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Feed and Pay Price Updates

Feed and Pay Price

There are new processors who are looking for milk and that has increased competition which is starting to increase pay price. Horizon confirmed that they will be initiating a winter feed premium of $1 for the period of Oct 1 through Dec 31, and will be adding an additional $1 on the MAP effective Oct 1 through at least June 31, 2015. Learn more at:


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Added in July, August & Septembder 2014

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Real Estate

Farm For Sale in Central Maine
20+/- acre property with approximately 2/3 of open land, 2100 sqft home, 4-5 bedroom 10 room New Englander. Many updates including plumbing and electrical. New farmstore, commercial kitchen/creamery. Walk-in cooler, milk house, 6 cow step up parlor(can be converted to goats or sheep), two barns, two greenhouses and additional storage or animal housing. Dairy equipment: DeLeval pipeline, 200 gallon cheese vat, 300 gallon bulk tank, 35 gallon pasteurizer. Property suitable for family homestead, vegetable production, goat or sheep dairy, value added processing, bed & breakfast. Added October 22, 2014.

For more information, please email or call:
Doug at Balfour Farm: 207-213-3158
Name: Balfour Farm
Location: Pittsfield, Maine

326 Acre Farm For Sale - Fairfax, VT $350,000 (Added September 4, 2014)

There is flexibility on the timing of the sale to allow for a transition to a new buyer. An interim lease is an option until the closing. More information, maps and photos are available at

Farm Information
The Vermont Land Trust (VLT) is working with Walter and Diane Berthiaume to provide a farmer the opportunity to acquire this 326-acre farm. This farm is highly visible with significant frontage on Route 104.

VLT is seeking a buyer who will own and operate a commercial farm business and contribute to the agricultural community.

The Berthiaume Farm is located north of Fairfax village. All the land is certified organic and the farm is currently used as an organic dairy. The Route 104 frontage provides a unique opportunity to directly market farm products. The farm is located within a half-hour of Burlington, 10 minutes of St. Albans, and is near Interstate 89.

The farmhouse has 2,100 feet of living space and four bedrooms. It has been well maintained with some recent updates. The dairy barn is has 80 tie stalls and is currently used for an organic dairy herd. The barn has both a double four parlor and milking pipeline systems. There is cement barnyard.

The farm has 120 acres of productive hay and pasture land. Ninety-six acres are prime and statewide-rated agricultural soils. The soils include very productive Westbury, Cabot, and Peru fine sandy loam soils.

Cattle and Equipment
The current owners have a full line of equipment. The current herd of organic dairy cows totals 47 and includes 38 cows and 9 young stock. Buyers interested in cattle and equipment will negotiate directly with the current owners regarding these items.

Open Houses
We are hosting two open houses at the farm to allow potential buyers to see the property. They will be Saturday, October 4 and Thursday October 9. Each open house will be from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

We strongly recommend attendance at an open house, since there is limited availability to see the farm outside of these dates. Interested parties are asked to respond if planning to attend. Interested farmers will need to submit a farm proposal by November 21st.

Purchase Price
The purchase price is $350,000. An appraisal update is being conducted. If the appraised value is less than $350,000 the price will be reduced to that value.

Jon Ramsay
Director, Farmland Access Program
Vermont Land Trust
P.O. Box 143
Greensboro, VT 05841
(802) 533-7705

Dairy Farm for Lease in Londonderry - 200 acres with approximately 60 acres of pasture and cropland. Tie-stall barn, sheds, garage, 3 bdrm house. Vermont Land Trust seeks dairy farmers who will farm commercially and are interested in a long-term lease. Contact Joh Ramsay at (802) 533-7705 or Added August 17, 2014.

Small farm for sale in St. Johnsbury, VT. The land is very productive and fertile. The sale price is $160,000, the appraised value of the farm subject to the conservation easement. More info and photos are available at . For more information, please contact Jon Ramsay, Vermont Land Trust, (802) 533-7705 or email him at Added August 17, 2014.


I'm looking for non-Holstein organic dairy cattle (cert. or not) in the middle of the country. I'm in Kansas but can travel a ways if necessary. Most of what I see posted here is from New England, too far, but stuff west of Appalachia works. Contact Pete Gasper, Gasper Family Farm, at Added October 22, 2014.

We have 14 certified organic Holsteins that we are selling. Most are black and white and two are red and white Holsteins. These are big girls and really good milkers too (with very low cell counts under or in the 100-180 range)! Must sell soon, and would sell as a group or in smaller numbers as well. I’m not set up to deliver, so you would have to come to our farm (located in Georgia, VT). Please contact me at or
802-582-9026. Added October 6, 2014.

