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October 25, 2010
NODPA Comments To NOSB
April 27, 2010
NODPA Comments To NOSB
November 30, 2008
The Pasture Rule Is Out
The new proposed rule is attached, below. Check it out and give us your feedback.
By Ed Maltby, NODPA Executive Director. MORE >
May 20, 2008
Comment on access to pasture and origin of livestock
A letter from NODPA to the NOP addresses publication of the access to pasture rule and the publication of an origin of livestock rule. MORE >
New, February 14, 2008:
NODPA Signs On To Two Letters to the House And Senate
Regarding Organic Provisions In The Farm Bill:
Research Dollars: A request that organic farming and ranching get a fair share of agricultural research and education spending. Click here to view the letter in PDF format.
Organic Conversion Dollars: An urgent appeal to include a strong Organic Conversion Program in the final farm bill package, with access to mandatory funding. Click here to view the letter in PDF format.
Federation Of Organic Dairy Farmers (FOOD Farmers) which is an umbrella group for the three regional organic dairy farmer organizations: Northeast Organic Dairy Producers Alliance (NODPA), Midwest Organic Dairy Producers Association (MODPA), and Western Organic Dairy Producers Alliance (WODPA) and represent over 800 organic dairy farmers across the country have repeatedly asked the USDA NOP to adopt the following recommendations as part of their proposed rulemaking.
Clarification of the access to Pasture standards
- Organic dairy livestock over 6 months of age must graze on pasture during the months of the year when pasture can provide edible forage.
- The grazed feed must provide significant intake for all milking-age organic dairy cows. At a minimum, an average of 30% of the dry matter intake each year must come from grazed pasture during the region’s growing season, which will be no less than 120 days per year.
- Temporary exemption from pasture may be allowed because of:
- Conditions under which the health, safety, or well-being of the animal could be jeopardized, including to restore the health of an individual animal or to prevent the spread of disease from an infected animal to other animals.
- Short term inclement weather.
- Temporary conditions which pose a risk to soil and water quality.
- In no case will temporary confinement and exemption from this pasture standard be allowed as a continuous production system.
- The measurement of the consumption of dry matter from grazed pasture will be calculated based on the daily dry matter intake from grazing averaged over the total time period grazed per year