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NODPA NEWS & NOTES

Payprice Summary Chart: 2006 to 2013

Download a copy of our summary chart comparing payprice for Organic Valley and Horizon over time.

Organic Milk, Pay,
Retail and Feed Prices November 2016

Added November 16, 2016. Its official – we are in a surplus supply situation and CROPP is selling organic milk into the conventional market. George Siemon posted on Odairy list serve: “There is an oversupply in most of the nation, and our cooperative for one is selling milk conventionally rather than lowering the target price so that we protect the long-term organic price.” Pay price has been hit though with both CROPP and WhiteWave taking up to two dollars off the Market Adjustment Premium (MAP) which doesn’t affect the base price but is significant as we enter into the winter months.

November feed and pay price update

Check Out All The Businesses Supporting NODPA's Work

Over 20 businesses have signed up for our business membership directory, helping support our newsletter, web site, advocacy work, and more. Check them out.

5 Ways You
Can Support NODPA

Ten years ago NODPA was formed in response to a threat of a drop in milk price. In 2014 NODPA is the only organization whose mission is to represent the interest of organic dairy producers no matter who they sell their milk to.

Click here for a summary of the many ways you can support NODPA and the farmers it represents.

Recent Classifieds

Added in September and October 2016.

For full classifieds, click here.

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Animals

Certified organic complete dairy herd dispersal. Milk cows, calves, open heifers, short breds and springers. Milk herd is roughly half Holstein and half jerseys. Call for more details and prices. Added December 9, 2016.
Name: Austin Davis
Email: Davis93157@gmail.com
Phone: (570)541-6360
Location: Central Pennsylvania

6 Cows, Holstein and Holstein Cross, all stages of lactation. $1800 - $2500 per cow. Tom Perrin, 716-913-1864 Location: South of Buffalo, NY. Added November 21, 2016.

2 year old Jersey/Montbeliard bull for sale $800. One Lineback and three Holstein heifers for sale. Certified organic and exposed to above bull this summer. $1500 each. Added November 18, 2016.
Name: Dan Finn
Email: dmacfinn@gmail.com
Phone: 607 746 8192
Location: Delhi NY

Looking for registered holstein, swiss or jersey calves. Preferably weaned to 6 months old. Reasonably priced and within reasonable distance. Added November 15, 2016.
Name: LeAnna Compagna
Email: lmcompagna@gmail.com
Phone: 802-989-4137
Location: WHITING, VT

12 certified organic Holstein/Ayrshire crosses for sale. Due this April as two-year olds. Low grain herd in Mansfield PA. $2,500 each or $25,000 for all 12. Added November 11, 2016.
Call Mike Geiser at (570)549-2319 (no e-mail).
Contact: Mike Geiser
Phone: 570-549-2319
Location: Mansfield, PA

Recently fresh beautiful Jersey cow & her heifer calf. This is her first calf/lactation. Very nice looking calf 2 months old raised on mother. Mother very docile, great milker. Organically raised/fed but not certified. Keeps great condition on pasture. Would make a great family cow or great young cow for pasture based dairy herd. Asking $2,000 for cow and calf. Pick up on farm. Masonville, NY (Delaware County) Added October 31, 2016.
Email: jeffrey.casel@gmail.com
Phone: 410-533-2461
Location: Masonville, NY

Employment

Director of Marketing & Development:
Added October 20, 2016. Pennsylvania Certified Organic (PCO) announces an opening for Director of Marketing and Development. This director will lead the Education and Outreach Team and oversee PCO’s resource development, education and outreach, marketing and public relations programs. The ideal candidate will have education and experience in the following areas: writing proposals and securing funding, conducting community education and outreach, and leading marketing initiatives. We are looking for a well-organized and self-motivated person to join our team. This position is based in our Spring Mills, PA, office. Remote work locations will be considered.This is a full-time, exempt position.
Salary: $55,000 - $65,000, depending on experience.
Benefits: health, dental, vision, disability and life insurance; Simple IRA, generous holiday, vacation and paid time off.
Position will remain open until filled. A full job description is available on our website www.paorganic.org/jobs. Please send resume and cover letter to lia@paorganic.org.

