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NODPA’s Mission:

To enable organic dairy family farmers, situated across an extensive area, to have informed discussion about matters critical to the well being of the organic dairy industry as a whole.


Payprice Summary Chart:
2006 to 2013

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

Feed and Pay Price Updates

Feed and Pay Price

Added July 28, 2014. Organic milk supply is tight, consumption of organic fluid milk is increasing, feed costs are starting to rise as supply tightens and purchased hay is expensive, if you can find any of good quality. BUT the pay price only increases by $1. Organic leader and founder of Stonyfield Farms Gary Hirschberg recently told a group of investors that now is the time to buy into organics and it seems there is a positive future for everyone in the organic business world except for producers who are being undercut by imports. Learn more about the current trends in milk pay price, feed and the retail price for organic milk by going here >

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.

Recent Classifieds

Added in July & August 2014

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Dairy farm for lease in Londonderry - 200 acres with approximately 60 acres of pasture & 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 Jon Ramsay at (802) 533-7705 or
Experienced farm family seeking opportunity to work with retiring farmer and his wife. We would like to work towards possible ownership of the farm and cattle and machinery. Our goal right now is to have an opportunity to get back in farming because we love working with animals and the land. We also have some well used and maintained machinery that we would bring with us. Our family has grown up on farms and been around the farming industry all our lives. We currently reside in Newark Valley, New York, which is just west of Binghamton. We would like to stay in the Northeast but we are willing to go elsewhere if the appropriate opportunity was too good to resist. You can contact us at: Frank 607-321-5062, Tom 607-321-5694, Minelle 607-321-3684.
Added July 28, 2014.


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

Wanted: 6 started heifer calves, prefer 1-3 months old and prefer crossbreds. Email is most convenient means of contact. Added July 16, 2014.
Name: John Amey
Phone: 603-538-7734
Location: Pittsburg,NH

Nine splendid animals from a down-sizing raw milk dairy available. Mainly Brown Swiss, plus two Jerseys and a Canadienne. Three cows (1 mid lactation and 2 freshening), four bred heifers, and two yearling heifers. Call or email for more information.
Added July 16, 2014.
Name: Sarah Fournier-Scanlon
Phone: 413-634-5452
Location: Cummington, MA

Forage, Bedding & Grains

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.


Job Posting: Quality Systems and Information Technology Manager

Pennsylvania Certified Organic announces a job opening for a Quality Systems and Information Technology (IT) Manager. The ideal candidate will have education and experience in quality systems, information or business management, including but not limited to: auditing, document control, and quality and IT systems. 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 range: $41,000 to $51,000, 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 at Please send resume and cover letter to Added July 16, 2014.

Job Title: Herd Manager
Location: Poland New York
Salary: DOE
Benefits: Housing + 3 days of Continuing Education + 2 Weeks Vacation after one year
Added July 16, 2014.


POSITION - Biological Farming/Organic dairy and rotational grazing experience - Strong focus on quality milk production - Strong operational management experience with basic computer skills - Strong herd health experience including dry cow & calf management - Strong milking employee management experience - Field work experience preferred
Job Description: An upstart high quality 80 expanding to 200 cow, 900 acre Biological Dairy Farm that will carry an organic certification is searching for a Herd Manager to supervise, coordinate, and run the day-to-day operations that include all aspects of high-low group TMR, rotational grazing, herd health, and breeding. AI breeding preferred and experience with bulls a plus.

Position Description * Added July 16, 2014
Santa Cruz, CA


Organic Farming Research Foundation is currently seeking a Research Program Director to lead the research grants initiatives, the development of analytical products, and overall educational efforts.

This new, senior level position provides an exciting opportunity for the right candidate to build on OFRF’s body of work, to develop programs that encourage more farmers to adopt organic practices and grow the sector, and strategically help guide the organization through its next phase of growth.


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


For additional information on the events below, click here.

August 27, 2014
Fodder Production Workshop, B-A-Blessing Farm, Whitesville, NY

September 25-26, 2014
14th Annual NODPA Field Days, Stonewall Farm, Keene, NH

Feature Farm -Sheen Dairy farm

Located in Gouverneur, NY, this small farm has managed to keep their farming enterprise manageable for a team of two, while paying attention to important details, winning them National Milk Quality awards in 2011 and 2013. Learn more about their farm and what they do to produce such a high quality product.


Added August 18, 2014

NODPA Field Days Update

For the second time in NODPA’s 14-year history, New Hampshire will host NODPA’s Field Days this year. We will gather in Southwestern New Hampshire at Stonewall Farm, in Keene, at the height of the autumn color, on Thursday, September 25th and Friday September 26th.

This year’s program is packed with compelling, practical workshops, a tour of the diverse enterprises at Stonewall Farm, a large trade show, delicious local and organic meals, a social hour, and plenty of time to network with fellow farmers. We are excited to announce that Miles McEvoy, Deputy Administrator of the National Organic Program, USDA-AMS, Dr. Jean Richardson, Chair of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), and Henry Perkins, President of the Maine Organic Milk Producers, past President of NODPA, and long-time certified organic farmer, will share their thoughts on the future of organic certification following the Thursday evening banquet and NODPA’s annual meeting. As always, there will be plenty of time for questions and discussion.

