To enable organic dairy family farmers, situated across an extensive area, to have informed discussion about matters critical to the well being of the organic dairy industry as a whole.
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 July 2016
Added July 26, 2016. Sales of organic fluid retail milk in May 2016 are the highest recorded in the history of USDA AMS recordkeeping dating back to 2008. USDA AMS data shows sales up by 5.4% January through May 2016, compared with the same period in 2015. Sales of organic whole milk are up 25.5% in May 2016 from sales in May 2015. Year-to-date sales of all organic milk are up 16.4% compared to the same period in 2015. New England continues to see strong growth in utilization of organic whole milk as reported by the Federal Milk Marketing Order 1 with utilization up by 32% in May 2016 over May 2015, and up 15% in June 2016 over June 2015. As we recognize that the organic dairy and beef market is now worldwide, with imports of organic milk, organic milk powder and organic beef manufacturing trim increasing, attention needs to be paid to changes in Europe, especially with the exit of Britain from the European Union. The EU farmgate price is approximately $26.50 per 100 lbs. of milk. Comparatively, retail prices in the EU are lower by about 35%.
For further details of what is happening and some charts, please go:feed_payprice_update_07262016.shtml
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Jack Frost freezer trailer - 11 ft, 2-axle. 220 volt condensing unit w/ cold plate system, temp range to -20F. Single rear door and curb side door w/curtains. Approx. 332 cu ft storage space. Excellent condition, limited road miles. $15,000.
Name: Marc Cesario
Added July 25, 2016.
Location: Cornwall, Vermont (Addison Co)
Certified Organic Straw Square Bales. 50-60 lbs each. Delivery available if order 250 or more. Willing to contract annually. $7
Added July 5, 2016.
Name: Gross Organics
Location: Blanchard, Iowa
For Sale: NOFA-NY Certified Organic Dry Hay and Baleage (2016). Taking orders now for out of the field. Also, Minneapolis Moline 4 Row Cultivator, NI Hay/Grain Elevator 41', Gehl Silage Blower, and Hesston BP25 Tub Grinder. Call Jeff @ Mitchell Farm 607-566-8477 or email Mitchellorganics@hotmail.com. (Avoca, NY - Steuben County). Added June 20, 2016.
We have Mosa Certified Organic Alfalfa Hay. The bales are 4ft X 5ft and weigh approx 400-600lbs. Cost: $40.00 a bale 4 bale minimum. Sorry no delivery.
Added June 18, 2016.
Name: Lynch Farms
Location: Grant, Michigan
CERTIFIED ORGANIC HAY and FORAGES
Added June 7, 2016. Are you planning for your 2016 hay needs? Order your 2nd/3rd cutting now… Marz Farm is offering the following products:
- Grass Small square bales: 1st cutting $4.00 per bale or $220 ton; 2nd/3rd cutting $5.00 bale or $275 ton
- Large square bales (3' x 3' x 7'): 1st cutting $72.50 bale or $220 ton; 2nd/3rd cutting $85 bale or $250 ton
- Bedding or mulch hay large: at $40 bale or small at $2.00 bale
- Balage bales: 1st cutting at $50 a bale
- Dry round bales: 1st cutting 4 x 4 at $25 a bale and 4 x 5 at $35 a bale
All square bale hay is stored in doors. Forage tests will be available. Quantity discounts. We ship throughout the country and have multiple delivery quantities available or pickup at the farm. Free samples.
Located in NY Southern Tier between Binghamton and Ithaca, Tioga County. Contact Tony Marzolino: 607-657-8534 farm, 315-378-5180 cell, or email@example.com
Two Certified Organic, 100 % grassfed Milking Shorthorn Heifers. Both ready to breed. Closed herd. Ideally we'd sell them together, $1,800 each or $3,000 for both.
Added July 6, 2016
Name: Jennifer Linck
Location: Craftsbury, Vt
WANTED: 3rd Generation Grass-fed Registered A2/A2 Guernseys or Brown Swiss or Dutch Belts - milking or heifers. Preferably weaned on mother's milk. Need 1-10. Call 845-901-7808 for more. Nimai.
