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WEBINAR: Economics of Organic Dairy Farming (4/13)


Free eOrganic webinar on April 13, 2010 at 12 pm Eastern Time (9 am PT, 10 am MT, 11 am CT) on: *The Economics of Organic Dairy Farming in New England *with Dr. Bob Parsons, University of Vermont

Reserve your Webinar Seat Now at: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/204564729

About the Webinar Over the past ten years, organic dairy production has been the fastest growing sector of the U.S. organic market. Spurred by increased demand for organic milk, the inventory of certified organic cows increased by 421 percent between 1997 and 2002. The USDA estimates that organic milk increased from two percent of total U.S. fluid milk product sales in 2006 to three percent in 2008. Little financial research, however, has been conducted on organic dairy agriculture. What does the financial performance of organic dairy farming in New England look like, particularly in an economy where organic feed prices and fuel prices are high and where today's economic crisis is putting tremendous financial strain on all dairy farms, including organic dairies? University of Vermont agricultural economist Bob Parsons will address the economics of organic dairy farming in New England, based on 5 years of farm financial data.

About Bob Parsons Dr. Robert Parsons is an agricultural economist in the Department of Community Development and Applied Economics at the University of Vermont. He received his MS in Agricultural Economics and Operations Research from Penn State University in 1987 and his PhD in Agricultural Economics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1995. Bob joined the University of Vermont in 2000 with an Extension and research appointment where he has conducted numerous educational programs on business management, farm business succession, dairy economics, ag labor management, and risk management. In addition, he teaches undergraduate courses, including ag policy. In 2004, Bob and a research team from Vermont and Maine received a grant from USDA CSREES to conduct the project, "Profitability and Transitional Analysis of New England Organic Dairy Farms." His presentation draws on that research and subsequent data he has collected on the area's organic dairy farms.

About eOrganic The eOrganic eXtension website at http:www.extension.org/organic_production is for farmers, ranchers, agricultural professionals, certifiers, researchers and educators seeking reliable information on organic agriculture, published research results, farmer experiences, and certification. Our current content is focused on general organic agriculture, dairy production, and vegetable production. The content is collaboratively authored and reviewed by our community of University researchers and Extension personnel, agricultural professionals, farmers, and certifiers with experience and expertise in organic agriculture.

Title: The Economics of Dairy Farming in New England Webinar from eOrganic Date: Tuesday, April 13, 2010 Time: 12PM-1:15 PM EDT System Requirements PC-based attendees Required: Windows® 2000, XP Home, XP Pro, 2003 Server, Vista Macintosh®-based attendees Required: Mac OS® X 10.4 (Tiger®) or newer *** Deb Heleba eOrganic Staff, Dairy Team and Membership University of Vermont Extension 103 Hills Building Burlington, VT  05405 debra.heleba@uvm.edu