As the NODPA Field Days’ title suggests, half of this year’s program focuses on improving the farm’s financial bottom line while the other half focuses on organic dairy’s bottom line: the cows. Dr. Hubert Karreman, VMD and Dr. Cynthia Lankenau, DVM, will team up to provide practical knowledge and tools so you can keep your herd in peak condition.

From the business perspective, we will have workshops that focus on creating sustainability through diversity and planning for the next generation; ways to maximize farm income without large-scale capital investment or changing production practices; and trends and opportunities for grass based dairies in the wholesale organic milk market. Herd health workshops will include the very popular Odairy Live! Ask the Vets: Q & A session, and an extended, hands-on workshop on Alternative Cow Care: Chiropractic, Acupuncture, Acupressure and more which will be led by both Dr. Karreman and Dr. Lankenau, using cows generously donated by Stonewall Farm.

Interested in learning more about this 2-day event? Thinking about becoming a sponsor or an exhibitor? Planning on attending? Please go HERE for more details, or contact Nora Owens, NODPA Field Days Coordinator, at:, phone: 413-772-0444. To Register for this event, go HERE.

Finally, to download a PDF of our brochure, go here >

Madre Method

The 'Madre Method', defined as the 'unencumbered suckling of a calf on its own biological dam from birth to the age of 10 months', is a method of raising replacements that Phyllis and Paul Van Amburgh began on their farm 8 years ago. This article covers the technique as well as the economics and the benefits that the Van Amburghs have experienced in their herd by way of livestock health, vigor, longevity and more. Find the full article HERE.

Dual Purpose Fleckvieh Cattle

With a growing interest in grass-based livestock genetics for organic dairies, the dual purpose Fleckvieh cow has been gaining some attention. Organic production practices demand that a cow is healthy and productive, and can live a long time. Dual purpose breeds bring an added economic benefit of being able to market some of the livestock (bulls, cull cows, etc) for beef. The Bavarian Fleckvieh is a strong, muscular, dual purpose cow with the potential for high milk production, grass efficiency, longevity and an income stream for milk and beef. Learn more about this breed HERE.

Odairy Discussions

In each issue of the NODPA News we include an article by NODPA President, Liz Bawden, where she summarizes two months of discussions on the informative and lively NODPA-Odairy Discussion List. This summary article includes a story about a calf with a knuckled under hoof, a cow with edema, another animal with poor appetite, one with a bladder infection and a group of calves with giardia, and more.
Find Liz's excellent article HERE.

Added July 28, 2014

Johne's Disease

Dr. Susan Beal continues to learn about Johne's disease and though there is lots of information out there reflecting conventional thoughts and research, Susan would like to push the envelope a little and share some case stories and thoughts around this disease. Read more here.

Cover Crops as Forage Crops ...
A Look at Winter Rye and Triticale

As more and more farmers in the Northeast are starting to look at cover crops as part of their crop rotation, 'double cropping'  has become a very viable option to evaluate. In this article, Kirsten Workman, Agronomy Outreach Professional for UVM Extension, will compare the performance of Winter Rye and Winter Triticale by sharing yields and feed value of these two crops. Samples were collected from three different farms on five fields. Read more here.

Feed and Pay Price

Organic milk supply is tight, consumption of organic fluid milk is increasing, feed costs are starting to rise as supply tightens and purchased hay is expensive, if you can find any of good quality. BUT the pay price only increases by $1. Organic leader and founder of Stonyfield Farms Gary Hirschberg recently told a group of investors that now is the time to buy into organics and it seems there is a positive future for everyone in the organic business world except for producers who are being undercut by imports. Learn more about the current trends in milk pay price, feed and the retail price for organic milk by going here >

Farmer Groups meet in DC to discuss
how to give farmers more clout in
national policy

Building an effective political voice for organic farmers and ranchers in the United States was the subject of a multi-organization meeting in Washington DC in mid-June.  Representatives from organic farming and supporting associations from the East, Midwest, Northwest, South, Upper Great Plains and mountain regions representing approximately 1/3 of organic farmers nationwide attended this exploratory meeting. While many organic farmers belong to organizations that already engage in valuable policy focused coalitions, or that do this work on their own, this group came to the conclusion that there is a need for a national organization representing all organic farmers and ranchers. This organization would be a forum where organic farmers can debate and formulate national organic farm policy reflecting the needs and concerns of organic farmers, plus represent organic farmers’ interests and concerns in broader issues where the voice of the organic farmer is needed or desired.  Having a place where the media, elected officials, and regulatory agencies can find the undiluted voice of the organic farming community would provide the clout and influence that organic farmers lack at this time. It was not the goal of the exploratory meeting to design a fully develop program, network or organization but it did discuss many ideas and concepts. This group wants to hear from as many farmers or farmer based organizations, as possible from all over the country and to know if they would be willing to participate in the development of a confederation, network or organization to provide for a strong and effective organic farmer voice in the United States. Please get in touch with me by email,, if you have an interest in moving the process forward. And click here for more details of the meeting and who attended.

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.

Check out the 20 new entries in our business directory ...
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