Work continues by dairies to improve environment

Nearly 80 percent of the U.S. milk supply has voluntarily enrolled in the National Farmers Assuring Responsible Management environmental stewardship program.

National Milk Producers Federation’s senior director for sustainability initiatives Nicole Ayache tells Brownfield the program encompasses an array of practices and management that can benefit the environment.

“That’s anything from animal productivity, to feed efficiency, to animal health, to things you might think of as more classically environmental like cover crops, conservation tillage, buffer strips,” she says.

She says the program also serves as a way for farms to measure progress toward carbon neutrality and gain support for improvement.

“It generates a carbon and energy footprint for the farm, today focusing on greenhouse gases and energy use,” she explains.

Ayache says more than 30 dairy companies, representing nearly three-fourths of the nation’s milk supply, have also pledged to the U.S. Dairy Stewardship Commitment and track progress.

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