Added June 26, 2016
Location: New Paltz, NY
16 Bred Holstein Heifers
Due end of Sept and Oct. Ultrasounded. Confirmed bred. Animals out of cow herd we sold are averaging 80 lbs of milk per day for the herd owner in New York. Bred to Bull out of cow that is classified EX for several generations. The dam made 27,000 lbs of milk as 2 year old. Dam milked 30,000 as a 3 year old.
Also available: Extremely high quality haylage and corn silage in trailer load lots. KD shavings available year round, live floor trailer loads.
Ralph Caldwell, 207-754-3871. Added June 16, 2016.
We are seeking a farm machinery operator/mechanic who has a few years of experience operating and working on equipment, has enough years of farming experience to appreciate the benefits and limitations of a farming schedule, understands and accepts that farming is not always a 9-5, Monday-Friday job, is willing to meet the varying seasonal demands of farming and has farmed long enough to know that he enjoys a farming lifestyle .
As far as farming skills, we are looking for an individual who is very comfortable plowing, harrowing, running a Brillion seeder, mowing, raking, tedding, baling, wrapping and chopping hay, running a flail chopper and high dump wagon. Must be very much at home operating a full size, commercial front end loader and driving a tandem dump truck. CDL A would be great.
As far as mechanic skills, he doesn't need to be a full blown, factory trained, certified mechanic with intimate knowledge of every Cat, Cummins, Perkins, Deutz, Detroit and Mack, but he can certainly split an older tractor and change the clutch in his sleep. He can do rear tractor tires and truck tires by himself. He can swap injection pumps, trouble shoot injectors, troubleshoot and replace brakes and airlines, replace a head gasket, trouble shoot and replace alternators and starters, disassemble and re-pack hydraulic cylinders, etc. Basic wrenching that any gear head kid learns growing up on a farm around equipment.............
If you enjoy outdoor farming tractor work, wrenching & "custom" fabricating, driving trucks, operating earth moving equipment, working in the woods logging or sugaring; and doing all of these things in any combination, on any given day; then being here, you'll think you've died and gone to heaven.......
Salary package includes:
* $35,000 starting annual salary
* Paid sick days
* Paid UVM Dairy/Horticulture Extension professional development time, coursework,books
* Paid vacation
* Paid child leave (school & medical appointments)
* Personal use of fully tooled shop/equipment repair facility
* Paid personal days
* Paid holidays
* Housing benefit may be possible after a year for the right candidate
* Benefits commence after four months of employment
* Advancement in salary and responsibilities is available and hinges on personal performance
We are looking for a man with the above listed skills, who wants to learn more, and is looking to settle into a place where he is recognized and appreciated.
Added July 18, 2016
Contact: Robbie Nuzzo
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July & August
July 28 & 29, 2016
Live Roots 24/7/365: PASA’s 2nd Annual Summer Soil Health Conference
Grange Fairgrounds, Centre Hall, PA
Thursday, August 4th to Saturday, August 6th
Grasstravaganza 2016: Healthy Soils, Healthy Animals, Healthy Farms
Alfred State College, Alfred (Allegany County), NY
August 9, 2016
Organic Dairy Day in Morris
West Central Research and Outreach Center
46352 State Hwy 329 | Morris, MN 56267
August 12-14, 2016
Cultivating the Organic Grassroots Movement:
NOFA Summer Conference UMass Amherst, Amherst, MA
September 29 & 30, 2016
16th Annual NODPA Field Days
Chambersburg Mennonite Church, 1800 Philadelphia Avenue, Chambersburg, PA
“In 2011, I attended a local grazing conference,” said Amish dairyman Andrew Coblentz. “Cliff Hawbaker, a Pennsylvania farmer, spoke about once a day (OAD) milking. I went home and told my wife that it might work in some neck of the woods, but not here. Ten months later I was ready to give it a try. I was tired of being tired.”
Andrew, his wife Mary Ellen, and their four children, Adam (8), Elias (6), Amelia (3), and Elliana (9 months) make their home at Hills-N-Valley Farm in the town of Walnut Creek, Ohio. The town is located in the rolling hills of Holmes County in the east central region of the state. Etched in one of their barns is the year 1889, a testament to the rich agricultural history of the region, which began when Ohio’s first permanent settler, a Pennsylvania Amish farmer named Jonas Stutzman, traveled to the region in 1809 and put down his roots. To read more about this farm please go to:
Added July 26, 2016
Letter from the No Organic Checkoff Coalition to the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service Opposing OTA’s most recent Proposal
Our petition opposing the organic checkoff now has 1522 signatures, more than OTA’s one supporting it. OTA’s slogan is that they can make the much-disparaged checkoff program work for organic as a once-in-a-lifetime multi-commodity program.
