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

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