Recognition of NDA farms
NDA member-owners continue to be nationally recognized for their farm practice initiatives and success. In the last seven years, five NDA farmers have won the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy’s Sustainability Award, a program that highlights industry efforts that deliver outstanding benefits to business, community and the environment. These award recipients have adopted unique, innovative sustainability programs, including water conservation and recycling, reducing electricity usage, forming local partnerships to maximize resources, and even using worms to filter wastewater and reduce greenhouse gases.
A recipient of the U.S. Dairy Sustainability Award in 2017 was Rickreall Dairy, an Oregon farm and NDA member committed to operating sustainably and being a good neighbor. They were also honored for employee retention and animal care. In 2018, Austin Allred, NDA member and owner of Royal Dairy in Washington, was recognized with the same Sustainability Award for his use of an innovative wastewater treatment system. For more information about these two farms and three other past NDA winners, see the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy here.
Rickreall Dairy was selected for innovative partnerships with neighboring businesses, energy and water conservation, employee retention, good animal care, and contributions to local and global communities.
Dairy Farmers of Washington (DFW) announced that Washington dairy farmer, Austin Allred, was awarded the 2018 Outstanding Dairy Farm Sustainability Award by the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy.