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NODPA Field Days Farm Tour:
Twin Oaks Dairy, Truxton, NY

Embracing Change in Organic Dairy:
The 17th Annual NODPA Field Days, September 28 & 29, 2017, Truxton Community Center, Truxton, NY

Unpredictability, whether in weather, pay price or technological advances, has been a recent hallmark of organic dairy and requires farmers to employ new strategies to remain successful. The 17th Annual NODPA Field Days' educational program will focus on information and strategies that increase organic dairy farm families’ resilience in these challenging times. And this year, we are offering two farm tours. The first one is at Bill and Joanne Casey’s Casey Farms, Apulia Station, NY (see next article) on Thursday morning and Kathie and Kirk Arnold’s Twin Oaks Dairy on Friday afternoon. To read all the details of this year’s Field Days, please go to:


Casey Farm 1957: Photo by Aerial Surveys

Casey Farms, Apulia Station, New York: Bill and Joanne Casey

Organic dairy farmer Bill Casey was born onto his 282 acre central New York Farm in the town of Apulia Station in 1950. Each organic farm is its own unique organism, whether viewed from the macro or micro perspective but there are many similarities. To read more about the life journey of Bill and farm production practices of Bill and his wife Joanne, please go to:


Support the Beyond Pesticides Action Alert: Insist that the organic label be regulated on the basis of law, not whim!

Consumers of organic food expect a clear set of production standards that are enforced with a rigorous system of inspection and certification. However, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Organic Program (NOP) is currently undermining this central organic principle. During a National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) webinar, NOP Deputy Administrator Miles McEvoy extolled the new “flexibility” of his program in allowing organic certification of operations not permitted by regulations. Although the webinar focused on the program’s allowance of hydroponics, Mr. McEvoy’s comments apply to a wide variety of permitted practices for which USDA has yet to approve standards.

Tell the NOSB, NOP, Secretary of Agriculture, and your Congressional delegation that organic certification must be based on law, not the arbitrary judgment of the Deputy Administrator.

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Join Odairy

The ODairy email list serve hosts robust discussions on many different issues, some practical, some on policy, some on politics and some just exchanging news on the organic community. ODairy is blessed by having so many committed veterinarians experienced in organic production who take an active part in the discussions on the list serve. There is no one way to solve a health problem in organic production.  Also, Odairy is a great place to advertise animals for sale and organic feed that is available.

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August 25, 2017

No Organic Checkoff:
An open letter from The No Organic Checkoff Coalition to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue.

Dear Secretary Purdue,

We are writing this letter to you to express the lack of support that organically certified producers and businesses have for the Organic Research, Promotion, and Information Order (organic checkoff) under the Commodity Promotion, Research and Information Act of 1996. Within the next few months the bond that was required from the Organic Trade Association (OTA) to fund the USDA staff time to process and develop this proposed new regulation from their proposal for an organic checkoff will end. We ask that you take this opportunity to determine that the proposed Order is not “in conformity with the terms, conditions, and requirements of this [the Act]” and not issue a final Order or proceed to a referendum. It would divide rather than unite organic farmers and handlers, ignite a firestorm of adverse media coverage and injure the organic brand in the process, defeating the purpose of an organic checkoff in the first place. Please go to:

Full Letter

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Fall Meeting, October, 2017

While most federal committees are set up to advise the leaders of different agencies, the NOSB is unique in so far as its role of making recommendations the Secretary of Agriculture is written into the regulation that established the National Organic Program (NOP), by the Organic Foods Production Act (OFPA). In the last few years, the NOSB’s role and its importance in the process of rulemaking, has been challenged. At the last NOSB meeting, the Consumer Union made the following comment: “The USDA Organic label communicates to consumers that the food was produced on a farm that adheres to a comprehensive set of government standards designed to support a system of sustainable agriculture. The integrity of the organic label is worth protecting and, where warranted, its standards should be improved. This is why the work of the NOSB is so important.” ¬†Please go to:

NOSB Fall Meeting