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NODPA NEWS & NOTES

Payprice Summary Chart: 2006 to 2013

Download a copy of our summary chart comparing payprice for Organic Valley and Horizon over time.

Organic Milk, Pay,
Retail and Feed Prices November 2016

Added November 16, 2016. Its official – we are in a surplus supply situation and CROPP is selling organic milk into the conventional market. George Siemon posted on Odairy list serve: “There is an oversupply in most of the nation, and our cooperative for one is selling milk conventionally rather than lowering the target price so that we protect the long-term organic price.” Pay price has been hit though with both CROPP and WhiteWave taking up to two dollars off the Market Adjustment Premium (MAP) which doesn’t affect the base price but is significant as we enter into the winter months.

November feed and pay price update

Check Out All The Businesses Supporting NODPA's Work

Over 20 businesses have signed up for our business membership directory, helping support our newsletter, web site, advocacy work, and more. Check them out.

5 Ways You
Can Support NODPA

Ten years ago NODPA was formed in response to a threat of a drop in milk price. In 2014 NODPA is the only organization whose mission is to represent the interest of organic dairy producers no matter who they sell their milk to.

Click here for a summary of the many ways you can support NODPA and the farmers it represents.

Recent Classifieds

Added in September and October 2016.

For full classifieds, click here.

Want to submit your own farmer classified? Click here >

Animals

Jersey Heifers for Sale (Added February 7, 2017.)
Four Certified Organic Jersey Heifers, due to calve May - July. $1,950 each. Located in Burke, NY. 518-521-0496 or butterfieldfarm@hotmail.com.
Name: Bradley and Kathryn Kent
Email: butterfieldfarm@hotmail.com
Phone: 518-521-0496
Location: Burke, NY

Outstanding Sheep flock for sale. Available are the best sheeps breeds , We have Lambs and rams available for sale. We have the best selling breeds for wool/fleece , meat and dairy production.We have breeds that vary from Finn , Merino ,Dorset sheep, Leicester Long-wool Sheep ,Lincoln sheep ,Dorper sheep , Hampshire sheep ,Suffolk sheep ,American Black Bellied ,Jacob sheep,East Friesian etc.contact for more details if interested.
Added January 4, 2017.
Name: Thomas
Email: fasupply95@gmail.com
Phone: (240) 900-0290
Location: Baltimore

Milk Bottle Calves, bulls and pregnant heifers for sale. Calves Available now, bulls, milking and non milking heifers, pregnant heifers,  milk bottle calves for both males and females ages between 2 weeks to 15 months.We have breeds like Angus, Jersey, Holstein, swissbrown, hereford, shorthorn and many other breed. Some weaned others still on milk just depends on what you want. Our calves ranges from $300 to $800 each depending on what you want. Delivery all states to all states and international as well. Contact for more information.
Added January 4, 2017.
Name: Thomas
Email: fasupply95@gmail.com
Phone: (240)900-0290
Location: Virginia

Goats for sale (Dairy and Meat goats)
Now available are excellent breeds of goats,No CAE, CL, and JOHNES DISEASE. We currently have goats which are milking currently, kids which are ready to breed and meat goats as well. Our goats have excellent milk and show lines. Below are the various species we have: Nubian, Oberhasli, Nigerian Dwarf , pygmy, Alphine ,Pygora, Kinder, Angora, LaMancha, Toggenburg , Boer, Kiko, Brush goats, Tennessee Fainting Goat. Please contact for more information.
Added January 4, 2017.
Name: Thomas
Email: fasupply95@gmail.com
Phone: (240) 900-0290
Location: Baltimore

3 bred heifers: 2 JerseyXHolsteins and 1 Holstein. Asking 1200 each.
Added December 12, 2016.
Name: Conor MacDonald
Email: maclockie@gmail.com
Phone: 603-651-9042
Location: Washington, ME

Certified organic complete dairy herd dispersal. Milk cows, calves, open heifers, short breds and springers. Milk herd is roughly half Holstein and half jerseys. Call for more details and prices. Added December 9, 2016.
Name: Austin Davis
Email: Davis93157@gmail.com
Phone: (570)541-6360
Location: Central Pennsylvania

Employment

Position- Dairy Herd Manager/Couple
MUST HAVE CURRENT DAIRY EXPERIENCE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS POSITION
Farm at Cold Brook is in search of a herd manager, prefer a working couple that will join a progressive milking team and farm managers.

Full time position with scheduled time off. Advancement possible with schooling and continuing education available for the right people.

New facilities fall of 2016, expansion to 300 cows planned through 2019. A cooperative work environment. Housing provided, pay dependent on experience.

