Farmers also use many other best management practices such as no-till farming, energy conservation, solar panels and streambank protection. For example, E-Z Acres, Reinford Farms and Twin Birch Dairy were highlighted as environmental stewards by the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy.
Some dairy farms are using technology that has environmental benefits. Methane digesters, for example, allow dairy farms to produce renewable energy. A digester collects methane gas released from cow manure and other materials and converts it to electricity that can power the dairy farm and other homes in the community.
Hear Brett Reinford talk about his family farm and how their methane digester processes food waste into energy.
Dairy farmers continuously work with government and university experts to find even more ways to conserve natural resources. For example, they have found creative ways to recycle water and other materials, and prevent soil erosion — activities that help ensure their farms remain economically viable.