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The 18th Annual NODPA Field Days
Tools for Survival: Weathering the Current Dairy Crisis
While Maintaining Organic Integrity
September 27 & 28, 2018
Yarrowsburg Mennonite Church
2142 Rohrersville Road, Knoxville, Maryland 21758
Borchure and Sponsor Packet at bottom of page.
We are excited to announce that for the first time, the 18th Annual NODPA Field Days will be held in Maryland. These days, with an oversupply of milk and historically low milk prices, farmers continue to reach for all of their tools to do the best jobs they can under difficult financial circumstances. At the 18th Annual NODPA Field Days, we will be providing reliable tools and practical strategies to help farmers weather the current dairy crisis without sacrificing organic integrity. There will be hands-on, farmer-to-farmer sessions in which everyone can share innovative low-cost and no-cost strategies to maximize net income; to rethink management practices to increase efficiency; even hear all the options available to farm families as they consider the future within the current realities of the organic dairy industry. We will look at the future of the grass-fed label and will tackle the very important issues facing the organic dairy industry. Sarah Flack will join us to provide farm families with the tools to improve both the farm’s decision-making capacity and their financial bottom line by demystifying financial recordkeeping. According to Sarah Flack, “Financial literacy, such as understanding the farm’s cash flow and the importance of financial recordkeeping, is extremely important for farm management especially in these very lean financial times.” For more details, click on the schedule, above.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Mark Kastel
The Crisis in the Organic Dairy Movement: History, Analysis, and What Farmers Can Do to Balance the Playing Field
NODPA FIELD DAYS FARM TOURS
In addition to a very timely, informative educational program, there will be two farm tours.
On Thursday morning, Myron and Janet Martin will host a farm tour at their Peace Hollow Farm, just next door to the Yarrowsburg Mennonite Church. The Martin’s farm a total of 218 acres and is an all-grass dairy located in a mile-wide valley in Washington County, Maryland, bound by the Appalachian Trail to the east, the Potomac River to the south and Elk Ridge to the west. Their entire herd, including calves and heifers, has been grain-free since 2009. They have a thriving farm stand and organic beef market.
On Friday afternoon, we will travel about 10 minutes down the road to Holterholm Farms, located in Jefferson MD, in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in southwestern Frederick County, Maryland. Ron and his son, Adam Holter, farm together full-time. The farm has been grass-based since 1995 and was certified organic in 2005. The Holter’s own 207 acres and rent close to another 100. Both Myron Martin and Ron and Adam Holter are members of the Maryland Grazers Network, a mentorship program that pairs experienced livestock, dairy, sheep, and poultry producers with farmers who want to learn new grazing skills. We have invited members of this team, including Washington County Cooperative Extension agent Jeff Semler and University of Maryland’s Dale Johnson to participate in Field Days workshops and join the farm tours to further explain their work and answer questions.
Field Days Information
The 18th Annual NODPA Field Days program will be filled with information sessions, discussions and educational workshops that focus on the important and timely issues facing all organic dairy farm families. In addition, we will have a full trade show, our annual social hour and banquet featuring delicious local and organic food, and NODPA’s Annual Meeting on Thursday evening. Our Producer-Only meeting takes place bright and early Friday morning, and will follow a continental breakfast.
Meeting attendees will be able to visit the diverse trade show throughout the meeting, and will have many opportunities to meet new people and catch up with old friends. For more information or if you have questions about sponsoring or exhibiting at the 18th Annual NODPA Field Days, contact NODPA Field Days coordinator Nora Owens any time at email@example.com or 413-772-0444.
It is recommended that you use a GPS or do a Mapquest or Google search for the best directions from your location. The following directions are not detailed.
To Yarrowsburg Mennonite Church, 2142 Rohrersville Road, Knoxville, Maryland 21758
There are a number of moderately priced motel accommodations in the region. Travel websites, such as www.kayak.com or www.expedia.com will help you locate good lodging options in the area. The following are distances from the meeting site:
The mission of the Northeast Organic Dairy Producers Alliance is to enable organic dairy family farmers, situated across an extensive area, to have informed discussion about matters critical to the wellbeing of the organic dairy industry as a whole. Contact Ed Maltby, Executive Director, by phone, 413-772-0444, or by email, firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the website at www.nodpa.com or www.organicmilk.org. If you have questions about the NODPA Field Days, contact Nora Owens, NODPA Field Days Coordinator, at email@example.com or 413-772-0444.