“Dairy producers have a long-standing commitment to both nutrition and environmental science through National Dairy Council and the Dairy Research Institute, an affiliate of the Innovation Center,” O’Brien said. “Their initial investment in environmental science has been more than doubled through direct and indirect grants from USDA and other funding sources, reflecting growing recognition of the importance of the solid, science-based approach the industry is taking.”
In 2008, the dairy industry committed to a Sustainability Roadmap with the goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions of fluid milk by 25 percent and build business value by at least $238 million by 2020. The Innovation Center launched a portfolio of innovation projects to achieve this goal, including Farm Smart.
To learn more about the U.S. Dairy Sustainability Commitment, the reduction goal or the projects and tools currently available, visit USDairy.com/Sustainability.