Workshop: Best Nutrition Strategies at Times of High Grain and Input Costs
Sara Ziegler is a research specialist focused on perennial and annual forage production and pasture management with UVM Extension’s Northwest Crops and Soils Team. She works closely with farmers on developing and maintaining nutrient management plans and manages several research projects focused on organic and grass-fed dairy systems.
Dr. Heather Darby is an Agronomist and Soils Specialist with UVM Extension. She has worked collaboratively with organic dairy farmers over the last 19 years to develop and deliver relevant forage and soil research to the organic community.
Nutritionist and Dairy Consultant with Independent Dairy Consultants, Inc., Middlebury, VT
Workshop: Strategies for a Sustainable Pay Price for Organic Dairy
Sharad Mathur worked for Dairy Marketing Services (DMS) and Dairy Farmers of America (DFA – Northeast Area) for over twenty years; recently retiring from his full time position as Chief Operating Officer; now serving part-time as Director, Operations and Projects, where he is involved in mentoring the younger generation and overseeing special projects.
Prior to DMS & DFA, Mr. Mathur worked at Parmalat for two years and had full responsibility of purchasing all raw milk for the company. Prior to Parmalat, he spent eighteen years with the Sunnydale Farms in Brooklyn, NY and rose to the position of Chief Financial Officer after holding a variety of positions in finance, procurement, and production. Earlier, he was part of the Team at Sunnydale Farms that created and marketed Natural By Nature Organic products.
Jim Goodman is a retired organic dairy farmer, board member of Family Farm Defenders, and board president of National Family Farm Coalition. He and his wife, Rebecca, ran a 45-cow organic dairy and direct-market beef farm in southwest Wisconsin for 40 years. His farming roots trace back to his great-grandparents immigration from Ireland during the famine and the farm's original purchase in 1848. A farm activist, Jim credits more years of failed farm, trade and social policy than he cares to think about as his motivation to advocate for a farmer-controlled, consumer-oriented food system.
Siena has been an advocate for family farmers for nearly 15 years,currently serving as the National Family Farm Coalition Communications Advisor. She is a freelance writer and editor whose work has appeared in publications including Civil Eats, Modern Farmer, Edible Brooklyn, and has worked as a research consultant for Farm Aid, Real Food Challenge, Illinois Stewardship Alliance, and other local and national farmer organizations.
Theodore 'Tade' Sullivan, executive director of The Maine Dairy Industry Association (MDIA), is a recognized expert in the US Farm Bill, Renewable Energy, and Federal Crop Insurance. Tade has over 20 years’ experience in lobbying and public affairs, specializing in advocating for our nation’s farm families in private practice, agricultural trade associations, and government, and has been involved in the development of significant legislation on behalf our nation’s farmers, including portions of the US Farm Bill.
Dan Smith served as founding Executive Director of the Northeast Dairy Compact Commission, April 1996 through May, 1998, and served as the Commission’s Executive Director and General Counsel until the expiration of the Compact. He served as the lead staff person for the Northeast Interstate Dairy Compact Committee, which oversaw the interstate adoption and Congressional approval of the Dairy Compact. He is a lawyer in private practice in Montpelier VT.
Workshop: Cost of Production: How the numbers impact current and future organic dairy operations
Jen Miller is the Farmer Services Director at NOFA-Vermont, and authors the annual Cost of Production on Vermont Organic Dairy Farms which is featured in the NODPA News each year.
Sarah is an author, consultant, and speaker specializing in grass-based livestock farming systems. She is passionate about helping farmers find ways to be financially viable while caring for both their land and livestock. She lives on the farm she grew up on in Northern Vermont where she is surrounded by pastures, wetlands, forests, livestock and wildlife.
KIRK ARNOLD, Twin Oaks Dairy, Truxton, NY and Co-president, NODPA Board
Kirk Arnold has been a partner in Twin Oaks Dairy LLC for 10 years and is the third generation on the farm. His focus on the farm is the cropping and the machinery side of the business along with farm and pasture infrastructure.
SEBASTIEN LATRAVERSE, Spring Brook Farm, Westfield, VT
Workshop: Ask the Vet
DAYNA LOCITZER, DVM
Dr. Dayna Locitzer has over 10 years’ experience working with pasture-based dairies in the Northeast. She currently works as a large animal veterinarian at Green Mountain Bovine Clinic in Chesterfield, N.H. and worked on organic dairy farms in New York’s Hudson Valley for 6 years before starting veterinary school.
ELIZABETH MARTENS, DVM
Dr. Martens grew up on an organic farm in the Finger Lakes region of New York. She attended Cornell University for her Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science and then went to Panama for 2 years as an agriculture volunteer with the Peace Corps. She completed her Veterinary degree from Cornell in 2020 and has been working as a dairy veterinarian in Addison County ever since.