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KDDC 2019 Annual Report

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  1. 1. Annual Report Featuring KDDC Sponsors See inside Don’t Forget the Young Dairy Producer Conference & KY Dairy PartnersAnnual Meeting View the agenda on page 4 Milk MattersK D D C A n n u a l R e p o r t w w w. k y d a i r y. o r g KENTUCKY Supported by H.H. Barlow W ebster’s Dictionary defines contrast as “noticeably or strikingly different”. The year 2019 was a certainly a year of contrast for KDDC and Kentucky’s dairy industry. The best and most notable difference in 2019 is that the year ended with much improved milk prices from $2 to $3 higher than January 2019. This has provided some much needed relief for our Kentucky dairy farmers, after four long years of heavily depressed prices. 2019 brought a change in leadership for KDDC as Maury Cox retired on March 1st after twelve great years as executive director. As a token of gratitude, Maury was presented with a much-deserved premium fishing rod to enjoy in his retirement. Our organization remains thankful for his devoted service to the dairy industry. I was hired as executive director on May 1st. I bring to the role over 47 years of experience in the Kentucky dairy business as a farm owner/ operator and dairy co-op board member as well as 32 years in dairy feed sales. In 2003, I was the first dairyman appointed to the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board. During this time, I led the formation of the Kentucky Dairy Development Council, or what we now affectionately refer to as KDDC. That effort, and my devotion to this new role as executive director are born out of an enduring love for the dairy industry and a determined passion to continuously improve the future of Kentucky dairy farmers and our allied industry partners. One of my first actions in this role was to hold a board and staff planning meeting to outline the 2019 KDDC plan and set a group of measurable goals to guide our actions. Out of this meeting, multiple new programs were created and we quickly moved to action to drive Kentucky dairymen’s future success. Our headliner program was the Dairy Margin Insurance Incentive Program.In 2018,the Federal Farm Bill created a new insurance program for dairy farmers. This insurance functions similar to crop insurance by establishing a safety net for dairy farmer income. We identified the need to increase Kentucky dairy farmer participation in this great program. Working with the Governor’s Office for Agriculture Policy (GOAP), we established an incentive program to pay ½ of the insurance premium up to $1,000.The program was completed in late September.To date, we’ve had 160 participants and $115,219 in premiums paid out. For the next five years, these 160 dairymen will have a safety net for their income. (For those 160 dairymen, their dairy margin…the difference between feed cost and milk price…If that margin falls below $9.50, insurance payments will kick in.) This is a real safety net for our dairymen and we’re excited to be a part of this new program! Another endeavor included sponsoring a value-added conference in Bowling Green in July with 70 attendees. Kentucky has 10 “on-farm” processing operations selling a variety of products manufactured from their own milk and sold direct to the consumer. There are at least 10 more of these operations in the planning phase across the state. This is one more way that dairymen can ensure their future success. Country View Creamery in Todd County is a prime example of these new operations. It highlights the great potential of this direct-toconsumer strategy. A large group of our Amish and Mennonite dairymen joined together to build this facility and started producing and selling cheese in November. As the marketing venture grows, it will create a better market for milk produced within that community. Yet another identified goal was the need for a baseline assessment of Kentucky’s dairy farmers. So, we surveyed all of our dairymen through 2019 KDDC Year in Review Cont’d on pg. 2
  2. 2. KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund KDDC Annual Report • Page 2 a mailing. We had 37% participation and got a good accounting of how dairymen across the state are positioned at this time. One question was “What are your plans in the next five years?” I’m very happy to announce that only 9.5% plan to exit dairying. This is a definite indication that Kentucky dairying has a future. Additionally, we compiled a performance summary showcasing KDDC successes over the last 14 years. This is a great tool to prove our value, highlighted by the 8.8 million dollars paid out to Kentucky dairy farmers over the last 11 years. This is through our Milk Incentive Leadership Kentucky (MILK) program which is a joint venture of KDDC with milk processors, half coming from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board and the other half coming from milk processors.There are over 200 dairies in the state participating in this program where premiums are based on achieving milk quality improvements. Annually dairy farmers everywhere are celebrated, and 2019 was no different. We were thrilled that Governor Matthew Bevin signed a proclamation for June Dairy Month,honoring the hard work of our dairymen. Officials including Governor Bevin and Agriculture Commission Ryan Quarles posed for a celebratory photo in front of our capitol in Frankfort. On September 9th, I appearedbeforetheInterimJointSenateandHouseAgricultureCommittee at the Capital Annex in Frankfort. I gave a 30 minute presentation on the state of the dairy industry in Kentucky and KDDC’s critical involvement in the industry. I received over 45 minutes of questions, illustrating the interest our legislators have in our industry. The report was well received and Co-Chairmen Hornback and Heath sent a letter the next day to Speaker Pelosi urging the passing of USMCA. Also, out of that visit, Senate Bill 81 has been filed in the 2020 legislative session to address false labeling of alternative beverages claiming to be milk. This bill will improve dairy consumption since consumers will be better informed about the difference between real milk and imposters. KDDC is very thankful to have this legislative support. Engaging with the seven milk processors across Kentucky in a more meaningful way was also among the top initiatives for 2019. Staff visited the processing plants and participated in the state milk quality conference at Lake Barkley in August. It is attended by all processors. I personally engaged with each one and began a dialogue with them on how we can work together more closely in the future. A series of informational meetings was held at four different locations across the state to provide education in both economic and production WANTTO PUTME, MYPRODUCTIVITYAN MYHEALTH FIRST? GREATMINDSTHINKALIKE. Moldy feed? Don’t even think about it. CELMANAX™ keeps over-achievers like me form. Protect your herd with one cost-effe solution. Tell ’em the nerdy cow sent you. #ScienceHearted © 2018 Church & Dwight Co., Inc. ARM & HAMMER, CELMANAX and their logos are trademarks of Church & Dwight Co., Inc. CED02182647REP To learn more about CELMANAX, contact Fowler Branstetter at 270-205-7626.
