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The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy®, established under the leadership of dairy farmers, announced its fifth annual U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards during a ceremony May 11 in Chicago. The program recognizes dairy farms, businesses and partnerships whose sustainable practices positively impact the health and well-being of consumers, communities, animals and the environment. A total of nine awards were presented, five of which were given to dairy farms across the country.

Two DFA...

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Self-described as an “older millennial,” Chris Noble became passionate about green energy as a student at Cornell University. Ten years later, the seventh-generation farmer created a business model that uses partnerships within western New York to create green energy.
The cooperative project diverts food waste and scraps from local grocers, universities and schools to a digester at Noblehurst Farms Inc., Noble’s dairy operation. This effort keeps 100 tons of food waste from entering...

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With a history of dairy farming in Utah that spans 150 years, the Bateman family has grown their farm to be the largest dairy in the state, with 7,000 milking cows. Along with their father, four Bateman brothers currently own, operate and manage Bateman’s Mosida Farms. The brothers follow one of their father’s most important lessons.

“We cannot stand idle. If we do, the industry will pass us by, and we’ll be out of business,” Lance Bateman said. This philosophy of continuous...

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As dairy producers, taking care of our cows is second nature. For most of us, being around dairy cows is why we got into this business in the first place. But, for consumers who are generations removed from agriculture, there are many questions about how animals are treated on a dairy operation.

That is why it is critical they hear about the importance of animal care and wellness directly from dairy producers themselves. This is part of the reason DFA developed the Gold Standard Dairy...

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