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By Acting Agriculture Deputy Secretary Michael Scuse
Whether it’s cheese, milk, or yogurt, dairy products are a staple in the diets of Americans and people all over the world. June is National Dairy Month, a time when we honor our nation’s dairy producers and processors for making sure that we can enjoy quality dairy products.
Always true stewards of the land, the industry has made tremendous strides when it comes to sustainability. In the past 63 years, the industry reduced its carbon footprint by 63 percent. This amazing statistic is a testament to the integrity of the nation’s dairies, most of which are family-owned and well-connected to the communities around them.
By Brian Medeiros
Medeiros & Son Dairy
As I sit here in my GPS-guided, electronically-controlled tractor on a Saturday morning, I cannot help but think about how far agriculture and dairy farming has come in the last 20 years.
I remember when I was kid going out in the mornings to feed the calves, and coming home after school excited to help Dad finish up his chores. It was all manual labor and it was all part of an honest day’s work. Records were kept on paper by hand, and cows were fed with pitch forks and buckets. Field work was done by sight, and irrigation borders were determined by taking paces through the rows of growing feed.
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.
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.
World Wildlife Fund and Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy Expand Partnership to Advance Sustainable Agriculture
Jason Clay addresses The Future of Food Conference as part of a panel discussion of innovations in sustainable farming. Photo courtesy of Washington Post Live.
WWF and the Innovation Center will convene a blue ribbon task force including key agronomists, NGOs, academics and policymakers. From this gathering we plan to identify solutions and strategies for understanding the role different farming production systems have to play in 21st century global food security.
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.
Before I joined the dairy industry, I hadn’t given much thought to how the dairy products I love—milk, cheese, yogurt, ice cream, butter—ended up in my grocery store for me to take home to my family. Years later, as President of the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, a mother and a proud representative of dairy farmers, I know much more about the people and organizations that work together to bring dairy from farm to table.
One of the great challenges of the next generation will be providing nutritious, affordable food to a global population expected to grow to 9 billion by 2050 — while using fewer resources.