Wanted: We are currently looking for an Organic Dairy herd (30-50 animals) that will be available for purchase late winter or early spring. We are considering all breeds. Added September 29, 2014.
Contact: Conor MacDonald
Phone: 603-651-9042
Location: Washington, ME

For sale: 20 Ayrshire heifers bread due in feb. Mar. $2000.00. Added September 29, 2014.
Contact: Scott Lewis
Cell Phone: 315-681-7986 cell
Home Phone: 315-659-9999
Location: Antwerp NY 13608

Contact: Jim Gardiner
Phone: 3156228289
Location: Georgetown New York

Cheese maker looking for cows and goats. Just moved to new farm in Hudson valley. Need animals. Oberhasli goats, Guernsey, Dutch Belted, Milking Shorthorn dairy cows. A2 preferred. 23 years cheese making, cows/goats will have a good home. up to 50 goats, 5-8 cows. Added July 30, 2014.
Contact: Brent Zimmerman
Phone: 517-607-6254
Location: Coxsackie, NY

Wanted: We’re looking to buy around 6 certified organic milking cows (prefer Jersey) for our farm in Georgia, VT. SCC under 200 (prefer under 150). Please email We also have for sale/trade some farm equipment including a KM Vicon 281 hay mower. Added July 28, 2014.
Ronnie Sweet, Email:, Phone: 802-7828-833Location: Georgia, VT

Forage, Bedding & Grains

For Sale: GOA Certified round bales 4x4 inline wrapped 1st, 2nd, and 3rd cutting all hay has been tested and we can give you results upon request delivery is available call for pricing. Added October 21, 2014.
Contact: Paul Hargett
Phone: 315 246 2998
Location: Locke NY

For sale: Late 1st cut 2013 NOFA NY certified organic 4x5 round bales of hay. Net wrapped stored outside easy location to load. $20 bale 518-727-1712.
Added October 13, 2014.
Contact: Tammy Thomas
Phone: 518-727-1712
Location: Greenwich NY

For Sale: 1st cut hay, 4-5 round bales good for bedding or dry cows; low potassium; can be rotocut; aprox. 250-300 bales. Added September 29, 2014.
Contact: Scott Lewis
Cell Phone: 315-681-7986 cell
Home Phone: 315-659-9999
Location: Antwerp NY 13608

For Sale: Certified 1st cut baleage and dry bales available now. All stages of quality. 2nd and 3rd cut available in the coming months. Also, certified organic Oatledge, with alfalfa new seeding intermixed available shortly. Prices on all feed depending on quality. $50.00 a bale and up. Willing to discuss discount on complete purchase of all bales. Baleage running around 1000 pounds. Call (802) 796 – 3279. Located in Northern Vermont. Added August 7, 2014.

For Sale: NOFA-NY Certified Organic 2014 Crops. Dry Hay (Timothy/grass mix) and Bedding Hay. Both 4 1/2 X 4 Round bales. Also Baleage (Clover/grass mix, Alfalfa/grass mix, and Oatlage). Also have 2013 Clover and Timothy Seed still available. Contact Jeff @ Mitchell Farm, Avoca, NY -
607-566-8477 or
Added July 28, 2014.

Looking for: certified organic large square bale dry hay preferable located in MA,Eastern NY,Eastern PA, VT, NH, Conn. I am needing both dairy quality as well as dry cow quality hay. I can arrange trucking if you don’t haul. Please e-mail or phone if you have anything available. Michael Barnes, Email:, Phone: 317-531-3405, Location: Chilmark. MA. Added July 28, 2014.


Available: 1000 gallon Mueller Bulk tank. Good working condition. $3500.00 obo. Located in Northern Vermont. Call (802) 796 – 3279. Added August 7, 2014.


Assistent Herdsperson—Canterbury, NH
Added October 2, 2014

We are a large diversified farm consisting of 60 dairy cows, 20 beef steers, 300 hogs and 1000 laying hens. We grow consistently 30 acres of grain (wheat is baked on farm in a wood fired brick oven), all our forages for the herd and 30 acres of vegetables. Our products are marketed at farmers markets, at our farm store, through wholesale accounts and through our CSA.

