Your Farm, Your Footprint: PDP launches initiative to drive dairy sustainability

The Professional Dairy Producers just launched “Your Farm - Your Footprint,” a new, farmer-led approach to environmental stewardship in the dairy industry.

In a significant move towards enhancing sustainability within the dairy sector, the Professional Dairy Producers (PDP) have unveiled a groundbreaking initiative titled “Your Farm - Your Footprint.” Led by dairy farmers themselves, this innovative program aims to revolutionize how the industry approaches environmental stewardship.

PDP board member J.J. Pagel sheds light on the uniqueness of this initiative compared to others aimed at reducing the dairy industry’s environmental impact. Emphasizing its farmer-led nature, he explains that it’s a collaborative effort among dairy farmers to initiate a pilot program, driving the sustainability conversation forward. Unlike mandates imposed from external sources, this initiative is driven by farmers themselves, recognizing the importance of sustainability in maintaining competitiveness in the global market.

Discussing the practicality of the sustainability metrics provided by the initiative, the board member highlights how it offers actionable insights tailored to individual farms. By inputting various data metrics and farm-specific information, participants receive valuable feedback, including their carbon footprint score and tangible comparisons to everyday metrics. For example, one farm’s efforts were shown to save emissions equivalent to 686 passenger cars on any given day, demonstrating the substantial impact of sustainable practices.

Following a successful pilot in 2023, PDP welcomes farms of all sizes to participate in the initiative while ensuring the confidentiality of participants’ scores. Dairy producers interested in joining the program are encouraged to engage with PDP by visiting their website at pdpw.org for more information.

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