Dairy farmers are constantly working to preserve the environment. Modern practices in cow care, technology and on-farm resource management have reduced the environmental impact of producing a gallon of milk – requiring 30 percent less water, 21 percent less land and a 19 percent smaller carbon footprint compared to 2007.

The U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards recognize dairy farms whose practices improve the well-being of people, animals and the planet. In honor of the 10-year anniversary of the Awards, American Dairy Association North East showcases the conservation work of Northeast dairy farms that have been recognized for their socially responsible, economically viable, and environmentally sound practices.

Dirk Young

Twin Birch Dairy of Skaneateles, N.Y.

2020 Outstanding Dairy Farm Sustainability

Man standing in front of a creek

E-Z Acres of Homer, N.Y.

2018 Outstanding Dairy Farm Sustainability

Man smiling and holding dirt in his hands

Reinford Farms of Mifflintown, Pa.

2018 Outstanding Dairy Farm Sustainability

Old couple sitting in front of Mercer Vu sign

Mercer Vu Farms of Mercersburg, Pa.

2017 Outstanding Achievement in Resource Stewardship Honorable Mention

Family standing at the entrance of Oakland View Farms

Oakland View Farms of Ridgely, Md.

2017 Outstanding Achievement in Community Partnerships

Man helping a little girl pet a calf

Noblehurst Farms of Linwood, N.Y.

2016 Outstanding Achievement in Community Partnerships

A group of dairy farmers receiving an award.

Oregon Dairy Farm of Lititz, Pa.

2015 Outstanding Dairy Farm Sustainability

People standing behind a wooden cow

Fulper Family Farmstead of Lambertville, N.J.

2013 Outstanding Achievement in Renewable Energy Honorable Mention