Staff Accountant
Added October 20, 2016. Pennsylvania Certified Organic (PCO) announces an opening for Staff Accountant. The ideal candidate will have education and / or experience in accounting functions including, but not limited to: accounts payable/receivable, generating financial reports, performing journal entries, etc. We are looking for a well-organized and self-motivated person to join our team-oriented environment in Spring Mills, Pennsylvania.
This is a full-time, exempt position.
Salary: $40,000 - $50,000, depending on experience.
Benefits: health, dental, vision, disability and life insurance; Simple IRA, generous holiday, vacation and paid time off.
Position will remain open until filled. A full job description is available on our website www.paorganic.org/jobs. Please send resume and cover letter to lia@paorganic.org.

Forage, Grains & Bedding

For Sale: Certified Organic Oats. Bulk, tote bags, and 50lb bags available. Excellent test weights. Asking $5.00/bu. Added December 9, 2016.
Name: Logan McLaughlin (McLaughlin Farms)
Email: logan.l.mclaughlin@gmail.com
Phone: 207.227.7458
Location: Maine

Certified thru GOA baleage & oats for sale. Baleage is solid core round bales 4 x 4. 2nd, 3rd & 4th cutting available. 10 tons of oats for sale. Weights and test results available. Trucking available. John Sampson @ 315.209.9482 Located in Locke, NY 13092 Added November 21, 2016.

Certified Organic Round Bales. First cutting grass hay $40.00 a bale, Baleage $40.00 a bale, Bedding hay $35.00 a bale or $3.50 for small square bales. Delivery extra. Call 973-875-2849 or e-mail stephensfarmnj@aol.com Located in Sussex, New Jersey 07461.
Added October 26, 2016.

KD Shavings year round. Also a limited amount of corn and haylage every year. (Please save for reference.) Ralph Caldwell, Maine: 207-754-3871. Added October 7, 2016.

Events

For additional information on the events below, click here.

December

December 4, 2016 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Assessing Pasture Soil Fertility and Forage Quality
Clover Springs Farm, 234 Ragged Hill Rd, West Brookfield, MA
Cost: NOFA/Mass Member - $35 (walk-in: $40) Non-member - $45 (walk-in: $50)

December 5 - 6, 2016, 8:30am - 5:30 pm
6th Annual Soil & Nutrition Conference: Nature as Solution -
Cultivating synergy to put nutrition and flavor back on the table
Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, 57 Interlaken Road, Stockbridge, MA 01262

December 5, 2016
Farmland Access Conference
Augusta Civic Center, 76 Community Dr., Augusta, ME

December 6, 2016 and January 24, 2017
New England Farm Succession School
Augusta, ME

January

January 14, 2017 (All day)
NOFA-MA Winter Conference
Worcester State University, Worcester, MA

January 9-18, 2017
Fundamentals of Artisan Cheese
Sterling College in Craftsbury, VT

January 20 & 21, 2017
The 21st Annual Vermont Grazing and Livestock Conference: Grazing Annual Forages
Lake Morey Resort, Fairlee, VT
SAVE THE DATE 2017

January 25-28, 2017
Ecological Farming Association’s 37th EcoFarm Conference
Pacific Grove, California

January 20-22, 2017
NOFA NY Winter Conference, Long Live the Farmer: Diversity and Biodiversity
The Saratoga Hilton, 534 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, New York, 12866

January 31, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm EST
Landscape Heroes: Carbon, Water, and Biodiversity: Small Steps – Big Impacts
UMass, Amherst, MA


Featured Farm: Jamink Farm,
St. Andrews, Ontario, Canada

Jamink Farm was established in 2014 as a 50/50 partnership between husband and wife Thomas and Julia Booijink.  The unique farm name is a combination of equal parts:  three letters from Julia’s maiden name (James) and three letters from Thomas’ last name (Booijink).  More than a name, it’s a symbol of the couple’s shared passion for dairy farming.  Thomas and Julia, along with their three-year old daughter, Felicity, and soon-to-be baby, milk 85 cows. 50% of the herd is Holsten and 50% is Jersey. Both breeds are registered. The pair owns 500 acres in St. Andrews, Ontario, situated in the southeastern point of Canada’s 2nd largest and most populous province. For more on this NODPA featured farm please go to:

November Feature Farm

Added November 15, 2016

Danone Announces the Purchase of WhiteWave Foods: How this will impact Organic Dairy Farmers in the Northeast?

