control and eradication efforts.

“Livestock and livestock products are the largest generator of revenue for Tennessee farmers, so an HMD outbreak here would be especially crippling to our ag economy,” Tennessee Department of Agriculture state veterinarian Charles Hatcher said. “This plan allows us to take appropriate disease protection measures during an outbreak while minimizing the impact to producers and processors so that the dairy industry can continue to function.”

HMD is a highly contagious disease that affects cloven-hooved animals, but not humans. The virus causes fever, followed by painful blisters on the animal’s mouth and hooves, and can cause extreme weight loss, lameness and reduced milk production. Although the disease has not been seen in the U.S. since 1929, outbreaks occur every year in other countries and the disease could easily be introduced through international trade.

In the event of a HMD outbreak, the movement of animals, animal products such as milk, people and vehicles would be restricted until the extent of the outbreak is known. Under the plan, non-affected dairies that meet certain qualifications would be allowed to ship milk in-state or to any participating state.

“We want to make sure the cure is not worse than the disease,” Hatcher said. “Education of and participation by dairy producers and processors is critical to the plan’s success.”

Some of the biosecurity requirements for dairy producers include recording vehicles and visitors, milk tank washing and disinfection, use of protective gear and other measures at pick-up and delivery. The most important part of the SMS plan is biosecurity measures surrounding the truck picking up milk from an approved participating dairy.

TDA has conducted regional workshops in Murfreesboro and Madisonville for dairy producers to demonstrate biosecurity procedures. “I want to thank the Tennessee Dairy Producers Association for their leadership and support of this initiative,” said Agriculture Commissioner Julius Johnson. “This type of partnership is particularly critical to protecting the dairy industry in the event of a disease outbreak.” For more information on the Secure Milk Supply Plan and other educational opportunities, contact the State Veterinarian’s Office at 615-837-5120.

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Olivia Rocks For TDPA

Dr. Dennis Onks, retired UT Extension leader, has created a one of a kind, hand crafted, rocking cow for the Tennessee Dairy Producers Association (TDPA) Youth Promotion Fund. She has been created to offer some child a very happy experience and a life time of memories. Dr. Onks and his wife June resided in Spring Hill for 13 years where Dr. Onks was Director of UT AgResearch’s Middle Tennessee and Dairy Research and Education Center located at the Tennessee Agriculture Experiment Station. Dr. Onks is an Advisory Board member for the TDPA and offered to create a special item to be used to help raise funds for the TDPA Fund. OLIVIA, THE ROCKING COW was the result of many hours of wood working and painting by Dr. Onks. She even carries a plate of authenticity attached to one of her rockers.

Olivia has made the rounds in the Dairy world during the early months of 2014. She has been in all three grand divisions of the great state of Tennessee at the annual regional meetings of the TDPA in Paris, Orlinda, Lewisburg, Cookeville, Athens, and Greenville. She attended the Tennessee Jersey Club meeting in Murfreesboro, the Tennessee Holstein Spring Sale in Lebanon and two dairy sales in Nolensville, and Murfreesboro. During the coming months she may show up anywhere and she will be at the Tennessee Jr. Dairy Expo, where the lucky ticket will be drawn.

Tickets can be obtained for a donation of five dollars per ticket from Stan Butt, Executive Director, TDPA. Stan is a resident of Maury County and can be reached at 931-698-0243 or by email at sreedbutt@gmail.com. Give him a call for a ticket. He will be traveling back and forth across the state the next several months visiting Tennessee dairies and will be happy to drop by your operation.


TDPA Annual Meetings Challenged by Weather
"Excellent Content, Good Crowds, and Good Food"

“Excellent content, good crowds, and most importantly, good food,” was how one attendee responded in an email about our annual meetings.  Producers had the opportunity to visit with each other and with TDPA Corporate Sponsors before and during each of the meetings. The Paris meeting had to be cancelled because of 3-4 inches of  ice, sleet and snow and Orlinda was rescheduled to Wednesday.

President John Bayless opened the meetings with a welcome and a message from the board stating, “From the foothills of the Smokies to the Delta, the Sweetwater Valley to the Cumberland Plateau, the Highland Rim to the Central Basin, we represent ALL dairy farmers regardless of size, breed, or how and where the milk is marketed.” His power point presentation listed all the current board members and those in attendance at each meeting were recognized..

