Sustainability

U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards : Current winners

The 2016 U.S. Dairy Sustainability Award winners include dairy farms and operations that have made improvements to benefit the environment, their bottom lines, and the communities in which they work and live.

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Meet the 2016 winners

Each of this year’s Sustainability Award winners have a unique story to tell. But one thing is certain — their actions, both big and small, demonstrate that wholesome dairy products are produced responsibly.


Read below to see how these pioneering dairy farms and businesses are advancing the industry’s commitment to healthy products, healthy communities and a healthy planet.

Outstanding Dairy Farm Sustainability

Recognizing farms that serve as examples of socially responsible, economically viable and environmentally sound dairy production.
2016 US Dairy Sustainability Awards Group
Bateman's Mosida Farms
Read about the Bateman family's efforts, including a new maternity barn, manure management and sand reclamation systems, and a solar energy project, that contribute to the farm's holistic approach to sustainability.
Jer-Lindy Farms LLC
Learn how Jer-Lindy Farms LLC proves sustainability can be profitable no matter the farm size as you read about the 200-cow operation's water quality certification, precision application of lime, the elimination of commercial fertilizer on their fields, and the addition of Redhead Creamery.
Siemers Holsteins
Read about Siemers Holsteins' long-term solutions and data-driven approaches to sustainability, which have led to the farm avoiding 715 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions.
Homestead Dairy - Honorable Mention
Learn how Homestead Dairy is using a methane digester to produce 800 kilowatts of energy daily and 100 percent of the cow barn bedding.

Outstanding Dairy Processing and Manufacturing Sustainability

Recognizing dairy processors and manufacturers whose businesses exemplify the triple bottom line of sustainability: good for business, the community and the environment.
2016 U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards Processing and Manufacturing
Agri-Mark and Cabot Creamery Cooperative
Read about Real Farm Power, the latest in a series of sustainability projects pioneered by the dairy-farm families of Agri-Mark dairy cooperative, owner of Cabot Creamery Cooperative, which takes a closed-loop approach to renewable energy.
Foremost Farms USA and Schreiber Foods Inc. - Honorable Mention
Learn how this collaboration led to a state-of-the-art water-treatment facility that can treat up to 1.4 million gallons of water per day using anaerobic digesters, serving as a road map for other dairy production facilities wanting to manage waste streams.

Outstanding Achievement in Resource Stewardship

Recognizing dairy operations (both on and off the farm) that have measurable success in managing their resources with optimum efficiency and quality.
2016 U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards Yahara Pride Farms
Yahara Pride Farms Inc.
Read about a rapidly growing partnership that created a voluntary certification program and provides farmers the opportunity to test new technologies with minimum risk through a cost-sharing program.

Outstanding Achievement in Community Partnerships

Recognizing collaborations (both on and off the farm) to improve lives and communities through their positive impacts on child health and wellness, hunger relief and/or environmental stewardship.
2016 U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards Noblehurst
Noblehurst Farms Inc.
Learn how Noblehurst Farms' food waste cooperative is collecting local organizations' food waste and scraps to provide enough energy to power the dairy, as well as divert 390 tons of waste from local landfills per month.
Central Pennsylvania Food Bank - Honorable Mention
Read about how Central Pennsylvania Food Bank is providing 20,000 servings of milk per week to families in need through their sustainable, replicable model for supplying milk to those who depend on food assistance.