Minnesota Dairy Initiative

Sustainable Dairy Farming in Minnesota

Minnesota Dairy InitiativeThe Minnesota Dairy Initiative (MDI) is a program that promotes a healthy and vibrant dairy industry in Minnesota.

As a participant in MDI, the Sustainable Farming Association assists dairy farmers interested in sustainable production practices such as management intensive grazing, organics and on-farm dairy processing.

We assess each farm and farming family individually. Mentor farmers and dairy professionals provide help as participants explore ways to make changes to their businesses. Participants can use the resources of MDI to help realize their goals.

Through MDI, dairy farmers can discover ways to:

  • Reduce costs
  • Reduce labor
  • Improve animal health
  • Improve net profit
  • Enhance quality of family life
  • Protect the environment

Contacts for Sustainable Farming Association:

Solberg, Kent for staff pageKent Solberg, Livestock & Grazing Specialist
18618 Co. Rd.23
Verndale, MN  56481


Walker, Jason for staff pageJason Walker, Communications & Membership Coordinator
4924 Upton Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55410




Shifting the focus of agriculture from maximum yields to maximum soil health quality is critical to the sustainability of agriculture in Minnesota, the Upper Midwest, the United States and globally.  SFA is committed to continued soil health programming, including programs addressing the integration of cover crops, row crops and livestock grazing.  We will continue the pursuit of funding and programs that foster the development of soil health building practices for the long term.