Cargill Develops Beef Cattle Sustainability Assessment

Jamie Johansen

Cargill Cattle Feeders, LLC has entered into an agreement with Wichita-based consultancy Kennedy and Coe, LLC, in a joint effort to create a verified beef supply chain sustainability assessment program for Cargill feed yards. Kennedy and Coe will leverage its extensive beef-industry and sustainability expertise and unique ResourceMax™ assessment service developed by the company’s Vela Environmental division. Based on the …

Agribusiness, Beef, Cattle, sustainability

Sustainability Is a Continuous Improvement, Not an Endpoint

Jamie Johansen

“Sustainability is a continuous improvement, not an endpoint,” said Dr. Marty Matlock, executive director, Office for Sustainability, University of Arkansas, during his presentation on Science Based Metrics for Sustainable Outcomes in Poultry and Egg Production at USPOULTRY’s 2014 Environmental Management Seminar in Destin, Fla. The annual conference is sponsored by U.S. Poultry & Egg Association and was held in collaboration …

Ag Group, Conservation, Poultry, sustainability, Water

U.S. Dairy Seeks Next Class of Stewardship Stars

Jamie Johansen

The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, established under the leadership of dairy farmers, is now accepting nominations for the 2015 U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards. The awards recognize outstanding dairy farms, businesses and partnerships for socially responsible, economically viable and environmentally sound practices. These practices, large and small, are steps that add up to promote the health and well-being of consumers, …

Ag Group, award, Dairy, sustainability

Honoring Stewards of the Land

Jamie Johansen

The cattle industry’s best stewards of the land were recognized at the recent Cattle Industry Summer Conference. The seven regional Environmental Stewardship Award Program winners will now compete for the national ESAP award, which will be announced at the 2015 Cattle Industry Annual Convention & NCBA Trade Show in San Antonia, TX. The 2014 regional winners are: Conlan Ranches California/True …

Ag Group, Audio, award, Beef, environment, sustainability

2013 U.S. Diary Sustainability Report Released

Joanna Schroeder

The 2013 U.S. Dairy Sustainability Report has been released by the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy. The report outlines the Center’s progress to measure, communicate and improve the social, environmental and economic performance of the diary industry. A key element of this has been the role the Center has played in aiding the diary industry in improving its sustainability programs …

Dairy, Dairy Checkoff, dairy farming, environment, sustainability

U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards Announced

Jamie Johansen

The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy® announced the winners of the third annual U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards on May 14, 2014, at a special ceremony in Washington, D.C. The program recognizes dairy farms, businesses and collaborative partnerships that are committed to stewardship and sustainability, delivering exceptional results that are good for business, good for the environment and good for the …

Ag Group, award, Dairy, sustainability

Dairy Industry Applauds White House Strategy

Jamie Johansen

America’s dairy farmers, cooperatives, processors, manufacturers, and other industry leaders applaud today’s announcement by the White House of a Biogas and Energy Roadmap to reduce methane emissions from agriculture. In its announcement, the White House formally cited the work of the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy’s Sustainability Council, whose efforts in part include a partnership with the U.S. Department of …

Ag Group, energy, Government, sustainability

Sustainability Winners Featured in Milk Mustache Ad

News Editor

The winners of the 2013 U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards are featured in a recent Milk Mustache ad, showcasing dairy’s commitment to healthy people, healthy communities and a healthy planet. From the heart to farm to table. Good ideas come both large and small…and they all add up to progress. As dairy farm families and food companies, we take actions every …

got milk?, sustainability

USDA and Dairy Industry Renew MOU

Cindy Zimmerman

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack today renewed a historic agreement with U.S. dairy producers to accelerate the adoption of innovative waste-to-energy projects and energy efficiency improvements on U.S. dairy farms, both of which help producers diversify revenues and reduce utility expenses on their operations. The pact extends a Memorandum of Understanding signed in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 2009. “Through this renewed commitment, USDA …

Audio, energy, sustainability, usda, Waste Management

Healthy People, Healthy Product’s and A Healthy Planet

Jamie Johansen

The National Association of Farm Broadcasting’s annual Trade Talk brought together agricultural journalists and leading agricultural companies to discuss industry issues. The dairy industry was well represented and I took the opportunity to talk with a representative from the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy. Laura Mandell serves as the Vice President in Sustainability Communications, she shared with me how the …

Audio, Education, energy, environment, sustainability