Sustainability Matters

Sustainability and Prairie Farms

“Prairie Farms is a trusted and beloved brand, and for over 80 years, we have followed the essential principle to "do right" for our farm families, employees, customers, and communities. This includes our longstanding commitment to environmental stewardship and continuous improvement of managing the farm-to-table cycle. Our sustainability journey will take time, but our role is critical now and for future generations."

- Matt McClelland, CEO, Prairie Farms Dairy

 What is sustainability?

At Prairie Farms, sustainability is a commitment to producing, processing and delivering dairy products in a manner that improves the state of our land, the lives of our employees, our animals, our communities, our partners and our consumers. Sustainability means reducing, reusing and recycling at every single stage of the production and distribution process.

According to the U.S. Congress, “the term sustainable agriculture means an integrated system of plant and animal production practices having a site-specific application that will, over the long term:

  • Satisfy human food and fiber needs;
  • Enhance environmental quality and the natural resource base upon which the agricultural economy depends;
  • Make the most efficient use of nonrenewable resources and on-farm resources and integrate, where appropriate, natural biological cycles and controls;
  • Sustain the economic viability of farm operations; and
  • Enhance the quality of life for farmers and society as a whole."
Why is sustainability important?

This is our land and for centuries we have lived and worked it, and it has in turn repaid our diligence and stewardship. Today’s farmers are more sustainable than ever, but the work doesn’t stop there. We need to continue working hard to preserve the delicate balance between the Earth and our expanding world.

Is sustainability new?

Though sustainability is a growing concern among consumers, farmers have been working to do more with less year after year. In fact, today’s farmers are far more efficient than ever thanks to new technology and research. Farming is an ever-changing and evolving world, and you’ll find farmers are some of the most technologically advanced people around! From robotic milking and GPS to variable-rate application of nutrients and seed technology, agriculture is more efficient than ever.

What about corporate responsibility?

Just as our farmer-owners are a part of the communities they serve, so are our processing plants. That means in every step of the chain, from production to processing to delivery, Prairie Farms insists on achieving the best practices exceeding standards for safety and quality.

When moving our products from the farm to the plant, and from the plant to the store, we choose fuel-saving routes whenever possible. We also make sure our routes have cold-storage facilities nearby to ensure our dairy products stay as fresh as possible throughout their short journey from farm to table.

2020 Sustainability Facts

Corporate Social Responsibility

Community Service and Volunteering

Over $220,000 through Our Caps, Your Cause

2,605 Hours

Completed 10 Energy Saving Projects: 

138,248 kWh of Electricity Saved

Water Saving Projects:
Reduced Consumption by 6.8 Million Gallons of Water

Saving equivalent to about 62 American families' average water use for a year.

43,511,896 Pounds of Material Recycled in 2020

150 tons of Material a Month Diverted From Landfills


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