On July 7, 2016, Danone announced that it will buy WhiteWave Foods in a deal worth $12.5 billion in cash and a $34 million golden parachute to the WhiteWave CEO, Greg Engles. Danone merging with WhiteWave will make Danone one of the top 15 food and beverage producers in the US. Danone has more than one-third (33.7 percent) of U.S. yogurt sales in 2015, considerably higher than its nearest rival, General Mills, which has 25.3 percent of the market. Though a smaller portion of the market, WhiteWave’s Horizon and Wallaby organic yogurt brands compete with Danone’s Stonyfield organic yogurts. Stonyfield makes the number-one selling brand of organic yogurt and the number-three, overall, yogurt brand in the United States, according to Fortune magazine. The companies are projecting $300 million in synergies by 2020. Cecile Canais, chief financial officer of Danone, said the company is projecting $300 million in synergies on an annual basis. For the complete article please go to:

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Statement of the Organic Farmers’ Agency for Relationship Marketing, Inc. (OFARM) to the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB)

The U.S. organic market has been deluged with imports of organic corn and soybeans that are highly suspect as to their organic integrity.

Current USDA FAS GATS data shows that Turkey and Ukraine, up until last year, as being top exporters of organic corn and soybeans to the U.S. in 2016 (July, Turkey, 930,000 bushels of corn, 333,265 bushels of soybeans; August, Turkey 1,178,308 bushels of corn, 215,210 bushels of soybeans) This trend is on pace to be almost a million bushels of corn into the U.S. per month in 2016.

The rise of imports from Turkey especially raises concern as have imports from the Ukraine and Romania. A 2016 report by USDA’s Foreign Agriculture Service summarized the potential for fraudulent activity in the Turkish organic sector: For the complete article please go to:

in_ofarm-nosb-111516.shtml

Pay and Feed Price Update

Its official – we are in a surplus supply situation and CROPP is selling organic milk into the conventional market. George Siemon posted on Odairy list serve: “There is an oversupply in most of the nation, and our cooperative for one is selling milk conventionally rather than lowering the target price so that we protect the long-term organic price.” Pay price has been hit though with both CROPP and WhiteWave taking up to two dollars off the Market Adjustment Premium (MAP) which doesn’t affect the base price but is significant as we enter into the winter months. Pay price must reflect costs of production, a fair wage for the managers of the operation (living expenses), and a return on investment so that there can be re-investment in the operation or an ability to service debt. Pay price should control supply and growth especially at this moment when dairy manufacturers want organic milk and dairy products. If it doesn’t, we are another large step down the conventional road where buyers will be driving down the pay price while pushing for economies of scale that will make organic dairy nonviable in New England and the Northeast.

George Siemon was very clear about the direction that he is taking CROPP, the largest purchaser and wholesaler of organic milk in the country. On NODPA’s Odairy listserv, he said “We set out to bring organic into the food system, and we have succeeded…. I hope we all agree that this is good news for family farms. Now, the real challenge is how to maintain the farmer pay price and to ensure integrity at all levels.”  He is also quoted in a Star Tribune, Minneapolis, Minnesota article on 10/29/16, in which he said that he largely agrees with its accuracy, as saying, “Our job is not to increase our own profits, it’s to do organics right,” adding that, “General Mills’ job is to grow demand.” The conventional companies expect that with increased volume, their raw ingredients (organic milk) will become cheaper. Foreign countries see the large US organic market as very attractive, especially those countries with lower costs of production. This is very evident in the organic grain and feed market which is now overrun with cheap imports. For more on feed and pay price plus charts please go to:

November feed and pay price update

It’s November:
Time for the
Annual NODPA
Fund Drive

Has your NODPA Fund Drive letter arrived? When it does, we hope you will consider all the ways NODPA works for Organic Dairy farm families and those who support the industry, and send in your annual contribution. If you already support NODPA through the monthly Milk Check Assignment or during NODPA’s Field Days, we say thanks!

“Many organic dairy farmers already support NODPA with their monthly Milk Check Assignment, and that continues to be a great way to support NODPA. We also offer Business Memberships,” said Ed Maltby, NODPA Executive Director, “and applications for both can be found on our website, www.nodpa.com.” “If you didn’t receive a letter in the mail or have misplaced it, you can complete and send in the contribution form. You can also donate online at www.nodpa.com/donate.shtml," said Nora Owens, NODPA Fundraising Campaign Coordinator. And, if you have questions or need assistance, please give Nora a call at 413-772-0444 or email her at noraowens@comcast.net. Your generous financial support will help NODPA continue to provide the valuable resources and services that you have come to depend on, so please take a moment and send in your pledge today.

