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A collection of articles relevant to dairies and their environmental impact.

Creating the Perfect Cow of the Future

May 19, 2021 | TAYLOR LEACH

The cow of today may not be the cow you want to milk in the future. As standards change and technology improves, your ideal cow could look very different overtime – and she may not look the same as your neighbor’s.

Dairy Industry Issues Trade Principles on Environmental Sustainability

May 14, 2021 | Feedstuffs Staff

The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) has issued the industry’s first-ever U.S. Dairy Trade Principles on Environmental Sustainability, a critical and proactive step as the global community rallies around climate change and initiatives begin to impact international trade.

OSHA’s “Dairy Dozen”

May 12, 2021 | MAUREEN HANSON

Farming is among the most dangerous occupations in the United States, and dairy farming presents even more hazards than crop farming due to animals, feed and on-farm chemicals that are handled daily.

Know Your State’s Right-to-Farm Law, If You Work With Manure

May 11, 2021 | Peggy Kirk Hall

Knowing your state’s law, along with good common sense, can protect your farm against a nuisance lawsuit.

Alliance Awarded $4 Million to Support Dairy Producers

May 10, 2021 | Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay Blog

The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, in partnership with Turkey Hill Dairy, Maryland and Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative, and nine other partners, was recently awarded $4 million to continue supporting dairy farmers in South Central Pennsylvania with on-the-ground improvements through the Turkey Hill Clean Water Partnership (THCWP). Funding was awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) through the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).

Brightmark breaks ground on Caballero RNG project in Arizona

May 4, 2021 | Brightmark Press Release

Brightmark, the global waste solutions provider, today broke ground on the Caballero Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) project, which includes the construction of new anaerobic digesters at Caballero Dairy Farms, an 8,800 animal farm in Eloy, Arizona.

Crave Brothers Farm highlights manure digester ahead of Earth Day

April 19, 2021 | Stephanie Hoff

Tom Crave says his family’s dairy farm is leading the way in sustainability by operating at 100 percent green power. Since adding a manure digester in 2006, the 2,200-cow farm is producing enough electricity for farm operations, Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese and the roughly 300 homes in the township. 

Mootral looks to open new market in carbon offset linked to methane emissions reduction

April 15, 2021 | Jane Byrne

Mootral, a Swiss-British Agritech firm, is launching the world’s first carbon credits generated from methane emission reductions in cattle, linked to its feed supplement made from garlic extracts – Mootral Ruminant – that it says is proven to lower methane released by cows by up to 38%.

RNG: Zero Scope 1 Emissions and Negative Carbon Intensity

March 2, 2021 | Shashi Menon, EcoEngineers

If we want to get serious about climate change, it is critical we address our over-reliance on fossil fuels, which are a primary driver of greenhouse gas emissions. Whether it’s diesel, gasoline, kerosene, propane, or coal, burning these sources of fuel emits carbon into the atmosphere, disrupts the naturally-occurring carbon cycle in our ecosystem, and fundamentally threatens our way of life.

However, recycling the carbon already in the atmosphere prevents the extraction and combustion of fossilized carbon sources. 

Save the Earth and Make Some Money?

January 28, 2021 | Katelyn Allen

There has been much talk about the Biden administration’s goal for rural America to play a leading role in combatting climate change, but farmers are still understandably curious and cautious about what those opportunities might mean. Specifically, how the dairy industry’s good environmental work could provide additional revenue for producers might take a number of paths.