Job Description:
-Prefer experience working on a grazing cow dairy.
-Strong herd health skills and attention to detail
-Experience supervising employees
-Ability to AI or willing to learn a must
-Calving and calf management experience preferred
-Ration and feeding knowledge
-Basic computer skills a must
-Dependable and progressive in management
-Proven experience working as a Team Player, working well with others
-Additional work available for hay season

We are seeking herd managers with strong work ethic, good character, and good morals. Position will responsible for feeding and milking on a rotational schedule and will be responsible for fresh/maternity cows and overseeing parlor and calf feedings to ensure all procedures are being followed. We are also looking for someone with strong herd health experience and be able to spot and prevent sick cows. Positions are also responsible for record keeping and inventory of vet and parlor supplies. Herd manager will work with nutritionist, veterinarian, cooperate with other managers to maintain excellent herd health and facilities.

Contact:
Tim Wightman General Manager,
Call 765-277-3352 or email at clearvu@cheqnet.net
Location: Cold Brook NY
Added February 17, 2017.

NOFA-NY Certified Organic, LLC in Binghamton NY is Hiring
Added February 14, 2017.
Be a part of a growing non-profit company, USDA-accredited organic certification agency, whose primary purpose is to provide high integrity organic certification to over 900 organic farmers and processors throughout New York State and surrounding areas.

We are hiring for full-time (40 hours/week) position(s) working in of our Binghamton, NY office that includes healthcare, dental and 403(b) as well as generous paid holidays/vacation time. 

We offer a friendly work environment, challenging work, open communication, and commitment to a job well-done. For more information on this position and our organization visit www.nofany.org

The ideal candidate will have a college degree in a related area, or equivalent by training or experience, and knowledge of Dairy production.  We require excellent communication skills, verbal and written; strong computer skills; and the ability to do detail-oriented work in a fast paced environment. Training will be provided.

Dairy Certification Coordinator Assistant
Salary: $25K - $29K depending on experience
Primary responsibilities include providing administrative support to the Dairy Certification Coordinator to ensure the timely intake and flow of certification applications through the entire certification process.  Key duties include assisting with phones, emails, letter writing, data input, and deadline management.

Interested and qualified candidates are invited to email a resume and letter of interest to: Lori@nofany.org.

Director of Marketing and Development:
Added February 3, 2017.
Pennsylvania Certified Organic (PCO) announces an opening for Director of Marketing and Development. This director will lead the Education and Outreach Team and oversee PCO’s resource development, education and outreach, marketing and public relations programs. The ideal candidate will have education and experience in the following areas: writing proposals and securing funding, conducting community education and outreach, and leading marketing initiatives. We are looking for a well-organized and self-motivated person to join our team. This position is based in our Spring Mills, PA, office. Remote work locations will be considered.
PCO is a growing non-profit organization that works with organic farmers and food producers in the Mid-Atlantic region. PCO provides organic certification services to more than 1,000 operations and employs 28 staff and 25 field inspectors. Our staff is dedicated to our mission: to ensure the integrity of organic products and provide education, inspection, and certification services that meet the needs of our members.
This is a full-time, exempt position.
Salary: $55,000 - $65,000, depending on experience.
Benefits: health, dental, vision, disability and life insurance; Simple IRA, generous holiday, vacation and paid time off.
Position will remain open until filled. A full job description is available on our website www.paorganic.org/jobs. Please send resume and cover letter to lia@paorganic.org.

Organic Valley is seeking a Regional Pool Manager in the Pennsylvania and Maryland regions to support current dairy pool members and to procure new members. Practical dairy knowledge and good communication skills required. Organic production knowledge helpful. Please apply online at www.ov.coop/jobs Added January 23, 2017.

Added December 14, 2016.
NOFA-NY Certified Organic, LLC in Binghamton NY is Hiring

Be a part of a growing non-profit company, USDA-accredited organic certification agency, whose primary purpose is to provide high integrity organic certification to over 900 organic farmers and processors throughout New York State and surrounding areas.

We are hiring for full-time (40 hours/week) position(s) working out of our Binghamton, NY office that includes healthcare, dental and 403(b) as well as generous paid holidays/vacation time. 

We offer a friendly work environment, challenging work, open communication, and commitment to a job well-done. For information regarding our organization, please visit www.nofany.orgPositions will take approximately one year to master so serious applicants only.

The ideal candidate will have a college degree in a related area, or equivalent by training or experience, and knowledge of organic farming and certification. We require excellent communication skills, verbal and written; strong computer skills; and the ability to do detail-oriented work in a fast paced environment. Training will be provided.

