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At the 2012 Field Days

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


Added June 13, 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.

Mansfield Hose Co. Banquet Hall, 381 Main Street, Mansfield, PA 16933
Organic Dairy: Innovative Strategies to Stay Profitable

Thursday, September 26th

8:30 – 9:00 am Farm Tour & Field Days Registration and Light Refreshments
KTS Farm, 149 Reynolds Road, Mansfield, PA 16933.

9 am – Noon KTS Farm Tour, Kress and Tammy Simpson and Ann J. Adams, PhD, Holistic Management Certified Educator and Director, Community Services, Holistic Management International (HMI)
Farm tour and educational workshops with HMI leading workshops on forage assessment, grazing strategies, land and infrastructure planning, and more based on HMI’s Whole Farm/Ranch Planning programs

Noon – 1:30 NODPA Field Days Registration (If not attending the Farm Tour) and Lunch
Mansfield Hose Company Banquet Hall, 381 Main Street, Mansfield, PA 16933

1:30 – 2:30 Farm Tour Q & A and KTS Farm Succession Planning
Kress Simpson, KTS Farm and HMI personnel at Mansfield Hose Co. Banquet Hall

2:30 – 2:45 Milk Break

2:45 – 4:30 Planning for your Farm’s Future: Applying Whole Farm Planning to Your Farm
Ann J. Adams, PhD, Holistic Management Certified Educator and Director, Community Services, HMI

5:00 – 6:00 Social Hour and Trade Show

6:00 – 7:00 Pig Roast Banquet and NODPA’s Annual Meeting with NODPA President Liz Bawden and NODPA Executive Director Ed Maltby

7:00 – 8:00 The Future of Organic Dairy
Keynote speaker Kevin Engelbert, Engelbert Farms, Nichols, NY, Pioneer of Organic Dairy and past NOSB member

8:00 – 9:00 Q & A with Kevin Engelbert and Discussion about the Future of Organic Dairy

9:00 pm
Close of the meeting (building open until 10 pm)

Friday, September 27th

6:30 – 9:00 am Continental Breakfast and Trade Show

7:00 – 9:00 Producer-Only Meeting
Henry Perkins, facilitator and past NODPA president

9:00 – 10:00 Sprouted Grains: On-Farm Experimentation
Andrew Dykstra, Dykstra Farms, Burlington, WA; Roman Stoltzfoos, Spring Wood Organic Farm, Kinzers, PA; and John Stoltzfus, Be-A-Blessing Farm, Whitesville, NY

10:00 – 10:15 Milk Break

10:15 – 11:15 Odairy Live! Ask the Vet Q & A
(Please submit questions for the Veterinarians at registration or send to Nora Owens, Field Days Coordinator, in advance.)
Susan Beal, DVM and PASA Agriculture Advisor, Pittsburgh, PA and A.J. Luft, DVM, Chickasaw, OH

11:15 – 12:30 pm Farm Bill, Policy and Washington DC Update
Ed Maltby, NODPA Executive Director, and TBA

12:30 – 2:00 Lunch and Door Prize Raffle, Trade Show

2:00 – 3:30 Multi-Species Cover Cropping (a.k.a. Crop Cocktails)
Dave Wilson, King’s AgriSeeds, Ronks, PA; Jeff Moyer, Farm Director, Rodale Institute, Kutztown, PA; and Charlie White, Sustainable Agriculture Extension Associate, Penn State Extension.

4:00 Meeting ends