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Just Beginning: An Organic Raw Milk Dairy Journey: Family Cow Farmstand, Hinesburg, Vermont

Just Beginning: An Organic Raw Milk Dairy Journey: Family Cow Farmstand, Hinesburg, Vermont

Owned and operated by Aubrey Schatz and Scott Hoffman

Aubrey Schatz and Scott Hoffman are proud to be small, certified organic dairy producers. Both have backgrounds in small scale vegetable farming, meeting at a diversified farm and eventually embarking on their joint dairy farming journey. That dairy journey began in southern New York, where they first sold raw milk, from their small herd of three cows. Scott had no prior dairy experience, although Aubrey had previously milked at a few small New York dairy farms.

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posted to Featured Farms on Thu, Feb 04, 2021

Origin of Livestock letter to the USDA Secretary

Origin of Livestock letter to the USDA Secretary

By Ed Maltby, NODPA Executive Director

We now have a new administration and it is now the time to educate the new appointees about a ready-made opportunity to improve the future sustainability of organic dairy producers.

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posted to Industry News on Thu, Feb 04, 2021

Proven Programs, Not False Hopes--Engaging Farmers in Climate Solutions

Proven Programs, Not False Hopes--Engaging Farmers in Climate Solutions

BY Jeanne Merrill and Chris Schreiner, Opinion Contributors, THE HILL

Farmers should be rewarded for their efforts to become climate stewards. From building healthy soil to on-farm renewable energy to organic production and more, there are diverse agricultural solutions to the climate crisis. Our food security depends upon this fundamental transition in how farmers manage the land.

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posted to Industry News on Wed, Feb 03, 2021

Combating Invasive Weeds in Organic Dairy Pastures

Combating Invasive Weeds in Organic Dairy Pastures

By Tamara Scully, NODPA Contributing Writer

Grazing certified organic pastures means forgoing tools - those chemical controls - which are often the first choice when dealing with plants which are growing where you don’t want them to be. Otherwise known as weeds, unwanted plants in a pasture can also be controlled through a combination of grazing management, maintaining optimal soil fertility, pasture seeding, and observing best practices for avoiding the introduction of weed seeds into fields. Organic graziers can successfully combat weeds, naturally.

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posted to Organic Production on Wed, Feb 03, 2021

Is Your Farm Receiving the Support You Need Since COVID-19 Began?

Is Your Farm Receiving the Support You Need Since COVID-19 Began?

Your feedback in needed

The UVM Extension Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Department of Community Development and Applied Economics want to know what helps farmers succeed under difficult conditions. We are sending this in hopes of reaching commercial farmers in Vermont to learn about how the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted farming. Please help us all learn by completing the survey about your last two farming years.

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posted to Industry News on Wed, Feb 03, 2021

Message from the NODPA Co-President

Message from the NODPA Co-President

By Kirk Arnold, NODPA Co-President

Our farm had a very dry year in which our mostly cool season grasses, and even legumes, struggled to produce. We normally grow 20-40 acres of corn with the intent to harvest it as high-moisture shell corn. It's also nice to have it as back-up forage in years where grass and legumes perform poorly. We've ended up chopping it the last two years.

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posted to Industry News on Wed, Feb 03, 2021

Updated Guide to USDA Programs Opens Door to Millions of Dollars of Available Funding

Updated Guide to USDA Programs Opens Door to Millions of Dollars of Available Funding

Building Sustainable Farms, Ranches and Communities

It can be difficult for farmers and ranchers to navigate the wide range of USDA resources and stay up to date with program changes after each Farm Bill. Thanks to the newly updated Building Sustainable Farms, Ranches and Communities, producers, researchers, nonprofits and landowners can easily find USDA programs that can help them achieve their goals.

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posted to Industry News on Wed, Feb 03, 2021

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