They said “trust us” while they secretly negotiated a GMO labelling Bill that is worthless. They are saying “trust us” as they set up a transition label for organic that will saturate the market and undermine producers’ pay price.
Experience tells us that with OTA, its business as usual in Congress and the countryside. When OTA says, “trust us,” question their track record. It’s time for the OTA to withdraw their proposal for an organic checkoff before they, once again, split the organic community.
The No Organic Checkoff Coalition, representing 1522 (as of 7-25-16) signatories opposed to an organic checkoff, including 25 organic farmer organizations and businesses, sent a letter to USDA AMS responding to the recently revised Organic Trade Association (OTA) Proposal submitted May 3, 2016. The revised proposal discusses ideas for a new industry-funded promotion, research and information order for organic products, which would be developed under the Commodity Promotion, Research, and Information Act of 1996. To read the complete letter which lays out the argument against an organic checkoff very clearly please go to:
2016 NODPA Field Days: September 29 & 30, 2016 - Chambersburg Mennonite Church, Chambersburg, PA
The 2016 NODPA Field Days, The Future of Organic Dairy Farming: Regenerate, Renew, Refresh, will focus on regenerating our soil, renewing our farms’ infrastructures, and refreshing ourselves in order for our farms and families to thrive into the future.
There will be workshops focused on the soil: Managing for Milk Production per Acre; renewing the farm’s infrastructure: Milking System Tune-Ups; the growing support and infrastructure for the grass-fed milk market, along with an update on the Certified Grass Fed Label, along withnews about the Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship Program in New York and Pennsylvania. We will hear about an OREI research project being conducted by the Rodale Institute and the University of Iowa that is Integrating Crops and Livestock to Enhance Organic Farm Stability, Safety and Resilience. And, we will have some critically important updates on the Animal Welfare Rule, Origin of Livestock, Organic Checkoff and Other Issues Relevant to the Organic Community.
For all the details of the Field Days please go to:
To register online, go to:
To download a Field Days brochure, please go to:
To see photos of previous Field Days please go to:
For an article on the Field Days Keynote Speaker:
Sales of organic fluid retail milk in May 2016 are the highest recorded in the history of USDA AMS recordkeeping dating back to 2008. USDA AMS data shows sales up by 5.4% January through May 2016, compared with the same period in 2015. Sales of organic whole milk are up 25.5% in May 2016 from sales in May 2015. Year-to-date sales of all organic milk are up 16.4% compared to the same period in 2015. New England continues to see strong growth in utilization of organic whole milk as reported by the Federal Milk Marketing Order 1 with utilization up by 32% in May 2016 over May 2015, and up 15% in June 2016 over June 2015. As we recognize that the organic dairy and beef market is now worldwide, with imports of organic milk, organic milk powder and organic beef manufacturing trim increasing, attention needs to be paid to changes in Europe, especially with the exit of Britain from the European Union. The EU farmgate price is approximately $26.50 per 100 lbs. of milk. Comparatively, retail prices in the EU are lower by about 35%.
For further details of what is happening and some charts, please go:
“An experienced grazier knows the art and science of grazing go hand in hand. Sarah Flack hits the mark with her new book, The Art and Science of Grazing, How Grass Farmers Can Create Sustainable Systems for Healthy Animals and Farm Ecosystems. It is written for all graziers with all skill and experience levels; it is a great resource to get the beginner off on the right start and the valuable information for the experienced grazier.” Nancy Glazier, Small Farms Specialist, Livestock & Field Crops Team, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Penn Yan, NY reviewed the book for NODPA. Her review can be found at:
For the past three months, NODPA worked with Midwest Organic Dairy Producers Alliance (MODPA) and Western Organic Dairy Producers Alliance (WODPA) to submit comments on this Proposed Rule to bring some common sense, production-based criteria to regulations that are as specific as possible. Our comments reminded the NOP and organic consumers that organic certification is already the gold standard for animal welfare. It is not just a scorecard of the health and well-being of the livestock but is a third-party certified federal program with a holistic system approach that also considers the impact of the production system on the environment, the quality and content of animal feed, and ensures that livestock are not treated with any antibiotic, artificial hormones or growth stimulants.
