Georgia Rep Seeks House Ag Chair and Small & Large Dairy Costs
**Georgia Representative David Scott is seeking the chairmanship of the House Ag Committee.
Current Ag Committee Chairman Collin Peterson of Minnesota lost his bid for re-election on November 3rd, and with the Democratic Party keeping its House majority, another Democrat will succeed him.
California Representative Jim Costa has also announced his intention to pursue the seat. Scott and Costa are both current ag committee members.
**A new study shows almost a two-fold difference in the total economic cost of producing milk between the nation’s smallest and largest dairy farms.
According to milkbusiness.com, in the USDA’s report to Congress, dairy farms with fewer than 50 cows had a total economic cost $33.54 per hundred weight, while herds of 2,500 cows had a cost of $17.54.
The study used data from 2016, with the lowest milk prices of the decade and the lowest since 2009.
**Alabama Ag & Industries Commissioner Rick Pate announced two new programs to assist with disruption costs associated with COVID-19.
According to alfafarmers.org, the Livestock Market Direct Payment Program will use $500,000, not to exceed $25,000 per licensed Alabama cattle auction markets.
The Poultry Processor Reimbursement Program has $1.2 million to reimburse Alabama poultry processing facilities, up to $40,000, for purchasing PPE’s, disinfectants, workstation dividers, and COVID testing kits.
Applications are available through December 1st.