Dairy farmers preserve and protect our region’s iconic working landscape—its rolling hills, farmhouses, barns, and silos—for residents and tourists as well as agriculture.
These farmers continue a tradition of environmental stewardship while implementing sustainable innovations that benefit the environment and the dairy herd.
A Few Dairy Cool New England Sustainability Facts:
- In Massachusetts, 29,000 acres of recreational space is protected by dairy farmers.
- Dairy farms in Rhode Island help to preserve 500 acres of land — that’s more land than Rhode Island’s most popular state park.
- Dairy farmers use many practices to prevent soil erosion in agriculture-like planting cover crops and manure injection-keeping nutrients in the ground and out of our waterways.
- In New Hampshire, 4,420 acres of cover crops planted last year will retain over 26 tons of vital nutrients in the soil to grow crops in future years.
- In Vermont, 26,000 acres of cover crops planted last year will retain over 150 tons of vital nutrients in the soil to grow crops in future years.
- There are several innovative ways dairy farmers reuse manure. A few examples below:
- A Connecticut dairy farmer invented CowPots – a biodegradable planting pot made from cow poo.
- There are 16 manure digesters on VT dairy farms, more per capita than any other state. That’s enough energy to power more than 4,000 VT homes annually.
- Dairy farmers use manure as a natural fertilizer for their fields. They may also compost it and sell it to local businesses like vegetable farms, flower nurseries or the general public.
Get a 360 degree view of a VT dairy farm and learn about about some of the techniques and technologies dairy farmers are using to protect our soil and water.