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NODPA’s 10th Annual Field Days
October 7th and 8th, 2010


Thursday, October 7th

NOON - 1 PM: Registration: MOFGA’s Common Ground Fairgrounds, 294 Crosby Brook Road, Unity, ME 04988

1 - 4 PM: Renewable Energy on the Farm: Projects, Strategies and Opportunities
Concurrent demonstrations, workshops, displays at the Common Ground Fairgrounds and area greenhouse and farm tours:

  • Methane Digester Technology for smaller farms: A demonstration model of the methane extraction process will be on display.
  • MOFGA Fairgrounds and Education Center Tour: A tour of cutting-edge renewable energy projects that use solar panels, a wind turbine, biodiesel and energy efficiency strategies that can be duplicated on the farm.
  • Bull Ridge Farm Oilseed Production and Processing Operation: Henry Perkins, NODPA President, presents a video on his highly successful sunflower oil enterprise.
  • Half Moon Gardens Greenhouse Tour of the Solar Thermal System Project: Water heating technology that can be adapted to a dairy operation.
  • Farm Energy Audits and Resources available to Farmers: A slideshow on the Grassland Farm Energy Audit, and government programs and resources available through USDA Rural Development and other federal, state and local organizations.
  • Beaver Ridge Farm 4.5 MW Wind Farm, Freedom, ME: visit this former organic dairy farm and view this wind turbine project.
  • Displays and Demonstrations: NODPA’s members will bring displays, pictures and provide demonstrations of energy efficient or renewable energy projects they have created and/or successfully utilized on their farms.

4:00 - 10:00 PM: Dinner and NODPA’s Annual Meeting at Common Ground Fairgrounds

  • 4:00 – 5:30 Social Hour and Trade Show with light refreshments and a viewing of the documentary ‘What’s Organic about Organic’ (library)
  • 5:30 – 7:00 Dinner (menu details coming soon)
  • 7:00 – 7:45 Keynote Speaker, Miles McEvoy, Deputy Administrator of the National Organic Program, USDA
  • 8:00 – 8:30 NODPA Annual Meeting:
    Welcome from Henry Perkins, NODPA President
    NODPA Year in Review, Ed Maltby, NODPA Executive Director
    Reports from the regions and a FOOD Farmers update
  • 8:30 – 9:30 Setting Priorities for 2011: open to the whole group

Friday, October 8th

6:30 – 9:00 AM: Continental Breakfast, Tradeshow, ‘What’s Organic about Organic?’ documentary film screening – Main Hall

7:00 – 9:00 AM: Producer-Only Meeting – Library

9:00 – 10:45 AM: Access to Pasture Rule Q & A Session: Miles McEvoy

10:15 – 10:30 AM: Milk Break: refreshments, tradeshow

10:30 AM – NOON: Supply Management: The Canadian Quota model, the US Quota model, Free Market model: presentations and panel discussion

  • Lawrence Andres, organic dairy farmer, owner and president of Harmony Organic Processing, Ontario, Canada
  • Additional speakers to be announced shortly

NOON – 1:00 PM: Lunch and Door Prize Drawings; Tradeshow

1:00 – 2:00 PM: Calf and Cow Care: nurse cows, calf rearing and cow comfort

  • Lawrence Andres, organic dairy farmer, owner and president of Harmony Organic Processing, Ontario, Canada

2:00 – 3:15 PM: What’s in Your Farm’s Energy Tool Room?
Whether energy is a target product or byproduct, this panel discussion will address the challenges and opportunities faced by farmers as they look at their potential energy assets. Moderator: Mary Ann Hayes, executive director, Maine Rural Partners

Panel members:

  • Jeff Bragg, Rainbow Valley Farm, Sidney, ME: methane digester technology for the smaller scale farm
  • Anne Weston and Lance Gatcomb, Weston Acres Farm, Litchfield, ME: Solar thermal and on-demand propane water heating system and variable speed vacuum pump
  • Henry Perkins, Bull Ridge Farm, Albion, ME: on-farm energy production with oilseed production and processing
  • Mick Womersley, Unity College, Unity, ME: Assessing wind resources and wind turbine investments
  • Andrew Plant, University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Aroostook County, ME: Rotational crops for farm energy production and processing, and grass energy crops for solid biofuels

3:15 – 3:30 PM: Milk Break: light refreshments

3:30 – 4:30 PM: Renewable Energy and the production of small grains, oil seed and heritage seed

  • Heather Darby, Agronomist and Nutrient Management Specialist, University of Vermont Extension

4:30 PM: Meeting ends