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NODPA’s Mission:

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.


Payprice Summary Chart:
2006 to 2013

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

Feed and Pay Price Updates

Added November 17, 2014. In the Northeast, competition for milk supply is increasing, with expansion plans by established and new processors who are looking for more producers in certain geographic areas. There are reports that supermarket shelves are empty and/or under supplied.

For more:


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.

Recent Classifieds

Added in October & November 2014

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Real Estate

Farm For Sale in Central Maine
20+/- acre property with approximately 2/3 of open land, 2100 sqft home, 4-5 bedroom 10 room New Englander. Many updates including plumbing and electrical. New farmstore, commercial kitchen/creamery. Walk-in cooler, milk house, 6 cow step up parlor(can be converted to goats or sheep), two barns, two greenhouses and additional storage or animal housing. Dairy equipment: DeLeval pipeline, 200 gallon cheese vat, 300 gallon bulk tank, 35 gallon pasteurizer. Property suitable for family homestead, vegetable production, goat or sheep dairy, value added processing, bed & breakfast. Added October 22, 2014.

For more information, please email or call:
Doug at Balfour Farm: 207-213-3158
Name: Balfour Farm
Location: Pittsfield, Maine


Looking for tanker loads of Organic Cream to be delivered into the Pacific Northwest.
Added October 28, 2014
Contact: Jeff West
Phone: 360-713-6800


10 certified organic heifers weighing 300 to 500 lbs for sale in Central NY. Mainly crosses. Excellent condition. Can deliver. Call for details. Contact Ken Welch in Moravia, NY @ 607 898 3994. Can send pictures. Added November 10, 2014.

British White Park breeding bull. Proven, VERY well tempered. Fantastic calving ease. He has done his job well and it's time for some new blood lines. Average hanging weight for my 100% grass fed steers at 18 months old is 650 - 700 LBS for those interested in cross breeding. Trade for replacement White Park Bull would be considered. 3000$
Added November 4, 2014.
Contact: Scott Rowe
Phone: 978-356-5728 x22
Location: Ipswich MA

We have 12 bred Jersey heifers and 1 yearling for sale. Nice calving intervals. 5 springers. 4 in February. 3 in April. 1 yearling heifer. No horns. Sell as a group. $1600 for bred animals and $800 for 1 yearling. Certified organic. Jeffersonville, VT
Phone: 802-644-5138, Email: shoebox2004069@YAHOO.COM. Trucking available in Vermont. Added November 2, 2014.

I'm looking for non-Holstein organic dairy cattle (cert. or not) in the middle of the country. I'm in Kansas but can travel a ways if necessary. Most of what I see posted here is from New England, too far, but stuff west of Appalachia works. Contact Pete Gasper, Gasper Family Farm, at Added October 22, 2014.

We have 14 certified organic Holsteins that we are selling. Most are black and white and two are red and white Holsteins. These are big girls and really good milkers too (with very low cell counts under or in the 100-180 range)! Must sell soon, and would sell as a group or in smaller numbers as well. I’m not set up to deliver, so you would have to come to our farm (located in Georgia, VT). Please contact me at or
802-582-9026. Added October 6, 2014.

Forage, Bedding & Grains

I am looking for a used bulk tank 800-1000 gallon in quality condition. I am also looking for certified heifer hay and bedding. Any help would be appreciated.
Added November 20, 2014
Contact: Shaun Riordan
Phone: 443-252-7970
Location: Shaftsbury, VT

For Sale: GOA Certified round bales 4x4 inline wrapped 1st, 2nd, and 3rd cutting all hay has been tested and we can give you results upon request delivery is available call for pricing. Added October 21, 2014.
Contact: Paul Hargett
Phone: 315 246 2998
Location: Locke NY

For sale: Late 1st cut 2013 NOFA NY certified organic 4x5 round bales of hay. Net wrapped stored outside easy location to load. $20 bale 518-727-1712.
Added October 13, 2014.
Contact: Tammy Thomas
Phone: 518-727-1712
Location: Greenwich NY


Pennsylvania Certified Organic (PCO) is seeking a FarmFest Coordinator to serve on our Education and Outreach Team. The part time contracted position will be responsible for planning and management of the Pennsylvania Organic FarmFest, held annually on the first weekend of August at the Grange Fairgrounds in Centre Hall PA. PCO is a private non-profit organization that works to ensure the integrity of organic products and provide education, inspection, and certification services that meet the needs of our members. This position is based in our Spring Mills, PA office. Added November 25, 2014.

Contact: Pennsylvania Certified Organic
Phone: 814-422-0251
Location: Spring Mills, PA

Pennsylvania Certified Organic announces a full time job opening for a Membership and Development Specialist. The ideal candidate will have education and experience in planning and project management for membership development, event coordination, and marketing of programs and services, including but not limited to: securing new partners and members, conducting community education and outreach, and coordinating fundraising efforts. 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 but remote work locations within central and southeastern Pennsylvania will be considered.

