FOOD Farmers Position Statements
December 6, 2011
Food Farmer Resolutions Regarding The 2012 Farm Bill
The Reform of the Dairy Industry in the 2012 Farm Bill and What It Does for Organic
By Ed Maltby, NODPA Executive Director
November 13, 2011
Food Farmers Comments To NOSB
April 25, 2011
FOOD Farmers Comments To NOSB
December 23, 2008
FOOD Farmers Recommendations & Detailed Comments
Federation Of Organic Dairy Farmers (FOOD Farmers) which is an umbrella group for the three regional organic dairy farmer organizations: Northeast Organic Dairy Producers Alliance (NODPA), Midwest Organic Dairy Producers Association (MODPA), and Western Organic Dairy Producers Alliance (WODPA) and represent over 800 organic dairy farmers across the country have repeatedly asked the USDA NOP to adopt the following recommendations as part of their proposed rulemaking.
Clarification of the access to Pasture standards
- Organic dairy livestock over 6 months of age must graze on pasture during the months of the year when pasture can provide edible forage.
- The grazed feed must provide significant intake for all milking-age organic dairy cows. At a minimum, an average of 30% of the dry matter intake each year must come from grazed pasture during the region’s growing season, which will be no less than 120 days per year.
- Temporary exemption from pasture may be allowed because of:
- Conditions under which the health, safety, or well-being of the animal could be jeopardized, including to restore the health of an individual animal or to prevent the spread of disease from an infected animal to other animals.
- Short term inclement weather.
- Temporary conditions which pose a risk to soil and water quality.
- In no case will temporary confinement and exemption from this pasture standard be allowed as a continuous production system.
- The measurement of the consumption of dry matter from grazed pasture will be calculated based on the daily dry matter intake from grazing averaged over the total time period grazed per year