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Jan 12

Net Zero: If It’s Not Your Profitability, What Is It?

Tuesday, January 12

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The public is invited to the I-29 MOO University Virtual Winter Workshop in partnership with Midwest Dairy & State Trade Associations.

This workshop will focus on the Net Zero Initiative and what the impact will be for dairy producers. Attendees will gain knowledge through a hands-on virtual experience of how sustainability practices are being implemented on dairy farms and within dairy processing plants.


  • 10:00 a.m. CST – Keynote: “Why Net Zero? Why Should Producers Care? Why Consumers Care about it? What it means to Producers & Industry”; Jim Wallace, Senior Vice President – Environmental Research at Dairy Management Inc. and invited speaker: Krysta Harden, Executive Vice President of Global Environmental Strategy at Dairy Management, Inc. and Chief Operating Officer at U.S. Dairy Export Council.
  • 10:45 – 3 Virtual Sustainability Sessions – 30 min each; Featured Video for Each session – approximately 10 minutes, Small Group Discussion, determine issues and questions that producers may have – approximately 10 minutes, Large group for questions to Presenter – approximately 10 minutes
    • Cover Crops: Cinnamon Ridge Farms - Donahue, IA. This 5th generation farm was awarded the Farmers Assuring Responsible Management for Dairy Farms. They work to assure their customers that the milk and beef produced meets very high standards for sustainability and animal care. They milk Jersey cows using robots, raise beef cattle, pigs and chickens. They also produce corn, soybeans and winter wheat, while incorporating cover crops. Milk produced on the farm is processed into cheese on the farm. 
    • Dairy Production Technology: Rosy-Lane Holsteins - Watertown, WI– U.S. Dairy Sustainability 2020 Award Winner. Healthy cows and a healthy planet go hand-in-hand at Wisconsin’s Rosy-Lane Holsteins dairy. The emphasis on cow health started with incorporating cattle genetic technologies, breeding cows that live longer and are less susceptible to disease and illness. Genetics has helped the farm produce 1.7 pounds of milk for every 1 pound of feed for the milking herd. The average U.S. dairy attains 1.5. Their higher average which equates to 70 more semi-tankers of milk/year utilizing the same inputs.
    • Dairy Processing Technology: Leprino Foods - Greely, CO - is also a U.S. Dairy Sustainability 2020 Award Winner., This dairy plant exemplifies environmental sustainability with a replicable processes that ensures no precious resource isn’t maximized. Built on an abandoned sugar-processing factory’s site, it relies on a combined heat and power system with electricity from two natural gas turbines—meeting about 75% of the plant’s power needs. The plant also employed technology that uses water from milk during the cheesemaking process to clean the facility, reducing the need for fresh water. Further, that recycled water goes through treatment that results in feedstock for the plant’s anaerobic digester—which in turn creates renewable biogas. This and more adds up to $4.5 million in estimated annual energy cost savings from onsite natural gas turbines after a five-year payback. 
  • 12:15 p.m. CST – Closing Remarks
  • 12:20 – Break
  • 12:30 – Virtual Lunch: Midwest Dairy & State Dairy Association Updates by individual state (MN, SD, IA, NE, ND). 
  • 1:30 - Adjourn


Register using the form below by January 11, 2021 in order to receive the meeting information. For more information about the I-29 Moo University Collaboration and programs visit the I-29 Moo University website.

I-29 Moo University is a consortium of Extension dairy specialists from the land-grant universities in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. The I-29 Moo University is a multi-state learning collaboration and connects extension dairy staff with the dairy community to share research, information and management practices through workshops, webinars, e-newsletters, podcasts and on-farm tours. Visit the I-29 Moo University website for more information about the Collaboration and programs.

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