"It's critical for dairy farmers
to speak with one voice
on issues facing our industry."
Tom Fleming, ODPA chair
& dairy farmer from Allen Co.
Building a Stronger Dairy Industry
ODPA is a united group of dairy producers
who share a genuine concern for the
future of their farms and their industry.
As part of member services, ODPA provides education opportunities for dairy farmers to obtain valuable information regarding dairy industry advancements that they can consider for their businesses.
Annually, ODPA hosts two to three meetings in November at different locations around the state. These meetings provide an opportunity for dairy farmers to provide input on critical issues and hear how ODPA is working on their behalf.
ODPA meetings and seminars feature well-respected and credible dairy experts. Recent topics have included:
- Milk Pricing/Risk Management strategies, featuring speakers on USDA/FSA Margin Protection Program, CME Futures/Options, USDSA/RMA Livestock gross Marketing Insurance and DFA Forward Pricing options
- Managing Your Dairy Workforce for Success, covering tools such as employee handbooks, policies and interviewing tips presented by Jim Petri, a partner at Bricker & Eckler LLP in Columbus and experienced in employment and labor
- Practical Manure Management, featuring a demonstration by Mark Scarpitti, a State Agronomist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service
- Senate Bill 150 and how it could potentially require farmers to have nutrient management plans for both manure and fertilizer application
- Animal Disease Traceability, the official identification and movement document requirements now in effect for moving animals across State lines