UNH to Lead USDA-funded Effort to Boost Northeastern Organic Dairy Industry

UNH to Lead USDA-funded Effort to Boost Northeastern Organic Dairy Industry

Nov 03, 2011

Researchers from the University of New Hampshire are leading a multi-state project that aims to help organic dairy farmers better produce and market their milk. The research will explore how organic dairy farmers in the Northeast can enhance farm profitability by extending the grazing season and adding value to milk through flaxseed supplementation.

Funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's  (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) program, the project involves researchers from the University of Maine, the University of Vermont, Cornel University, and the USDA, well as from a number of departments of UNH.  André Brito, assistant professor of organic dairy management at UNH, is the principal investigator.  His UNH colleagues on the project are assistant professor of agroecology Richard Smith, associate professor of reproductive physiology Dave Townson, and assistant professor of plant pathology Kirk Broders. A core team composed of animal scientists, economists, agronomists, ecologists, and Extension educators from partner institutions and 20 organic dairy farmers throughout the Northeast are involved in the four-year project, which is supported by the nearly $2.9 million grant throuogh the USDA/NIFA's Organic Research and Extension Initiative.

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