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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 September 8, 2014. 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. For details:


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Recent Classifieds

Added in July, August & Septembder 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.

Real Estate

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

Dear Farmland Seekers and Service Providers,

Please send this information to anyone who is interested. 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.


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: 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.


For additional information on the events below, click here.

September 9th, 10:30am to 2:30pm
Crop Diversification, Hay in a Day, and Robotic Milkers and Grazing
North Hardwick Dairy in Hardwick, VT

September 13, 2014
Late Season Grazing School
Bread and Butter Farm, Shelburne, VT

September 16, 2014
Direct Marketing Meats

September 19, 10:00am to 2:00pm
Sustainability for Massachusetts dairies: Grazing, raw milk, and organic certification
Location: Sidehill Farm, 59 Forget Rd., Hawley, MA

September 19, 2014
Maintaining Pasture Systems to Meet Your Farm Goals
Wild Geese Farm, Rushford, NY

September 19-21, 2014
Common Ground Country Fair
Unity, Maine

September 21, 2014
Washington FarmLink Networking Event
Enumclaw, Washington

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

September 26, 2014
Stewardship at Seven W Farm
Paullina, Iowa

October 3, 2014
Cover Cropping and Tillage
Provident Farm, 1254 Blacks Creek Road, Liberty, PA

October 8, 2013 - 11:00am - 2:00pm
Strategic Forage Planning for the Organic Dairy Farm Franklin Farm
Guilford, VT

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

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 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 September 8, 2014

NODPA Field Days on the
25th and 26th of this month

In just a few weeks, NODPA’s 14th Annual Field Days and Annual Meeting will be taking place in Southwest New Hampshire at Stonewall Farm, near Keene. If you haven’t done so already, now is the time to sign up and make your travel plans. At this year’s Field Days, Organic Dairy: Getting Down to Business, we are bringing together a rich array of national and regional leaders who will share their knowledge, ideas, business experience, and herd health practices that are essential for running a successful organic dairy business. The full program can be found at:


In addition to a strong educational program, industry and resource representatives will be on hand to share new products, ideas, and industry trends at our trade show. Many of the presenters are featured in this Enewsletter. If you want to ask questions in person and hear their perspectives then schedule some time to attend. The agenda is geared for an interactive experience with many of the leaders in organic policy, governance, business and cow heath care. To quote NODPA President Liz Bawden:

“We are very excited to have Miles McEvoy, Deputy Administrator of the USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP), Jean Richardson, Chair of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) and Henry Perkins, President, Maine Organic Milk Producers and past NODPA President, share their thoughts on the future of organic dairy following our banquet and NODPA Annual Meeting.”

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:


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.

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.

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