2010 In the News Archive

December 7, 2010

Judy Barbe, MS, RD: ‘Regular’ milk is fine, too

December 3, 2010

Jenna Allen on Fox31 News

November 10th, 2010

Fuel Up to Play 60 makes a big splash at the Healthy Schools Summit!

November 5th, 2010

WDA Combats the Elimination of Chocolate Milk

October 26th, 2010

Foods not to be Afraid of on Halloween

October 4th, 2010

Western Dairy Association® with support from Leprino Foods are changing school lunch through Fuel Up to Play 60!

September 14, 2010

Western Dairy Association®, the Denver Broncos and Letford Elementary Students Celebrate NFL’s Back to Football Friday for Chance to Win a $10,000 NFL PLAY 60 Health and Wellness Grant

September 1, 2010

Broncos, NFL fighting child obesity through “Back To School Friday”

August 23, 2010

CEO Cindy Haren talks to KOSI 101.1 about the positive changes your checkoff dollars are making in the school environment

August 13, 2010

Dairy producer, Ashley Edstrom talks to KOSI 101.1 about Fuel Up to Play 60!

July 27, 2010

A slice of community – Pizza lunch in SVVSD supports area businesses

July 26, 2010

Moreno Preaches Fueling Up on Denver Broncos website

June 30, 2010

Jenna Allen, RD on Colorado & Company

May 3, 2010

  • Western Dairy Association® and the Denver Broncos Announce Colorado School Winner of Fuel Up to Play 60 Competition Las Animas Middle School Wins Fuel Up to Play 60 Statewide Competition by Eating Right, Getting Active and Making Healthy Changes
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April 30, 2010

April 22, 2010

  • USDA Announces Initiative to Improve Agricultural Energy Conservation and Efficiency: Individual Energy Audits will Help Producers Reduce Energy Use
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Its Earth Day Everyday

Earth Day reminds us that we all have a role to play in conserving and protecting the environment. As a representative the Western Dairy Association – an organization that promotes dairy products in Colorado, Montana and Wyoming – I’m proud to say that environmental care is a priority for dairy farm families in the three-state region.

First, dairy farmers are focused on the environment. It’s an occupational “must” because the success and profitability of a dairy farm depends upon healthy land, water and air. For centuries, they’ve used methods such as crop rotation and mulching to preserve the fertility of the land, and they continue to invest in new practices to manage soil nutrients, conserve water, use crop practices that keep carbon locked in the soil, reduce fuel use, and minimize milk transportation. These practices are good for the environment, create efficiencies and reduce costs. Over the past 60 years, improvements like these have helped to reduce carbon emissions, nationwide, by 63 percent (Cornell University) – that’s the same as removing 32 million cars from the road.

Second, the dairy industry is working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The fluid milk chain – from the grass the cow eats to the milk in your glass – contributes less than 2 percent of total U.S. gas emissions, according to The Applied Sustainability Center at the University of Arkansas, Globally, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations reports that milk production, processing and transportation, in total, contributes 2.7 percent.

Regardless of those low percentages, the dairy industry (farmers and companies) is dedicated to getting consumers the nutritious dairy products they want, in a way that is economically viable, environmentally sound, and socially responsible. In 2008, the U.S. dairy industry launched a sustainability effort that plans to reduce the overall (2 percent) carbon footprint by 25 percent by 2020. That’s the same as taking another 1.25 million cars off the road – every year.

Third, dairy farmers collaborate with area experts. For years, dairy farmers have worked with land grant universities like Colorado State’s Livestock and Animal Science Department, cooperative extension and others to improve animal feeding and genetics that help reduce environmental impacts.

Dairy marketing cooperatives and processors also play a huge role. Colorado dairy farmers, who market their milk through Dairy Farmers of America, Inc. (DFA), have endorsed a Gold Standard that benchmarks best farming practices with a priority on environmental stewardship. They have, also, piloted two programs in this region that are standard-bearers in fuel conservation and milk hauling efficiencies.

Finally, dairy farmers contribute to the health and wellbeing of citizens. Milk from the region’s farms supply local consumers with food options including low-fat and fat-free products that provide essential nutrients. It’s an amazing contribution – 180 dairy farm families in Colorado, Montana and Wyoming contribute more than 3 billion pounds of milk and, in total, contribute more than $1.6 billion to the three state’s economy.

It’s Earth Day everyday for dairy farm families in the tri-state area.

Cindy Haren
CEO, Western Dairy Association

March 12, 2010

Jenna Allen on Colorado & Company – Pouring Out the Facts on Dairy and Lactose Intolerance

March 8, 2010

Western Dairy Association and the Denver Broncos Help DPS Celebrate National School Breakfast Week!

February 26, 2010

Cheese Market News – Pizza, dairy industries join for healthier school meal options

February 19, 2010

Registered dietitian and nutrition consultant, Dayle Hayes, discusses simple steps families can take to help their children achieve a healthy weight on Colorado and Company.

January 20, 2010

  • USDA joins local dairy producers and National Football League to improve the health and wellness for one million students
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January 15, 2010