Sustainability & Stewardship

Goals and Future Commitments

The U.S. dairy industry takes pride in its rich heritage of land stewardship and long-term commitment to sustainable dairy farming. Over the past 10 years, the  Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy has brought together more than 100 organizations from across the value chain to proactively and pre-competitively address environmental and sustainability challenges. As part of the Dairy Sustainability Alliance®, members adopt and report on defined criteria for important areas like animal care, environmental stewardship, food safety and traceability and community contributions. More than 70% of USDEC members have taken the pledge.

The commitment is so strong from the farming and processing communities that while U.S. dairy production accounts for only 2% of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions (GHGe), a voluntary goal was set in 2009 to further reduce GHGe intensity of fluid milk 25% by 2020.

In striving for continuous improvement, USDEC recently joined other industry leaders to announce a bold, new initiative to achieve net zero GHGe and a significant improvement in water quality for U.S. dairy farm milk-production by providing the tools, expertise and financing to help milk producers reach specific environmental outcomes.

The U.S. dairy industry takes an open, transparent and science-based approach to measuring and communicating its progress. For more details on the alignment with leading standards, reference the Innovation for U.S. Dairy's 2018 Sustainability Report.