Stonyfield invests in beginning farmers

cowsA recent article in Mainebiz, an online news source for business owners in Maine, highlighted the efforts of OTA member Stonyfield to invest in the next generation of dairy farmers.  The decline in number of dairy operations in the Northeast, coupled with the increased average age of farmers in the area, has added urgency to the need for training programs and land transition assistance to continue the region’s agrarian legacy. Stonyfield’s grant of $1.69 million to Wolfe’s Neck Farm to develop an organic dairy farm research and training program shows the promise that organic production can provide to rural economies.  This program will focus research studies on pasture and forage-based production and its training modules on overcoming barriers to certified organic dairying.  Read Wolf’s Neck Farm press release.

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