Sustainable Dairy Farming
The 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:
Kent Solberg, Livestock & Grazing Specialist
18618 Co. Rd.23
Verndale, MN 56481
1.844.922.5573 Ext. 701
MDI Wins Award from Minnesota Extension
The Minnesota Dairy Initiative, of which SFA is a part, was awarded the 2019 Friend of Agriculture Award by the Minnesota Association of Extension Agricultural Professionals at the MDI board meeting Oct. 9, 2018, in St. Cloud. The award is given to a person or organization that has shown continued partnership of Extension educational programs and does exemplary work in Minnesota agriculture.
“The efforts of Minnesota Dairy Initiative have improved profitability and productivity on Minnesota’s dairy farms,” said Extension’s Emily Wilmes, who presented the award.
Pictured above, front row, from left: Merri Post, MDI Chair; Emily Wilmes, Extension Educator; Kristine Spadgenske, MN Milk Representative; Abby Thesing, MDI Coordinator; Alison Rickeman, MDI State Director and Jim Salfer, MDI Secretary. Back row, from left: Becca Schulze, MDI Coordinator; Tom Anderson, MDI Treasurer; David Weinand, MDA; Heidi Sellner, MDI Coordinator; Bob Stommes, FBM Instructor; Jill Zieroth, MDI Coordinator; Jay Brown, MDI Coordinator; Kent Solberg, MDI Coordinator; Barry Visser, MDI Vice Chair and Sarah Roerick, MDI Coordinator.
Editor’s Note: 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.