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Study Shows Environmental Benefits of Modern Dairy Practices
USAgNet - 10/05/2022

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers, The National Milk Producers Federation and Dairy Farmers of America, issued a study quantifying the benefits of modern dairy technologies and how they have positively impacted consumers, dairy farmers and cows over the past 15 years. The study was unveiled at World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin during a panel discussion of industry experts and moderated by the 75th Alice in Dairyland, Taylor Schaefer.

"The dairy industry contributes up to 3.5 percent of the US gross domestic product, over three million jobs across the U.S., and $42 billion in direct wages," said Schaefer. "And The Environmental Benefits of Modern Dairy, Hay, and Forage Production Technologies study highlights how policies and technological advancements can help farmers increase outcomes."

The study also shared benefits of dairy and the practices associated with modern dairy production, while debunking common myths and misconceptions about modern dairy practices.

"We are living in a new age of agriculture, and today's modern dairy, hay and forage production technologies have an enormous positive impact on dairy farmers, cows, consumers and the environment," said Curt Blades, Senior Vice President of Industry Sectors and Product Leadership at the Association of Equipment Manufacturers. "One of our goals at AEM is to encourage the adoption of these technologies by more farmers, so they can all reap the benefits as we continue to focus on sustainability."

According to the study, dairy farmers have become more sustainable with advances in genetics, technology and data driven decisions. In fact, milk production in the U.S. has increased 19 percent since 2007 despite fewer cows.

"Dairy farmers are going above and beyond to provide milk that is responsibly produced," said Matt Daley, President of GEA Farm Technologies. "Ninety-nine percent of all US milk comes from dairies participating in the FARM (Farmers Assuring Responsible Management) program, ensuring 360-degree responsible stewardship of dairies and milk production."

As part of the stewardship pledge to consumers, the dairy industry is pursuing a voluntary goal to achieve greenhouse gas neutrality by 2050.

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