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The 16th Annual NODPA Field Days
September 29 & 30, 2016
Chambersburg Mennonite Church
1800 Philadelphia Avenue, Chambersburg, PA 17201


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Thursday, September 29th, 2016

8:30 – 11:00 am NODPA Field Days Registration and Trade Show

9:00-10:30 Trickling Springs Creamery Plant Tour OPTIONAL (Small group, 30 minute tours start at 9:00 am, with the last one leaving at 10:00 am) Please: no loose clothing or jewelry, open-toed shoes, no food or drink (full tour policy and directions will be given out at Field Days registration)

11:00 – 12:30 pm First Session: Managing for Milk Production per Acre, John Kempf, Founder, Advancing Eco Agriculture. Learn how to grow high fat content, high energy forages. High yielding forages with a fat content of four percent or greater, and high digestibility are the foundation of grazing dairies financial performance. John will describe how to manage forages and crop nutrition to produce high fat content forages very quickly, even in a single growing season.

12:30 – 1:30 Lunch and Trade Show

1:30 – 2:30 Certified Grass Fed Label: A Progress Report Tim Joseph, Maple Hill Creamery, PCO and/or NOFA-NY Certifiers, invited, and
Support for the Grass Fed Milk Market, a SARE Grant Fay Benson, NYCCE will describe the current project and how it impacts organic, grass-based dairy farmers.

2:30 – 3:15 Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship Program: NY and PA: Fay Benson, NY-CCE, Franklin Egan, PASA, NY and PA DGA Education Coordinators, and Rob Moore, Master Grazier will provide updates on this program.

3:15 – 4:45 Milking System Tune-Ups: Increasing Efficiency and Milk Quality Jessica Scillieri Smith, DVM, Director, Northern NY Lab, Quality Milk Production Services (QMPS), and Rick Watter, Ph.D., Director, Western NY Lab, QMPS.

4:45 – 5:30 Social Hour and Trade Show

5:30 – 7:00 Banquet Dinner and NODPA Annual Meeting

7:00 – 8:30 Keynote Speaker John Kempf’s Presentation: Decision Making Principles of Exceptional Farm Managers, followed by Q&A session

8:30 Meeting Ends

Friday, September 30th, 2016

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

7:00 – 9:00 Producer-Only Meeting Facilitated by Henry Perkins, Maine Organic Milk Producers president and past NODPA president, with discussion on pay price, milk supply and much more.

9:00 – 9:45 Updates on Animal Welfare Rule, Origin of Livestock, Organic Checkoff and Other Issues relevant to the Organic Community Updates and discussion on these and other regulations and areas concern to the organic community such as increase in imports of corn and dairy product, pay price, NOP’s role in enforcing regulations. Panel: TBD

9:45 – 10:15 Integrating Crops and Livestock to Enhance Organic Farm Stability, Safety and Resilience Dr. Kris Nichols, Chief Scientist, Rodale Institute, will describe this OREI research project being jointly conducted by The Rodale Institute and University of Iowa

10:15 –11:00 Farm Tour Overview: Hamilton Heights Farm and Emerald Valley Farm Cliff Hawbaker will give an overview of his farms and farming philosophy with Q&A session

11:00 – 2:00 pm Depart for Hamilton Heights Farm Tour (just a few minutes away from the church/meeting site): Cliff and Maggie Hawbaker’s farm and Lunch and Ice Cream Sundae Bar. (Door Prize Drawing will take place during lunch.)

2:00 (approx.) Meeting Ends after Farm tour and lunch

2:00 - Emerald Valley Farm: Optional tour of the second Hawbaker farm (a few minutes north of the main farm) where they are building their cheese plant