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NODPA depends on the memberships of farmers, consumers and businesses for support of all its efforts--regionally and in Washington--on behalf of the organic dairy farmers.

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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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NODPA NEWS & NOTES

Payprice Summary Chart: 2006 to 2013

Download a copy of our summary chart comparing payprice for Organic Valley and Horizon over time.

Organic Milk, Pay,
Retail and Feed Prices September 2017

Added September 18, 2017.

As pay price tumbles, losing between $3-10 per hundred pounds compared to 2016, fluid milk sales continue to grow as does the world-wide demand for organic milk powder. Organic exports are up this year on last, from $4 million to $16 million. Demand for organic fluid milk shows no signs of slowing down.

Pay Price September

Check Out All The Businesses Supporting NODPA's Work

Over 20 businesses have signed up for our business membership directory, helping support our newsletter, web site, advocacy work, and more. Check them out.

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.

Recent Classifieds

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Real Estate

Dairy facility for lease on organic grass milk route 66 stall freestall /double 5 parlor. 55 Organic Grassfed cows for sale please call 315 2378868 for more info.
Added November 7, 2017
Name: Irene Hurst
Email: Hurst.im@gmail.com
Phone: 315-237-8868
Location: Locke New York

GRAZING DAIRY FARM FOR SALE

Currently operating dairy farm for sale in Truxton, NY. 340 acres, 230 tillable mostly in fenced pasture. Very nice valley ground, pastures likely eligible for immediate organic certification.

Double 7 parlor in 138 stall dairy barn, additional 30 stalls for dry cows, and bedded pack for pre-fresh cows. Heifer barn with 102 stalls. Young heifer barn with bedded pack for 70-80 youngstock. 40 Calf hutches, 4-bay commodity shed, and bunk silos. Barns built within last 10 years. Large farmhouse on property as well.

We’re listing this for a neighbor so please contact us at hiddenmeadowsdairy@gmail.com and we can put you in contact with the owner.

Added November 3, 2017
Name: Ryan and Annie Murray
Email: hiddenmeadowsdairy@gmail.comLocation: Truxton, NY

Animals

10 Springing Holstein Heifers, all 7+ months, $2,000/hd
801-430-2738. Added November 20, 2017.
Name: Eric Evans
Email: eecowman@yahoo.com
Phone: 801-430-2738
Location: Lancaster Cty. PA

For sale: 2 year old Simmenpal-Holstein cross bull raised from certified organic herd. Pasture raised, friendly. $1100.00. Added October 11, 2017.
Name: Phillip Cutting
Email: neros75@comcast.net
Phone: 802-254-6982
Location: Guilford, Vermont

Organic dairy cows: holsteins, jerseys, and crosses. need to reduce herd size. You pick out of 120 head.  Asking $2000. Added September 1, 2017.
Name: doug murphy
Email: dsm1@sbcglobal.net
Phone: 216-401-1052
Location: Sherman NY

Forage and Grains

Certified organic dairy quality 4x4 round bales.  All inline wrapped. 1st, 2nd and 3rd cutting available.  Clover, timothy, mixed grasses.  Dairy One tested results available upon request.  Delivery can also be arranged. Added November 6, 2017.
Name: Paul Hargett
Email: barnbabeboutique@gmail.com
Phone: 315 246 2998
Location: Locke NY

3x4 Feed Quality Wheat Straw. Delivered by truckload. Volume discounts available. Red River Forage. Call/text 1-204-712-6509. Added November 2, 2017.
Name: Caleb Siemens
Email: siemenscaleb@gmail.com
Phone: 1-204-712-6509
Location: Springfield MA

Organic Hay for sale: first and second cutting square bales, $4.50, you pick up. Large round bales also available, 45.00. Added October 11, 2017.
Name: Phillip Cutting
Email: neros75@comcast.net
Phone: 802-254-6982
Location: Guilford, Vermont

900 4x4 organic bales of mixed grass hay. Stored inside or inline wrapped. $45-$60 per bale. 570-746-1191 Bradford Co. PA. Added October 3, 2017.
Name: John Neiley
Email: tneiley@ptd.net
Phone: 5707461191
Location: Wyalusing, PA

Events

For additional information on the events below, click here.

Dec 4, 2017, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Farmland Access Conference
Augusta Civic Center, Augusta, ME

Dec 13, 2017, 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Are You Managing Your Risks as a Farm Employer?
The Compliance & Safety Workshop
Whallonsberg Grange, 1610 NY-22, Essex, NY

January 13, 2018
Cover. Diversify. Regenerate, the 31st Annual NOFA/Mass Winter Conference
Worcester State University, Worcester, MA

January 19-21, 2018
Healthy People, Healthy Planet, NOFA-NY
36th Annual Winter Conference
Saratoga Hilton & City Center, Saratoga Springs, NY

Thursday and Friday, January 25 & 26, 2018
2018 Northeast Pasture Consortium
The Century House, 997 New London Road, Latham, NY (Albany County)

Saturday, January 27, 2018
Tenth Annual Winter Green-Up 2018 Winter Green-Up Conference
The Century House, 997 New London Road, Latham NY (Albany County)

 