Next, he introduced new Executive, Stan Butt for a few brief comments and recognition of TDPA Corporate Sponsors. Southeast Select Sires, Tennessee Farmers CO-OP Feeds, and Tennessee Department of Agriculture, TAEP program were recognized as $5,000 Premier Sponsors. Foothills Farmers CO-OP was recognized as a $2,500 Titanium Sponsor; Farm Credit Services, Dairy Farmers of America, Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative, and Purina Animal Health as $1,500  Platinum Sponsors; Mike Tansil and Layne Crop Ins, and Stacey Turner and Boehringer Ingelheim as $1,000 Gold Sponsors; Bordens Milk, CPC Commodities, First Bank and Trust, Land Trust for Tennessee, Marshall Farmers Coop, Rutherford Farmers Coop, Tech Mix and Traditions Auction Services as $500 Silver Sponsors; and  Alltech, Gerald Todd Trucking, Tony Jones with H & R AGRI-POWER, Middle Tennessee Dairy Service, Southern States, Glasgow, KY, and Valley Farmers CO-OP as $250 Bronze Sponsors..

President Bayless continued with a special thanks to Tim Riley with Southeast Select Sires, Dr. Dennis Onks, advisory board member and creator of OLIVIA– the rocking cow and Tony White– Past President  from 2009 when TDPA was chartered until December 2013. Will Moss, Bengi Daniels, Sam Smith, and Tommy Roberson were elected as new board members. Dr. Peter Krawcel, Assistant Professor, UT Dairy Extension and Research, spoke on UT’s commitment to the Tennessee Dairy Industry, new staff and special programs involving Dairy research, Deborah Boyd, TDPA Secretary/Treasurer, covered  information about the new Farm Bill’s Dairy Policy Reform and the Margin Protection Program.

President Bayless introduced  the Keynote Speaker, Dr. Bob James, Professor of Dairy Sciences at Virginia Tech and he  addressed the needs of Dairy production in the Southeast and gave an outstanding presentation on the “Economics of Calf Rearing.” Everyone left filled, informed and optimistic about the prospects for 2014.

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Milking Contest Draws Big Crowd at “Ag Day”

House Agriculture Committee Chairman, Curtis Halford, Vice-Chairman, Andy Holt and Tennessee Commissioner of Agriculture, Julius Johnson graciously welcomed the crowd as snow fell on Legislative Plaza. A Big thank you to TDPA member Ryan Gardner from Trace-View Holsteins, Santa Fe for bringing Tess and Angie, both haltered Holsteins, for the milking contest at “Ag Day on the Hill.” TDPA assisted Representative Holt and Keith Harrison, Tennessee Farmers COOP in making arrangements for this year’s milking contest.

This year the contest was won by Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and his able bodied assistant, State Senator Frank Niceley. Together, they had enough “pull” to edge out House Speaker Beth Harwell, who had won the contest the past two years. Lt. Gov. Ramsey was under a lot of pressure to win with all three of his grandsons watching. A check for seven hundred and fifty dollars ($750) was presented to Second Harvest Food Bank on behalf of the Farm and Forest Families of Tennessee.

TDPA President John Bayless and TDPA Executive, Stan Butt, were on hand to meet and greet legislators and offer delicious samples of cheese. They also worked with SUDIA area manager, Denise Jones, passing out milk, provided by Purity Dairies.

The overall feeling by those participating was that “Ag Day on the Hill” this year was a huge success.


Pictured left to right, Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, Stan Butt, Sen. Frank Nicely, Ryan Gardner, TDPA President John Bayless


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TAEP Continuing Education Qualifications Updated

New Qualifications for 50 Percent Cost Share Effective 2015

NASHVILLE -- In an effort to enhance the state’s agricultural industry and to increase farmers’ capacity to produce, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture is encouraging producers to take advantage of new continuing education opportunities now offered by the University of Tennessee Extension.

“Agricultural leaders recently unveiled a strategic plan to grow and develop our industry over the next decade,” Agriculture Commission Julius Johnson said. “Education and research were recognized as key components for helping us achieve our goals, and these continuing education opportunities will be important for producers to maximize efficiency in their operations and to increase farm profitability.”

