July 20, 2017

We’ve Been Sustainable for Generations

 |  By: Alison Wedig

While farmers have been sustainable for generations, consumers are further removed from the farm and are asking more questions about agriculture’s sustainability efforts.

Mike Opperman, MILK Editor notes that now is the time to focus on sustainability.

“All of this attention to sustainability is a great thing. We need to be about leaving the land in better shape than when we found it. We need to take care of our people. We need to leave strong, thriving businesses for the next generation, and the generation after that,” says Opperman.

Farm Journal’s MILK magazine July/August issue dives into sustainability by covering topics including profitability and measuring stewardship on your farm.

“We Want to Farm Forever”

Green Valley Dairy

Green Valley Dairy implements a sustainability platform modeled on profitability. Both John Jacobs III and his son John IV have made a commitment to investing in sustainable practices that improve profitability. 

“Everything we do to try to become more sustainable has effectively lowered our cost of production,” John III says. “For us it’s a business model. It’s about being optimally efficient.”

Click here to read more about Green Valley.


Measuring Farm Sustainability

Measure Farm Sustainability

Funded with checkoff dollars, National Milk Producers Federation’s Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) program aims to help producers measure sustainability and track progress over time.

Tracking this information can help dairy producers continuously improve animal health and welfare, environmental stewardship and more, says Ryan Bennett, NMPF senior director for industry and environmental affairs.

Click here to read more about programs that help dairy producers track progress.

Dairy Producers Are Advancing Sustainable Practices, From Farm to Table

Sustainability Awards

The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy announced its sixth annual U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards. The program recognizes dairy farms, businesses and partnerships whose practices improve the well-being of people, animals and the planet. 

“This year’s winners demonstrated impressive leadership and creativity in the application of technology and other practices that protect our land, air and water,” said Barbara O’Brien, president of the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy.

Click here to read more about this year’s winners.

This issue also focuses on what farmers are across the nation are saying about sustainability.


Parlor Talk: Will you go non-GMO in the near future?

Parlor Talk

Producers from Pennsylvania, California, and Missouri shared their views on non-GMO options.

Click here to see view their thoughts.


Making Sustainability a Priority


A Farm Journal poll shows more than half of farmers surveyed think consumer interest in sustainability will be a factor they will need to prioritize in the near future.

Click here to see what farmers had to say.


Click here to read the full July/August Issue of MILK.