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NODPA E-NEWSLETTER | August 6, 2009

Change we can believe in and see!!

USDA has announced that it will subject the National Organic Program (NOP) to a stringent audit and continued oversight by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

This is a massive step forward that will increase the integrity of the organic label. By seeking continuous oversight from NIST, the USDA takes the accreditation process out of the political arena and mandates that the NOP will be consistently monitored no matter what administration is in power

NODPA is a member of the National Organic Coalition and we have been working with Kathleen Merrigan, USDA Deputy Secretary, on getting the USDA to institute real oversight of the National Organic Program. As the NOP has matured, we have been pushing for oversight of its accreditation program so it can operate in a manner that is consistent with internationally recognized requirements and will ensure the credibility of the USDA organic seal, domestically and abroad. Organic Dairy Producers have had firsthand experience where the lack of oversight has caused loss of income and market for family farms and we applaud and welcome this announcement.

For a complete version of the National Organic Coalition's press release regarding this announcement, go to the NODPA web site:

http://www.nodpa.com/NOC_letter_NOP_audit.shtml

NODPA Field Days on August 13 and 14 are only a week away ...
... and the day will be pleasantly warm but not good enough to be able to make hay, so head on over to Roman’s place!!

The NODPA Field Days and Annual Meeting will be taking place in beautiful Lancaster County, PA, at Spring Wood Organic Farm, 1143 Gap Road, Kinzers,  PA; the family farm of Roman Stoltzfoos, one of the pioneers of organic dairy in the Northeast, and founders of NODPA.

Recognizing the extreme financial hardship that organic dairy producers are suffering, this year’s Field Days have a theme of “Practical and Efficient Organic Dairy Farming Practices in Hard Economic Times,” and features many practical workshops from leaders in the organic dairy industry.

Kicking things off on Thursday afternoon, Roman and Dwight Stoltzfoos will lead a panel discussion on the benefits of hedgerows followed by a pasture walk that will incorporate information stations to focus on plant identification, fence line and water systems, pasture management, and forage quality.  Experts will be available to discuss the relevant topics and there will be forage variety demonstration plots to visit.

Friday’s early workshops will include a discussion on economically balancing rations and affordable ways to keep your herd healthy featuring Dr. Hubert Karreman, Kathy Soder, Ken Muckenfuss, Sarah Flack and Jeff Mattocks. 

Keynote speaker, James Landis, will lead the final two workshops. Mr. Landis has created a cost/cwt spreadsheet program that he uses to help farmers analyze the profitability of their own dairy farms.

After a bountiful lunch, he will focus on the heart of the dairy: swift, simple, pleasant milking; mob handling, controlling feed costs; raising heifers on pasture and last, but not least, turning youngsters into adults in farming. Roman and Dwight Stoltzfoos have worked closely with James Landis and will join him in leading a tour of their dairy where they are bringing Mr. Landis’ strategies to life.

To register online for Field Days go to http://nodpa.com/2009_fielddays.shtml.

For our latest press release about the event, go to:
http://www.nodpa.com/2009_fielddays_final_notice.shtml

The Field Days brochure can be found at http://nodpa.com/2009_fielddays_schedule.shtml
or call Nora Owens at 413-772-0444 for more information.

Ed Maltby, NODPA Executive Director


NODPA NOTES

NODPA Field Days on August 13 and 14 are only a week away ...
... and the day will be pleasantly warm but not good enough to be able to make hay, so head on over to Roman’s place!!

The NODPA Field Days and Annual Meeting will be taking place in beautiful Lancaster County, PA, at Spring Wood Organic Farm, 1143 Gap Road, Kinzers,  PA; the family farm of Roman Stoltzfoos, one of the pioneers of organic dairy in the Northeast, and founders of NODPA.

For more information, see below, left.

 

 


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