Sustainability and Prairie Farms
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:
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.