To enable organic dairy family farmers, situated across an extensive area, to have informed discussion about matters critical to the well being of the organic dairy industry as a whole.
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Added March 10, 2015. USDA AMS reports increase in retail sales of organic fluid milk in 2014 were up by 9.2% over sales in 2013, and total U.S. organic milk products’ sales as a percentage of total conventional milk products’ sales has trended up annually, from 1.92% in 2006 to 5.2% in 2014. This increase in demand has seen shortages on the shelves and a small increase in base pay price. How do you increase the volume of organic milk, feed or any other raw material – raise the price that producers are paid. Over 60% of organic grains that are used in the US are imported and now we have imported organic cheese and milk powder plus imported beef manufactured trim from three continents co-mingled to make generically branded organic ground beef. The reason for the importation is partly due to availability and partly on price.For more, go to:
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For Sale: Organic dairy herd Holstein Red and White and Black and white and a few Brown Swiss. Asking $2000 per head. Please call; don't check e-mail often. If no answer leave message; will call back. Heifers also for sale. Added May 20, 2015.
Contact: Jane Zeller
Location: Hammond New York
For Sale: Jersey heifer calves, certified organic by NOFA-NY.
Added May 15, 2015.
Contact: Bradley and Kathryn Kent
Location: Burke, NY
Two year old open, polled, dairy devon cross heifer for sale for $800, and a six month old brown swiss cross heifer for sale for $500. Both are certified organic (GOA) and 100 percent grassfed. My phone number is 607-336-3656 and I'm in South New Berlin, NY. Contact: Heidi Tafel. Added April 21, 2015.
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June 2, 2015, 2 p.m.
Webinar: Mitigating Soil Disturbance in Organic Systems
June 3rd - 8th, 2015
Widen Your World with Dowsing: The 55th National Convention
Lyndon State College in Lyndonville, Vermont
June 6, 2015 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
FARMING WITH BENEFICIAL INSECTS: ORGANIC PEST CONTROL
Rodale Institute, 611 Siegfriedale Road, Kutztown, PA, 19530
June 10, 2015
FarmStarts – Beginning Farmers Explore Production, Business and Marketing,
June 17, 2015, 1 p.m. Central
Webinar: Environmental Benefits of Organic Agriculture -- Biodiversity (Free)
June 17, 2015
MAKING MILK ON GRASS
Stone Mill Dairy, 5626 Reservoir Road, Earlville, NY 13332
11:00am-3:30pm (Lunch provided)
June 17-19, 2015
Midwest Farm Energy Conference
June 18, 2015
Ready to Roll? New Field Research on Organic No-Till Soybean with Rolled-Crimped Cover Crops
Musgrave Research Farm, 1256 Poplar Ridge Rd, Aurora, NY 13026 6:00pm-8:00pm
June 27 2015 - June 28 2015, Saturday and Sunday, 9am–4pm
Women in Farming — Weekend Intensive Just Roots
June 30, 2015 9:00 am
How to Improve Soil with Grazing-Ian Mitchell-Innes Field Day
John Meulenberg’s Farm, 667 Puseyville Road, Kirkwood, PA
July 17-19, 2015
2015 Seed Saver Exchange Conference & Campout
Heritage Farm, Decorah, IA
July 30, 2015
2015 Kneading Conference
Skowhegan State Fairgrounds, Madison Avenue, Skowhegan, ME 04976
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
Grünen Aue Farm of Canastota, New York, a seasonal all-grass, no-grain dairy, takes its name from a section of Psalm 23: “He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; he leadeth me besides the still waters.” Grünen Aue, which translates to green pastures in the Amish tongue, is owned and operated by Nathan and Kristine Weaver and family. The farm is located about 35 miles east of Syracuse and is comprised of 132 acres, with about one half of the acreage in pasture/hay ground. Adjoining the farm are another roughly 60 acres of rented ground. Their pastures are mostly native species. They have increased their herd size from 30 milkers to about 55 since 2006 and plan to level off at 60. Excluding calf milk and milk diverted for home use, their annual production per cow is about 9,000 pounds with an average SCC of 250,000, 5.0 butterfat, 3.4 protein and 5.65 other solids. Their milk goes to Organic Valley’s grass-milk pool which was newly established in their region in October of 2014. For the full article, please go to:
Added April 8, 2015
Organic Trade Association (OTA) Published Version number 6 of their Organic Check-off proposal and some answers to NODPA Questions
An organic check-off will affect all organic certificate holders, from producers selling in farmers market to the board room of conglomerates. As such, all organic certificate holders should have a vote on establishing an organic check-off. This can be done by a proposal to the USDA AMS that assesses all organic certificate holders. IF a check-off is set up, the governing Board of the check-off will be appointed by the Secretary and will then set the level of assessments and opt-in/opt-out criteria as mandated by the Commodity Promotion, Research, and Information Act of 1996 (Generic Act).
The current proposal by OTA will restrict voting rights to establish a check off to self-determined (especially in mixed operations that market directly to wholesalers or through several handlers) economic criteria and those that choose to ask for a certificate to OPT-IN to the check-off. There will be no central list to verify and validate who qualifies to meet these criteria. All those that want to vote would have to apply for a ballot and receive it by mail. All these criteria and processes will restrict who votes in a referendum and, given the economic demographics of organic certificate holders there may well be less than 30% of certificate holders eligible to vote, you would only need 51% of those that vote out of the 30% to establish an organic check-off. This may mean that a tiny percentage of certificate holders will establish an organic check-off.
Other points from Version 6 of the OTA proposal:
For the full draft of OTA’s reply to NODPA, please go to:
The Limits to Promotional Activities for Federal Check-off Money
The suggestion that organic check-off funds will be used to promote organics is one of the biggest arguments the Organic Trade Association (OTA) is using in their attempt to convince the organic community that their check-off proposal is a good idea.
However, as experience with other commodity check-off programs has demonstrated, there are severe restrictions and requirements attached to any promotional messages. These include prohibitions on:
For more on this please download the attached article:
Sunday, April 26, 2015 - 9:30 am to 5:30 pm
San Diego Marriott La Jolla, 4240 La Jolla Village Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037
Thank you to the co-hosts for this meeting, CCOF and Center for Food Safety!
To provide a forum for productive engagement around critical issues for diverse stakeholders in the organic community
9:30 – 10:45 Introductions, Ground Rules, & NOC history
10:45 – 11:45 DC Update on Organic Policy - with Steve Etka, Policy Director, National Organic Coalition
11:45 – 12:00 International Update - with Peggy Miars, Executive Director, Organic Materials Review Institute and member of IFOAM World Board
12:00 – 1:30 LUNCH (on your own)
1:30 – 2:00 GMO Contamination Prevention - with Zea Sonnabend, Policy Specialist, CCOF and NOSB member
2:00 – 3:30 Organic Poultry Standards
3:30 – 4:45 Conversation with Mile McEvoy, Deputy Administrator, National Organic Program
4:45 – 5:15 NOP Biodiversity Guidance - with Jo Ann Baumgartner, Director, Wild Farm Alliance
5:15 – 5:30 Closing
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