Dairy’s reaction to being carbon neutral by 2050

Dairy farmers are reacting to a goal of being carbon neutral by 2050.

The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy says that it will spend $10 million dollars and partner with Nestle to make it happen. Other goals include best water-use and recycling practices and optimizing manure and nutrients for better water quality.

While looking to the future, the industry also has a long history of being environmental stewards.

“Unlike my former career, which dealt with Wall Street a lot and looked from quarter-to-quarter at financial performance. Farmers not only look from year-to-year or decade-to-decade, but we look from generation, to generation, to generation,” dairy farmer Suzanne Vold states. “So, we’re in it for the really long haul, and because we live where we work, we want to make sure that everything is good for our family, as well as good for our entire communities.”

Krysta Harden, with Dairy Management Inc., speaks with RFD-TV’s own Tammi Arender on these industry wide sustainability goals and how it will affect farmers.

According to Harden, “It’s really about controlling and defining our own future. Farmers coming together with the industry to work together to look out. 2050 is a long, long way down the road, but we know that we can listen to our customers, our consumers, to others, and really make sure we’re making good business decisions and that’s what this is about-- it’s the future

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