As sustainability measures become a central, integral part of doing business, US dairy cooperatives and processors have taken varying approaches to reduce dairy’s environmental impacts throughout the value chain. Some cooperatives have emerged as leaders, while other companies rely instead on industry-driven guidance to implement change. Looking ahead, critical questions remain about how to fund progress as environmental goals become increasingly more challenging to achieve in the years and decades ahead.
This paper examines various industry initiatives that the value chain has embraced to reduce emissions, provides an overview of different emissions reduction approaches taken by US dairy companies, and outlines the need for continued financial support for research and technological advancements. The economic viability of emissions reduction practices at the farmgate is critical to meet future sustainability-related goals.