Stacey McCallister of Mountain Grove retired from the MDA board of directors recently and received his plaque from Dave Drennan.
Drennan Announces Retirement
Missouri Dairy Association Executive Director Dave Drennan announced his intention to retire during the Heart of American Dairy Expo effective May 1. A search is underway to fill the position. The University of Missouri recently celebrated Drennan's contributions. Pictured are faculty Joe Horner (Columbia) and Ken Bolte (Union) with Drennan. Photo courtesy of Ron Grusenmeyer.
Missouri Dairy Profit Seminars
Join us for one of the five 2019 Missouri Dairy Profit Seminars, February 18-22 in Sedalia, Mountain Grove, Springfield, Jackson and Union. Sponsored by the Missouri Dairy Association and the University of Missouri.
Several Missouri Dairy Association members participated in Congressman Billy Long's annual ag tour October 11. Scott Maples, Morris Westfall and Marilyn Calvin toured Charles Fletcher's Edgewood Creamery in Purdy, Mo.
USDA Announces Details of Assistance for Farmers
WASHINGTON, D.C., (August 27, 2018) — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced details of actions the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will take to assist farmers in response to trade damage from unjustified retaliation by foreign nations. President Donald J. Trump directed Secretary Perdue to craft a short-term relief strategy to protect agricultural producers while the Administration works on free, fair, and reciprocal trade deals to open more market, in the long run, to help American farmers compete globally. As announced last month, USDA will authorize up to $12 billion in programs, consistent with our World Trade Organization obligations.
“Early on, the President instructed me, as Secretary of Agriculture, to make sure our farmers did not bear the brunt of unfair retaliatory tariffs. After careful analysis by our team at USDA, we have formulated our strategy to mitigate the trade damages sustained by our farmers. Our farmers work hard, and are the most productive in the world, and we aim to protect them,” said Secretary Perdue.
These programs will assist agricultural producers to meet the costs of disrupted markets:
USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will administer the Market Facilitation Program (MFP) to provide payments to corn, cotton, dairy, hog, sorghum, soybean, and wheat producers starting September 4, 2018. An announcement about further payments will be made in the coming months, if warranted.
USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) will administer a Food Purchase and Distribution Program to purchase up to $1.2 billion in commodities unfairly targeted by unjustified retaliation. USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) will distribute these commodities through nutrition assistance programs such as The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) and child nutrition programs.
Through the Foreign Agricultural Service’s (FAS) Agricultural Trade Promotion Program (ATP), $200 million will be made available to develop foreign markets for U.S. agricultural products. The program will help U.S. agricultural exporters identify and access new markets and help mitigate the adverse effects of other countries’ restrictions.
“President Trump has been standing up to China and other nations, sending the clear message that the United States will no longer tolerate their unfair trade practices, which include non-tariff trade barriers and the theft of intellectual property. In short, the President has taken action to benefit all sectors of the American economy — including agriculture — in the long run,” said Secretary Perdue. “It’s important to note all of this could go away tomorrow, if China and the other nations simply correct their behavior. But in the meantime, the programs we are announcing today buys time for the President to strike long-lasting trade deals to benefit our entire economy.” Read more...
MDA Disappointed in Dairy Relief Package
CHESTERFIELD, MO (August 29, 2018) -- The Missouri Dairy Association (MDA) is very disappointed in USDA's announcement of the dairy-specific financial assistance package to make up for the trade retaliation dairy farmers are experiencing.
"It's a drop in the bucket compared to the price decline in dairy farm prices," says MDA President Ted Sheppard, a dairy producer from Cabool, Missouri.
Welcome Governor Parson! We look forward to working with Mike and his administration. Then Lt. Gov. Parson spoke at this year's Heart of America Dairy Expo in Springfield.
Celebrating World Milk Day
Celebrating World Milk Day June 1. Toasting the day, at the Missouri Dairy Products Association summer meeting, are (front) Chris Hackman, Central Dairy and Ron Thompson, DFA; (back) Danny and Brian Opie, Opies Transport; Dave Drennan, MDA and Joe Horner, University of Missouri.
MDA Summer Classic
Save the date for the MDA Summer Classic, Friday, June 8. Join us for a Pack Barn Field Day and June Dairy Month Celebration!
Open to all dairy producers and their families and allied industry. Registration is free!
Plan to visit the new pack barn of Lloyd and David Gunter and celebrate June Dairy Month.
10 a.m.: Tours begin with talks on manure handling, pack barn design, and feed inventory/chopping with NRCS and University of Missouri dairy specialists.
Refreshments furnished by Midwest Dairy Association
1 p.m.: State of Missouri June Dairy Month Proclamation presentation and introduction of special guests
1:30 p.m.: Adjourn
RSVP to Dave Drennan (firstname.lastname@example.org) for lunch reservations.
Missouri Farmers Care Ice Cream Social
MDA Supports Missouri Farmers Care Ice Cream Social
MDA sponsored and helped serve the ice cream for the Missouri Farmers Care Ice Cream Social for state legislators and staff in the Capitol at Jefferson City on Wednesday, May 2. Pictured (L-R) are Executive Director Dave Drennan, Missouri Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn, MDA Director Norris and Annette Sloan of Mountain Grove, Bessie and Missouri Deputy Director of Agriculture Garrett Hawkins.
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Highlights from the Heart of America Dairy Expo
Kids, Cows and Camp: Preparing the Next Generation
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – With an aging population of farmers and producers, preparing agriculture’s next generation is more important than ever.
University of Missouri Extension has been teaching dairy producers how to hand over their operations to that next generation. “That’s very important if we want to keep the industry alive,” said Karla Deaver, MU Extension 4-H youth specialist.