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Grass-Fed Milk Production: Putting it all together Tafel Farm, Laurens, NY, Adam and Margaret Tafel, owner operators

Grass-Fed Milk Production: Putting it all together Tafel Farm, Laurens, NY, Adam and Margaret Tafel, owner operators

By Tamara Scully, NODPA News contributing writer

Adam and Margaret Tafel began their own dairy fifteen years ago, with an initial herd of 40 certified organic cows, rented farmland that was ready to certify organic and a market for their milk. Although Margaret was new to dairy farming, Adam had experience on both confinement and grazing dairies, and had been working for David and Sue Evans’s organic dairy in Norwich, New York. That dairy - Sunrise Family Farms Creamery - had begun bottling their own milk as well as processing it into yogurt. Not only did the Tafel’s purchase the initial herd from his former employers, they also shipped their milk to them until 2014.

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posted to Featured Farms on Wed, Jun 02, 2021

It’s Time to Make Travel Plans for the 21st Annual NODPA Field Days at Wolfe’s Neck Center for Agriculture and the Environment, Freeport, Maine

It’s Time to Make Travel Plans for the 21st Annual NODPA Field Days at Wolfe’s Neck Center for Agriculture and the Environment, Freeport, Maine

By Nora Owens, NODPA Field Days Coordinator

The 21st Annual NODPA Field Days on Thursday, September 30th and Friday, October 1st at Wolfe’s Neck Center for Agriculture and the Environment and Organic Dairy, which was postponed from 2020 due to the COVID 19 pandemic, is shaping up to be a great meeting with a dynamic and timely educational program in a beautiful setting with much to see and learn, all while ensuring a COVID-safe environment. We hope you will plan to attend!

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posted to Field Days on Tue, Jun 01, 2021

Origin of Livestock

Origin of Livestock

By Kathie Arnold, Chair of the NODPA Policy Committee and past NODPA president, and Ed Maltby, NODPA Executive Director

The long running saga of the OOL regulation continues on its predicted path. On May 12 2021, the National Organic Program (NOP) published the reopening of comment on its April 28, 2015, proposed rule to amend the origin of livestock requirements for dairy animals under the USDA organic regulations. There is a 60 day comment period which takes us to July 12, 2021.

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posted to Policy on Tue, Jun 01, 2021

Vilsack’s Checkoff Problem

Vilsack’s Checkoff Problem

By Clint Rainey

When Joe Biden nominated Tom Vilsack to run the Department of Agriculture late last year, the former Iowa governor had a somewhat paradoxical political liability. After eight years as Barack Obama’s agriculture secretary, Vilsack was easily the most qualified politician for the job — only one person in U.S. history has served longer as agriculture secretary. But that long tenure also meant that constituents who felt ignored could gather plenty of evidence to support their grievances.

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posted to Industry News on Tue, Jun 01, 2021

Message from the NODPA Co-President

Message from the NODPA Co-President

By Kirk Arnold, NODPA Co-President

This spring on the farm I've been working on a pasture tree planting project that is in our farm's CSP management plan. We are hoping to have multiple benefits of dispersed shade, fodder from honey locust pods, and maybe, most of all, some new fence posts in 5-10 years.

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posted to Industry News on Tue, Jun 01, 2021

PFAs and Agriculture: What It Means

PFAs and Agriculture: What It Means

By Tamara Scully, NODPA News contributing writer

The Dairy Voice podcast from the National Dairy Herd Improvement Association’s (NDHIA) media partner, Dairybusiness.com, recently hosted a discussion on a relatively new and emerging concern for the dairy industry: per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). These manmade chemicals are known as “forever” chemicals, and have caused undue hardship on a dairy farm in New Mexico, as well as one in Maine, both of which were found to have high levels of contamination in their milk. Detectable levels of PFAS have also been found on numerous dairy farms in Michigan, one of a handful of states which have been testing for these chemicals to see just how ubiquitous they are.

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posted to Organic Production on Tue, Jun 01, 2021

Recent ODairy Discussions – May, 2021

Recent ODairy Discussions – May, 2021

By Liz Bawden, NODPA Board Co-President

A farmer had two “healthy young animals die overnight without any clear explanation”. Both were grassfed heifers in good condition due shortly with their first calves. The farmer’s vet was called to perform an autopsy, and the results were inconclusive. After a great exchange of ideas from several vets on the list, it was agreed that the most likely scenario is they had both died from positional bloat, commonly called “casting”.

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posted to Recent O-Dairy Discussion on Tue, Jun 01, 2021

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