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Pay Price, Feed & Retail Price Update for July 2015

In the last month, Federal Order No. 1 of the FMMO has released statistics on how many organic producers are shipping milk to plants in the region. These show that while consumer demand and production are increasing, the number of farms is dropping . . . 

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Added in April, June & July, 2015

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Forage & Grain

4'x4' Oatlage/Grass Bales For Sale. Wrapped. Qty available is 600. Price is $40 per bale, qty discounts available. Added July 26, 2015.
Name: Heds-Up Farm
Phone: 3157943909
Location: Hamilton, NY

Glensfoot Farms in Cherry Valley, NY, grows, bales, and delivers high quality certified organic hay Baleage. Contact Todd Gohde (607) 287-8411 or for availability and pricing. Round bales of first or second cutting are available for sale, and custom orders can be arranged. Added July 15, 2015.


Job Opening!- Materials Program Manager

Pennsylvania Certified Organic (PCO) announces a job opening for Materials Program Manager. This position will oversee PCO’s material review program, including the publication of PCO Materials Lists, developing policies relevant to material review under the organic regulations, and will actively perform material review. The ideal candidate will have education and experience in the following areas: knowledge of materials used in organic production and processing, familiarity with regulatory compliance and organic certification, knowledge of organic standards. We are looking for a well-organized and self-motivated person to join our team-oriented environment in Spring Mills, Pennsylvania; telecommuting will be considered. This planned start date for this position is Dec 2015.
PCO is a growing non-profit organization that works with organic farmers and food producers in the Mid-Atlantic region. PCO provides organic certification services to more than 750 operations and employs 20 office staff and 15 field inspectors. Our staff is dedicated to our mission: to ensure the integrity of organic products and provide education, inspection, and certification services that meet the needs of our members.
This is a full-time, exempt position. Added July 26, 2015.

Salary range: $45,000 – 55,000, depending on experience.

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Position will remain open until filled. Please send resume and cover letter to

Cheese Maker, Full-time (Added July 15, 2015)
Appleton Farms
Ipswich, MA

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Herd Manager/Herdsman Wanted, Sidehill Farm, Hawley MA

Added June 16, 2015.

SideHill Farm is an organic grazing dairy in western Mass, seeking a skilled cow person. Begin in September 2015 as full herd manager, or as herdsman, depending on experience. Responsibility for milking, feeding, herd health, monitoring heats; maintenance of milking equipment, calf and barn chores.

Minimum 2 years’ experience with organic dairy and grazing. Calm and gentle with animals, skilled with tractors and equipment. Observant, patient, responsible, clean, fun to be around.

Year-round, begins Sept. 2015. Competitive pay, 5 days/week, paid time off.

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To apply, please email a resume and 3 references to


WANTED: I am looking to buy organic dairy cows and bred heifers. Added July 27, 2015
Contact: Ethan Liddick
Phone: 716-331-2779
Location: Fillmore NY

5 Jersey/Holstein cows & heifers. 2 are fresh a month, the rest are due to freshen within the next couple weeks. These are solid animals, we are just over crowed at the moment.
Added July 25, 2015
Contact: Conor MacDonald
Phone: 6036519042
Location: Washington, ME

We are looking for certified organic Jerseys. Lactating cows preferred, but would consider heifers too. Added July 16, 2015.
Contact: Andy Smith
Phone: 2078771705
Location: Monmouth, ME

John & Barbara VanderPloeg Complete Dispersal
Certified Organic Cattle, Machinery, Feed and Equipment
Friday July 24, 2015 @ 11:00am

4089 Wing Street, Bliss, NY (From Bliss take Centerville Road south to Wing Street and turn left -- east). Added July 8, 2015.

SELLING: 60 head of outstanding Certified Organic cattle! All AI sired & bred with an emphasis on production & conformation. This herd is currently averaging over 50 lbs. per day & carry great body condition. The calves & heifers are well grown & show great body condition as well. The herd is bred for spring, summer & fall freshening with several cows due yet this year as well as 5 bred heifers due this summer & fall. Cattle will be inoculated for shipping fever & pregnancy checked. Milking cows will be on test for the sale. Whether you are Organic or not don’t miss this sale for cows with great frames, feet, legs and udders!

