Source: Engelbert Farms, LLC

The transition to organic dairy production can be challenging to plan and may take up to three years to complete. To help with the planning a ‘Tools for Transitioning to Organic Dairy’ webinar is set for 10am-11:30am on Tuesday, May 19, 2015, for those who work with dairies interested in becoming organic producers and farmers considering the transition.

The webinar will feature presenters with Cornell’s Organic Dairy Initiative,  Northeast Organic Farming Association, USDA Farm Services Agency, and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. Presentations will cover the requirements for organic certification, tools to adjust conventional farming practices to meet those requirements, and the types of federal loans and Environmental Quality Incentives Program Organic Initiative resources that can help with transition costs.

The webinar is targeted at informing and equipping Extension and agribusiness educators, NY FarmNet counselors, bankers and other dairy industry personnel to help farmers interested in transitioning to organic dairy production, but farmers are also welcome to participate in the webinar. There will be time for questions and answers.

To register for the May 19 webinar, use the link at http://blogs.cornell.edu/organicdairyinitiative/ by 4pm on May 18. For more details, contact Fay Benson at 607-753-5213.

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