Organic dairy news we gleaned from the national press.
We archive a year's worth of news.
August 20, 2010
Campaign urges shoppers to moo-ve to organic milk
TV presenter Kate Humble has lent her support to a new campaign encouraging shoppers to switch the milk they buy to organic.
Aug 16, 2010
Dairies ‘Too Big to Fail’
Like big banks in the depths of the Great Recession in early 2009, it appears big dairies are also “too big to fail.”
August 6, 2010
'Cloned Beef' On Store Shelves Causes Stir In Britain
by Vicki Barker
British food safety officials are trying to determine how a bull from the embryo of a cloned U.S. cow came to be slaughtered and eaten in Britain. Earlier this week a Scottish farmer admitted that he had raised cows derived from an American clone. Meat from at least one of the animals was sold to wholesalers and probably ended up in stores.
August 4, 2010
Dairy farmer says mob grazing works great for his firstname.lastname@example.org
WEST UNION, Iowa— Mob grazing is helping David Baker's organic dairy operation near West Union.“It seems to do a lot better on keeping the grass even and you get much more of a steady grass growth, or re-growth, in general. It also seems to help the soil and cows milk better off of it. And I think it also helps with weed control," he said.
July 28, 2010
French dairy giant snaps up Rachel's from WhiteWave
Daily Post North Wales
ORGANIC milk producers in Wales are likely to retain domestic processing facilities after a Welsh dairy company was sold by its American owners to a rival ...
July 22, 2010
Organic milk market grows
Burlington Free Press
Retail sales of organic milk have rebounded, allowing Vermont’s 200 organic dairy farms to begin to increase production and — their owners hope — improve their profitability.
July 13, 2010
Organic dairy family turns to cheese making
North Bay Business Journal
WEST MARIN COUNTY – Seeking relief from wildly fluctuating milk prices, another organic dairy family has turned to cheese making. Nicasio Valley Cheese Co.
Wednesday July 7, 2010
Organic Valley's CEO George Siemon on the Crooked Art of Leadership
Fast Company, by Kermit Pattison
George Siemon isn't just in the business of organic milk. As the CEO of Organic Valley, he has shepherded the company to its own organic brand of leadership and corporate culture.
June 30, 2010
Fonterra’s new deal for Australian dairy producers
The company has more than doubled its organic milk supply over the past year to help meet demand for dairy ingredients used in cheese, milk powder.
September 9, 2009
Austria, organic market in troubled waters
Austrian organic industry is in a "difficult situation", according to Stephan Mikinovic, head of Agrarmarkt Austria (AMA) - an association that looks after the Austrian organic market business. In the first four months of 2009, sales of organic milk and butter are in fact decreased by 5-10% over the same period of 2008, Italian Trade Commission reported.
September 8, 2009
Humboldt Creamery Fosters Corporate Sponsorship
One of the remaining flagships of Humboldt County’s locally-owned and operated businesses has sailed. Humboldt Creamery was recently sold at auction for the sum of $19.5 million to a corporate parent company, Foster Farms.
September 7, 2009
More mums give their kids organic milk as survey confirms reduced ...
Scottish Daily Record
Researchers found infants raised on organic dairy products are a third less likely to suffer from allergies in the first two years of life.
September 6, 2009
Organic lull down on the dairy farm
Burlington Free Press.com
Milk processors are cutting rather than adding contracts with farms. The number of certified organic dairy farms in Vermont hit a high of 204 in 2007 and ...
August 28, 2009
New England Green Pastures Awards Winners
Maine's Green Pastures winner was the first farm in Maine to begin organic milk production back in 2002, and its consistent herd average of over 20000 ...
August 27, 2009
Farm 'experiment' tests subsistence
Bangor Daily News
Dexter, Maine farmers Fred Sherburne (left) and his nephew Shawn Sherburne are growing five acres of sunflowers on their Top of Maine Farms farm. They hope to render oil from the sunflower seeds to be burned on the farm and in the equipment. The meat from the pressed seeds will feed their dairy herd, while the stalks will provide bedding.
August 20, 2009
Organic dairy farmers are taking to the streets today in protest ...