Tractors & Loaders: JD 4320 w/ JD 148 loader set up w/ extra spool for bale grabber, very good 18.4x38 rubber; JD 4320 w/ very good 18.4x38 radials, cab; JD 1010, good rubber, needs work; Vehicles: ’97 Peterbilt road tractor, Cummins N14 engine, sleeper; ’79 Ford F250; 38’ equipment trailer; Harvest: JD 447 silage round baler; Tanco 580S autowrap bale wrapper; JD 945 discbine; JD 346 baler w/ kicker; Kuhn SR 112 speed rake, nearly new; Pequa 818 bale wagon; (4) JD 10T. running gears, 2 w/ racks; NH 256 rake, plus one for parts; Fox 3000 chopper w/ hay & corn heads; NH 489 haybine; Tillage: JD 5 btm vari width plow; JD 5 btm auto reset plow; Brillion 12’ cultimulcher; Taylorway 12’ transport disc; JD FBB drill; JD 5 row cultivator w/ baskets; JD 25A 3pt sprayer; 3pt fertilizer spreader; Miscellaneous: 30’ feeder wagon w/ headlocks; 38” duals; 2.5ton fiber dome bin w/ auger; tractor canopy; JD wood wagon; (3) round bale feeders; fuel tank; plus much more!

Produce: Approximately 200 wrapped bales.

TERMS: Cash, Check, MasterCard or Visa. Nothing to be removed until settled for. All items sold “AS IS”!

We are looking for 15-25 Organic Jersey or cross cows or close-up heifers. Prefer cows from a tie barn but will consider free stall. Please call Ray or Stephanie at 315-705-2157 or 207-210-5714, or email us at: Added July 3, 2015.
Location: Winthrop, NY

45 certified organic Holstein heifers for sale. Exposed to a Jersey bull one month already. Asking $2750 a piece. Added July 1, 2015.
Contact: Daniel Miler
Phone: 585-704-2664
Location: Darien

60 plus fresh and springing heifers plus a bunch of young stock for sale. Holstein and crosses. Added June 22, 2015.
Contact: Roger Scholten
Phone: 802-989-8076
Location: Middlebury, Vermont


For additional information on the events below, click here.

July 30, 2015
2015 Kneading Conference
Skowhegan State Fairgrounds, Madison Avenue, Skowhegan, ME 04976

August 6 & 7, 2015
PASA Summer Conference
Reducing Tillage: Practical Tools & Techniques
Grange Fairgrounds, Centre Hall / Centre County

Wednesday, August 5, 2015 
2015 Soil Health Train-the-Trainer Workshop
Emerson Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca NY

August 14-15, 2015
The Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) Summer Conference
UMass Amherst, Amherst, MA

September 16-18, 2015
Generations of Opportunity: Sun and Water, Sons and Daughters
Mt. Pleasant, MI 

September 27 & 28, 2015
MOFGA’s Common Ground Country Fair, Unity, ME

Featured Farm: Tillotson's family farm, Cottonwood Farms, LLC, Pavilion, NY

Added July 20, 2015. The Tillotsons own 625 acres, 500 tillable, and rent another 460; a significant parcel of land to manage but necessary for their larger than typical organic herd which totals 300 milkers plus replacements and young stock. There has been significant movement away from what was originally a herd of American Holsteins towards New Zealand Fresian and Jersey genetics yielding a smaller framed cow with an average weight of 1200 pounds.  Milk production per cow averages 15,000 pounds per year.  Linebacks make up about a fifth of the herd and Paul noted that, “they are excellent grazers with good longevity and do well on our low grain ration,” which averages 8 pounds per cow year round. Paul Tillotson of Cottonwood Farms, LLC, commented jovially about farming with his son Jason.  “I think every farmer would love to farm with their son or daughter.   Jason is 36 now and has been farming with me for 18 years.  He grew up with it and it’s what he wanted to do even though we tried to push him out to go to college.”

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Added July 20, 2015

2015 NODPA Field Days, October 1 & 2, 2015, Pavilion, NY:

Organic Dairy -- Preparing for the Next Generation

Western New York will play host to the 15th Annual NODPA Field Days on October 1st and 2nd, in Pavilion NY, an active farming community south of Rochester, NY. This year, we tackle the critically important topic of how to attract and retain the next generation of organic dairy producers.  It’s time to figure out how to adapt the farm to the changing needs of our children and grandchildren if we hope to keep organic dairy alive in the United States. The NODPA Field Days program will explore the current obstacles and opportunities for the next generation of organic dairy farmers, and will present success stories where family farms are adopting new and creative practices for the 21st century, and will hear from young farmers who will inform the discussion.
The next generation won’t be the only topic on the program; we will get an update on the grass-fed milk trend; have an extended, on-farm workshop on cow comfort; and will hear about robotic milking in the Netherlands, where it all began. We are excited to announce that Liana Hoodes, the founding director of the National Organic Coalition will be NODPA Field Days’ keynote speaker. She will share her experiences and observations about the future of the Organic brand, and following her presentation, everyone will have a chance to jump into the conversation during a discussion facilitated by Fay Benson, that we are calling Working Together for a Sustainable Organic Dairy Future.

