Organic Dairy Programming

All of our 2021 Organic Dairy Programming will be offered during the Winter Conference. Workshops will be featured on Wednesday, January 20 and Thursday, January 21.

Healthy soils build healthy farms, healthy communities, and a healthy planet. The dairy track will focus on how soil health can be a key driver of on-farm profitability and climate change adaptation. Presenters will draw on practical first-hand experience combined with research applications to present a dynamic series.


Workshops

From the Field: Soil Carbon Sequestration in Practice
Wednesday, January 20
12:00 PM – 1:15 PM ET

Presenter: Phyllis Van Amburgh (Dharma Lea Farm)
Carbon sequestration is actually a side benefit that comes as a result of building highly productive soil. No matter the soil type, there are many techniques and an approach to managing crop and pasture land that will exponentially increase your productivity. Carbon is a bit like currency in the soil, and the more of it you have moving around, the healthier your soil economy. We will discuss practical implementation for getting this literal and figurative “money in the bank.”

Reduced Tillage Systems and Covercropping on Organic Dairy Farms
Wednesday, January 20
2:00 PM – 3:15 PM ET

Presenter: Kate Parsons (USDA-NRCS Resource Conservationist)
Kate will share practices that dairy farmers are using to protect and enhance soil health on their farms. She will cover tillage reduction strategies, cover cropping, and equipment upgrades to support these practices.

Maximizing Intake and Milk with Highly Digestible Forages
Thursday, January 20
12:00 PM – 1:15 PM ET

Presenter: Karen Hoffman (USDA-NRCS Resource Conservationist)
Learn about what it takes to maximize the intake level of forages by your cows, which can lead to higher milk production and profits. We will discuss forages for both grazing and winter feeding, including summer annuals, cover crop mixes, and newer varieties of perennial grasses and legumes.

DIY Soil Carbon Proxy Testing for Dairy Farmers
Thursday, January 20
2:00 PM – 3:15 PM ET

Presenters: Sarah Ficken (NOFA-NY, Inc. Dairy Coordinator) and Robert Perry (NOFA-NY, Inc. Grain and Field Crop Coordinator)
Learn how to do your own soil carbon proxy testing.