The Copenhagen Post
Milk producers face serious consequences when shops cut costs and sell milk at a loss, says the National Organic Association. 'When organic milk is sold below cost price it means less organic farming, fewer organic products on the shelves for the consumers and less consideration for nature and the environment. We all pay a high price for cheap organic milk.'
August 3, 2009
Organic dairies struggling, too
North Country Public Radio
The demand for organic milk and dairy products has grown by double digits each year since 2005, until this year. Now the shrinking economy has pushed consumer demand for pricey organic products down and that has left some organic farms in trouble.
July 27, 2009
Farmer's creamery plans move forward
Explore Baltimore County - Baltimore, MD
By Pat van den Beemt, 7/27/09
Dairy farmer Bobby Prigel can almost taste the ice cream. He is finally moving ahead with plans to sell organic milk, ice cream, yogurt and cheese at his family farm. He will order equipment this week for the 10,000 square-foot creamery built on Bellevale Farm on Long Green Road in Baltimore County, and hopes to open for business in the spring.
July 28, 2009
Sanders spars with Dean Foods CEO over milk prices
By Dan McLean,
Free Press Staff Writer
The CEO of the nation's largest milk processor declined an invitation to speak to Vermont dairy farmers about plummeting milk prices and said milk processors "do not set the price paid to dairy farmers."
July 17, 2009
North Coast dairy cows
sold to slaughter as milk prices fall
Santa Rosa Press Democrat - Santa Rosa, CA
In recent months the pain has spread to the premium organic milk market. Clover Stornetta Farms of Petaluma this spring asked its participating organic ...
July 18, 2009
NY dairy is feeling the squeeze
Oneonta Daily Star -
New York dairy farmers are in deep trouble, victims of a price squeeze that is threatening to put many out of business. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, ``Dairy farmers in the Empire State received an average of $11.50 per hundredweight of milk sold during June, down 40 cents from May and $7.40 less than June a year ago.''
July 15, 2009
Survival getting tough for some organic dairy farmers
Minnesota Public Radio -
Saint Paul, MN
In the Midwest, organic dairy farmers are standing by while prices plunge and survival gets tough. Last year demand grew at a rate of 20 percent, but today it's nearly flat..
July 11, 2009
When farmers feel despair
Bangor Daily News -
Recently, two central Maine farmers in separate communities — one an organic milk producer — shot and killed themselves. Fellow farmers are blaming the ...
July 11, 2009
Organic farmers urge
Bangor Daily News - Bangor, ME, 7/11/09
In February, Hood told eight Maine organic dairy farmers in Aroostook and Washington counties that their milk contracts would not be renewed. ...
May 31, 2009
Dairy producers protest milk prices
Fort Dodge Messenger, Fort Dodge, IA
About 150 people, most of them dairy producers, gathered Saturday at the Manchester Livestock Auction building to protest current milk prices, which has declined 45 percent over the past five months.
May 28, 2009
Organic Dairies Watch the Good Times Turn Bad
New York Times
Last month's meeting of the Maine Organic Milk Producers drew worried farmers seeking solutions to a post-boom bust.
May 25, 2009
European farmers protest to demand help on milk prices
AFB News brief
Furious farmers blockaded roads and brought some dairies to a halt in Europe-wide protests Monday to demand help for slumping wholesale milk prices.
May 24, 2009
A win for common sense, local food
By the time you read this, Bobby Prigel, the only organic dairy farmer in Baltimore County, should have a few thousand more bucks to help catch up on his legal bills. His friends and neighbors - at least the farm-friendly neighbors who think that a dairy farmer ought to be able to sell his cows' milk on his own farm - will have thrown a party to defray some of the $130,000 Mr. Prigel has had to spend to get his Long Green Valley creamery open.
May 19, 2009
Dairy Outlook: Organic Dairy
CattleNetwork.com - Overland Park, KS
Organic milk producers in the United States have suffered much the same fate as conventional milk producers, facing falling milk prices and high feed and ...
May 7, 2009
Organic Dairy Manure May Offer High Quality Fertilizer Option
Dairy cows that produce USDA-certified organic milk also produce manure that may gradually replenish soil nutrients and potentially reduce the flow of agricultural pollutants to nearby water sources, according to findings by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists and colleagues.
