Twin Oaks Dairy, Truxton, NY:
The Evolution of a Farmer and a Farm
“Picture a four year old girl and her 6 year old brother--back in the days before IPad, cell phones, video games, and even TV in most homes. Farm life activities were riding tricycles in the driveway, playing with our nearby cousins, going fishing in the river, building forts from the piles of fence posts, and wishing there were trees on our lawn so we could play in the leaves. Luckily, our grandparents lived on the other side of the road and they did have nice, big trees with lots of leaves. So my brother and I talked with our grandfather and he made us a deal—if we raked and bagged up the leaves, we could take them over to our lawn—and we only had to pay him 5 cents a bag of leaves for that privilege. That was my first lesson in economics and business.” To read more of Kathie Arnold’s 2016 “Farmer of the Year” presentation adapted for a NODPA News article please go to:
Organic Exemption from Check-offs
for all certified operations
As of March 1, 2016, all organic operations can exempt themselves from paying into conventional check-offs. To read more about the process please go to:
To download the form for organic dairy producers to use, please go to:
AMS Organic Exemption Form
For exemption forms for other commodities please go to: https://www.ams.usda.gov/resources/rp-organic-exemption
For those that have not yet claimed their money back, don’t delay – it’s not often that as a small business you get tax money back!
The USDA AMS is reported to be moving through the process of examining all the issues raised by the partial proposals submitted to counteract the OTA’s full proposal on an organic check-off. There is no timeline for when they might publish a full proposal on the Federal Register, which will be available for comment. If you do not want an organic check-off, register your opinion with USDA AMS employees whenever you can because the USDA is under the false impression that farmers are in favor of a federally mandated organic check-off tax. To keep updated with all that is happening and to sign the petition against the check-off, please go to www.noorganiccheckoff.com.
Opposed to OTA’s proposed organic check off? If you are going to a meeting or conference this spring, download these handouts (EMBEDED LINK) and continue the education process, plus encourage folks to go to www.noorganiccheckoff.com