For an article on the key points of the comments submitted to USDA on 7/11/2016, please go to:
Added May 24, 2016
On April 13, 2016, the USDA National Organic Program (NOP) published regulations concerning Animal Welfare with a Proposed Rule entitled Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices. The expectation of the organic livestock community was that this rule would concentrate on poultry, especially clarifying outdoor access and building on the Access to Pasture regulation of 2010 by implementing NOSB recommendations. Unfortunately, this is not what happened. Despite assurances from the NOP that the regulation should be viewed through the interpretations of the accompanying webinar (https://www.ams.usda.gov/rules-regulations/organic-livestock-and-poultry-practices) the language within the Proposed Rule is what will become law. One of the reasons for the regulation is that both enforcement of existing regulation and NOP Guidance about interpretation of access to the outside for poultry has been ignored, allowing the porch-style poultry operation to double over the last five years. The difficulty of enforcing the access to the outside for poultry and the amount of market share and profit at stake was further emphasized as conventional and organic poultry producers joined together to override the USDA NOP process of comment on regulation through Congressional action. The National Organic Coalition and the Farmers Union, plus many organizations and individuals, worked together to stop a rider being attached to the appropriations bill in the House and Senate. See their letter >
We delayed the print publication of the May 2016 NODPA News in order to include an article on the Proposed Regulation to ensure that those organic dairies without internet connection would be able to read the rule and send in their comments. To read the article, please go to:
The Federation of Organic Dairy Farmers (FOOD Farmers) is developing comments to respond to the NOP to ensure that we have a Final Rule that we can live with. We hold regular conference calls and welcome anyone who wants to join the discussion. Until we hear about any extension we are under a tight time limitation to get our comments into the NOP by June 13th 2016, so please send us your comments as soon as possible. Comments can be sent to Ed Maltby at firstname.lastname@example.org , or faxed to 1-866-554-9483 or mailed to NODPA, 30 Keets Road, Deerfield, MA 01342.OTA updates its Organic
The Organic Trade Association (OTA) has sent an amended proposal for an organic checkoff to the USDA AMS, which published it on their website. They have made some technical edits based on USDA feedback, plus some changes based on the nine partial proposals developed by producer groups and their supporters. The OTA changed the definition of research based on feedback from NODPA and the National Farmers Union (NFU) and they made a change to how funds are allocated to ensure that agriculture research and producer education are a higher priority. OTA continue to propose a rather complicated system of nomination of the governing Board members to represent a region based on a non-existent database of organic operations with more than $250,000 in gross organic sales in the previous year. Plus they gave producers fewer seats on the Board, and producers make up only 6 out of the 16 members. Both the allocation of checkoff funds and the final appointment of Board members is the decision of a political appointee, the Secretary of Agriculture. We are all familiar with how those decisions are made in Washington DC.
In conversations with USDA AMS, the no-organic check-off coalition of producer groups has surmised that there is no timeline for when AMS might publish a full proposal on the Federal Register. USDA did say they will accept further comment and analysis of OTA’s amended proposal which we will be supplying in the next few weeks. You have probably been bothered by “robo calls” about the organic checkoff. Producers who have tried to tell the caller that they want to register a no vote have not been allowed to. Producers who have questioned how the $250,000 figure of gross organic sales and the calculation of net organic income will be determined have been told it will be on the honor system of self-declaration. That makes it the first tax levied that is based on the honor system. You will also have received literature claiming that everyone will pay a little and that the majority of the checkoff tax will be paid by handlers/processors. Consumers, retailers, marketers, transportation companies and other service providers will pay nothing, and the system that producers know well, of trickle-down economics, will come into effect as processors pass any check-off costs on to producers with a lower pay price. Growth in organic sales is being fueled by cheap imports, some with questionable integrity, that are undermining the pay price of domestic producers. As we have said many times, if we need domestic organic production to increase we need to pay producers a fair and sustained price for their organic products.
Recent Odairy Discussions
A farmer new to grazing asked how to group his herd of 45 cows with a service bull while outside and on pasture. Another producer was frustrated by two cows with recurrent mastitis. And there was a wide ranging discussion about the proposed animal welfare rule.
5 Ways You Can Support NODPA
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