Crop & Livestock Certification Coordinator
Salary: $30K to $35K/year depending on experience
Primary responsibilities include the intake and flow of certification applications for completeness and monitor progress through each stage of certification.  Workflow requires someone self- motivated with ability to multitask and prioritize.  Candidate must be able to respond decisively, accurately, confidently, and courteously to client inquiries demonstrating an understanding and knowledge of the National Organic Standards.   Act as the point of contact for our applicants.   

Certification Coordinator Assistant
Salary: $25K - $29K depending on experience
Primary responsibilities include providing administrative support to the Certification Coordinators to ensure the timely intake and flow of certification applications through the entire certification process.  Key duties include assisting with phones, emails, letter writing, data input, and deadline management.

Interested and qualified candidates are invited to email a resume and letter of interest to: Lori@nofany.org.

NOFA-NY is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

Forage, Grains & Bedding

For Sale: Certified Organic Oats. Bulk, tote bags, and 50lb bags available. Excellent test weights. Asking $5.00/bu. Added December 9, 2016.
Name: Logan McLaughlin (McLaughlin Farms)
Email: logan.l.mclaughlin@gmail.com
Phone: 207.227.7458
Location: Maine

Events

For additional information on the events below, click here.

February 2017

February 23-25, 2017
The 28th Annual MOSES Conference
The La Crosse Center, 300 Harborview Plaza., La Crosse, Wisconsin

March 2017

March 2 and 3, 2017
2017 Northeast Pasture Consortium Annual Conference and Meeting
Clarion Hotel and Conference Center, Hagerstown, MD

Featured Farm:
Oscar & Betty Robinson & Family, South Otselic, NY

Rob N Vale Farms: A Hillside Tradition

Added February 15, 2017. Oscar Robinson was in his mid-20’s when future wife Betty made her first trip to the farm. Oscar is the 3rd generation to farm their South Otselic hillside farm known as Rob N Vale Farms. It is located about 40 miles southeast of Syracuse in Chenango County. Oscar’s grandparents bought the farm in 1928 and his parents purchased the farm in 1951 after they were married. For more on this NODPA featured farm please go to:

January Feature Farm


Added February 15, 2017

Resilient Farming for a Changing Climate

Extreme weather events and conditions are now the new normal, and as farmers, our challenge is increasingly to learn how to adapt, be more resilient, and be as agile as possible in our response. MORE >

Organic Milk Pay, Feed and Retail Price
Update for January 2017

Sales of organic fluid milk increased by four percent a year through October 2015-October 2016, compared to the same period in 2014-2015. This is compared to zero growth in sales for the same period 2013-2014 compared to 2014-2015. The average retail price for organic half gallons in 2016 was $3.96 compared to $3.90 in 2015. MORE >

Highlights of the NOSB Meeting
St. Louis, MO - November 16 to 18, 2016

The USDA National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) met for its Fall Meeting Nov 16 -18th, 2016 in St. Louis, MO. The Agenda was packed full with many presentations including the: NOP Update, National List Materials Update, National Organic Program Peer Review Report and NOP Response, and the State of Organic Seed Report. More >

When Correcting Your Soil
Costs Too Much

What good is a soil test if it costs too much to follow
the advice given? More often than not, this is a major complaint concerning fertilizer requirements, even from those who believe they should follow the recommended advice as closely as possible. Learn more >

Major farm groups to Trump:
Adopt GIPSA rules

Politics aside, the best reason of all to keep GIPSA’s proposed Farmer Fair Practices Rules: It’s the right thing to do for farmers, ranchers, and all Americans who believe in fair play and open, transparent markets. MORE >

The American Grassfed Association Grassfed Dairy Standard to be launched February 8th, 2017

The American Grassfed Association’s (AGA) Board of Directors has given final approval to the new AGA Grassfed Dairy Standard. More than a year in development, the standard is the result of the work of a diverse group of stakeholders. MORE >

FYI: Useful Information
for Organic Dairy Farmers

Ag census, surveys, cost share programs and more >


Added November 15, 2016

Danone Announces the Purchase of WhiteWave Foods: How this will impact Organic Dairy Farmers in the Northeast?

On July 7, 2016, Danone announced that it will buy WhiteWave Foods in a deal worth $12.5 billion in cash and a $34 million golden parachute to the WhiteWave CEO, Greg Engles. Danone merging with WhiteWave will make Danone one of the top 15 food and beverage producers in the US. Danone has more than one-third (33.7 percent) of U.S. yogurt sales in 2015, considerably higher than its nearest rival, General Mills, which has 25.3 percent of the market. Though a smaller portion of the market, WhiteWave’s Horizon and Wallaby organic yogurt brands compete with Danone’s Stonyfield organic yogurts. Stonyfield makes the number-one selling brand of organic yogurt and the number-three, overall, yogurt brand in the United States, according to Fortune magazine. The companies are projecting $300 million in synergies by 2020. Cecile Canais, chief financial officer of Danone, said the company is projecting $300 million in synergies on an annual basis. For the complete article please go to:

in_danone-white-wave-111516.shtml

Statement of the Organic Farmers’ Agency for Relationship Marketing, Inc. (OFARM) to the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB)

The U.S. organic market has been deluged with imports of organic corn and soybeans that are highly suspect as to their organic integrity.

