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NODPA’s 11th Annual Field Days And Producer Meeting
September 29 and 30, 2011, Cooperstown Beaver Valley Cabins and Campsites,
Milford, New York  

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS FOR THE MEETING!

Thursday, September 29, 2011
9:00 am to noon
  Farm Tour, Siobhan Griffin’s Raindance Farm, Schenevus, NY. This  event is sponsored by NODPA, NOFA-NY and Organic Valley CROPP Cooperative.
9:00-9:30 am   Farm tourregistration and breakfast refreshments

Farm tour and 'Reading the Landscape' workshop with Troy Bishopp, regional grazing specialist, Madison Co. SWCD/Upper Susquehanna Coalition, and a project leader for a NESARE funded professional development grazing training project through the CNY RC&D Council in Norwich, NY. Participants will learn how to assess whether their pastures are moving forward or backward in productivity and profitability by monitoring (assessing) % forage ground cover, biological activity, plant species diversity, earthworm and dung beetle populations, and more.
Siobhan Griffin began her first farm in Vermont in 1991 with 20 cows, 10 owned and 10 lent.  Today she farms in the foothills of the Catskills where she milks 90 cows that graze on 200 acres.  Siobhan is an avid grazer with the goal of someday grazing her entire farm.  Siobhan began processing her own cheese in 2010. <
12:30-1:30 pm   NODPA Field Days Registration and Lunch
Banquet Hall at Cooperstown Beaver Valley Cabins and Campgrounds, Milford NY
1:30-3:00 pm   Facts and Fiction: Demystifying Private Label Milk
What we need to know about private label milk and whether it impacts pay price. Panel: TBD
3:30-5:00 pm   Producer Meeting: Open to all Field Days Participants
5:00-6:00 pm   Social Hour and Trade Show: light refreshments and time to visit the tradeshow
6:00-7:00 pm   Banquet Dinner
7:00-7:30 pm   Keynote Speaker: Francis Thicke, an organic dairy farmer, leader in the organic industry, author and former candidate for Iowa Secretary of Agriculture
7:30-8:30 pm   NODPA Annual Meeting: President’s report, Executive Director’s year in review
8:30   Meeting ends for day
Friday, September 30, 2011
6:30-9:00 am   Continental Breakfast and Tradeshow, Banquett Hall
7:00-8:30 am   Producer-Only Meeting---Location to be announced
7:30-8:30 am   Viewing of the YouTube video on Natural Gas Exploration with Carolyn Knapp and Carol French, two dairy farmers from Bradford County, PA who give a comprehensive, boots-on-the-ground tour of the positives and negatives of natural gas exploration, banquet hall.
9:00-10:30 am   Natural Gas Exploration: What impact will it have on Organic Certification? Panel Speakers: TBD
10:30-10:45 am   Milk Break and Trade Show
10:45 am-12:15 pm   Advocacy Groups in the Organic Dairy Marketplace: Why they are important and necessary. Speaker/Facilitator: Liana Hoodes, National Organic Coalition. Panel: Francis Thicke, others to be announced.
12:30-2:00 pm   Lunch, Trade Show and Door Prize Drawing
2:00-4:00 pm   Thinking-man's grazing: Learning how to plan your grazing for profit, production and success. This workshop offers practical, hands-on learning experience on grazing plan strategies and will include examples of farms that have applied these methods. Attendees will learn how to plan their grazing ahead of time to meet their personal production goals. Troy Bishopp, grazing specialist, SWCD/Upper Susquehanna Coalition.
4:00 pm   End of Meeting.