U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards : Current winners

The 2013 winners have advanced their sustainability through small steps that add up to big results. Learn more about how these farms and companies are achieving their sustainability goals.

2013 U.S. Dairy Sustainability Award winners

Short videos follow winners

Dairy’s Sustainability Journey is a documentary-style video series produced by the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy® in collaboration with World Wildlife Fund® (WWF). 

The Innovation Center and WWF work with the nation’s dairy producers to develop, adopt and share science-based practices leading to a more sustainable dairy industry. 

The series features the 2013 winners of the U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards on their respective farms, sharing their stewardship stories and sustainability practices in action. WWF is showcasing the dairy farm winner videos and best practices at

Skyridge Farms of Sunnyside, Wash.

Petersen Dairy Farm of Appleton, Wis.

Ballard Family Dairy & Cheese of Gooding, Idaho

Green Valley Dairy of Krakow, Wis.

Prairieland Dairy of Firth, Neb.

Unilever ice cream plant of Henderson, Nev.

Skyridge Farms

Skyridge Farm WWF video
Skyridge Farms video
Dan DeGroot shares how he created a model of sustainability and efficiency that is inspiring other dairies in his community.
Best practices: Skyridge Farms
Skyridge Farms employs technology upgrades, recycling, water stewardship and responsible land management to reach sustainability goals.

Petersen Dairy Farm

Petersen Dairy Farm video
Petersen Dairy Farm video
Mark Petersen and his family made some small changes to show their growing community that cows can be good neighbors.
Best practices: Petersen Dairy Farm
Manure management and zone till conversion are key components of Petersen Dairy’s sustainability efforts.

Ballard Family Dairy & Cheese

Ballard Family Dairy & Cheese video
Ballard Family Dairy & Cheese video
First-generation dairy farmers Steve and Stacie Ballard had a team of energy management experts help drastically shrink their farm’s carbon footprint and save tens of thousands of dollars each year.
Best practices: Ballard Family Dairy & Cheese
Solar thermal power, light-emitting diode (LED) lighting and energy-efficient cooling add up to significant savings at Ballard Family Dairy & Cheese.

Green Valley Dairy

Green Valley Dairy video
Green Valley Dairy video
Sound business practices and taking on new opportunities are helping John Jacobs improve his land for future generations
Best practices: Green Valley Dairy
Reclaiming and selling energy, repurposing manure and practicing water stewardship help Green Valley Dairy reach its sustainability goals while adhering to sound business practices.

Prairieland Dairy

Prairieland Dairy video
Prairieland Dairy video
Dan Rice shares how community relations and sustainable design have helped meet changing market demands and maintain the land for years to come.
Best practices: Prairieland Dairy
Sustainable design and composting helped boost Prairieland Dairy’s local economy and increase community awareness.


Unilever video
Unilever ice cream plant video
Plant managers at Unilever’s ice cream plant in Henderson, Nev., employed a measured approach: allocate resources, identify potential projects, follow through on implementation and track results.