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It’s November: Time for the Annual NODPA Fund Drive

Added November 15, 2016. Has your NODPA Fund Drive letter arrived? When it does, we hope you will consider all the ways NODPA works for Organic Dairy farm families and those who support the industry, and send in your annual contribution. If you already support NODPA through the monthly Milk Check Assignment or during NODPA’s Field Days, we say thanks!

Do you wonder how the events happening in Washington, whether in Congress or at the USDA, are impacting your organic dairy farm? NODPA is the only independent organic dairy farmer-controlled organization that represents your interests and can keep you informed of what is happening before it is too late to act. Are you wondering how to be informed of what the different processors are paying and what opportunities exist to sell your milk? Do you want to know and understand the current retail price for organic milk? Are you interested in learning new and successful animal health care methods, new production practices, and what other producers are doing? The NODPA News print edition, NODPA E-newsletter, and the NODPA website are full of the best and most up-to-date information.

In 2016, NODPA led the way in organizing producers to respond to the NOP Animal Welfare regulations, which, if implemented as was written, would have devastated organic livestock production. We led the way and financed the coordination of a coalition of producer groups and producers that oppose the organic check-off with 1,786 signing a petition against forming an organic check-off. NODPA has been an important resource to the Department of Justice and investment analysts, explaining the supply side of organic milk from a producer point of view. NODPA is a member of the National Organic Coalition Executive Committee and has brought the producers’ needs and views to Washington DC, the offices of Senators and Representatives, the USDA and to the leaders of consumer and environmental groups who are our most important allies in obtaining a living wage for organic family farms. We took the NODPA annual meeting and Field Days to Chambersburg, PA and had a very well attended meeting which achieved the goal of a positive future for organic dairy farming: Regenerate, Renew, Refresh. And, NODPA has been selected by the James Beard Foundation and Food Tank to be included on the 2016 Good Food Guide list of 1000 organizations creating a better food system across the United States (see related article).

NODPA provides a wide range of resources and services, such as hosting and moderating the ODairy listserv, publishing the print newsletter (NODPA News) 6-times per year, the monthly e-newsletter, managing the resource-rich website, organizing and hosting the annual NODPA Field Days, and providing advocacy on behalf of all organic dairy farm families through membership in the National Organic Coalition. Although we keep costs to a minimum, there are still bills to pay and your generous support is needed.

“NODPA supporters are dedicated organic dairy farmers and industry professionals; hardworking, committed to the principles of organic farming and focused on operating their businesses in the most efficient and informed way possible,” said organic dairy producer and NODPA Board President Liz Bawden, “We work long hours and have come to expect reliable information delivered in the most convenient manner possible, and NODPA delivers! We know you depend on NODPA for the latest organic dairy news and education and that your support is a vote for the work we do.”

“Many organic dairy farmers already support NODPA with their monthly Milk Check Assignment, and that continues to be a great way to support NODPA. We also offer Business Memberships,” said Ed Maltby, NODPA Executive Director, “and applications for both can be found on our website.” “If you didn’t receive a letter in the mail or have misplaced it, you can complete and send in the contribution form. You can also donate online at www.nodpa.com/donate.shtml," said Nora Owens, NODPA Fundraising Campaign Coordinator. And, if you have questions or need assistance, please give Nora a call at 413-772-0444 or email her at noraowens@comcast.net. Your generous financial support will help NODPA continue to provide the valuable resources and services that you have come to depend on, so please take a moment and send in your pledge today.