We are looking for a detailed oriented individual with prior experience working with dairy cows. This individual will be working together with the farm owner. Maintaining herd health will be his/her primary responsibility. Commitment to natural/organic remedies a must. Additional responsibilities include record keeping, breeding, milking, barn chores, tractor maintenance, pasture maintenance, and fencing. This is an excellent opportunity for an individual or family. Housing could be part of a compensation package.

Your ability and interest in working with a group is essential.
Please visit our website at

Contact: Luke Mahoney
Phone: 603 7424084
Location: NH


For additional information on the events below, click here.

October 14-15, 2014
Western Organic Dairy Producers Alliance Conference
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Sonoma County Wine Country, Rohnert Park, California

Fall NOSB & Pre-NOSB Meetings

Fall 2014 NOSB Meeting: Tuesday-Thursday, October 28 - 30, 2014
Galt House Hotel
140 North Fourth St.
Louisville, KY 40202

National Organic Coalition pre-NOSB Meeting:
Monday, October 27, 2014
Galt House Hotel
140 North Fourth St.
Louisville, KY 40202

October 31 - November 1, 2014
Restoration Agriculture and Mob Grazing Workshop
Clark, Mo.

November 1-3, 2014
MOFGA’s Farmer to Farmer Conference
Point Lookout Resort, Northport, ME

November 4 & 5, 2014, 9 am – 5 pm
Learn from the Vet: Dairy Cows
Rodale Institute, 611 Siegfriedale Road, Kutztown, PA

November 11-12, 2014
NESAWG's annual It Takes a Region Conference
Region-Sizing: Making It Work
Saratoga Hilton, Saratoga Springs, NY

November 13-16, 2014
Biodynamic Conference: Farming for Health
Hyatt Regency | Louisville, Ky.

November 21-23, 2014
Restoring Ecosystems to Reverse Global Warming
Tufts University, Medford, MA

December 4-6, 2014
2014 Acres U.S.A. Conference & Trade Show: The Conference on Ecological Farming
Hyatt Regency Hotel, Columbus, Ohio

Rebecca and Jim Goodman at the farmers' market in Madison, Wisconsin

Northwood Farm, Wisconsin

Added September 8, 2014. Located about 80 miles Northwest of Madison, is Northwood Farm, an organic dairy and beef farm in the town of Wonewoc, Wisconsin. Owned and operated by Jim and Rebecca Goodman the farm consists of 450 acres of which 240 is owned and 210 is rented. Though organic milk is the primary income from the farm, they also sell organically raised beef, replacement dairy stock, dairy bulls for breeding stock, and some organic forages and grains. The beef they raise (12-15 steer every year) is marketed at the famous Dane County Farmers Market in Madison, Wisconsin. For more on Jim and Rebecca and their farming experiences please go to:


Added October 8, 2014

Summary: What Happened at the NODPA 14th Annual Field Days

The message from organic producers and their families at the 14th Field Days was:

  1. The shortage in supply of organic milk is a great opportunity to push the pay price up to help offset high cost of inputs,
  2. The Organic Trade Organization does not represent producers,
  3. NODPA producers voted to oppose a federally mandated check-off – unanimously.

The NODPA Field Days, which were held in the last week of September, took place in the bucolic setting of Stonewall Farm which has a remarkable building, a unique and very relevant mission, and some wonderful staff. All of these aspects made for a great event that some said was the best NODPA Field Days ever. The tour of the Farm, rich in diversity, was very informative and mirrored some of the many ways that organic dairy farms can thrive in the future, including a new mini combine that immediately had the male producers swarming all over it when it was started up.

The Commissioner of Agriculture for New Hampshire, Lorraine S. Merrill, dropped in on Thursday afternoon to welcome the group to New Hampshire and the Stonewall Farm. The keynote speakers for the evening were Miles McEvoy, National Organic Program Deputy Administrator, and Jean Richardson, the new Chair of the National Organic Standards Board, who joined past NODPA President Henry Perkins in a diverse and rich presentation of how unique the national Organic Program is and the important role that producers play in its future.    

This summary cannot do justice to the in depth information shared at all the workshops and session during the two day event. The “Ask the Vets: Q and A” was as lively as ever with Hue Karreman and Cindy Lankenau complementing each other very well. They continued after lunch with a two hour session with hands on education in the dairy barn - which was too short.  Guided by Dr. Hue Karreman, attendees worked on selected cows to perform a physical exam and some emergency techniques; and Dr. Lankenau demonstrated acupuncture and chiropractic care on an aged cow while discussing her use of herbal medicine - the cow most definitely appreciated the session!

