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NODPA E-NEWSLETTER | July 24, 2014

Feature Farm -Sheen Dairy farm

Located in Gouverneur, NY, this small farm has managed to keep their farming enterprise manageable for a team of two, while paying attention to important details, winning them National Milk Quality awards in 2011 and 2013. Learn more about their farm and what they do to produce such a high quality product.


Organic Dairy: Getting Down to Business - Don't miss the 2014 NODPA Field Days!

We will gather in Keene, New Hampshire at Stonewall Farm for the 14th annual NODPA Field Days taking place September 25 & 26, 2014. The event will offer a rich array of National and regional leaders, including USDA National Organic Program administrator Miles McEvoy and Chair of the National Organic Standard Board, Jean Richardson. We will cover topics  on farm diversification, generational transfer, marketing milk from the farm, trends and opportunities for Grass Based dairies, the future of organic certification, and our ever-popular 'Ask the Vet' session with Dr. Hubert Karreman and  Dr. Cindy Lankenau. The final session on Friday will be Hue and Cindy with a hands-on cow care workshop using chiropractics, acupuncture, and more using the cows in the cow barn at Stonewall Farm! In and around all of these topics there will be excellent food, time to mingle and network, and a fantastic trade show with vendors and resource people available to talk and answer questions. To learn more about the field days, or to register, go here, or contact Nora Owens, NODPA Field Days Coordinator, 413-427-7166 or

Johne's Disease

Dr. Susan Beal continues to learn about Johne's disease and though there is lots of information out there reflecting conventional thoughts and research, Susan would like to push the envelope a little and share some case stories and thoughts around this disease. Read more here.

Cover Crops as Forage Crops ...
A Look at Winter Rye and Triticale

As more and more farmers in the Northeast are starting to look at cover crops as part of their crop rotation, 'double cropping'  has become a very viable option to evaluate. In this article, Kirsten Workman, Agronomy Outreach Professional for UVM Extension, will compare the performance of Winter Rye and Winter Triticale by sharing yields and feed value of these two crops. Samples were collected from three different farms on five fields. Read more here.

Feed and Pay Price

Organic milk supply is tight, consumption of organic fluid milk is increasing, feed costs are starting to rise as supply tightens and purchased hay is expensive, if you can find any of good quality. BUT the pay price only increases by $1. Organic leader and founder of Stonyfield Farms Gary Hirschberg recently told a group of investors that now is the time to buy into organics and it seems there is a positive future for everyone in the organic business world except for producers who are being undercut by imports. Learn more about the current trends in milk pay price, feed and the retail price for organic milk by going here >

Farmer Groups meet in DC to discuss
how to give farmers more clout in
national policy

Building an effective political voice for organic farmers and ranchers in the United States was the subject of a multi-organization meeting in Washington DC in mid-June.  Representatives from organic farming and supporting associations from the East, Midwest, Northwest, South, Upper Great Plains and mountain regions representing approximately 1/3 of organic farmers nationwide attended this exploratory meeting. While many organic farmers belong to organizations that already engage in valuable policy focused coalitions, or that do this work on their own, this group came to the conclusion that there is a need for a national organization representing all organic farmers and ranchers. This organization would be a forum where organic farmers can debate and formulate national organic farm policy reflecting the needs and concerns of organic farmers, plus represent organic farmers’ interests and concerns in broader issues where the voice of the organic farmer is needed or desired.  Having a place where the media, elected officials, and regulatory agencies can find the undiluted voice of the organic farming community would provide the clout and influence that organic farmers lack at this time. It was not the goal of the exploratory meeting to design a fully develop program, network or organization but it did discuss many ideas and concepts. This group wants to hear from as many farmers or farmer based organizations, as possible from all over the country and to know if they would be willing to participate in the development of a confederation, network or organization to provide for a strong and effective organic farmer voice in the United States. Please get in touch with me by email,, if you have an interest in moving the process forward. And click here for more details of the meeting and who attended.

-- Ed Maltby, NODPA Executive Director  


SAVE THE DATE: NODPA 2014 Field Days

The 14th Annual NODPA Field Days will be on Thursday and Friday September 25 & 26, 2014 at Stonewall Farm, in Keene, New Hampshire. Stonewall Farm is centrally located in Southwest New Hampshire, not far from Brattleboro, VT and Keene, NH. The farm is an educational farm that has an organic dairy, micro-milk processing facility, on-site hydroponic barley fodder operation, cheese and yogurt making capacity, farm store, CSA, and educational programing, and they are experimenting with growing canola for biodiesel as well as creating a small grains cooperative where they share combine harvesting equipment.

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