NOVI, Mich.–Michigan Milk Producers Association (MMPA) member Nobis Dairy Farms was announced on May 7, 2015 as one of seven U.S. Dairy Sustainability Award recipients at a special ceremony in Washington, D.C.
“We were honored to receive this award and showcase the practical ways many dairy farmers are taking great care of the land, animals and resources they manage. We do our best to produce good, safe food in a way that’s environmentally, socially and economically responsible. We are happy to share our story with consumers and other farmers,” Nobis Dairy Farms co-owner Larry Nobis said.
The award program recognizes outstanding dairy farms, businesses and partnerships for practices that promote the health and well-being of consumers, communities, cows, employees, the planet and business.
Based in St. Johns, Michigan, Nobis Dairy Farms earned national attention for its sustainability efforts, including erosion prevention, field testing for efficient nutrient management and cow comfort and health improvements. The farm has adjusted its waste management system to maximize nutrient management and sand recyclability while decreasing the fuel and labor needed.
“The goal on our farm has always been about continuous improvement in all aspects of our operation,” MMPA President and Nobis Dairy Farms co-owner Ken Nobis said. “Little did we know that our goal would fit so naturally with today’s concept of a sustainable business model. We are proud to lead a new generation of farmers who are willing to tell the world about the many beneficial practices they utilize every day on their farms.”
The fourth annual U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards recognize and honor outstanding dairy farms, businesses and partnerships for socially responsible, economically viable and environmentally sound practices. These practices, large and small, are steps that add up to promote the health and well-being of consumers, communities, cows, employees, the planet and business.
An independent panel of judges — which included experts working with and through the dairy industry — also assessed the potential for adoption by others, demonstrated learning, innovation, improvement and scalability.
The Michigan Milk Producers Association is a milk marketing cooperative serving approximately 2,000 dairy farmers throughout Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and Wisconsin.