Beginning in 2015, producers who wish to qualify for 50 percent cost share funding through the Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program may need to participate in UT advanced continuing education opportunities by certain TAEP reimbursement deadlines. This gives producers nearly two years to complete the new continuing education opportunities. For the 2014 application period, any Master producer certificates received prior to 2015 will still qualify for 50 percent cost share.

A schedule detailing current certification expiration dates and renewal deadlines, by program, is available at www.tn.gov/taep under Master Certification Information in the TAEP News section. Class offerings for 2014 were recently announced by UT Extension and are posted at utextension.tennessee.edu.

All current Tennessee Quality Milk certificates will expire May 1, 2015, so all dairy producers wishing to qualify for TAEP funds in 2015 will need to become certified as a Master Dairy Producer before Dec. 1, 2015.

TAEP Continuing Education QUALIFICATIONs UPDATED 2 – 2 – 2 – 2 – 2

Once all current certificates expire, producers will need to participate in continuing education programs every three years with the exception of dairy, which is an annual certification based on fewer class hours each year. Applications for 2014 TAEP cost share programs are expected to be available in April.

TAEP was established in 2005 by the Tennessee General Assembly and has been fully funded by Gov. Bill Haslam through a portion of the state’s cigarette sales tax. The program is administered by TDA to assist qualifying producers with cost share funds of up to 50 percent on farm improvement projects to increase efficiency and farm income. A UT study shows that for every TAEP dollar invested nearly $4 is generated in additional economic activity in local communities.

For more information, visit www.tn.gov/taep or call the TAEP general information line at 1-800-342-8206.



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Meet Your New Executive

The Tennessee Dairy Producers Association (TDPA) is pleased to announce that Stan Butt has been chosen to serve as their new Executive Director. Tony White, president of TDPA, said, “ the TDPA board is excited to have someone with Stan’s experience to step into this new position. We are confident that he will bring continuity to our association and will be a positive voice for our industry.” Stan grew up in Portland, Sumner County, Tennessee and recalls his first milking experience was hand milking an old Jersey cow belonging to a neighboring farmer. Stan graduated from Portland High School and went on to receive his college degree from Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, Tennessee. Stan’s first position was with the Middle Tennessee Council of the Boy Scouts of America, in Nashville, serving as the District Executive for the Dan Beard District. As a District Executive, he attended the National Executive Institute in New Jersey preparing him for his career ahead. Stan and his wife Sheila have been married 41 years and have three sons of their own and one adopted son and thirteen grandchildren. They reside in Columbia, Maury County, Tennessee where they lived since 1985. In his new position, Stan will become the contact person for TDPA assuming the many responsibilities under taken by the board since the formation of TDPA in 2009. His primary responsibilities will include being a proactive voice for the dairy industry, increasing membership in the association, securing and maintaining funding for the association, working to involve and retain youth in the dairy industry, interacting with the many livestock entities in the state as well as serving as the legislative liaison in both Nashville and Washington.

The Tennessee Dairy Producers Association is a non-profit organization seeking to represent all dairy producers in Tennessee, expediting a consistent and proactive response to issues affecting the viability of the dairy industry in Tennessee and serving as an unbiased source of information for producers as well as consumers.



 
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Tennessee Valley Livestock Conference
DAIRY Program Sponsored by Ag Central CO-OP

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The Tennessee Valley Livestock Conference will take place on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at Walters State Great Smoky Mountians Expo Center, 1615 Pavilion Drive, White Pine, TN 37890 (Exit 8 off I-81). It is in association with the Tennessee Dairy Producers Association, TN Cattlemen’s Association, NC Cattlemen’s Association, and VA Cattlemen’s Association.

SCHEDULE
8:00-9:30 Registration
9:30–10:00 Brady Catob/Delaval Automated Calf feeding
10:05-10:45 Nick Kunkel/Delaval Robotic Milking (VMS)
10:45-11:00 Break - Visit Industry Trade Show
11:00-11:30 Rick Elling/JOZ Automated Feed Pusher & Scrappers
11:30-12:00 Alan Brandmeyer/Trioliet Automated TMR Feeding
12:00-1:00 LUNCH—Visit Trade Show
1:00-3:00 Panel Discussion—Jai Templeton, Commissioner of Agriculture, John McClurkin, Water Resource Division, TN Dept of Ag, Shari Meghreblian, Deputy Commissioner of TDEC, and Stefan Maupin, Director of Public Policy TN Farm Bureau Federation

Be Present to Win a DeLaval Hand held cell counter DCC or a DeLaval mini swinging brushMSB!

