Dairy farming in Maine and around the country has an amazing story to tell when it comes to Sustainability. Across the nation, the dairy industry has committed to become Green House Gas (GHG) Neutral by the year 2050. The following are links to articles and resources that explain what is happening on farms near and far to make that possible. If you want to delve deeper and even talk to a Maine dairy farmer, we are happy to help connect you with someone who has expertise in your area of interest. Email your questions and requests to [email protected].
Meet-The-Farmers-Brigeen-Farm.pdf (drinkmainemilk.org) – little things can make a big difference. Brigeen Farms is an excellent example of how dairy farms can do a combination of practices to achieve sustainability goals.
Poo Power – technology that uses cow manure to produce natural gas
Article – Summit Utilities Inc. – the company that is building a natural gas digester at Flood Bros. Farm in Clinton
Creating energy with cow manure and food waste
Exeter Agri-Energy – tradition + innovation (exeteragrienergy.com) – company that operates the digester at Stonyvale Farm.
Food Waste & Composting with ecomaine – ecomaine – includes a video with a great explanation of how the anaerobic digester at Stonyvale Farm in Exeter works.
Feeding cows sea kelp to reduce methane emissions
On-Farm Research – Wolfe’s Neck (wolfesneck.org) -projects ongoing at Wolfe’s Neck Center in Freeport regarding soil health and feeding cows sea kelp to reduce methane emissions.
Healthy soils – Soil health is important for so many reasons. Maine is experiencing longer periods of drought and more monsoon-like rainstorms. Healthy soil can help to absorb those rains when we get them so that the plants can use that moisture during the dry periods, and it reduces soil erosion. Healthy soil is also better able to sequester carbon, keeping it out of the air.
How carbon sequestration in Maine can help slow climate change | Maine Public (Maine Calling radio show with expert panel – description of what carbon sequestration is and how Maine’s landscape helps remove carbon from the air.)
Fourth-generation farmer finds soil success in no-till and cover crops | NRCS Maine (usda.gov) (Bob Fogler of Stonyvale Farm)
Farms and climate change