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The 18th Annual NODPA Field Days

Tools for Survival: Weathering the Current Dairy Crisis
While Maintaining Organic Integrity


September 27 & 28, 2018

Yarrowsburg Mennonite Church
2142 Rohrersville Road, Knoxville, Maryland 21758

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Thursday, September 27th, 2018

8:30 – 11:30 am Tour of Peace Hollow Farm, Janet and Myron Martin, 2148 Rohrersville Rd, Knoxville, MD, 21758 (meet at the farm; light refreshments will be available)

Noon – 1:30 pm Lunch and Registration, Yarrowsburg Mennonite Church, 2142 Rohrersville Rd., Knoxville, MD 21758

1:30 – 2:30 The Grass Fed Label: Is it still the ‘Silver Bullet’ of Organic Milk? This panel will discuss what they see as the future for grass-fed milk label, once seen as the hope for stable organic milk pay price but now going through its own growing pains. Myron Martin, Peace Hollow Farm, Knoxville, MD, Ron Holter, Holterholm Farms, Jefferson, MD, Forrest Stricker, Spring Creek Farms, Wernersville, PA, Dale Johnson, University of Maryland

2:30 – 3:30 Planning for the Future of your Farm in Difficult Financial Times Farmers wondering about how to plan for their financial futures, given the current crisis in organic dairy, will hear from experts in the field and farmers currently planning for their futures in this session, and will have time to have their questions answered. Jeff Semler, Washington County, MD Cooperative Extension, Dale Johnson, University of Maryland, Curvin Eby, Hagerstown, MD

3:30 – 5:00 Maximizing Net Income and Planning for the Future of your Farm: learning how to do more with less This farmer-to-farmer session focuses on sharing innovative strategies and best practices to maximize net income. It will be co-facilitated by Jeff Semler, Washington County, MD Cooperative Extension and Jacki Perkins, Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA).

5:00 – 6:00 Social Hour and Trade Show

6:00 – 7:00 Banquet and NODPA Annual Meeting

7:00 – 9:00 Keynote Presentation: The Crisis in the Organic Dairy Movement: History, Analysis, and What Farmers Can Do to Level the Playing Field Mark Kastel, the Cornucopia Institute. Q & A and discussion to follow

Friday, September 28th, 2018

6:30 – 9:00 am Continental Breakfast

7:00 – 9:00 Producer-Only Meeting

9:00 – 10:30 Money Matters: Demystifying Financial Recordkeeping to Improve your Farm’s Decision Making Capacity and Bottom Line Sarah Flack, dairy educator, consultant and author, Sarah Flack Consulting, Vermont.

10:30 – 11:15 Organic Dairy Industry Updates: Policy, the Farm Bill, Organic Plus Labels/Add-on Certification Programs, and more Ed Maltby, NODPA Executive Director will describe the latest industry and policy updates that impact all organic dairy producers

11:15 – 12:00 Farm Tour Preview: Holterholm Farms, Ron and Adam Holter will give an introduction to their farm and answer questions ahead of the farm tour

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch

1:00 Travel to Holterholm Farms, 5903 Holter Road, Jefferson, Maryland 21755

1:30 – 3:00 Farm Tour