On Saturday, 14 students from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF) visited two New York dairies to learn about the farms’ sustainability and environmental practices.
Barbland Dairy in Fabius, N.Y., sits in the Upper Tioghnioga Watershed that eventually drains into the Chesapeake Bay. Partners Chip Engst, Luke Huysman and Bret Bossard milk 1,900 cows and farm 4,500 acres.
The second tour stop at the Dennis Family Farm, Pompey, N.Y., is situated in the Limestone Creek watershed that runs into Oneida Lake. Carl and Craig Dennis operate a 42-cow dairy and crop 400 acres.
Both farms have adopted multiple conservation best management practices to protect and improve water quality, including rotational grazing, manure management, wastewater treatment, and cover cropping, among others.
About American Dairy Association North East
American Dairy Association North East (ADA North East) is the dairy farmer-funded organization funded by participating dairy farmer’s checkoff investment to build demand and sales for milk and dairy foods throughout the local region. Representing nearly 11,000 dairy farm families in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and northern Virginia, ADA North East develops and implements local programs to drive milk and dairy sales at retail outlets and in schools. The organization also conducts consumer education about dairy through events, traditional and social media, and in collaboration with health professionals through National Dairy Council®. ADA North East works closely with Dairy Management Inc.™, the national dairy checkoff organization, to support nutrition research, national partnerships and developing export markets for dairy to bring a fully integrated promotion program to the region. For more information, visit www.AmericanDairy.com.