The University of New Hampshire plans to establish the nation’s first organic dairy farm established by a land-grant university, according to a report from the Portsmouth Herald.
Stonyfield Farm has made a $200,000 leadership gift to the project, which carries an estimated price tag of $1.5 million.
“UNH has a remarkable opportunity to provide much-needed research and education to organic dairy farmers, present and future, while helping to secure the future of the northeast region’s farming heritage and rural communities,” William Trumble, dean of UNH’s College of Life Sciences and Agriculture (COLSA), told the Herald. “As consumer demand for organic products rises – outpacing supply, in the case of dairy – the time is appropriate for UNH to provide leadership in organic dairy education and research.”
The farm will begin operation this month with the acquisition of 50 to 60 Jersey heifers.
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