Casey Farm 1957: Photo by Aerial Surveys

Casey Farms, Apulia Station, New York: Bill and Joanne Casey

Organic dairy farmer Bill Casey was born onto his 282 acre central New York Farm in the town of Apulia Station in 1950. Each organic farm is its own unique organism, whether viewed from the macro or micro perspective but there are many similarities. To read more about the life journey of Bill and farm production practices of Bill and his wife Joanne, please go to:

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Added September 18, 2017

Organics under Attack

The integrity of the USDA Organic program is currently in a precarious position. It is under attack from Congress, the NOP, and from organic advocates. The organic dairy pay price, and subsequently family farm income, is collapsing under the strain of a surplus brought on by poor supply management by milk buyers, poor implementation of existing regulation by the NOP and certifiers, and the failure of the NOP to pass regulations to uphold the integrity of the organic standards. The unique process of organic certification that has held consumer confidence and allowed organic products to stand out in the marketplace is also under attack and the results could well be more long-term and devastating than a drop in pay price.

The threats come from three distinct areas: the 2018 Farm Bill; from the bureaucratic inertia at the NOP; and by single-issue organic advocates who are looking to bypass the established process and change regulations through Congressional action. This article will explore how and why these areas of threat are so important because the defense of organic integrity and the changes to Federal regulations happen in many different ways and we all need to understand how an action in one area will affect a possible solution in another. To read the full article please go to:

Organics Under Attack

MYCOTOXIN ALERT 2017!

By Mary-Howell Martens, Lakeview Organic Grain

Mycotoxins are toxic chemicals produced by certain types of fungi that grow on plant material, both in the field or in storage. Mycotoxins are a common problem worldwide, indeed, it is estimated that globally, over 25% of field crops are affected annually with mycotoxins. In Europe, Napoleon’s defeat in Russia may not have been due as much to cold or military skill, but rather to mycotoxin-contaminated grain fed to horses and men.

At a recent meeting with other feed mill operators and regulators, mycotoxins are definitely on everyone’s mind, as a feed and food hazard that is increasing with changing weather patterns and especially with the amount of distillers’ grain from ethanol production that is fed on conventional dairies.  Mycotoxin levels can be significantly concentrated and increased in distillers’ grain.  Conventional dairy farmers are also concerned about all the corn for silage that was planted late and ‘mudded in’. To read the whole article please go to:

Mycotoxin Alert 2017

What is the Right Herd Size for Your Farm?

By Sarah Flack

What is the right number of cows for the farm?  And how would that change if the herd was 100% grass-fed with a milking parlor?  What if instead of going grass-fed, the herd continues to get some grain, and robots milked the cows?  What about just investing in a better grazing system and soil amendments to produce more high-quality pasture and forage on the current land base?  Is it better to buy the haying equipment or continue to have harvesting done by custom operators and buy some bales when needed? To find out some of the answers please go to:

Right Herd Size

An Interview with Neal Kinsey

By Sonja Heyck-Merlin

Neal Kinsey, internationally known expert on soil fertility management and the owner of Kinsey Agricultural Services, will be presenting at the 17th Annual NODPA Field Days on September 28 & 29, 2017 in Truxton, NY, and ahead of the NODPA Field Days, we wanted everyone to learn more about Neal via the following interview, which is based on questions submitted by a number of organic dairy farmers.

Please introduce yourself:
I was born on a farm in southeast Missouri in the same county where I currently live. I am the eldest of 12 children, and I spent my childhood with my grandfather while my father served in the military. Once my father came home he also started farming. I am married with two daughters. My business, Kinsey Agricultural Services, was launched as a part-time enterprise in 1973. By 1976, I had grown my business enough to pursue it full-time. What we do at Kinsey Ag. is advise in terms of soil fertility. We sell advice, not products.

To read the full interview please go to:

Neal Kinsey Interview

Pay and Feed
Price Update
September 2017

As pay price tumbles, losing between $3-10 per hundred pounds compared to 2016, fluid milk sales continue to grow as does the world-wide demand for organic milk powder. Organic exports are up this year on last, from $4 million to $16 million. Demand for organic fluid milk shows no signs of slowing down. The USDA AMS national data reports total organic milk products’ sales for June 2017 were 208 million pounds, down 1.7% from the previous June 2016. Overall, the January-June 2017 sales are up 0.8% over the previous January-June 2016. Total organic whole milk products’ sales for June 2017 were up 4% over June 2016. This resulted in 7.7% increase in sales of organic whole milk for the first half of 2017, over sales in the same period of 2016.

Organic Valley and Maple Hill Creamery, both of which have reduced pay price and stopped taking on transitioning producers, are launching a new Grass-Fed label, apparently after scrapping the work with the American Grassfed Association. The announcement was made in Washington DC and at Expo East in Maryland.  NOFA-NY and PCO are part of the collaboration since they both currently offer a proven and successful Organic Grass-Fed Certification Program.  This fall, more information will be released regarding the certification program and certifying-body accreditation allowing all accredited organic certifiers the opportunity to certify producers to this program. OV had a grassmilk call recently where ALL grassmilk producers were told that they will be required to certify to the “new” Grassfed organic standards, with the obligatory annual third party inspections by January 2018. There are many questions left unanswered and only a few months to complete the standards and ensure accountability. The cynical reader may see this as a way to decrease the Grassfed pool of milk which is currently losing money. For more on the Feed and Pay price please go to:

Pay Price September


 

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