Werkhoven Dairy, Monroe, Wash.
Ten years ago, Werkhoven Dairy assumed a leadership role in developing a collaborative partnership between their farm and the neighboring dairy and beef producers of the Sno/Sky Ag Alliance; the Northwest Chinook Recovery (an organization working to restore salmon habitat); and the 3,500-member Native American Tulalip Tribes. Together, they focused on opportunities for resource conservation and formed Qualco Energy. Qualco, which means “where two rivers come together” in the language of the native peoples, is a nonprofit entity that collects manure from the cows and pre-consumer food waste from nearby companies and uses those materials to generate energy through a digester system. The system produces enough energy each day to power 300 homes while keeping the air and water clean and protecting salmon streams. It also creates, enough Grade A compost for Werkhoven Dairy to naturally fertilize their fields and share with their neighbors.
Other winners include:
- Darigold, Inc., of Seattle, Wash., winner of the U.S. Dairy Export Council Award for Outstanding Dairy Processing & Manufacturing Sustainability.
- Oakhurst Dairy, of Portland, Maine, honorable mention in the U.S. Dairy Export Council Award for Outstanding Dairy Processing & Manufacturing Sustainability.
- Brubaker Farms of Mount Joy, Pa., winner of the Center for Advanced Energy Studies/Idaho National Laboratory Award for Outstanding Achievement in Energy.
- Dean Foods Company's and Ag Power Partners' collaborative effort, which also made them winners in Outstanding Achievement in Energy.