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2013 U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards: Small changes are delivering big benefits to our people, our communities and our planet – that is the heritage and ongoing commitment of dairy farmers.
Dairy Farmers Bill Siebenborn and Ryan Anglin discuss feeding a growing population
By Bill Siebenborn,
Missouri Dairy Farmer
I am from Missouri where farmers are trying to harvest what – if any – crops remain in their fields ravaged by the third worst drought in more than 130 years. As a dairy farmer, I came to Chicago, the “Bread Basket of the Country,” to join a complex discussion about feeding the world’s population. We face great challenges. The population is increasing. Another two billion will be in need of food by 2050. We will need to double our food production over the next 40 years. Yet today, there are one billion chronically hungry people in the world.
As the dairy industry continues on its path toward a more sustainable future, we are re-committing ourselves to healthy people, healthy communities and a healthy planet. And like our founding fathers, we understand the importance of a touchstone document that puts our values into words and helps guide our journey.
There are huge parallels between the challenges faced by the forest industry two decades ago and the challenges faced by the dairy industry now. With these challenges, the great opportunity is to work together with other stakeholders to develop a credible system of standardized measurement. Such a system could be universal, supported by science, and practical to apply. The system would help dairy operations manage business performance, and help tell dairy’s sustainability story.
On July 16th I was honored to be part of the Future of Food: Food Security in the 21st Century–an event that brought thought leaders throughout Arizona together to discuss the issue of improving children’s health and nutrition, especially during the summer months. Many of the speakers shared innovative and exciting ideas about how to connect more people to agriculture and fresh food. One such program is the Summer Food Service Program, which provides free, nutritious meals to any child between the ages of 1-18. Good nutrition is important over the summer; students receive the opportunity to continue developing physically and socially and can return to class ready to learn.
The McCarty Family Farm is located in Rexford, Kansas
Innovation. Progress. It’s part of our American spirit. It led our forefathers and it leads us today. Being in our nation’s capital for The Future of Food: Food Security in the 21st Century reminds me of that spirit. That drive. That determination to do better, go farther, and make a difference to meet the challenges that lie before us. At another event this week, 1,450 miles from Washington D.C. in the heart of Western Kansas, McCarty Family Farms and the Dannon Company made an announcement that demonstrates what innovation is all about.
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.
Cow comfort is one of the most important things dairy farmers do for their cows. When animals are happy and treated well, they respond by producing more milk. At Fair Oaks Farms, we pay special attention to animal husbandry or cow comfort. We have a staff of veterinarians, animal nutritionists and herdsmen available 24 hours a day to attend to any cow’s health needs. This includes protecting cows from wind and moisture, keeping weather troughs clean and warm, and keeping their walking areas clear.