Sustainability

For farmers

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More efficient and profitable

Every farm operation is different, but all have a common goal: to take steps — some small and some large — toward becoming a more efficient and profitable contributor to our nation’s food system and communities. The projects below aim to advance best practices that can help.

Cow of the Future®

This project seeks scientifically sound, economically viable and socially responsible ways of reducing enteric methane emissions through improvements in dairy cow nutrition, genetics and health. It aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions for fluid milk by 600,000 metric tons through the adoption of existing technologies and practices and research into new opportunities.
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Dairy Power™

Partnerships between dairy farms, food processors and retailers have the potential, with resource recovery, to turn waste into a source of value with anaerobic methane digester systems. A long-term strategy, this new business model for dairy digesters combines food waste with cow manure to maximize environmental, economic and community benefits. For more information on resource recovery, visit the Dairy Powersection of our site here.  

Farm Smart™

Farm Smart, developed over the past several years by the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, is being integrated into the Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) Program, administered by the National Milk Producers Federation. Farm Smart will become the Environmental Stewardship module of FARM and will be voluntarily available to all FARM program participants. Learn more or contact rbennett@nmpf.org with questions.
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Farm Energy Efficiency™

Since 2011, the Farm Energy Efficiency program has helped promote more than 900 on-farm energy audits. You can find general information about ways to save money by reducing energy use on your farm or learn how to connect with an EnSave energy expert on the Farm Energy Efficiency portion of our site.
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