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The mission of the Northeast Agribusiness & Feed Alliance is to advocate, collaborate and educate on behalf of our members, the animal agriculture industry and other stakeholders in New York and the six New England states.
The President's Pen
by Andrew Dugan, President

2019 shows new growth for Northeast Dairymen
and Northeast Agriculture Businesses

If you will recall, fluid milk supply grew quickly in 2016, 2017, and early 2018.  Demand for soft and hard processed dairy products stayed firm, but fluid milk demand was dropping quickly.  This led to headlines that read "Northeast dairy farms dumping milk,” as milk processors across our area were forced to unload milk in farm manure pits. During 2018, total milk supply growth slowed and appears to be getting back in balance with demand.  Unfortunately this supply moderation has occurred just as some of our customers and friends have had to sell their cows and exit the business.  Additionally, remaining farm herd growth has remained slow compared to prior years.

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NEAFA Advocating in Albany, Montpelier

Northeast Agribusiness and Feed Alliance advocates were at it in Albany and Montpelier earlier this month fortifying our relationships with legislative leaders and lobbying for industry priorities.  The February 11th Albany Lobby day included over a dozen NEAFA volunteers and allies and they focused on priority state budget issues including PRO-DAIRY, FarmNet, Farm Viability Institute and Agricultural Workforce Specialist.  The state budget process will continue through the end of March.

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NEAFA welcomes Beth Meyer as Keynote Speaker at Annual Meeting

Beth Meyer, the Director of Consumer Confidence for American Dairy Association North East, will be joining NEAFA's annual meeting as a keynote speaker. Meyer has completed dozens of media interviews with local and national print and broadcast media outlets on topics ranging from farm energy efficiencies and sustainability efforts, consumer milk pricing, the nutritional benefits of dairy products, and the annual butter sculpture at the New York State Fair.

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NEAFA & NYS FFA Foundation Announce Inaugural Scholarship Winners

The Northeast Agribusiness and Feed Alliance (NEAFA) announced the inaugural four recipients of a joint NEAFA and NYS FFA Foundation scholarship on Thursday, February 21st, 2019, at the NYS FFA Ag Education NY Farm Show. “This year is the first of what we hope will be many to come in awarding scholarships to worthy high school seniors,” said Andy Dugan, President of NEAFA. The scholarship is for individuals entering college to study in a field of agriculture. Winners are Alexis Payne of Glenfield, NY, Karly Marshman of Oxford, NY, Anna Post of Bovina Center, NY, and Nathan Swede of Pavilion, NY. Recipients were awarded $500.

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We Should Stop Blaming Cows for Climate Change

As the scale and impacts of climate change become increasingly alarming, meat is a popular target for action. Advocates urge the public to eat less meat to save the environment. Some activists have called for taxing meat to reduce consumption of it.

A key claim underlying these arguments holds that globally, meat production generates more greenhouse gases than the entire transportation sector. However, this claim is demonstrably wrong, as I will show. And its persistence has led to false assumptions about the linkage between meat and climate change.

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Phoenix Feed & Nutrition - Vermont Feed Company Enters 15th Year

Phoenix Feed & Nutrition, based in New Haven, VT, has been steadily growing for the past 15 years. “When we started it was just Brian Elithorpe, myself, and one employee,” said David Santos, co-owner of the company. Craig Newton, current co-owner and a former colleague of Santos at Feed Commodities International, joined the company in 2007. Currently Phoenix Feed & Nutrition employs 61 employees, and run 28 trucks and trailers to haul their commodities through 7 different states. “We’re predominately a dairy feed, trailer load business, but also do poultry, rabbits, goats, etc.,” said Santos. “We work with a lot of big farms and have customers in all of the New England States, as well as New York. It’s amazing how fast we’ve grown in 15 years and what we’ve been able to do.”

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Alliance for Science Calls for Petition Support to Harmonize US Gene-Edited Food Regulations

The Alliance for Science, a Cornell University based  institution for bringing peer reviewed science into all policy decisions, released the following petition calling for the harmonization of the U.S. regulatory approach to gene editing in food species.  The petition’s goal is to provide plant and animal breeders access to gene editing innovations to introduce useful sustainability traits like disease resistance, climate adaptability, and food quality attributes into U.S. agricultural breeding programs.  Find out how you can sign the petition. 

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Join us April 8-9 for the 2019 Herd Health and Nutrition Conference at the Doubletree Hotel in East Syracuse, NY.  Brought to you by PRO-DAIRY and the Northeast Agribusiness and Feed Alliance (NEAFA), this conference provides an opportunity to increase your knowledge of current herd health and nutrition management techniques, as well as the chance to interact with nearly 200 agri-service professionals, feed industry representatives, veterinarians, and dairy producers. For more information on the conference, including an agenda, please visit the conference website.  

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— Upcoming Events —

NEAFA Annual Meeting
March 3-5, 2019
Rosen Shingle Creek
Orlando, FL
More information

New England Dairy Nutrition Seminars 

Connecticut Dairy Seminar
March 20, 2019
DoubleTree Bradley International
Airport Hotel
Windsor Locks, CT

Maine Dairy Seminar
March 19, 2019
Elks Lodge
Waterville, ME

Herd Health & Nutrition Conference
April 8-9, 2019
Doubletree Hotel
East Syracuse, NY
Register here

NEAFA Board of Directors Meetings
i.  March 4, 2019, Orlando FL
ii.  April 18, 2019, Webinar
iii.  June 27, 2019, Turning Stone Casino

Golf for Good Works Tournament
June 27-28, 2019
Turning Stone Golf Club
Verona, NY
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