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The 14th Annual NODPA Field Days
September 25 & 26, 2014, Keene, NH

For a summary of the upcoming field days, click here.
To register only for the field days, click here.
To download a registration form, click here.

Thursday, September 25th

9 am – Noon Stonewall Farm, 242 Chesterfield Road, Keene, NH

Tour the farm and the diversified enterprises that sustain this 125-year old non-profit farm where, in addition to their organic milk, they produce cheese, yogurt and beef, and operate a CSA; maintain a full-scale education program; have established a beginning farmer education program; and have a micro-fodder system for sprouted grains.

Noon – 1:30 Registration and lunch, Stonewall Farm

1:30 – 3:00 Organic Family Farms Opportunities: Creating Sustainability through Diversity, and Planning for the Next Generation

Josh Cline, Stonewall Farm’s Executive Director, will give an overview of the farm’s mission and the diverse operations that fulfill it; and will discuss their beginning farmer program which equips new-entry farmers to become economically viable.

Kyle Thygesen, Stonyfield Farm Farmer Relationship Manager, will discuss their new program that provides opportunities for organic dairies.

Kathy Ruhf, Executive Director, Land for Good, will focus on the next generation of farmers, generational transfer and succession planning for farmers.

3:00 - 3:30 Milk Break

3:30 – 5:00 How to Sell More Than Milk from your Farm: maximizing the farm income without large scale capital investment or changing your production practices

Agriculture in the Northeast is changing and today’s farmers need to be poised to take advantage of the emerging trends, such as small scale, low acreage, part-time farms, that have strong infrastructure needs. Participants will hear how producers have diversified their income streams by providing services and organic products to other farmers who are marketing their products and services directly to consumers.

Margaret Christie, Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture, Deerfield MA, will present an overview of the growth in retail demand for organic, local, NON GMO products and the increase in limited acreage operations that have the market but lack the volume of product or the ability to produce feed, bedding, mulch products that dairies currently produce for themselves.

Liz Bawden, NODPA President, organic dairy producer and producer of heifer hay and bedding hay will describe their operation and route taken to diversify their income stream.

Black River Produce Representative, invited, will focus on the demand for organic meat and the opportunities and challenges for producers and processors. Other invited guests, TBD.

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

6:00 – 7:00 Banquet Dinner and NODPA Annual Meeting

Liz Bawden, NODPA President and Ed Maltby, NODPA Executive Director

7:00 – 9:00 The Future of Organic Certification

Miles McEvoy, Deputy Administrator, National Organic Program, USDA-AMS, Dr. Jean Richardson, Chair, National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), and Henry Perkins, President, Maine Organic Milk Producers, past president, NODPA, and long-time certified organic farmer, will discuss the future of organic certification, followed by Q & A and audience discussion.

Friday, September 26th

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

7:00 – 9:00 Producer-only Meeting

Henry Perkins, facilitator, Maine Organic Milk Producers President and past NODPA president

9:00 – 10:30 “I Knew this Milk when it was Grass”: Trends and Opportunities for Grass Based Dairies in the Wholesale Organic Milk Market

Peter Miller, CROPP Cooperative, Joe Miller, Trickling Springs Creamery, Mike Davis, Upstate Niagara, invited, Max Winter, Dairy Buyer, Brattleboro Food Cooperative, and a producer, TBD
Learn directly from processors, producers and retailers about new marketing opportunities that will increase pay price while utilizing existing production practices.

10:30 – 11:00 What’s Happening in Washington?

Q & A with Ed Maltby, NODPA Executive Director, Miles McEvoy, Deputy Administrator, National Organic Program, USDA-AMS, and Dr. Jean Richardson, Chair, NOSB
Updates on policy and activities that are impacting Organic Dairy including the proposed USDA Organic Check-off, Margin Insurance and other Farm Bill Implementation measures

11:00 – 12:30 pm Odairy Live! Ask the Vets: Q & A

Dr. Hubert Karreman, VMD and Rodale Institute Veterinarian and Dr. Cindy Lankenau, DVM, Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist, Holistic Center for Veterinary Care, Colden, NY

12:30 – 2:00 Lunch, Trade Show and NODPA Field Days Door Prize Drawing

2:00 – 4:00 Alternative Cow Care: Chiropractic, Acupuncture, Acupressure and more

Dr. Hubert Karreman, VMD and Rodale Institute Veterinarian, Dr. Cindy Lankenau, DVM, CVA, Holistic Center for Veterinary Care, Colden, NY
This workshop will provide participants with practical information, effective diagnostic tools and alternative treatment methods to keep cows healthy and to maximize their comfort. Stonewall Farm organic dairy cows will be available for the hands-on experience.

4:00 pm Meeting Ends