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Sustainability in the Dairy Supply Chain

Sustainability in the Dairy Supply Chain

The Innovation Center for US Dairy teamed up with McDonald’s and Prairie Farms Dairy to test online tools to help farmers and the supply chain find improvements that are good for the environment and good for business.

Sustainable Dairy Farms Honored

Maddox Dairy of Riverdale, Calif., has been recognized by the Innovation Center for US Dairy for pioneering green dairy farming approaches that are now used widely across the sustainable agriculture industry. Maddox was one of three winners of the Outstanding Dairy Farm Sustainability award as part of the US Dairy Sustainability Awards. The … Read more »

Dairy Industry Launches Sustainability Reporting Guide

The Innovation Center for US Dairy has published a guide to help dairy companies and farms measure and report on sustainability. The Stewardship and Sustainability Guide for US Dairy identifies indicators for assessing dairy sustainability and communicating results. The indicators are based on scientific life cycle assessment studies commissioned by … Read more »

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USDA Launches Agricultural Water Quality Tool

A new online tool developed by scientists at the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service can help farmers and ranchers understand the quality of water flowing off their fields. The Water Quality Index for Agricultural Runoff (WQIag) — inspired by the Dow Jones Index — gives producers a complete picture of … Read more »

Online Tool Calculates Dairies’ Environmental Footprint

An online tool to help dairies calculate their environmental footprint is being tested by producers, the Innovation Center for US Dairy says. Farm Smart currently focuses on voluntary self-assessment in four areas: energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, water quality and water use. But future versions of the tool will help … Read more »

Dean Foods Increases Recycling 50%, But Revises Missed GHG and Water Goals

Dean Foods Increases Recycling 50%, But Revises Missed GHG and Water Goals

Dean Foods has reduced its solid waste output by 21 percent and increased recycling by more than 50 percent, compared to 2009 levels, and exceeded – two years early – its goal of reducing its distribution fleet’s CO2-equivalent emissions by 50,000 metric tons by 2013 compared with 2009 levels, the … Read more »