This week, ADA North East Director of Environmental Outreach Ron Ohrel and the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy’s Social Responsibility Officer Lisa Watson provided an overview of the dairy industry’s environmental efforts at the New York State Association for Food Protection annual conference.
The organization’s membership includes milk cooperatives, dairy and food processing plants, regulatory agencies, colleges, food distribution companies, supply and equipment manufacturing companies, and laboratories, among others.
Ron highlighted ADA North East’s work in New York and neighboring states to increase key stakeholder awareness and support of dairy farmers’ environmental stewardship work.
The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, formed in 2008, is a voluntary, industry-wide initiative to align, promote and speak with one voice about the good work of farmers and the dairy community. Lisa Watson shared the center’s efforts related to food safety, and highlighted the recently launched U.S. Dairy Stewardship Commitment dairy’s pledge to demonstrate and document how it responsibly produces milk and dairy products, while bringing value to the communities it serves.
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.