Sustainability

Reflections on Earth Day

By Lindsay Reames, Vice President, Sustainability & External Relations  “You can’t have your cake and eat it too.”   We’ve all said it. But here at Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative Association we are learning that we can have great dairy, healthy cows, and clean water, too.  In honor of Earth Day, more than 160 Giant grocery retailers in Maryland, Virginia, …

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Seeing a FARM Evaluation First Hand: Customers are eager to learn more about on-farm practices

What is hygiene scoring? What is a sound cow versus a lame cow? Does your farm work with a vet? These are just a few questions Maryland & Virginia customers are asking. Increasingly, our customers are more attentive to how member farms are evaluated in the areas of animal care, environmental sustainability and employee relations. …

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One Farm’s Pursuit of Sustainability: Catching the Right Rays

Like many dairy farmers, Hatcher Ferguson is continually looking for ways to create a more sustainable farm business. A year ago, he invested in a solar-powered system for his family’s farm in Wirtz, Virginia. Today Burnt Chimney Dairy is self-sufficient in its energy use.     In Virginia, there are limited financial incentives to install …

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