Founding FPSA Member Profile: Dairy Farmers of America
“Vanguard provides a paradigm shift in the anaerobic digestion space with their willingness to invest in, own, and operate anaerobic digesters on dairy farms.”– David Darr, Chief Sustainability Officer and Senior Vice President – Dairy Farmers of America
About Dairy Farmers of America
Dairy Farmers of America is a national dairy cooperative owned by more than 12,500 family farmers. DFA is the first U.S. dairy cooperative to set science-based targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by 30% by 2030, from a base year of 2018. The targets are validated by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) and support the Paris Agreements broad goal of keeping global warming below 2 degrees Celsius.
DFA Commitment to Farm Powered Strategic Alliance
DFA has a multi-year strategic alliance with Vanguard Renewables that offers DFA farm families nationwide the opportunity to host a Vanguard Renewables Farm Powered anaerobic digester. DFA owns regional brands like Kemps, Friendly’s and Mayfield Dairy to name a few as well as 86 milk processing and manufacturing facilities across the country; all with waste streams needing disposal and facilities that are often powered with conventional natural gas.
Joining the Farm Powered Strategic Alliance (FPSA) provides DFA with a waste diversion strategy and negative carbon renewable energy pathway that aligns with their science-based goals and provides process efficiencies to DFA plants. DFA intends to recycle manufacturing waste at Farm Powered anaerobic digesters nationwide.