All of these components were adopted by the farmer owners and have been in practice for multiple years. They are a source for continual advancement and improvement. The underlying principles are setting high standards and minimum expectations for all co-op farmer-members, measuring and evaluating against those standards in objectively validated ways, and driving cycles of continuous improvement through training, tools, coaching and investments in the farms and people.
The components of this program are rooted in the farmer owners’ bedrock values and commitment to their community.
In addition, the Northwest Dairy Association and Darigold participate in the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy’s Sustainability Alliance. The multi-stakeholder group commits to being leaders in sustainability, ensuring the health and well-being of our planet, communities, consumers and the industry. You can find more information about this group here.