DeGroot Family Dairy Receives 2013 Award for Sustainability

Owner Dan DeGroot gives us a tour of Skyridge Farms in Sunnyside, Washington. He shows us the systems that helped him win the 2013 U.S. Sustainability Award It starts with the Programmable Logic Controller (PLC), which he uses to program the lights, flush systems, and soakers in all of his barns to operate at the highest efficiency. The lights are programmed to turn on a few minutes before the dairy workers are scheduled to enter the barn, and they're programmed to turn off shortly after they leave so there's no wasted energy.