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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.

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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


Wanted: We are looking for a supplier of organic unsalted butter, about 120,000 lbs annually.
Added December 3, 2014.
Contact: Lea Rubinstein
Phone: 401-515-4595

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

60 4x4 bales of haylage individually wrapped. 30 1st cutting (early June)& 30 3rd cutting (September): $40/bale. 20 4x4 bales of 2nd cutting (dry hay): $50/bale. Also available: 28 5x5 bales of 2013 oatlage linewrapped. $30/bale as is or I will individually wrap them for another $15/bale.

These are all certified by NOFA-NY. These are FOB prices but I have a couple of neighbors who haul so I could contact them for you.
Added December 8, 2014.
Contact: Steve Kimball
Phone: 716-267-9272
Location: Falconer, NY 14733

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


3000 gallo cn vertical plastic tank with shut off valves. $800 or best offer. 518-727-1712
Added December 2, 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.

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

January 9-10, 2015
Minnesota Organic Conference
St. Cloud, MN

January 10, 2015 - 7:30am to 5:30pm
Winter Conference All-day Seminar with Greg Judy: Using Livestock to Build a Healthy, Profitable Farm
NOFA/Mass Winter Conference, Worcester State University

January 16 & 17, 2015
VT Grazing and Livestock Conference

January 23-25, 2015
NOFA-NY Annual Conference: ‘Soil: The Root of the Movement’
Saratoga Hilton and City Center, Saratoga Springs, NY

January 24-25, 2015
25th Annual Food & Agriculture Winter Conference
Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, NJ

January 31, 2015
13th Annual NOFA-NH Winter Conference
Rundlett Middle School, Concord, NH

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 December 1, 2014

US Office of Management and Budget (OMB) publishes its unified agenda for Fall 2014: Busy time for NOP and AMS

The Agriculture Department's National Organic Program is going to be one of the busiest food or agriculture agencies in the year ahead, based on the schedule published in the Unified Agenda. Besides the origin of livestock rules (see abstract below), the NOP plans to release aquaculture standards in February, pet food standards by the end of April and apiculture standards in July.

USDA NOP Origin of Livestock with a proposed rule projected to be published in December 2014 with final action in May 2016:

Proposed Rule Abstract: The current regulations provide two tracks for replacing dairy animals which are tied to how dairy farmers transition to organic production. Farmers who transition an entire distinct herd must thereafter replace dairy animals with livestock that has been under organic management from the last third of gestation. Farmers who do not transition an entire distinct herd may perpetually obtain replacement animals that have been managed organically for 12 months prior to marketing milk or milk products as organic. The proposed action would eliminate the two-track system and require that upon transition, all existing and replacement dairy animals from which milk or milk products are intended to be sold, labeled, or represented as organic must be managed organically from the last third of gestation. Continuation of the two-track system jeopardizes the viability of the market for organic heifers. A potential risk associated with the rulemaking would be a temporary supply shortage of dairy replacement animals due to the increased demand.

As mandated by the 2014 Farm Bill the USDA AMS is aiming to publish a proposed rule to change the commodity promotion law to exempt all organic certificate holders from paying into any commodity check-offs (see abstract below). The proposed rule is already late (missing its legal deadline of 11/30/14) and final action is not projected until next fall. The Organic Trade Association is set to send a proposal to USDA AMS for a mandatory federal organic check-off which means producers may be able to get their money back in time to lose it again when their exemption is taken away with an organic check-off.

Exemption of Producers and Handlers of Organic Products From Assessment Under a Commodity Promotion Law. USDA AMS Marketing Order Administration Branch projected that the proposed rule would be published in November 2014 and final action is projected for July 2015.

Proposed Rule Abstract: As a result of this action, certified "organic" commodities (those comprising at least 95 percent organic components) would no longer be subject to assessment for promotion activities conducted under marketing order or research and promotion programs. In addition, certified organic commodities that are produced, handled, marketed, or imported by operations that also deal in conventional products would be eligible for exemptions. Currently, only products that are certified "100 percent organic" and that are produced and handled by entities that deal exclusively with organic products are exempt from assessments. This action is expected to reduce the assessment obligation for organic industry operators by as much as $13.7 million. Conversely, the impact on the marketing programs will be a loss of approximately $13.7 million in funds for generic commodity promotions.

Busy Time for Organic
Trade Association (OTA):

From OTA’s website: “At the September 17 meeting, the OTA Board voted to move forward to prepare and submit an application to USDA to initiate an industry referendum on an organic research and promotion order.”  The OTA seems to assume that the USDA AMS will approve their as-yet-unpublished proposal for a mandatory federal check-off program as having enough support from the organic community to hold a referendum of those that will be assessed. We do not yet know who will be assessed, what the rate will be, how it will be collected, and many other aspects of the proposal which has gone through a few iterations by a select group of folks appointed by OTA to an internal OTA committee.

OTA should have held a referendum of all organic certificate holders as to whether they want an organic check-off before they proceed to send a proposal to USDA. With all the many pieces of fancy literature and personal phone calls they have financed to promote their ideas, OTA could have used some of those funds to pay an independent entity to perform a referendum on a simple yes/no on whether we need a federal mandated organic check-off /tax. Those organizations that are holding their own referendum of their producer members have had a resounding no to setting up an organic check-off.

ODairy Discussions:

“Diagnosed with gangrene mastitis, a cow had to euthanized.  The farmer described the sudden onset of symptoms, and asked the group for suggestions on how to prevent this from happening again.  A vet on this list responded that there are essentially two causes of gangrene mastitis - either Clostridium or Staph aureus.  Clostridium is a quick killer; it is characterized by a low fever (102.7 to 102.9).  It is a soil borne organism, and is one of those rare things that you see every 20 years or so.  It is definitely not contagious.  The Staph aureus type is characterized by a high fever (105 or so).  It is called "blue bag" in sheep, and is fairly treatable with antibiotics, and the udder won't slough off as it does with the Clostridial type when treated quickly with penicillin.”

NODPA President and New York producer Liz Bawden summarizes what has happened on the Odairy List Serve in her latest regular column, which can be found at:


Want to be part of the discussion? Join Odairy, a free, moderated list serve supported by NODPA at:


Letters and Comments

Disagree with what you’ve read in the NODPA News, Enewsletter or on the web? Think that we have the wrong angle on what is happening or the best production practices? Then please write and let us know, either at or An article in the July-August edition of NODPA News about the Madre method of calf rearing caused Michelle Benrud to question the basis of Paul Van Amburgh’s assumptions and conclusions about what he was practicing on his farm, and the economic reality behind the practices. To read Michelle’s letter and Paul’s and Phyllis’ reply please go to:


On The Road Again: Five Danes in a Van

What do you get when you put two Pennsylvanians and five Danish farmers and organic advisors - and all their gear - in a Chevy van and head out to get the scoop on the state of grass based dairy, Holistic Management and planned grazing in the Northeast?

Well ….. lots of miles (1190 between Sunday evening and Friday night), lots of farms (a dozen), lots of amazing and generous farmers, lots of livestock (cattle of all classes and colors, poultry, sheep and hogs), some glorious scenery and examples of the vast variety of land and farming practices in the region, not much sleep – and amazing experiences, buckets of laughter, and the foundation of friendships and collaborations that are sure to span the years. To read the full article by Susan Beal please go to:


Environment and Behavior:
Biodiversity and Cattle Wellbeing

Today, many people are seeking to understand the complex interactions involved in food production and their implications for both environmental sustainability and human health. Juan Alvez from the University of Vermont and a group of colleagues wondered in particular about the connections between soil biodiversity, forages, animal health and human health. 

In 2012, their research team embarked on a collaborative, long-term study focused on assessing how ecologic habitat disruption is associated with livestock wellbeing and health, and how those in turn impact human wellbeing. With a wider lens, they rapidly concluded that these elements do not exist in isolation. Numerous researchers emphasize (and the team at University of Vermont preliminary data support) that agriculture both receives and provides a diverse array of benefits from healthy ecosystems, while also imposing dis-services when disrupted. To read Juan Alvez full article 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 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:


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.

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