For the second consecutive year, a Washington dairy farm is the recipient of an Outstanding Dairy Farm Sustainability Award, one of the six U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards announced on April 24, 2013, in Washington, D.C. The awards recognize dairy farms and other dairy industry businesses for practices that advance the industry’s commitment to healthy products, healthy communities and a healthy planet.
Russ Davis wants more cow manure. He’s the president of Organix, a Walla Walla based company, with production facilities in Yakima County that specialize in converting cow manure into compost.
“We look for dairies that like to export their manure,” explained Davis, who works with several Yakima Valley dairies. “Dairies have their own manure management plans, whether it’s turning manure into cow bedding or using it to fertilize their crops. So that reduces the availability.”
Today marks the 41st anniversary of Earth Day, an annual celebration to inspire people to live more sustainable lives. As dairy farmers, we’re all about preserving the land we depend on and encourage others to treat every day as Earth Day.
Even taking small steps toward sustainability can add up to big change. Whether you pledge to plant a tree, swap to a compact fluorescent light bulb or carpool with a coworker, you can help make a difference. Here are some other ideas: