The  Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy has announced new science-based resources available for dairy producers, processors, industry partners and stakeholders. The resources help the industry act on the scientific research commissioned as part of the U.S. Dairy Sustainability Commitment — a collective effort of the dairy value chain to measure and improve the sustainability of U.S. dairy from farm to table.

The three new resources available include:


  1. U.S. Dairy’s Environmental Footprint, a reference guide that taps into the public’s interest in learning about the foods they eat and the environmental impact of their choices. 
  2. A scientific publication, a special issue of the International Dairy Journal, which features 10 peer-reviewed articles highlighting findings from the fluid milk LCAs.
  3. Farm Smart, an online tool currently in development, which combines key learning from the research with engineering and best management practices to help dairy producers calculate their environmental footprints.
Dairy producers have a long-standing commitment to both nutrition and environmental science through National Dairy Council and the Dairy Research Institute, an affiliate of the Innovation Center,” said Barbara O’Brien, president of the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy. “Their initial investment in environmental science has been more than doubled through direct and indirect grants from the USDA and other funding sources, reflecting growing recognition of the importance of the solid, science-based approach the industry is taking.”