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Small Organic Dairy Farmers Say the Rules are Stacked Against Them. One Rule in Particular.

By Lisa Held, Civil Eats, August 13, 2019

Organic dairy farmers are often isolated and don’t get to connect to each other, said Liz Pickard, a farmer at Twin Oaks Dairy in Truxton, New York. But right now, when they do, the National Organic Program’s (NOP) “Origin of Livestock” rule is a hot topic. “Everyone’s talking about it. It’s a huge deal,” she said on a recent phone call from her farm, as she cursed a stalled tractor. “This is probably one of the biggest things that’s putting a drag on the milk market right now.” This article first appeared in the online magazine, Civil Eats on August 13, 2019. NODPA would like to thank Civil Eats for granting permission to reprint it. To read the full article, click here: