USDA, dairy producers renew deal on greenhouse gas emissions and sustainability
Farmbusiness.cc, Thursday April 25th
US Agriculture Secretary Vilsack has renewed a historic agreement with dairy producers to accelerate the adoption of innovative waste-to-energy projects and energy efficiency improvements on US dairy farms, both of which help producers diversify revenues and reduce utility expenses on their operations.
The pact extends a Memorandum of Understanding signed in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 2009.
- Through this renewed commitment, USDA and the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy will continue research that helps dairy farmers improve the sustainability of their operations, Vilsack said.
- This vital research also will support the dairy industry as it works to reach its long-term goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2020.
The Secretary signed the agreement at the White House and was joined by representatives of the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy and Dairy Management, including Thomas P. Gallagher, CEO of the center. One objective of the MOU is to increase the construction of anaerobic digesters and explore innovative ways to use products previously considered waste streams from dairy production, processing and handling. Gallagher added:
- We have a long and strong relationship with USDA and Secretary Vilsack, and dairy farmers and the dairy industry are very happy that USDA is entering into the next MOU with the Innovation Center. We are all interested in sustainable agriculture and producing good food responsibly, while bolstering an important rural economy, and this new MOU lays out the roadmap for more improvements. Thatís good for dairy, good for the economy and good for consumers.