Sustainability

DAIRY STRONG SUSTAINABILITY ALLIANCE (DSSA)

Sustainability group welcomes
second dairy processor

GREEN BAY, Wis. (Feb. 24, 2017) —Grassland Dairy Products has joined the Dairy Strong Sustainability Alliance (DSSA), a diverse group of partners who have come together to ensure that all touchpoints in the production of dairy foods are continuously improving.

This new alliance is a collaborative group that represents all aspects of the dairy community: farmers, processors conservation groups, vendors and service providers, consumer packaged goods companies, retailers, government agencies, universities and dairy and trade non-profits. The goal is to show tangible continuous improvements in animal care, environmental conservation, food safety and other practices.

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Dairy Strong Sustainability Alliance welcomes first dairy processor

GREEN BAY, Wis. (Dec. 19, 2016) — Foremost Farms USA® has joined the Dairy Strong Sustainability Alliance — a diverse group of partners who have come together to ensure that all touchpoints in the production of dairy foods are continuously improving.

This new alliance is a collaborative group that represents all aspects of the dairy community: farmers, processors conservation groups, vendors and service providers, consumer packaged goods companies, retailers, government agencies, universities and dairy and trade non-profits. The goal is to show tangible continuous improvements in animal care, environmental conservation, food safety and other practices.

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National sustainable agriculture summit showcases Dairy Strong Sustainability Alliance

GREEN BAY, Wis. (Nov. 28, 2016) – A new Wisconsin-based initiative aimed at fostering continuous improvement throughout the dairy supply chain took center stage recently at a national summit exploring the growing sustainability movement in agriculture.
The Dairy Strong Sustainability Alliance (DSSA) was among projects chosen from around the country to be featured in panel discussions at the 2016 Sustainable Agriculture Summit, held Nov. 15-16 in Atlanta. The conference brought together diverse perspectives from across the food and agricultural supply chain. The event was hosted by Field to Market, the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, the National Pork Board, the Stewardship Index for Specialty Crops, the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, and the U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef.

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New group launches to foster collaboration and continuous improvement in the dairy community

WAUNAKEE, Wis. (Aug. 16, 2016) — A diverse group of partners have come together to ensure that all touch points in the production of dairy foods are continuously improving in animal care, environmental conservation, food safety and many other practices.

The new Dairy Strong Sustainability Alliance is a collaborative group that represents all aspects of the dairy community: farmers, processors and packagers, conservation groups, vendors and service providers, transporters, consumer packaged goods companies, retailers, government agencies, universities and dairy and trade non-profits. The goal is to show tangible continuous improvements in the areas of land use, soil conservation, nutrient management, water quality and use, energy use, animal welfare, food safety, greenhouse emissions, economic health and social responsibility.

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MISSIONIMG_1172

To be a catalyst in driving innovation, collaboration and progress for sustainability in the dairy community.

GUIDING PRINCIPLES

  • Continuous improvement
  • Inclusivity
  • Voluntary participation
  • Innovation over compliance
  • Measured outcomes over mandated practices
  • Data privacy
  • Sustainability + profitability
  • Maintaining “freedom to farm”
  • Sharing dairy’s positive story
  • Adequate food supply for future generations

DESIRED OUTCOMES

  • Foster environmental, economic and social stewardship
  • Ensure long-term viability of dairy farms and related businesses
  • Proactively align with company/customer demands
  • Demonstrate commitment to community
  • Show science-based outcomes
  • Build relationships with legislators to showcase improvements
  • Engage with community through positive discussion

WHAT IS THE DSSA:  The Dairy Strong Sustainability Alliance (DSSA) is a collaborative group that includes all aspects of the dairy community, including: farmers, processors (including packaging), dairy product and service providers, transportation, conservation groups, CPG companies, retailers, government agencies, universities and dairy and trade non-profits. All dairy management philosophies are welcome.

WHY THE DSSA Organized in the Spring of 2016, the goal of the DSSA is to show tangible results in the areas of land use, soil conservation, nutrient management, water quality and use, energy use, animal welfare, food safety, greenhouse emissions, economic health and social responsibility.  The DSSA achieves these goals by taking existing sustainability tools and applying them to early and mid-stage grassroots efforts led by farmers – individually or as part of a watershed. Data from each group is compiled annually. Customers and retailers have certain expectations when it comes to food and the DSSA provides a holistic approach that satisfies customers while preserving our dairy heritage.

WHO IS THE DSSA: The DSSA is currently facilitated by the Dairy Business Association and is actively seeking collaborators. The DSSA is comprised of diverse organizations who embrace the journey of continuous improvement towards an even more sustainable dairy supply chain. All outcomes of the DSSA’s work are pre-competitive and will be made available to the entire dairy community. Interested collaborators should contact Maria Woldt, director of industry relations to determine the appropriate level of involvement.

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Contact:

Maria Woldt
Director of Industry Relations
Sustainability lead
(608) 577-4345
mwoldt@widba.com