Food Engineering

USDA and dairy producers agree to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve sustainability

Producers expect diversified revenues and lower utility bills.

April 25, 2013

Innovation Center launches new tools for dairy producers

USDA and US dairy producers announced an agreement aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions while improving sustainability in dairy production. Under the agreement, producers will accelerate the adoption of new waste-to-energy projects and energy efficiency improvements, which will help diversify revenues and keep down utility expenses. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the new pact will support the dairy industry in its goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2020. Anaerobic digester technology is expected to play a major role in efficiency improvements.