May 6 2009
Conditions good this spring, but milk price remains low
Vernon County Broadcaster - Viroqua,WI,USA,
With a Class 3 April milk price of $10.78 per hundredweight, following a winter that had milk prices in the $9 per hundredweight range, dairy operations are trying to make due. It’s difficult, Rehbein said, when a conventional dairy farmer needs between $14 and $16 per hundredweight to meet expenses. That price is about $20 per hundredweight for an organic dairy. The Class 3 April milk price in April of 2008 was $16.76.
May 5, 2009
By Jim Williams , Minneapolis Star Tribune
A Sibley County couple decided to farm organically. And it just happened to be a boon for birds and other wildlife.
April 30, 2009
Bankruptcy offers some options to creamery
Capital Press, Salem, OR
Being denied credit for a barrel of chlorine at a local retailer is just one of the frustrations dairyman Blake Alexandre has experienced since financial problems at the Humboldt Creamery came to light in February. That was minor compared to the responsibility of keeping feed in front of his 1,600 milk cows and working with fellow creamery board members to develop a plan to keep the 80-year-old company afloat.
April 27, 2009
Tension Builds Between Organic Dairy Farmers And Processors
After a decade of rapid expansion, with growth rates between 20 to 25 percent a year, organic dairy farmers are now being splashed in the face with cold milk.
March 28, 2009
Smaller dairies fight rule change on milk
The Denver Post
Ending a 70-year-old exemption would crush them, independents say.
March 27, 2009
Germany's Myster Cow Disease
Spiegel Online International
'Holy Mary, Help Us in Our Hour of Need!' A mysterious illness is causing calves to bleed to death on German farms. Veterinarians are stumped over what is causing the deaths: vaccines, genetically modified feed or perhaps even the first mother's milk?
March 26, 2009
Dairy in Crisis - Part 3
Farmers seek lifeline for dairy industry
March 25, 2009
Judge's ruling rises to the top for Prigel's creamery plan
North County News
Family's vision includes selling organic milk, ice cream, yogurt and cheese
March 23, 2009
Broken Trust Shakes Web From Farmer to Cow
New York Times
Just recently the creamery began selling preferred stock so people here can own a piece of something local and organic that makes them proud. ...
March 10, 2009
State dairy farms seek organic options
Bangor Daily News, Bangor, ME
Despite US Department of Agriculture statistics that show a healthy growth rate of 24 percent in fluid organic milk sales last year, Hood spokeswoman Lynne ...
Saturday March 14th 2009
Organic dairy is no-crash cow, for now
The Daily News Online,
Organic producers tend to have their price locked in for a year, and that price this year is more than double the current $11 per hundredweight offered to conventional dairies.
October 7, 2008
Dairy Farming the Organic Way Centralia Chronicle
At this point in time a farmer can make almost $25 for every 12 gallons of organic milk, compared with $15.30 for conventional milk ....
October 8, 2008
A new take on factory farming
The Independent, UK
A New York street artist reflects on factory farming. There is a serious, philosophical aspect to his work, he says: "I wanted to make art that questioned our relationship with animals and the ethics and sustainability of factory farming but it ended up as chicken nuggets singing."
October 3, 2008
Dairy industry braces for
a tough winter
Addison County Independent
While prices are more stable for organic dairy producers, who tend to lock into yearlong milk contracts, those prices have not kept up with increasing costs, particularly when it comes to feed prices.
September 23, 2008
Law offers cash to smooth shift to organic farms DesMoinesRegister.com -
Des Moines, IA, USA
The new farm bill could help feed America's appetite for organic food by enticing more farmers to switch from conventional agriculture. The bill offers farmers as much as $20,000 a year to cover the cost of converting their farms to organic agriculture.
July 21, 2008
Arkansas dairy farmers hurt with loss of state’s only organic feed DAMASCUS, Ark.—Organic dairy farmers in Arkansas are still feeling the effects of a May 2 tornado that destroyed the state’s only organic feed mill. The Caldwell Milling Co. served nine organic dairies before the storm.
