U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards : 2017 winners

The 2017 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 2017 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.
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Kinnard Farms
The Kinnard Family milks more than 7,000 cows—a scale that allows them to maximize cow comfort while supporting their rural community.
Rickreall Dairy
Rickreall, Ore., residents know Louie Kazemier as a good neighbor. In fact, his relationships are the force behind his farm’s frequent improvements.
SwissLane Farms
This farm is 23 miles from downtown Grand Rapids, the second-largest city in Michigan. That poses both pressures from urban sprawl and opportunities to reach people several generations removed from the farm.

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.
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Glanbia Nutritionals
While the Glanbia Nutritionals brand is not seen by consumers in a grocery store, it has a big footprint as one of the leading manufacturers of American-style cheese and whey.

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.
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Kellercrest Registered Holsteins, Inc.
The Keller family participated in the Pleasant Valley Watershed Project, a collaboration among state, local and national agencies to reduce the local watershed’s phosphorous load.

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.
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Oakland View Farms Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy
Environmental communities and farmers haven’t always seen eye to eye – especially in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, where water quality is a significant issue. But these groups identified a common goal.