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Share your message with organic milk consumers at NODPA’s Farmers’ Storytelling Booth

By late winter, when cabin fever is beginning to set in, the best thing I can do is head to a farmer meeting or organic dairy conference. It’s a terrific opportunity to network, learn from, and build relationships with other farmers. If there’s only one take-away I have from all the conversations I’ve been having this winter, it’s this: We need to tell our own story.5a2211422ea30 fullsizeoutput 31ae small

Frustration and anxiety abounds, it seems, under the burden of record-low organic milk prices, a spineless NOP, and fake organic mega-farms flooding the market with cheap commodities (and yes- I do mean actually fake), not to mention plant-based beverages marketed like real milk.

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The Grass is Green and the Organic Dairy Industry is Growing!

The Grass is Green and the Organic Dairy Industry is Growing!

Well, it finally feels as though spring has sprung in the Northeast, despite a few cold nights that surely are still to come. It’s likely that many of you already have your cows out on pasture and are moving fences or rotating pastures to prevent them from grazing too close, and punching up some of those still “soggy” spots. Or maybe you are one of the growing group of dairymen looking at this season as your first pasture experience as a transition to organic management.

black cow 183261The continuing low price of conventional milk has more farmers looking at organic management to provide price stability on their farms. NOFA-NY LLC is currently working with the largest group of transitioning farms since the rule change mandating 100% organic feed for a full year to transition. We currently certify 312 dairy operations, 22 of which are grass-fed certified as well. Transition numbers are continually growing, with 55 farms in transition and an additional 13 farms looking to bring in organic animals to start shipping organic milk. Grass-fed is on the rise too, with nine farms pending certification at NOFA-NY.

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Learn about Dairy Pasture Nutrition at our Organic Dairy & Field Crop Conference, March 16


happylines_Photocredit_Amanda_GervaisUVMextension.jpgA pillar of organic dairy farm management is pasturing cows. In 2010, The US Department of agriculture passed regulation requiring that organic dairy cows receive 30% DMI from pasture for at least 120 days or the duration of the grazing season. Getting the most out of pasture can be a challenge for farmers balancing rations for milk production but is a huge asset to reducing feed costs on farms.

If you're interested in improving your pasture management or transitioning your farm to grazing, here's your chance to learn from two of the best! Join NOFA-NY at our 5th annual Organic Dairy and Field Crop Conference March 16th at the Holiday Inn Liverpool Syracuse.

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Dairy Conference Preview: A Comfortable Cow is a Productive Cow

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For decades, farmers have been focused on improving cow comfort on their farms as a way to improve milk production, reduce injury and maintain a healthier herd.  Farmers are now meeting the new regulation of animal welfare audits specifically to address cow comfort on individual farms. We're excited to highlight cow comfort as one of the workshops in our upcoming 5th Annual Organic Dairy and Field Crop Conference on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at the Holiday Inn in Syracuse, NY.  

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