Development of Technical Training and Support for Agricultural Service Providers & Farmers in Certified Organic Dairy Prod...
Background<br />Over past 10 years, dairy fastest growing segment of organic industry.<br />Research-based info is lagging...
Long-Term Goal<br />Build a network of agricultural service providers knowledgeable and confident about organic dairy prod...
Project Team<br />PI: Heather Darby, University of Vermont<br />Co-PI: Cindy Daley, California State University, Chico<br ...
Objective 1: Develop training materials.<br />Ask an Expert<br />Managed by NODPA<br />20 FAQs<br />24 Articles and Bullet...
24 New Articles/Bulletins<br />(with existing articles)<br />30 archived webinars<br />10 instructional video clips on equ...
Intro: Critical Issues for Organic Dairy Farmers<br />Advanced: Herd Health and Nutrition<br />Maximizing home-grown feeds...
Course 1: Intro to Organic Dairy Production Systems<br />Course 2: Advanced Organic Dairy Production <br />Module 1: Funda...
Target 500 ag service providers and farmers.<br />Cooperative Extension<br />USDA: NRCS, TSPs, ARS, etc.<br />Non-profit p...
Objective 3: Facilitate service provider-farmer networks.<br />4 regional learning hubs:<br />Gathering place for farmers ...
Regional Learning Hub Concept with Webinars<br />Learning Hub<br />Learning Hub<br />Webinar<br />Presenter<br />Learning ...
Additional OREI Collaborations<br />Integrated Project<br />Improved Organic Milk Production through the Use of the Conden...
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eOrganic Dairy Team OREI project overview

  1. 1. Development of Technical Training and Support for Agricultural Service Providers & Farmers in Certified Organic Dairy Production Systems through eOrganic<br />USDA OREI<br />eXtension Project Type<br />$759,516<br />10/01/2010 – 09/30/2014<br />
  2. 2. Background<br />Over past 10 years, dairy fastest growing segment of organic industry.<br />Research-based info is lagging.<br />Currently little/no support for many organic dairy farmers from service providers around the U.S.<br />Pressing needs for technical assistance among organic dairy producers, especially new farmers.<br />
  3. 3. Long-Term Goal<br />Build a network of agricultural service providers knowledgeable and confident about organic dairy production systems who are better able to provide direct assistance to current and/or aspiring organic dairy farmers.<br />Develop Train-the-Trainer Certificate Program.<br />
  4. 4. Project Team<br />PI: Heather Darby, University of Vermont<br />Co-PI: Cindy Daley, California State University, Chico<br />Key Personnel, University of Vermont:<br />Project Coordinator: Debra Heleba<br />Videographer: Amanda Gervais<br />Budget Manager: Kerry Whalen<br />Contractors/Consultants:<br />Harriet Behar, MOSES<br />Marti Day, NC State Extension<br />Sarah Flack, SF Consulting<br />Ed Maltby, NODPA<br />Lisa McCrory, Earthwise Farm and Forest<br />Jim Riddle, University of MN<br />eOrganic Dairy Team Members / Other SMEs<br />
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  6. 6. Objective 1: Develop training materials.<br />Ask an Expert<br />Managed by NODPA<br />20 FAQs<br />24 Articles and Bulletins<br />Videos<br />10 instructional video clips on equipment use and production methods<br />6 whole farm case study videos<br />20 Narrated PowerPoint Presentations<br />30 Webinars<br />Introductory series: Critical issues for organic dairy farmers<br />Advanced series: Herd health and nutrition<br />2 Online, Asynchronous Moodle Courses<br />An Introduction to Organic Dairy Production Systems<br />Advanced Organic Dairy Production <br />
  7. 7. 24 New Articles/Bulletins<br />(with existing articles)<br />30 archived webinars<br />10 instructional video clips on equipment use/production methods<br />6 whole farm case study videos<br />20 Narrated PowerPoint Presentations<br />2<br />2 Online, Asynchronous Moodle Courses<br />
