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.
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Origin of Livestock
Comments to USDA NOPNODPA’s comment was filed before the deadline of July 27 and reflected 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 advocated to the USDA for the opportunity to present alternative ideas on a checkoff program and the USDA granted that request without asking for any bond money because they were not convinced that the OTA proposal reflects the views of the organic community. OTA’s money and resources have 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