This year, we wrap up Field Days with a special event. The New York Organic Dairy Initiative will host a cookout at the nearby Letchworth State Park, often called The Grand Canyon of the East, to conclude this year’s NODPA meeting. It’s a beautiful time of year to view the magnificent falls of the Genesee River. Read more …

Origin of Livestock
Comments to USDA NOP

Since its formation in 2002, NODPA has always submitted comment directly to the USDA on its proposed regulations. One of the first topics that NODPA sent comment on, in 2003, was the Origin of Livestock, and have now finalized our comment in response to the Proposed Rule on the Origin of Livestock, twelve years later. NODPA’s comment will be filed before the deadline of July 27 and will reflect the long held beliefs of producers about the need to maintain the integrity of the organic seal and reward those producers that have been following the intent of the regulations for the past ten years. To read those comments please go to:

Origin of livestock comments 7.18.15.pdf

Organic Checkoff Partial Proposal

NODPA has decided to take a leadership position on the proposed organic checkoff and has built coalitions to educate producers on the implications of the checkoff and to bring some form of democratic choice to any decision making. NODPA advocated to the USDA for the opportunity to present alternative ideas on a checkoff program and the USDA granted that request. We have responded with a partial proposal with our own ideas on the process of deciding whether there will be a checkoff. OTA’s money and resources has given them the opportunity to submit a proposal for an organic checkoff and their proposal limits who can vote to establish one. NODPA’s proposal goes to a basic equality issue that every certificate holder should have one vote in any decision to form an organic checkoff. This was submitted to USDA on July 18th. To read the partial proposal please go to:

OrganicCheckoffPartialProposal NODPA final 7.18.15.pdf

Update from Jean Richardson, National Organic Standards Board Chair

As Jean Richardson comes to the end of her time as Chair of the NOSB she states in her regular column in the NODPA News that “My goal as Chair for the next 4 months is to continue to work to expand opportunities for a broader cross section of public comment in a diversity of ways, using modern technology where possible, reduce our carbon footprint where possible, and complete this cycle of Sunset Review.  I believe that working together we can do this.”

NODPA had an opportunity to discuss these issues in a telephone conference call with Miles McEvoy, head of NOP, Jean Richardson, Chair of the NOSB, Betsy Rakola, Organic Policy Advisor from the Secretary’s office, and NOP’s new Standards Director, Dr. Paul Lewis. We talked about the upcoming NOSB meeting in Vermont, some of the issue on the table, and the need to maintain the opportunity for in-person public comment at the meeting from interested stakeholders, especially producers. Everyone agreed that this was an important part of the integrity and accountability of the NOSB and made organic unique in the marketplace, which is what producers need to ensure their profitability. To read Jean’s column please click here.

For more information about the NOSB please go to: click here .

Pay Price, Feed & Retail
Price Update for July 2015

Organic milk is part of the Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO) and use of organic milk is approximately 75% in Class 1, which means that processors pay into the pool that helps stabilizes non-organic milk. While processors are always complaining about the unfairness of still being part of the FMMO they do use it to balance their usage, especially with the spring flush, and being part of the order ensures that milk plants will process organic milk on schedule. Another aspect of the FMMO is the recording of data by an independent entity which can show how all milk is being used, including organic. In the last month, Federal Order No. 1 of the FMMO has released statistics on how many organic producers are shipping milk to plants in the region. These show that while consumer demand and production are increasing, the number of farms is dropping. The FMMO also records that organic milk has higher butterfat tests by about .18% (organic at 3.91% and non-organic at 3.73%) while protein levels were about the same for both types of milk. The FMMO does not record all the information for those producing organic milk but this data is excellent at showing the trends in production and farm numbers. Whatever the reason, and there is no one reason, organic is going the way of conventional dairy: larger, but fewer organic dairy farms. Organic processors are again investigating submitting a petition to the FMMO to make changes in the way organic milk is assessed by the order, and there will be a transparent (and long) process involved. It was reported this month that organic milk sales, year-to-date, are down 0.5%, as reduced fat milks’ sales drop slightly and whole milk sales increase. For more details and information please click here.

5 Ways You Can Support NODPA
Ten years ago NODPA was formed in response to a threat of a drop in milk price. In 2014 NODPA is the only organization whose mission is to represent the interest of organic dairy producers no matter who they sell their milk to.

Click here for a summary of the many ways you can support NODPA and the farmers it represents.

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