Sustainability – Isn’t It Great?

Sustainable living involves choosing a lifestyle with minimal environmental impact.  The ultimate goal is to leave future generations with a healthier environment than the one we were born into.  Many farms today are working towards being more sustainable.  At a May 14th ceremony in Washington, D.C., the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy announced the winner of the third annual U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards.  One of the six dairies from across the U.S. that was honored was McCarty Family Farms.

McCarty Family Farms of Rexford, Kansas was awarded the Outstanding Dairy Farm Sustainability award, along with two other farms.  McCarty Family Farms partnered with Dannon in their quest to conserve water.  Together they constructed a condensed milk processing plant that extracts more than 14 million gallons of water from milk each year.  The water can then be used for animal and crop care.  McCarty Family Farms is also working to create sustainable communities, brining more than 100 new jobs to the area, which means more children in the local school district, increased housing demand, and tax revenue for the county and state.

Congratulation McCarty Family Farms and the other award recipients on your hard work and dedication to being sustainable.

Intern time!

There is a first time for everything.  We are excited to welcome Praedium’s inaugural intern, Hillary Hanson.  Hillary grew up on a farm in Gowrie, Iowa and has been involved in agriculture from a very young age.

Hillary recently graduated from Iowa State University with an Agriculture Studies degree.  While at Iowa State she was a member of the Iowa State Competitive Cheer Team, and the Co-Captain of the Iowa State Competitive Cheerleading Team.  Her focus areas at the university included international agriculture, crop production and management, environmental and animal agriculture ethics and farm business management.

During her time at Praedium, Hillary will be introduced to all aspects of the company.  She will assist Praedium with our day to day business activities and work with our program directors on different Praedium projects.  We are confident she will be asset to the whole company and hope she enjoys her time with us!

Save the Date: ADSA Discover Conferences

An exciting event is coming soon!  On May 27th & 28th the American Dairy Science Association, (ADSA) will be hosting the 27th Discover Conferences, being held in Itasca, IL.  We are excited that Dr. Sandy Stokes-Goff, Manager of Validus’s Dairy Animal Welfare Review Program will be attending this conference.

The conference is on Strategies for Improving US Dairy Cattle Welfare, and the objective is to get the US dairy industry talking about the growing importance of addressing key welfare concerns industry wide.  Goals the conference is trying to achieve are: to define animal welfare for dairy cattle within the context of the impact of other issues on other industries and of welfare issues in other animal industries; describe the key findings from a number of very successful lines of research defining animal welfare and addressing practical problems in the care and housing of dairy cattle; create opportunities for open discussion of sensitive animal welfare issues among industry professionals and scientists working in the dairy industry; and encourage conference participants to act as information multipliers thus facilitating proactive adoption of science based practices that result in improved dairy cattle welfare.

The conference should be educational for all who attend!

Let’s go to the movies!

Wake up before the crack of dawn, step outside, and take in that crisp morning air.  The sun has barely broken the horizon, and it is off to a day full of sweat, back breaking work, and numerous decisions to make.  The life of a farmer and rancher is not just an 8-5 Monday through Friday kind of job.  They don’t punch a time card, and they rarely have time to take a vacation.  Farming is a 24/7, 365 days a year job.  For many it is not even considered a job, but a lifestyle.  One that is just as hard and rewarding as any other job out there.

Coming to theaters May 1, 2014 is a documentary called Farmland.  This movie takes a look at the lives of farmers and ranchers in their 20’s, who have the enormous responsibility of running their farming business.  Only a small number of Americans have ever set foot on a farm or ranch, and even fewer truly understand what it takes to run one.  Farmland gives a first-hand look into the world of farming and the young people who are making it there life.  It follows their highs and lows and also their passion and determination for a way of life that has been passed on from generation to generation, and continues to evolve.

From farmers to non-farmers alike, let’s support the hard working individuals who work from dusk till dawn; through rain, hail, sleet, snow; who put food on our table every day; and go see Farmland.