Current USDA FAS GATS data shows that Turkey and Ukraine, up until last year, as being top exporters of organic corn and soybeans to the U.S. in 2016 (July, Turkey, 930,000 bushels of corn, 333,265 bushels of soybeans; August, Turkey 1,178,308 bushels of corn, 215,210 bushels of soybeans) This trend is on pace to be almost a million bushels of corn into the U.S. per month in 2016.

The rise of imports from Turkey especially raises concern as have imports from the Ukraine and Romania. A 2016 report by USDA’s Foreign Agriculture Service summarized the potential for fraudulent activity in the Turkish organic sector: For the complete article please go to:

in_ofarm-nosb-111516.shtml

Pay and Feed Price Update

Its official – we are in a surplus supply situation and CROPP is selling organic milk into the conventional market. George Siemon posted on Odairy list serve: “There is an oversupply in most of the nation, and our cooperative for one is selling milk conventionally rather than lowering the target price so that we protect the long-term organic price.” Pay price has been hit though with both CROPP and WhiteWave taking up to two dollars off the Market Adjustment Premium (MAP) which doesn’t affect the base price but is significant as we enter into the winter months. Pay price must reflect costs of production, a fair wage for the managers of the operation (living expenses), and a return on investment so that there can be re-investment in the operation or an ability to service debt. Pay price should control supply and growth especially at this moment when dairy manufacturers want organic milk and dairy products. If it doesn’t, we are another large step down the conventional road where buyers will be driving down the pay price while pushing for economies of scale that will make organic dairy nonviable in New England and the Northeast.

George Siemon was very clear about the direction that he is taking CROPP, the largest purchaser and wholesaler of organic milk in the country. On NODPA’s Odairy listserv, he said “We set out to bring organic into the food system, and we have succeeded…. I hope we all agree that this is good news for family farms. Now, the real challenge is how to maintain the farmer pay price and to ensure integrity at all levels.”  He is also quoted in a Star Tribune, Minneapolis, Minnesota article on 10/29/16, in which he said that he largely agrees with its accuracy, as saying, “Our job is not to increase our own profits, it’s to do organics right,” adding that, “General Mills’ job is to grow demand.” The conventional companies expect that with increased volume, their raw ingredients (organic milk) will become cheaper. Foreign countries see the large US organic market as very attractive, especially those countries with lower costs of production. This is very evident in the organic grain and feed market which is now overrun with cheap imports. For more on feed and pay price plus charts please go to:

November feed and pay price update

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

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!

“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, www.nodpa.com.” “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.

Learn more about our fund drive >

The 16th Annual NODPA Field Days
The Future of Organic Dairy Farming: Regenerate, Renew, Refresh

Gray and rainy weather conditions are usually unwelcome at most gatherings but for the 16th Annual NODPA Field Days it meant that more farmers were able to attend, and they certainly did. Stakeholders of the organic milk industry gathered together in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania on September 29th-30th. The conference was held at the Chambersburg Mennonite Church.

The 100+ attendees were a diverse group: a multitude of organic dairy farm families (including the Booijinks, a couple from Ontario, Canada who own and operate Jamink Farm, the November NODPA News’ featured farm), processors, Extension Agents, certifiers, non-profits, agricultural consultants, product dealers, journalists, a goat milk producer, and some aspiring dairy families.  We were warmly received by the Chambersburg Mennonite Church community whose ample meeting space and well-equipped kitchen proved an exceptional venue. Attendees heard from a diverse group of presenters on topics that are important to the organic dairy industry; participated in a robust trade show; participated in an informative tour of Hamilton Heights Farm, owned and operated by Cliff and Maggie Hawbaker and their family; and had plenty of time to visit catch up with old friends and make new ones.

Field Days Review >

Field Days Photo Gallery >

NODPA Featured in the Food Tank and
James Beard Foundation’s 3rd Annual Good Food Guide

NODPA is honored to announce that it has been included in the 3rd Annual Good Food Guide published by the Food Tank and the James Beard Foundation. The guide features 1,000 nonprofit organizations that are creating a better food system across the United States.

Learn more >

 



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