To be a catalyst in driving innovation, collaboration and progress for sustainability in the dairy community.
Innovation over compliance
Measured outcomes over mandated practices
Sustainability + profitability
Maintaining “freedom to farm”
Sharing dairy’s positive story
Foster environmental, economic and social stewardship
Ensure long-term viability of dairy farms and related businesses
Proactively align with company/customer demands
Demonstrate commitment to community
Show science-based outcomes
Build relationships with legislators to showcase improvements
Engage with community through positive discussion
What is the DSSA
The Dairy Strong Sustainability Alliance (DSSA) is a collaborative group that includes all aspects of the dairy community, including: farmers, processors (including packaging), dairy product and service providers, transportation, conservation groups, CPG companies, retailers, government agencies, universities and dairy and trade non-profits. All dairy management philosophies are welcome.
Why the DSSA; Why Now?
Organized in the Spring of 2016, the goal of the DSSA is to show tangible results in the areas of land use, soil conservation, nutrient management, water quality and use, energy use, animal welfare, food safety, greenhouse emissions, economic health and social responsibility. The DSSA achieves these goals by taking existing sustainability tools and applying them to early and mid-stage grassroots efforts led by farmers – individually or as part of a watershed. Data from each group is compiled annually. Customers and retailers have certain expectations when it comes to food and the DSSA provides a holistic approach that satisfies customers while preserving our dairy heritage.
Who is the DSSA
The DSSA is facilitated by the Dairy Business Association and comprised of diverse organizations who embrace the journey of continuous improvement towards a more sustainable dairy supply chain. All outcomes of the DSSA’s work are pre-competitive and will be made available to the entire dairy community. Interested collaborators should contact Maria Woldt, director of industry relations to determine the appropriate level of involvement.
Director of Industry Relations
(608) 577-4345 firstname.lastname@example.org