FOR INFORMATION
Contact Eric Risser, AgCentral, 423-368-7753 or 800-467-2150
Stan Butt, TDPA 931-698-0243
Please RSVP to Eric or Stan

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Tennessee NRCS Provides EQIP Assistance to Address
Pasture and Hayland in Counties with Severe, Extreme,
or Exceptional Drought Conditions

Sign-up Deadline is May 19, 2017

NASHVILLE, April 11, 2017 – As a result of the drought issues faced by Tennessee’s pasture and hayland producers, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is providing financial and technical assistance through its Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Drought Special Sign Up to help address natural resource concerns on damaged land in counties with D2 (Severe), D3 (Extreme), and D4 (Exceptional) drought conditions—as designated on the U.S. Drought Monitor map dated November 22, 2016.

“Through this special sign up, producers may apply for assistance to install conservation practices that can help treat identified resource concerns to reduce the negative impacts of current drought conditions, and will help improve the sustainability of their operation in the long run,” said Jamie Carpenter, Acting State Conservationist, NRCS Tennessee.

Conservation practices available to producers through this special sign up include: Forage and Biomass Planting, Critical Area Planting, Access Control, Prescribed Grazing, Fence, Livestock Pipeline, Pumping Plant, Spring Development, Water Well, Watering Facility, and Heavy Use Area Protection.

Interested producers are encouraged to visit their local USDA service center to apply or to learn more about drought assistance. The deadline to sign up for this special drought initiative is May 19, 2017.

Additional program requirements and information about EQIP is available on the Tennessee NRCS website at www.tn.nrcs.usda.gov.

EQIP is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers to address natural resource concerns on agricultural and forest land.



Tools and Strategies To Improve Milk On your Farm

In 2017, the first educational program offered as part of Master Dairy Producer will focus on options and strategies for managing milk quality. Farmers interested in becoming a certified “Master Dairy Producer” will need to attend 2 of the various programs offered during 2017. We anticipate this certification will satisfy the educational component for those intending to apply for the 50% cost share through the TAEP program.

Meeting Locations and Dates
Please contact the local agent about registering one week before meeting date.
The module will be offered at:
Greeneville (Greene County) – March 7, Camp 214 4-H Lane, Greeneville, TN 37743
McMinnville (Warren County) – March 9, TSU Nursery Research Station, 472 Cadillac Lane, McMinnville, TN 37110
Athens (McMinn County) – March 15, Western Sizzlin, 1804 Decatur Pike, Athens, TN 37303
Lewisburg (Marshall County) – March 27, Russell Catering 220 Water Street, Lewisburg, TN 37091
Paris (Henry County) – March 28, Henry County UT Extension Office, 1120 Tyson Ave, Paris, TN 38242

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Financial Statements on Federal Orders 6 & 7

The combined financial statements for the Administrative and Marketing Service Funds for the orders administered from the office for the calendar year ending December 31, 2016.

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Farm Bureau Working on New Milk Price Insurance

A new type of dairy revenue insurance, that would offer regional protection against both milk price and production declines, is being worked on by the American Farm Bureau Federation, American Farm Bureau Insurance Services (AFBIS) and academic collaborators including dairy economist Marin Bozic.

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More Ag Groups Announce Support for 'DAIRY PRIDE' Act

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin says her 'DAIRY PRIDE' Act continues to pick up endorsements from prominent farms groups. The newest of those supporters include the Wisconsin and American Farm Bureau organizations.

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Tennessee NRCS Provides EQIP Assistance to Address
Pasture and Hayland in Counties with Severe, Extreme,
or Exceptional Drought Conditions

Sign-up Deadline is May 19, 2017

NASHVILLE, April 11, 2017 – As a result of the drought issues faced by Tennessee’s pasture and hayland producers, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is providing financial and technical assistance through its Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Drought Special Sign Up to help address natural resource concerns on damaged land in counties with D2 (Severe), D3 (Extreme), a