Learn more about our fund drive >

The 16th Annual NODPA Field Days
The Future of Organic Dairy Farming: Regenerate, Renew, Refresh

Gray and rainy weather conditions are usually unwelcome at most gatherings but for the 16th Annual NODPA Field Days it meant that more farmers were able to attend, and they certainly did. Stakeholders of the organic milk industry gathered together in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania on September 29th-30th. The conference was held at the Chambersburg Mennonite Church.

The 100+ attendees were a diverse group: a multitude of organic dairy farm families (including the Booijinks, a couple from Ontario, Canada who own and operate Jamink Farm, the November NODPA News’ featured farm), processors, Extension Agents, certifiers, non-profits, agricultural consultants, product dealers, journalists, a goat milk producer, and some aspiring dairy families.  We were warmly received by the Chambersburg Mennonite Church community whose ample meeting space and well-equipped kitchen proved an exceptional venue. Attendees heard from a diverse group of presenters on topics that are important to the organic dairy industry; participated in a robust trade show; participated in an informative tour of Hamilton Heights Farm, owned and operated by Cliff and Maggie Hawbaker and their family; and had plenty of time to visit catch up with old friends and make new ones.

Field Days Review >

Field Days Photo Gallery >

NODPA Featured in the Food Tank and
James Beard Foundation’s 3rd Annual Good Food Guide

NODPA is honored to announce that it has been included in the 3rd Annual Good Food Guide published by the Food Tank and the James Beard Foundation. The guide features 1,000 nonprofit organizations that are creating a better food system across the United States.

Learn more >

Added September 13, 2016

Organic Milk Pay, Retail and Feed price update for September 2016

Following some months in 2015 when organic milk production seemed to have slowed, or even declined, 2016 has been a good year for growth in production. Recent efforts to increase numbers of organic dairy producers, by some processors, are now generating increased organic milk flows. NOFA-NY LLC is currently working with the largest group of transitioning farms since the rule change which mandated 100% organic feed for a full year to transition. They currently certify 312 dairy operations, 22 of which are grass-fed certified as well. Transition numbers are continually growing, with 55 farms in transition and an additional 13 farms looking to bring in organic animals to start shipping organic milk. Grass-fed is on the rise too, with nine farms pending certification through NOFA-NY. AMS reports total organic milk products’ retail sales for June 2016 of 217 million pounds, were up 6.7% from June 2015, and up 5.6% from January through June, compared with the same months of 2015. Total organic whole milk products retail fluid sales for June 2016, 78 million pounds, were up 16.2% compared with June last year and up 16.3% January through June compared with the same months of 2015. For the complete article please go to:

September feed and pay prices

Organic Checkoff Update

Letter from the No Organic Checkoff Coalition to the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service Opposing OTA’s most recent Proposal

Our petition opposing the organic checkoff now has 1762 signatures, more than OTA’s one supporting it. OTA’s slogan is that they can make the much-disparaged checkoff program work for organic as a once-in-a-lifetime multi-commodity program. The No Organic Checkoff Coalition, including 25 organic farmer organizations and businesses, will continue to monitor the progress of the USDA process. For more information please go to: www.noorganiccheckoff.com

Portable Parlors, Robots & Challenges Managing Dairy Animal Flow in Grazing Systems

By Sarah Flack, Sarah Flack Consulting

“Managing a grazing system for dairy animals requires that they move from pasture to get milked, and then back to pasture multiple times each day. This requires more planning for lanes and fence locations than on a beef or sheep farm, where the herd is simply moved from one paddock to another and may not return to the barn during the entire grazing season.  Dairy grazing systems also require that the farm has enough pasture land within reasonable walking distance of the milking facility.  If the parlor can be portable, there is more flexibility on the location of the grazing land; but if the milking facility is in a fixed location, the grazing system design requires some careful planning in order for it to work well.” For the complete article please go to:

Portable parlors

And, don’t forget Sarah’s new book: The Art and Science of Grazing, How Grass Farmers Can Create Sustainable Systems for Healthy Animals and Farm Ecosystems.  Please go to: https://www.chelseagreen.com/farm-garden/the-art-and-science-of-grazing



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