The workshop sessions ‘Maximizing farm income’, ‘Planning for the next generation’, and ‘Creating a sustainable farming future’ were presented by national leaders of programs that have a proven track record and provided relevant and detailed information.

There was an excellent panel discussion of grass-fed dairy.  Peter Miller, a representative from Organic Valley, discussed the launching of "Grassmilk" in response to consumer demand. Sarah Flack, a grazing expert from Vermont, discussed her preliminary research on how farms with grass-fed herds are doing and Cliff Hawbaker, a PA producer of grass-fed milk, added his experiences in this style of production. The interest in grass-fed milk was reflected by the number of presenters on the panel, and the keen interest expressed by the attendees. Producers were not just looking for details on the higher pay price, but how they can maintain healthy cows while meeting the requirement of grass-fed labels.   

The only glitch in the prefect planning of NODPA’s event planner, Nora Owens, was the weather.  She failed to deliver overcast skies and rain and instead it was the best and most prolonged harvesting weather of the year - which meant many producers had to attend to their prime responsibility of harvesting winter feed. Despite that fact, we had good attendance from a diverse representation of the organic dairy stakeholders and great sharing of information.

For a slideshow of images from the Field Days, go to:


A more detailed summary of the NODPA Field Days will appear in the November/December NODPA News.

Feed and Pay Price

There are new processors who are looking for milk and that has increased competition which is starting to increase pay price. Horizon confirmed that they will be initiating a winter feed premium of $1 for the period of Oct 1 through Dec 31, and will be adding an additional $1 on the MAP effective Oct 1 through at least June 31, 2015. 

There has been an increase in the number of dairies looking for organic milk which include the following:

  1. Maple Hill Creamery
  2. Trickling Springs Creamery - $32.75 base, $2.50 for BF above 3.2%.
  3. Byrne Dairy (Syracuse, NY) – built a yogurt plant in Cortland, NY and are willing to pay $40 per hundred for those within easy shipping distance
  4. Natural By Nature
  5. Upstate Niagara has been having solicitation meeting in upstate New York and the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont
  6. Chiobani
  7. Sunrise Dairy (yogurt)
  8. Stonyfield Farm
  9. Common Wealth Dairy (Brattleboro) is considering going organic – (yogurt)

Organic chicken is continuing to drive prices up for organic grain. Expect to see corn prices at $525-550/ton in the Northeast with no sign that prices will drop as more imports come into the country.


Recent ODairy Discussions

Liz Bawden, Organic Dairy Farmer and NODPA President reported that there were “Robust discussions about eye injuries, constipation and bloating, organic grain supply in the Northeast, a debate about 100% grass-fed, and more” on ODairy in the last few months. If you ever wondered about what to do about a screw-in fence insulator that somehow a cow had got stuck in its eye them the dedicated veterinarians that subscribe to Odairy had some answers to how to remove it. Homeopathic remedies are also popular topics of discussion as producers build their toolkit of alternative health care remedies to complement their existing herd health practices. The current hot topic in organic dairy is “What is grass-fed” because it can bring up to $5 per hundred in increased pay price, but there are many different propriety definition plus a newly published standard from Pennsylvania Certified Organic.

For more details on all these discussions read Liz’ article at odairy_oct6_100614.shtml.

NODPA launches its Second Annual Fundraising Campaign:

Do you want to support balance in organic decision-making by ensuring that producers have a voice? NODPA provides that with its bimonthly print newsletter; it’s ODairy Listserv; it’s annual Field Days; its comprehensive and regularly updated website and its membership of the National Organic Coalition, National Sustainable Agricultural Coalition and Accredited Certifiers Association. NODPA takes producer concerns to Washington, to industry, to the media and to consumers and environmental groups and, as an independent organization; it acts as a voice for all producers in a marketplace dominated by industry. We keep costs to a minimum but there are still bills to pay. NODPA’s first fundraising campaign in 2013 was moderately successful and we ask you to send in your donation today to support all of these resources and services that we all need and value.  “NODPA supporters are dedicated organic farmers and industry professionals; hard-working, committed to the principles of organic farming and focused on operating their businesses in the most efficient and informed way possible,” said organic dairy producer and NODPA Board President, Liz Bawden, “We work long hours and have come to expect reliable information delivered in the most convenient manner possible, and NODPA delivers.” Watch out for more information coming your way.

You can donate online at:

Please contact Nora Owens at or call 413-427-7166 if you have questions or need assistance. Thank you for your support.

