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USDA Announcement on Additional Assistance for Organic Dairy Farmers

USDA Announcement on Additional Assistance for Organic Dairy Farmers

Washington, D.C. – January 24, 2023 — Organic dairy farmers are in crisis due to drought, market consolidation, and skyrocketing energy and feed costs brought on by unstable global markets and inflation. NODPA, Organic Farmers Association (OFA), National Organic Coalition (NOC) and allies have been calling on Congress to provide emergency financial relief to organic dairy farmers to help offset the high cost of production before more farms go out of business. We were pleased to see report language requiring USDA to find sources of funding to help organic dairy farmers included in the federal spending bill that passed at the end of 2022. USDA’s Farm Service Agency fulfilled the mandate on time, announcing plans to distribute funding on Monday, January 23rd. USDA’s full announcement is posted here.

posted to Industry News on Thu, Jan 26, 2023

NODPA Responds to USDA Announcement

Northeast Organic Dairy Producers Alliance appreciates USDA for their Assistance to Organic Dairy Farmers and has some suggestions to Develop the Program.

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posted to Industry News on Thu, Jan 26, 2023

OFA Applauds USDA Announcement

OFA Applauds USDA Announcement

Organic Farmers Association Applauds USDA Announcement on Additional Assistance for Dairy Farmers

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posted to Industry News on Thu, Jan 26, 2023

Finding Value in Organic Dairy: Sheffer’s Grassland Dairy, Hoosick Falls, NY, owned and operated by Eric and Wally Sheffer

Finding Value in Organic Dairy: Sheffer’s Grassland Dairy, Hoosick Falls, NY, owned and operated by Eric and Wally Sheffer

By Tamara Scully, NODPA News contributing writer

Hoosick Falls, NY: Since 1774, the Sheffer family has owned and operated this bucolic farm, which now totals 430 acres, and Eric Sheffer is the sixth generation to do so. While there have been many changes throughout the centuries, the latest has been their 2017 transition to organic certification. They began transitioning to organic in 2014, with full certification in 2017. The farm, which supplies milk for Stonyfield Organic, is certified by Pennsylvania Certified Organic (PCO).

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posted to Featured Farms on Sun, Nov 20, 2022

Organic Dairy Buyers, Processors and Producers Ask Congress for Help

By Ed Maltby, NODPA Executive Director

On November 28, 2022 organic livestock advocates, buyers, processors and farmers sent a letter to Senate and House Appropriations and Agriculture Committee Leadership asking for emergency funding for organic livestock and poultry because of the catastrophic economic challenges faced by farmers. The seriousness of the problem is emphasized by the wide diversity of the groups that have signed on to the letter acknowledging the desperation across the country and the continuing loss of organic dairies. After six years of a pay price that is significantly lower than the costs of production, producers have no reserves left. Despite record retail prices, producer share of the organic retail price has dropped to 27%. Organic milk buyers say they cannot increase pay price to a level that can help organic dairies cash flow their operations. Contact Ed Maltby, NODPA Executive Director, for more information: 413-427-7323. or by email emaltby@comcast.net

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posted to Industry News on Sun, Nov 20, 2022

Strategies for a Sustainable Pay Price for Organic Dairy: Field Days Session Summary

Strategies for a Sustainable Pay Price for Organic Dairy: Field Days Session Summary

By Tamara Scully, NODPA News contributing writer

A panel of industry experts focused on one of the primary concerns organic dairy farmers have today - pay price - at the NODPA 2022 Field Days this past September. The session featured Sharad Mathur, Dairy Farmers of America (DFA); Dan Smith, New England Dairy Compact; Jim Goodman and Siena Chrisman, National Family Farm Coalition (NFFC); and Tade Sullivan, Maine Dairy Industry Association (MDIA).The following is a transcript from the session’s recording.

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posted to Industry News on Sun, Nov 20, 2022

Ask the Vet: Question & Answer Session a Field Days Session Summary

Ask the Vet: Question & Answer Session a Field Days Session Summary

By Tamara Scully, NODPA News contributing writer

The “Ask the Vet” session at NODPA’s annual Field Days is always a highlight. This year, Dayna Locitzer, DVM, of Green Mountain Bovine Clinic in Chesterfield, New Hampshire, and Elizabeth Martens, DVM, of Valleywide Veterinary Services, Bridport, Vermont, fielded attendees’ herd health questions. Below is a transcript of the session recording.

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posted to Organic Production on Sun, Nov 20, 2022

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