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At the 2012 Field Days

The 13th Annual NODPA Field Days
September 26 & 27, 2013, Mansfield, PA

Added June 3, 2013. NODPA’s 13th annual Field Days’ program, Organic Dairy: Innovative Strategies to Stay Profitable is coming together and promises to have activities and educational sessions that will interest everyone. This year’s event will be at the Mansfield Hose Company Banquet Hall in Mansfield, PA on Thursday and Friday, September 26th and 27th.

This year, NODPA is partnering with Holistic Management International (HMI) to create an agenda that provides the tools for organic dairy farm families to enhance the health, productivity and profitability of their land and family while effectively and significantly increasing annual profits. NODPA Field Days kicks off on Thursday, September 26th with a full morning tour and educational program at Kress and Tammy Simpson’s KTS Farm, Mansfield, PA. Along with the Simpsons, HMI personnel will lead a variety of activities on topics ranging from forage assessment, grazing considerations and land/infrastructure planning, with the farm providing the living examples. In addition, since the Simpson’s are transitioning their farm to new ownership, we will have the chance to see how that process plays into all of their farm planning and decision making.

Even if you are just getting started in farming, the afternoon’s sessions on preparing for your farm’s future and succession planning will be informative and useful. You’ll learn about the importance of creating a clear vision, developing short and long term goals, and decision making in solidifying the future of your farm.

Following Thursday’s education session, we will have our annual Social Hour, Trade Show and banquet, with NODPA’s Annual Meeting preceding the keynote address. Back by popular demand, we will feature an Organic Pig Roast for Thursday’s banquet. Following dinner, our Keynote Speaker, a pioneer of organic dairy and past NOSB member, Kevin Engelbert, will share his thoughts and experiences on the Future of Organic Dairy with plenty of time to discuss different ideas on the direction of organic dairy.

Friday starts early with continental breakfast and a Producer-Only meeting facilitated by past NODPA President and longtime advocate for organic farmers, Henry Perkins. The morning sessions will be on New Trends in Multispecies Cover Cropping; a ‘Live Odairy’ Q & A session with Veterinarians Dr. Susan Beal and Dr. AJ Luft (invited) and policy update and news from Washington DC.

Following lunch and the time-honored door prize drawings, the afternoon will be devoted to the on-farm experimental work of growing Sprouted Grains as Fodder. Roman Stoltzfoos, Andrew Dykstra and John Stoltzfus will share their experiences.

You will be able to visit the diverse trade show throughout the meeting, and there will be ample opportunities to catch up with old friends, meet new ones and share common experiences.

More information on the agenda will follow in the July NODPA News and online here at

Look for Sponsorship and Trade Show information in your email boxes. For more information, or if you have questions about sponsorship or exhibiting, contact NODPA Field Days Coordinator Nora Owens anytime at: