With 65 organic dairies in the state, Maine leads the country for most organic dairies. So it’s only natural that researchers at the University of Maine want to figure out ways to reduce the cost and increase the quality of feed for organic dairy farms.

The University of Maine just received an $829,000 four-year grant to study organic dairy and cropping inputs. The Maine researchers will work with researchers from the University of New Hampshire, the Agricultural Research Service and the Maine Organic Milk Producers. They will study both cropping systems and conduct feeding trials in order to determine the most productive and profitable organic feed crops.

They plan to test four basic cropping scenarios and then analyze those systems to determine their impact on a farm’s profitability, risk management, herd nutrition, nutrient cycling and weed management.

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