  3. 3. KDDC is supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund KDDC Annual Report • Page 3 factors that face our dairy farmers. The feedback from our dairymen indicates that these meetings were very helpful, and we hope to continue them. Our dairy partner’s meeting in February was attended by over 250 participants. This two day meeting gives dairy folks across the state a forum to network with each other and with our allied partners, and to share information and ideas for dairy’s future. We had another successful bus trip to World Dairy Expo which has been a great educational tool for the farmers, students and dairy staff that attend. We also toured seven farms as a part of our trip. I have personally visited all but two of our directors on their own farms to continue to stay close to the backbone of our industry, the actual cow, and the farmer. Thankfully, the pace of dairy liquidation has slowed in 2019. Farm milk prices have improved,but there are still many factors that have caused the whole Southeast to really drop in milk production. A Southeast Task Force has been created to explore ways to alleviate the distressed situation. KDDC has taken a leadership role in this task force. I am on the five-member executive committee and KDDC director Freeman Brundige is on the thirteen-member steering committee. We started meeting in November 2019 and have plans in 2020 to create an action plan to address Federal Order Reform, market conditions and new product development and innovation. This ten state endeavor is very important to level the playing field for Kentucky’s dairymen and our southern neighbors. Our intent is to develop real action plans with follow-through, instead of just meeting and talking the problem to no avail. We are excited about what we’ve accomplished together and have great plans for 2020. I am most excited about creating young dairymen peer groups in our four areas across the state to foster new leadership in our state’s dairy industry. There are still challenges ahead…We must acknowledge that two of our milk companies, Dean Foods and Borden’s, have filed Chapter 11 reorganizational bankruptcies. At present they are continuing operation,but this does cause great concern.KDDC will constantly monitor the situation and work diligently to protect our farmer’s markets and secure their future. In conclusion, many new things happened in 2019. I am pleased with the accomplishments, but much, much work lies ahead. I promise KDDC will be engaged in a significant way as we enter a new decade. We are so thankful to have the Agricultural Development Board as a partner in this endeavor. I look forward to continuing to report on our progress and achievements in our next triannual report. Please forward any questions, comments, or concerns directly to me at kddc@kydairy. org or at 859.516.1189. Visit for a complete listing or call your Select Sires representative to add Wellness specialists to your herd today! Image©Farmgirl Photography ™WellnessPRO is a trademark of Select Sires Inc.
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  7. 7. G R A S S R O O T S I N S U R A N C E E D U C A T I O N A D V O C A C Y L E A D E R S H I P S E R V I C E Since 1919, Kentucky Farm Bureau has been a steadfast advocate for farm families and rural communities across the Commonwealth who are the backbone of our economy and our way of life. As we move forward into our second century of service, we will continue to ensure the challenges and issues facing Kentucky agriculture are addressed by our leaders in Frankfort and Washington, DC. Why Farm Bureau? Because Kentucky farmers deserve a strong and unified voice. Advocatingforfarmers,because theybringmoretothetablethanfood.
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  16. 16. Kentucky Corn Growers Association PO Box 90 Eastwood, KY 40018 800-326-0906 KDDC would like to thank all of our sponsors for your help and support over the past year! Bank of Jamestown We are a locally-owned, community bank located in south central Kentucky on beautiful Lake Cumberland. Chartered in 1899, our goal as a progressive bank is to provide outstanding customer service and prompt decision making from “Hometown” people. You need specialty products to help take your business to the next level. Over nearly 90 years, our Provimi brand has built a reputation for diverse products and services that can make an impact. Founded in 1927 near Rotterdam in The Netherlands, the Provimi story has grown to include more than 16,000 employ- ees around the world. The company joined the Cargill family of businesses in 2011.
  17. 17. 176 Pasadena Drive Lexington, KY 40503 859.516.1129 ph Milk Matters KDDC Annual Report Non-Profit US Postage PAID Boelte-Hall LLC Permit No 1478 Dairy Calendar of Events FEB 25 Young Dairy Producers Conference, Sloan Convention Center, Bowling Green, KY 8:30 A.M. – 4:30 P.M. CT FEB 25 Dairy Awards Banquet and Auction, Sloan Con- vention Center, Bowling Green, KY 6:00 – 8:00 P.M. CT FEB 26 KY Dairy Partners Meeting and Industry Trade Show, Sloan Convention Center, Bowling Green, KY 8:00 A.M – 3:00 P.M FEB 26 The Dairy Alliance Board Meeting, Sloan Conven- tion Center, Bowling Green, KY FEB 27 Dr. Woodall – DR. Laster Meeting, Hopkinsville, KY MAR 18 State 4-H Dairy Jeopardy (Contest Reg- istration Deadline March 6th) Barren Co. Extension Office MAR 18-19 Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin Busi- ness Conference, Madison, Wisconsin MAR 27 KDDC Board Meeting, Adair Co. Extension Of- fice, 10:00 C.T. APR 01 4-H Cow Camp, KFEC, Louisville. KY APR 02-03 Kentucky National Show and Sale, KFEC, Louis- ville, KY MAY 17-19 Alltech Ideas Conference, Lexington,KY