Dairy producers in the Northeast planning to transition to organic may be able to tap into some additional funding through OrganicValley cooperative.

Through the Northeast Transition to Organic Fund dairy producers could earn:

  • An extra $1 per hundredweight of milk sold (above their normal pay price for non-organic milk) during the first nine months of transition feeding.
  • An extra $2 per hundredweight of milk sold (above their normal pay price for non-organic milk) during the last three months of their transition to organic.
  • An extra $1 per hundredweight of milk sold (above the normal organic pay price) during their first three months of organic milk production.

Organic Valley/CROPP announced yesterday that it is committed to helping small and mid-size farms convert to organic. This program was designed to help “ease the burden” of converting to organic dairy production. The co-op developed with transition fund in partnership with Stonyfield Farm – the co-op’s largest and oldest customer.

For more information about the program, producers in Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, Maryland and Pennsylvania can contact Peter Miller at Organic Valley be calling (888) 444-6455, extension 407. Or, you can send e-mail to: peter.miller@organicvalley.coop

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