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Vander Haak Dairy: Outstanding dairy farm sustainability

Each year at the Vander Haak Dairy, 500 cows produce 14 million pounds of milk. An anaerobic digester — the first in Washington state, installed in 2004 — converts their manure, plus food waste from nearby food processors, into energy and other saleable products.

Together, WWF and the Innovation Center for US Dairy are working to address these sustainability challenges and help feed a growing global population while maintaining a living planet. Since 2009, WWF and the Innovation Center have been working to advance mutual conservation goals and improve the environmental sustainability of the dairy industry. We are working together with the nation’s dairy producers to develop, adopt and share new, science-based practices, leading to a more sustainable dairy industry.

Produced in collaboration with the Innovation Center, Dairy's Sustainability Journey, a documentary-style video series, takes you across the country for a look at how dairy producers are taking steps to reduce their impact on the environment and help create a more sustainable future for people, nature and the dairy industry.