Dairy's Incredible Shrinking Footprint

Cindy Zimmerman

American agriculture has a great story to tell of increasing productivity while at the same time decreasing its environmental footprint. A Town Hall Forum held Saturday at AG CONNECT Expo in Atlanta focused on “The Shrinking Environmental Footprint of Agriculture” and offered some great information about dairy farming in the United States. Dr. Jude Capper of Washington State University, a …

AG CONNECT, environment

USDA Observes Dairy Greenhouse Gas Agreement Anniversary

Cindy Zimmerman

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today commemorated the one year anniversary of the agreement to help U.S. dairy producers cut greenhouse gas emissions that was signed on this date during climate change talks in Copenhagen, Denmark last year. “The partnership between USDA and U.S. dairy producers to increase sustainability has achieved remarkable results over the past year,” said Vilsack. “USDA has …

environment, usda

Five Star Dairy Receives Environmental Award

Cindy Zimmerman

The Wisconsin Dairy Business Association (DBA) presented its first ever Environmental Excellence Award on Thursday at World Dairy Expo and the winner is Five Star Dairy of Elk Mound. General manager Lee Jensen accepted the award from DBA President Jerry Meissner and Executive Director Laurie Fischer. Jensen owns and operates Five Star Dairy with his wife and veterinarian, Dr. Jean …

Audio, energy, environment, World Dairy Expo

Vermont Cow Power

News Editor

Many dairy farmers are using methane digesters to produce electricity for their farms and their neighbors. Here is the story of one farmer’s experience. What’s better than a cow that supplies fresh, wholesome milk? Well, how about one that also provides a clean and renewable source of energy? As owners of the Vermont-based Pleasant Valley Farm, Mark and Amanda St. …

energy, environment

Dairy's Day in Copenhagen

Cindy Zimmerman

Dairy was in the spotlight today in Copenhagen at the Climate Change Summit when U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced an agreement with U.S. dairy producers to accelerate adoption of innovative manure to energy projects on American dairy farms. “This historic agreement, the first of its kind, will help us achieve the ambitious goal of drastically reducing greenhouse gas emissions …

Dairy Checkoff, environment, usda, Waste Management