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New Generation: Transition Success at MK Dairy LLC, Owego, NY Owned and operated by Madeline and Bruce Poole

New Generation: Transition Success at MK Dairy LLC, Owego, NY Owned and operated by Madeline and Bruce Poole

By Tamara Scully, NODPA News contributing writer

It isn’t true that you can’t go home again. Just ask Madeline Poole. Madeline left home for college - where she met her husband, Bruce, in 2012 - and graduated with a degree in Dairy Science and a minor in Agricultural Business; found a job working as a herdsman at a conventional, 600 milking head dairy; and finally returned home in 2016 to prevent the sale of the dairy farm, originally established by her grandparents in 1943, where she was raised.

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posted to Featured Farms on Sat, May 11, 2024

Leave Organic or Leave DFA, Says DFA to Member-Owners shipping to Horizon Organic

Leave Organic or Leave DFA, Says DFA to Member-Owners shipping to Horizon Organic

By Ed Maltby, NODPA Executive Director

In a March 26th, 2024 letter sent to its members who sell to Horizon Organic, Dairy Farmers of America DFA) said, “DFA has decided to end its supply relationship with Horizon Organic,” and, “Effective on your anniversary date, DFA will no longer be managing the relationship between your farm and Horizon Organic.” The sentence of the letter which worried many organic producers who are members of DFA was “We do not intend to transfer current dual membership to another organic marketer.”

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posted to Industry News on Sat, May 11, 2024

Animal Welfare: A Key Tenant of Organic Livestock Production

How do we improve our practices and make certified operations accountable?

On April 12, 2024, The Atlantic Magazine published a story The Truth About Organic Milk** by Annie Lowrey, about the Alexandre Family Farm LLC and its A2 regenerative organic farms in California More specifically, the piece heavily relied on a report from Farm Forward, (https://www.farmforward.com/publications/dairy-deception-corruption-and-consumer-fraud/ ) which said that the Alexandre Family Farm engaged in systemic deception, cruelty and animal abuse.

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posted to Industry News on Sat, May 11, 2024

Demystifying Succession Planning for Organic Dairy Farms: The 24th Annual NODPA Field Days

Demystifying Succession Planning for Organic Dairy Farms: The 24th Annual NODPA Field Days

September 26 & 27, 2024 Nichols Volunteer Fire Hall, 106 West River Road, Nichols, NY 13812

Farming is unique among professions. In most careers, a person reaches a time when they decide to retire and move on to the next phase of their life. Most farms in the Northeast are family owned and managed. Retiring from farming requires much more thought and planning. Is there someone whothat wants to take over managing the farm? Is that person a family member or trusted employee? Are they qualified to do so? What will my life be like if I ‘retire’? How will I know what I need, financially, to live out my life? Where will I live? These are just a few of the questions the retiring generation may be asking.

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posted to Field Days on Fri, May 10, 2024

Residue Testing For Import Organic Compliance Verification

Residue Testing For Import Organic Compliance Verification

By Julia Barton, Farmer Services Director, Organic Farmers Association

THE PROBLEM: For the last decade at least, a chief concern of organic producers has been fraudulent, but certified, “organic” grains being imported to the U.S. Conversations on this topic have occurred at kitchen tables, farm gates, winter conferences, in Zoom rooms, at the National Organic Standards Board meetings, on the Hill, and at USDA. This is not a new problem, it’s still here, and it’s still impacting domestic organic farmers in different ways based on their role and type of production.

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posted to Industry News on Fri, May 10, 2024

Organic Roots, Regenerative Growth: Uniting Farming Principles for a Sustainable Tomorrow

Organic Roots, Regenerative Growth: Uniting Farming Principles for a Sustainable Tomorrow

By Elizabeth Tobey, Organic Farming Research Foundation

In recent years, the term "regenerative agriculture" has surged into public consciousness, captivating both consumers and policymakers seeking sustainable solutions to the challenges posed by climate change. However, amidst the growing enthusiasm for regenerative practices, there is a pressing need to ensure its alignment with established organic agricultural principles. This urgency stems from the realization that not all practices labeled as "regenerative" truly embody the holistic, environmentally-conscious approach that the term implies.

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posted to Industry News on Fri, May 10, 2024

Ask the Vet Column: There are so many different kinds of vaccines out there, How do I go about choosing the right ones for my herd?

Ask the Vet Column: There are so many different kinds of vaccines out there, How do I go about choosing the right ones for my herd?

By Dayna Locitzer, DVM

This is an important question for many reasons. It is complicated to answer, but it is critical to think about as we consider a multipronged approach to preventative medicine. So, NODPA readers, I’m glad you asked! First off, I’d like to say that this is a great topic to discuss with your veterinarian since they know your herd and can supply you with the vaccines that are available for use. Veterinary suppliers are experiencing a lot of shortages, so unfortunately this question will depend on what is in stock. But for now, I will go over the basics to help you start to think about your vaccine program.

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posted to Organic Production on Fri, May 10, 2024

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