Added September 8, 2014

Interview with NOSB Chair,
Jean Richardson

We are very fortunate to have Dr. Jean Richardson join us at the 2014 NODPA Field Days this year. Jean has a wealth of skills and experience that made her a perfect choice to join the National Organic Standards Board in January 2012 in the ‘Public Interest’ slot. The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) is a 15 member advisory board that helps set standards for the National Organic Program. In May, 2014, Jean was elected Chair of the NOSB. NODPA thought it would be nice for our readers to get to know Jean a little better. Read our interview with Jean and join us September 25th and 26th, at Stonewall Farm in Keene, NH, where you can meet her in person! Click here for the full interview:


Revoke Changes To Sunset Provision - Letter to the Congressional Organic Caucus from consumer cooperatives

The signatures to the letter are from both large and small coops across the country, representing many thousands of the most committed organic purchasers. These are the consumers that continued to purchase organic products during the economic downturn and can justifiably
be called the backbone of the USDA organic brand. The first paragraph says it all: “We, the undersigned organizations, are writing to ask you to advocate reversal of USDA’s unilateral changes to the organic program’s Sunset Provision. We believe these changes violate the intent and the letter of the Organic Foods Production Act (OFPA).” NODPA welcomes and supports this initiative which is well written and clearly states the issues. To read the whole letter please download the PDF at: Dear Organic Caucus FINAL SIGN ON 090114.pdf

Preventive Practices To Maintain
Animal Health

NODPA is excited to have Dr. Cynthia Lankenau as part of our 2014 NODPA Field Days this year. An internationally recognized practitioner of Veterinary Acupuncture, Acupressure, and Chiropractics, Dr Lankenau has a Holistic veterinary practice, servicing large and small animals, in Colden, New York. She received her education from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 1981, has been practicing veterinary medicine for over 33 years and Holistic medicine for 21 years. Dr. Lankenau is a firm believer in preventive practices for maintaining healthy animals. To read her interview with Lisa McCrory, NODPA News editor, please go to:


“What I’ve learned from farmers using zero-grain dairy rations”

Sarah Flack, Organic & Grass-Based Livestock Consultant, will be sharing her knowledge and experience at the NODPA Field Days on what she has learned from producers that use zero-grain rations. With increased demand for milk that qualifies to be sold as “grass-fed”, many producers are looking at the economic advantages and production challenges that marketing under this label requires. Other farms have made the transition to zero-grain more rapidly, due to financial pressures caused by high grain costs and in some situations, due to unpaid grain bills. There are also a number of farms that transitioned to zero-grain 7 to 10 years ago, and continue to find it works well for them.  Sarah has written an article that puts together a couple of decades of ideas, suggestions and observations from farms that have tried zero-grain dairy rations. To read the article, please go to:


Tackling Farm Entry and Exit Challenges

“Farm entry and exit are flip sides of the same coin. We need to pay attention to both, and solutions for one side of the coin can offer solutions to the other.” This is howKathy Ruhf sums up the challenges of generational transfer and providing qualified producers to continue to farm. Kathy is the executive director of Land For Good, where she has worked since 2004. Prior to that she directed the New England Small Farm Institute for 17 years. Kathy has written, consulted and taught about farmland and beginning farmer issues for 25 years. She also served as the coordinator of the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group from 1992-2012, where she specialized in regional food systems and public policy. Kathy Ruhf will share her many years of experience in providing practical solutions to complex and emotional challenges as the pioneers of organic agricultural production retire or transition to doing less work as a speaker at the NODPA Field Days. To read Kathy’s article on the subject, please go to:


Feed and Pay Price Update

In the Northeast, competition for milk supply is increasing with expansion plans by Upstate Niagara and Stonyfield, both looking for producers in certain geographic areas, and the national brands working to keep their producers by offering small incentives on pay price. Producers are in a stronger position to advocate for a higher pay price as they renew contracts or talk with their cooperative about the annual decisions around increase in member compensation. There is also an increase in demand for producers who qualify for the grass fed label as CROPP expands its available routes for producers. The conventional pay price is still high, the beef cull price has shown no sign of dropping, and conventional feed is cheap so there is no economic incentive to transition unless there is the promise of a future higher pay price for organic. With an average growth rate of 7-8% a year in fluid sales and increasing demand for organic dairy in manufactured product, now would be the time for organic buyers to schedule higher pay prices for the next few years as, with higher profits for conventional producers, it makes it easier to transition to organic production as the cost of transition would be less than with weak conventional prices. For a more complete article please go to:


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