Northeast Organic Dairy Producers Alliance




More Organic Milk Sought in Northeast

January 2008

Farms should be sure to have a market secured before beginning the 12 month herd transition.

CROPP Cooperative~Organic Valley Family of Farms , the nation's largest farmer owned organic marketing cooperative continues to grow its dairy producers base now and into the future in New York,  Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania,  Virginia and all of the New England States. Current market conditions underscore the need for our founding principles of supply management. Near term, we have ample milk supply and we are now directing producers interested transitioning to organic dairy production to begin their 12 month transition no sooner than the Fall of 2007. We offer a stable, competitive organic milk pay price once certified organic and a complete year of Transitional Funding for new farmers during herd's transitional year as well as Staff Veterinarians, Farmers Relations staff support, the Organic Trader, and inclusive communications. In addition, our Farm Resource department can help refer, source and finance feed purchases for your operation.  
In New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia contact Peter Miller, Northeast Region Dairy Pool Coordinator, at (888) 444-6455, x3407 to leave a voice message, or mobile at
(612) 801-3506, In New England States contact John Cleary, New England Dairy Pool Coordinator, at (888)-444-6544 x3330 to leave voice mail, or mobile at (612)-803-9087, or email at

HP Hood continues to look for high quality farms for our organic milk supply. We are eager to talk to farms that are ready to begin their herd transition in the fall of 2007. Our routes encompass a number of Northern Tier States (ME, NH, VT, NY, PA, OH, MI, WI, MN, IA) and we would like to hear from you. Our support of sustainable agriculture, a signing bonus and transition assistance have helped many already. Please call Karen Cole, HP Hood Milk Procurement,  or at 1-866-383-1026.

Upstate Niagara Cooperative, a dairy farmer owned, full service cooperative headquartered in Buffalo, NY is continuing to grow its supply of organic milk.  The members of Upstate Niagara Coop own and operate 4 milk plants in Buffalo, Niagara Falls and Rochester.   Our members are interested in producing organic milk and processing organic dairy products.   We currently process & package fresh, not ultra-pasteurized organic milk in our Rochester Milk Plant.  If you are interested in learning more about Upstate Niagara Coop, please visit our website at or contact me. 
Enjoy your day…..Bill Young 800-724-6455

LOFCO continues to look for milk in PA/MD, particularly southeast PA. The market is strong. Please contact Levi Miller at 717/661-8682 or Jerry McCleary at 717/577-8809.

Dairy Marketing Services (DMS) continues to market more than 50 percent of organic milk in the Northeast. DMS was established to deliver efficiency in services and enhance returns from the market directly back to producers at a minimal cost. It offers a wide range of services to producers such as health insurance and workers compensation through Agri-Services Agency, leases and loans from Agri-Max Financial, farm inputs and supplies through Eagle Dairy Direct, and herd management software from Dairy One. For more information, please contact Dave Eyster at 1-888-589-6455, ext. 5409 or

Horizon Organic continues to grow its producer partner network in the East and Midwest. Horizon Organic offers competitive pay, transitional funds during the 12 months transition of the herd and long-term contracts. Producers in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Michigan, Virginia and Kentucky contact Cindy Masterman 888-648-8377; New York, Maryland, Ohio and Pennsylvania contact Peter Slaunwhite 800-381-0980; Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois and Indiana contact Mike Bandstra 877-620-8259.

United Ag Services in Seneca Falls, NY is looking for organic milk in NY and northern PA. Please call 800-326-4251.

Any buyers looking for organic milk who would like to be listed in this column for the March  2008 issue, please email the desired text to Ed at or call
413-772-0444 by February 18th 2008

Organic Valley

Horizon Organic UPDATED FOR FEB. 2008

HP Hood



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