July 15, 2008
Cornell moves toward sustainability: Bovine growth hormone touted as 'green'
But organic farmers skeptical of findings
By Krisy Gashler, Ithaca Journal
July 14, 2008
To cut runoff, switch from crops to grass - a solution to flooding
By Francis Thicke, Des Moines Register
July 14, 2008
Is dairy co-op milking the system?
Kansas City Star
A consortium of consumer and family farm groups is pushing a Senate committee to investigate Kansas City-based Dairy Farmers of America amid claims of coercion and deceit.
July 13, 2008
Organic Growth at Safeway
By ROB WALKER, New York Times
O Organics and Eating Right, private label organic brands developed by Safeway, are getting lots of marketing support.
July 3, 2008
WODPA President on NPR
From the Marketplace Sustainability Desk
Surging grain prices are sending shock waves across the entire food economy, as everyone from bakers to livestock producers feel the pinch of higher costs. That's especially pronounced in the organic food industry, where some are predicting an all-out contraction.
July 1, 2008
Going With the Grain
By BETH QUIMBY
Portland Press Herald, ME
High prices for out-of-state organic feed is what enticed the Webbs to start growing grain a decade ago, way ahead of the curve. Soon they turned their efforts toward wheat and spelt, with the idea of producing flour.
June 30, 2008
Organic Trade Association Challenges Ohio’s New Dairy Labeling Rule in Federal Court
Files Suit to Protect Integrity of Organic Standards & Consumers’ Constitutional Rights to Truthful Product Information
June 29, 2008
Law Lets Farmers Sell More Unpasteurized Milk
WBZTV - Boston, MA
Raw milk fans are willing to pay as much as $10 a gallon, and a new law in Vermont increases the amount a farmer can sell each day from 25 to 50 quarts.
June 27, 2008
Not Just for White People Anymore
How the organic movement can regain its relevance ... commentary by Tom Philpott.
June 22, 2008
Catching an amber wave
Spurred to action by sharply rising prices for transportation and animal feed, and surging consumer demand for locally grown foods, more farmers in New England are deciding to grow grains.
Feed supply, costs squeeze organic livestock farmers
DesMoines Register, IA
April 2: Some Good News on Food Prices
The New York Times
Higher costs for staple foods could spark a national conversation about why inexpensive food is not really such a bargain after all.
April 1: Growing organic crops is complicated balancing act
Agri-News, MN and IA
March 27: How Green Is Organic Milk?
March 20: Milking it
Chico News & Review
Each day, the business produces more than 12000 gallons of certified organic milk, which is sold and packaged by Humboldt Creamery. ...
March 19: When Big Business Eats Organic
New York Times Blogs
Does your purchase of organic milk conjure up images of happy cows? Do you buy brands like Nature’s Farm and Nantucket Nectars because you want to support ...
The Feed: Fighting on a Battlefield the Size of a Milk Label
New York Times
FEB 26, 2008: Organic Trade Association Opposes Utah's Proposed Action on Dairy ... Earthtimes - London, UK. "This rule prevents organic dairy farmers and processors from truthfully communicating with retailers and consumers regarding federally regulated organic ..."
FEB. 26, 2008: Aurora Organic Milk Class-Action Suits to Be Heard in St. Louis AZ Central.com - AZ, USA. The plaintiffs say Aurora claimed its milk was organic after willfully violating federal certification requirements. The USDA notified Aurora last April ...
FEB. 24, 2008: Speaker at organic farming conference derides corporate agriculture La Crosse Tribune
FEB. 22, 2008: Organic producers struggle to keep pace with rising demand La Crosse Tribune - La Crosse,WI,USA. Organic Valley last month saw a 17 percent jump in the amount of milk it bottled — in just one week, said Wayne Peters, president of Organic Valley’s board ...
FEB. 7: On The Bright Side: Milford milk wins national award
FEB 14: Dean Foods CEO sees organic milk prices increasing
FEB 19: Organic dairying just keeps on growing
FEB 20: The dairies are half-pint, but the flavor isn’t
JAN 22, 2008: Cost crises compounds organic milk lull
Pa. backs off milk-label change
Farmers wage war over milk hormone
PA dairy label rule shelved
Consumers Won’t Know What They’re Missing
But the same argument could be made about organic milk. He also argues that absence labels such as "no artificial hormones" suggest that products without ...