This is a full-time, exempt position.
Salary range: $41,000 to $51,000, 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 at Please send resume and cover letter to

Addec October 15, 2014.

Name: Pennsylvania Certified Organic
Phone: 814-422-0251
Location: Spring Mills, PA

Assistent Herdsperson—
Canterbury, NH

Added October 2, 2014

We are a large diversified farm consisting of 60 dairy cows, 20 beef steers, 300 hogs and 1000 laying hens. We grow consistently 30 acres of grain (wheat is baked on farm in a wood fired brick oven), all our forages for the herd and 30 acres of vegetables. Our products are marketed at farmers markets, at our farm store, through wholesale accounts and through our CSA.

We are looking for a detailed oriented individual with prior experience working with dairy cows. This individual will be working together with the farm owner. Maintaining herd health will be his/her primary responsibility. Commitment to natural/organic remedies a must. Additional responsibilities include record keeping, breeding, milking, barn chores, tractor maintenance, pasture maintenance, and fencing. This is an excellent opportunity for an individual or family. Housing could be part of a compensation package.

Your ability and interest in working with a group is essential.
Please visit our website at

Contact: Luke Mahoney
Phone: 603 7424084
Location: NH


For additional information on the events below, click here.

November 11-12, 2014
NESAWG's annual It Takes a Region Conference
Region-Sizing: Making It Work
Saratoga Hilton, Saratoga Springs, NY

November 12-14, 2014
ACORN Conference 2014: Honoring Our Roots, Sowing Our Future
Marriott Harbourfront Hotel, Halifax, NS

November 13-16, 2014
Biodynamic Conference: Farming for Health
Hyatt Regency | Louisville, Ky.

November 16-17, 2014
IOWA Organic Conference: Rekindling the Light Within
University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

November 18, 2014
Dehulling Ancient Grains (Researchers from NIFA-OREI Value-Added Grains Project)
Webinar from eOrganic

November 19, 2014
Effective Use of Electric Fencing to Improve Grazing Management and Enhance Soil Health
Webinar by USDA NRCS, 2 pm Eastern Standard Time

November 20, 2014
Considerations for Out-Wintering the Organic Dairy Herd (Brad Heins, University of Minnesota)
Webinar from eOrganic

November 21-23, 2014
Restoring Ecosystems to Reverse Global Warming
Tufts University, Medford, MA

December 2, 2014
IPM in Crucifer Crops: Focus on the Yellowmargined Leaf Beetle (Rammohan Balusu and Ayanava Majumdar, Auburn University; Ron Cave, University of Florida)
Webinar from eOrganic

December 2-5, 2014
2014 Young Farmers Conference
Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, Pocantico Hills, NY

December 4, 2014
Introducing Radishes into the Organic Dairy Pasture (Fay Benson and Liz Burrichter, Cornell Cooperative Extension)
Webinar from eOrganic

December 4-6, 2014
2014 Acres U.S.A. Conference & Trade Show: The Conference on Ecological Farming
Hyatt Regency Hotel, Columbus, Ohio

December 8, 2-18
Women Farmers: Heroes of Our Communities
Penn State Conference Center

December 16, 2014
A Certified Organic Winter Nursery for Corn Breeding (Bryan Brunner, University of Puerto Rico, Kevin Montgomery, Paul Scott, USDA ARS)
Webinar from eOrganic

December 18, 2014
Learning from Our Observations of Pastures & Livestock: Preventing Pasture Problems on the Organic Dairy (Sarah Flack, Sarah Flack Consulting)
Webinar from eOrganic

Feature Farm: Hamilton Heights & Emerald Valley Dairy Farms - South Central PA

Added November 17, 2014.  “Wealth and production are two different things – our focus is on wealth; we milk acres, not cows”, says Cliff Hawbaker. He and his wife Maggie own and operate two organic, no-grain dairy farms in South Central Pennsylvania. The home dairy, Hamilton Heights Dairy Farm in Franklin County, has been in Cliff’s family for 6 generations. The Emerald Valley Farm, in Cumberland County, was purchased in 2005 and is currently being managed by Cliff’s nephew, Daniel Lehman. They farm just over 800 acres of which 126 acres are rented and 674 are owned. Crops grown include 270 acres of corn silage (under contract) and 625 acres of mixed grass hay and pasture. For more on the Farm:


Added November 17, 2014

Upbeat NOSB Meeting in Kentucky

Dr. Jean Richardson, Chair NOSB:
The NOSB meeting was held in Louisville Kentucky from October 27-30. It was an upbeat meeting where everyone seemed to feel that their issues were heard and discussed on the record. 
Since the April meeting the NOSB has worked quietly to strengthen the public role again and improve collaboration with the NOP.  Here are my Opening Comments:


Regional Round-up from
Organic Dairy Producers

The NODPA state reps and Board have regular conference calls to discuss the direction of NODPA and issues affecting organic dairy. During these calls producers exchange information about what is happening in their region. Producers at the recent NODPA Field Days suggested that we develop that exchange of information into a regular column in the NODPA News. We welcome any updates or views from producers and the date for sending regional updates to Ed Maltby ( or Nora Owens ( ) for the next NODPA News is December 20, 2014. To read this month’s regional update please go to:


Pay, retail and feed price
for November 2014

In the Northeast, competition for milk supply is increasing, with expansion plans by established and new processors who are looking for more producers in certain geographic areas. There are reports that supermarket shelves are empty and/or under supplied. With the current high costs of inputs causing some drop in production, some reduction in herd size because of a high cull beef price, and producers leaving organic production, the supply of organic milk is not increasing enough to satisfy the increase in demand. Producers have changed production practices and economized on inputs and the only way to increase supply is to increase the base pay price to give producers’ confidence in long term profitability. With an average growth rate of 7-8% a year in fluid sales and increasing demand for organic dairy in manufactured products, now would be the time for organic buyers to schedule higher base pay prices for the next few years as, with higher profits for conventional producers, it makes it easier to transition to organic production as the cost of transition would be less than it has been. To read more and see the charts showing the trends over the last 6 years:


Odairy Live! Ask the Vets: Q & A

A NODPA Field Days Panel with Dr. Hubert Karreman and Dr. Cynthia Lankenau moderated by NODPA President Liz Bawden.
This workshop session at the NODPA Field Days was very educational so we thought we’d print a summary from notes taken by Lisa McCrory. To read the article, please go to:


NODPA 14 Annual Field Days and Annual Meeting

To read a full article on the very successful 2014 Field Days complete with photos please go to:


Lisa McCrory leaving her position as NODPA’s Newsletter and Website Editor

Lisa McCrory has been a part of NODPA since its founding meeting in 2001 and through her work with NOFA VT was the NODPA coordinator for the next 3 years. She has continued working for NODPA as a newsletter and website editor for the last 10 years as the publications grew in quality and appeal. She has decided to stop working for NODPA as of November 15 but will continue to be involved as a producer member, continuing to share her knowledge and skills with the organic dairy community. Her work and dedication will be missed by us all as she has been a valued and skilled colleague helping NODPA grow in influence and as a resource for organic dairy farm families and the organic community. Her work and contribution was honored at the 2014 Field Days and to read her parting words please go to:


Support NODPA – Now in its 13th Year
of working for organic dairy farm families

Have you received your NODPA Fundraising letter yet? If not, it should be in your mailbox any day. When it arrives, 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 check, cash or credit card payment as soon as possible. And, if you already support NODPA through a monthly Milk Check Assignment or during NODPA’s Field Days, we say thanks!

Worried about what the “suits” in Washington DC are up to? NODPA is the only independent organic dairy farmer controlled organization that represents your interest and can keep you informed of what is happening before it is too late to act. We stood up for producer interests with the OTA organic check-off and will continue to do so in the future.

NODPA provides a wide range of resources and services, such as hosting and moderating the Odairy list serve, publishing the print newsletter (NODPA News) 6-times per year, monthly e-newsletter, website, annual Field Days, and advocacy on behalf of all organic dairy farm families through membership in the National Organic Coalition. We keep costs to a minimum but there are still bills to pay. 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.
To contribute to NODPA please go to:

NODPA Fund Drive

Added October 8, 2014

Summary: What Happened at the NODPA 14th Annual Field Days

The message from organic producers and their families at the 14th Field Days was:

  1. The shortage in supply of organic milk is a great opportunity to push the pay price up to help offset high cost of inputs,
  2. The Organic Trade Organization does not represent producers,
  3. NODPA producers voted to oppose a federally mandated check-off – unanimously.

The NODPA Field Days, which were held in the last week of September, took place in the bucolic setting of Stonewall Farm which has a remarkable building, a unique and very relevant mission, and some wonderful staff. All of these aspects made for a great event that some said was the best NODPA Field Days ever. The tour of the Farm, rich in diversity, was very informative and mirrored some of the many ways that organic dairy farms can thrive in the future, including a new mini combine that immediately had the male producers swarming all over it when it was started up.

The Commissioner of Agriculture for New Hampshire, Lorraine S. Merrill, dropped in on Thursday afternoon to welcome the group to New Hampshire and the Stonewall Farm. The keynote speakers for the evening were Miles McEvoy, National Organic Program Deputy Administrator, and Jean Richardson, the new Chair of the National Organic Standards Board, who joined past NODPA President Henry Perkins in a diverse and rich presentation of how unique the national Organic Program is and the important role that producers play in its future.    

This summary cannot do justice to the in depth information shared at all the workshops and session during the two day event. The “Ask the Vets: Q and A” was as lively as ever with Hue Karreman and Cindy Lankenau complementing each other very well. They continued after lunch with a two hour session with hands on education in the dairy barn - which was too short.  Guided by Dr. Hue Karreman, attendees worked on selected cows to perform a physical exam and some emergency techniques; and Dr. Lankenau demonstrated acupuncture and chiropractic care on an aged cow while discussing her use of herbal medicine - the cow most definitely appreciated the session!

The workshop sessions ‘Maximizing farm income’, ‘Planning for the next generation’, and ‘Creating a sustainable farming future’ were presented by national leaders of programs that have a proven track record and provided relevant and detailed information.

There was an excellent panel discussion of grass-fed dairy.  Peter Miller, a representative from Organic Valley, discussed the launching of "Grassmilk" in response to consumer demand. Sarah Flack, a grazing expert from Vermont, discussed her preliminary research on how farms with grass-fed herds are doing and Cliff Hawbaker, a PA producer of grass-fed milk, added his experiences in this style of production. The interest in grass-fed milk was reflected by the number of presenters on the panel, and the keen interest expressed by the attendees. Producers were not just looking for details on the higher pay price, but how they can maintain healthy cows while meeting the requirement of grass-fed labels.   

The only glitch in the prefect planning of NODPA’s event planner, Nora Owens, was the weather.  She failed to deliver overcast skies and rain and instead it was the best and most prolonged harvesting weather of the year - which meant many producers had to attend to their prime responsibility of harvesting winter feed. Despite that fact, we had good attendance from a diverse representation of the organic dairy stakeholders and great sharing of information.

For a slideshow of images from the Field Days, go to:


A more detailed summary of the NODPA Field Days will appear in the November/December NODPA News.

Feed and Pay Price

There are new processors who are looking for milk and that has increased competition which is starting to increase pay price. Horizon confirmed that they will be initiating a winter feed premium of $1 for the period of Oct 1 through Dec 31, and will be adding an additional $1 on the MAP effective Oct 1 through at least June 31, 2015. 

There has been an increase in the number of dairies looking for organic milk which include the following:

  1. Maple Hill Creamery
  2. Trickling Springs Creamery - $32.75 base, $2.50 for BF above 3.2%.
  3. Byrne Dairy (Syracuse, NY) – built a yogurt plant in Cortland, NY and are willing to pay $40 per hundred for those within easy shipping distance
  4. Natural By Nature
  5. Upstate Niagara has been having solicitation meeting in upstate New York and the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont
  6. Chiobani
  7. Sunrise Dairy (yogurt)
  8. Stonyfield Farm
  9. Common Wealth Dairy (Brattleboro) is considering going organic – (yogurt)

Organic chicken is continuing to drive prices up for organic grain. Expect to see corn prices at $525-550/ton in the Northeast with no sign that prices will drop as more imports come into the country.


Recent ODairy Discussions

Liz Bawden, Organic Dairy Farmer and NODPA President reported that there were “Robust discussions about eye injuries, constipation and bloating, organic grain supply in the Northeast, a debate about 100% grass-fed, and more” on ODairy in the last few months. If you ever wondered about what to do about a screw-in fence insulator that somehow a cow had got stuck in its eye them the dedicated veterinarians that subscribe to Odairy had some answers to how to remove it. Homeopathic remedies are also popular topics of discussion as producers build their toolkit of alternative health care remedies to complement their existing herd health practices. The current hot topic in organic dairy is “What is grass-fed” because it can bring up to $5 per hundred in increased pay price, but there are many different propriety definition plus a newly published standard from Pennsylvania Certified Organic.

For more details on all these discussions read Liz’ article at odairy_oct6_100614.shtml.

NODPA launches its Second Annual Fundraising Campaign:

Do you want to support balance in organic decision-making by ensuring that producers have a voice? NODPA provides that with its bimonthly print newsletter; it’s ODairy Listserv; it’s annual Field Days; its comprehensive and regularly updated website and its membership of the National Organic Coalition, National Sustainable Agricultural Coalition and Accredited Certifiers Association. NODPA takes producer concerns to Washington, to industry, to the media and to consumers and environmental groups and, as an independent organization; it acts as a voice for all producers in a marketplace dominated by industry. We keep costs to a minimum but there are still bills to pay. NODPA’s first fundraising campaign in 2013 was moderately successful and we ask you to send in your donation today to support all of these resources and services that we all need and value.  “NODPA supporters are dedicated organic farmers and industry professionals; hard-working, 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.” Watch out for more information coming your way.

You can donate online at:

Please contact Nora Owens at or call 413-427-7166 if you have questions or need assistance. Thank you for your support.

5 Ways You Can Support NODPA
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