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The 14th Annual NODPA Field Days and Annual Meeting

Featured Speakers

Since 2009, Miles McEvoy has served as the Deputy Administrator of the National Organic Program, USDA-AMS. Prior to coming to the USDA, he had over 20 years of experience leading the Washington State Department of Agriculture's (WSDA) Organic Food Program, one of the nation's first state organic certification programs. He was the founding Director of The Food Alliance, Portland OR, and helped establish the National Association of State Organic Programs (NASOP). 

Dr. Jean Richardson, Chair, National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), is Professor Emerita, University of Vermont, where she taught Environmental Studies and Environmental Law, and where she led the Environmental Partnerships in Communities (EPIC) project (funded by the Kellogg Foundation) which included research on pasture management, and the provision of extensive technical assistance to farmers on pasture management and on sustainable livestock systems. Currently she is an inspector of organic farms and processors, and a maple syrup producer.

Henry Perkins, President, Maine Organic Milk Producers, past president, NODPA, is a long-time certified organic farmer. He owned and managed a large organic dairy in Albion, ME, and grew, processed and direct marketed organic sunflower oil.

Dr. Hubert Karreman, DVM, has been involved with organic agriculture since 1988 while a herdsman at Seven Stars Farm, Kimberton, PA, where he experienced the value of homeopathic remedies, which inspired him to go to veterinary school to learn "the real thing" in order to mix and match treatment modes. He was a full-time dairy veterinarian from 1995-2010, working primarily with organic cows in the Lancaster, PA area.  He served 5 years on the National Organic Standards Board and has been an invited speaker for farmer and veterinary groups both nationally and internationally. Currently, he leads educational classes and applied research with various farm animal species at the Rodale Institute, while also owning Bovinity Health, LLC a company providing science-based and holistic solutions for commonly encountered dairy cow problems.

Cynthia Lankenau, VMD grew up on a dairy farm in NY’s Hudson Valley; graduated from Cornell’s Veterinary School in 1981 and worked in a dairy practice in Boonville, NY before joining the Peace Corps in 1984. As she grew disillusioned with conventional veterinary, she began exploring alternative therapies. Beginning in 1991, Cindy started using acupuncture, chiropractic and then homeopathy and botanical medicine. Currently, Dr. Lankenau has a 100% alternative large and small animal practice in Colden, NY. She has extensive training and certifications in alternative treatment forms, and lectures both nationally and internationally about them.