The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) recently commended the inclusion of $20 billion in new funding for USDA conservation programs in the Inflation Reduction Act. They note the funding will help dairy farmers advance their proactive sustainability leadership by enhancing farm bill conservation programs with an emphasis on key dairy areas of opportunity, including feed management.
NMPF Senior Vice President of Membership Services and Strategic Initiatives, Chris Galen, says this is a good development.
NMPF notes new investments through the Act will provide important voluntary technical assistance to dairy farmers who undertake such stewardship practices, including targeted new funding that emphasizes critical farm practices that yield significant environmental benefits for dairy.
Dairy farmers in 2020 committed in their Net Zero Initiative to become greenhouse gas neutral or better by 2050, while also maximizing water quality and optimizing water use around the country.