  8. 8. Intro: Critical Issues for Organic Dairy Farmers<br />Advanced: Herd Health and Nutrition<br />Maximizing home-grown feeds.<br />A look at the economics. <br />It all starts with soils. <br />Intensifying for Management-Intensive Grazing. <br />Managing herd health in tight economic times. <br />Organic dairy profitability.<br />A look at mastitis. <br />Keys to quality organic forages.<br />A view from the farm.<br />Advanced Grazing Management.<br />Dairy Nutrition on a high forage diet (101).<br />Locomotion and body condition scoring. <br />Animal Welfare.<br />Organic Fly Control. <br />Organic Dairy Certification Review and Updates.<br />Raising calves organically.<br />Holistic Management From the Soil Up.<br />Organic Treatments for the Organic Dairy.<br />Herd Health: Case Studies and Treatments. <br />Nutrition on a High Forage Diet (201). <br />External and Internal Parasite Management Strategies. <br />Grazing Management: Nutrition and Behavior on Pasture. <br />Healthy Feeds Make Healthy Livestock. <br />Organic Dairy Certification Review and Updates. <br />Animal Welfare: Housing and husbandry. <br />Breeding the organic herd. <br />Troubleshooting calf care. <br />Homeopathy for the organic herd. <br />Impact of grass-based organic production on antioxidant content of milk. <br />How low can you go with grain supplementation under intensive grazing management. <br />Webinar Topics<br />
  9. 9. Course 1: Intro to Organic Dairy Production Systems<br />Course 2: Advanced Organic Dairy Production <br />Module 1: Fundamentals of a sustainable program.<br />Module 2: Soil biology.<br />Module 3: Growing organic forages.<br />Module 4: Pasture management .<br />Module 5: Integrated Pest Management.<br />Module 6: Principles of managing calves.<br />Module 7: Holistic Herd Health.<br />Module 8: Effective business planning.<br />Module 9: Direct marketing case studies.<br />Module 10: Certification & inspection.<br />Module 11: Course eval. and discussion.<br />Module 1: Systems in review.<br />Module 2: Evaluating your soil analysis.<br />Module 3: Matching forages to your resource base.<br />Module 4: Managed Intensive Grazing (MIG).<br />Module 5: Herd Health Programming.<br />Module 6: Mineral nutrition.<br />Module 7: Managing your herd data.<br />Module 8: Financial planning.<br />Module 9: Transitioning farms.<br />Module 10: Course eval. and discussion.<br />Moodle Courses<br />
  10. 10. Target 500 ag service providers and farmers.<br />Cooperative Extension<br />USDA: NRCS, TSPs, ARS, etc.<br />Non-profit personnel<br />Veterinarians, Crop consultants, Nutritionists<br />New/transitioning farmers<br />(Undergraduate students)<br />Use eOrganic.info (fed to eXtension.org), YouTube, GoToMeetings, Moodle, etc.<br />Objective 2: Deliver training materials. <br />
  11. 11. Objective 3: Facilitate service provider-farmer networks.<br />4 regional learning hubs:<br />Gathering place for farmers and service providers to view webinars as co-learners.<br />Provide info access for farmers who do not have high-speed Internet.<br />Focus groups to receive feedback on webinars.<br />Act as local support groups.<br />Where “Internet life” and “real life” intersect.<br />Develop / adapt info to region. <br />
  12. 12. Regional Learning Hub Concept with Webinars<br />Learning Hub<br />Learning Hub<br />Webinar<br />Presenter<br />Learning Hub<br />Learning Hub<br />Focus Group<br />On-farm activity<br />
  13. 13. Additional OREI Collaborations<br />Integrated Project<br />Improved Organic Milk Production through the Use of the Condensed Tannin-Containing Forage Legume BirdsfootTrefoil; Jennifer MacAdam, Utah State University<br />R&E Planning Project<br />Research and Extension Needs Assessment of the Organic Dairy Industry in the Northeast; Andre Brito, University of New Hampshire<br />
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