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Sustainability isn’t just a buzz word for dairy farmers, it’s something ingrained in their everyday lives. From farmers to producers to local grocers, the dairy industry remains vital to our nation.
A group of South Dakota dairy farmers began taking action three years ago to address hunger issues in their state.
Dairy farm families across the country are rallying to help feed America’s hungry. Read more about their efforts and how you can help.
Wendy and Shelby Mizee
It’s hard to imagine the impact that a simple act of kindness can make.
Yet on Friday, people from 25 countries will ban together to create a ripple effect of kindness. The driving force behind this movement is a dairy farm family in Tillamook, Ore., with a strong desire to turn a tragedy into an inspiration.
I’m a fifth-generation dairy farmer from Frankfort, N.Y., located in the central region of our state. My husband, Jeff, and I raised six children on the same land his family has worked on since the mid-1800s.
Our day starts at 4:30 in the morning, every day. It takes a lot of coffee and away we go!
We have a division of responsibilities on the farm. Some days, my kids do the laundry, other days they are in the barn. If it’s my day to go the barn, I do the milking and Jeff does the feeding. We’ll both check on the cows in the pasture.
Colorado dairy farmer Chris Kraft appreciates the impact computers have made on society – and on the health of his dairy cows. “The same technology that is in our cars, cell phones or used by people to send e-mails and
Blue Spruce Farm is well known for being the first dairy to participate in Central Vermont Public Service’s groundbreaking Cow Power™ program, which allows consumers to purchase renewable energy generated on dairy farms.
What if we start to think simple and do what our grandma taught us to do:
1.Take only what we need, eat healthy and not too much.
2.Retailers, food companies, and restaurant chains who have too much can give it to shelters, food pantries, and good programs such as Feeding America
3.When that’s not practical, this so-called food ‘waste’ can be turned into valuable nutrients for farming. What comes from the land goes back to the land. We can put those nutrients back to work, by mixing them with manure to create natural compost or fertilizer.
And now, with enhanced technologies, adding food ‘waste’/aka nutrients into an anaerobic digester on a dairy farm can not only create natural fertilizer but also clean, renewable energy to power homes.
I was pleased to hear about a new project announced by Dr. Jason Clay of World Wildlife Fund. Working with the Innovation Center, they will convene a blue ribbon task force that includes leading experts in the field of food security from academic institutions, governmental and nongovernmental organizations. The goal is to explore the role of multiple agricultural models – big farms, small farms, organic farms, conventional farms, and so forth — in meeting the food security challenge. Representatives from the agricultural sector and the dairy industry will help lead the dialogue.
Paul Rovey and his family at their farm in Glendale, Ariz.
Because my father was a sustainable dairy farmer, his dairy is now run by the second and third generations of Roveys. Dairy farmers have a legacy of being sustainable. It’s nothing new. It’s in our blood. It springs from an industry of people accustomed to caring for assets passed down to us for generations and a strong belief in the wholesome, nutritious dairy products we produce to help Americans eat healthfully. That’s why it was natural for dairy producers – through Dairy Management Inc. – to help lead the industry in a sustainability commitment through the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy.