Joseph Gallo Farms conserves more than 2.9 billion gallons of water per year, earning it the U.S. Dairy Sustainability Award for Outstanding Dairy Processing and Manufacturing Sustainability and a spot in the limelight in U.S. Dairy's video series about the award.

The San Joaquin Valley dairy receives 6 to 10 million gallons of stormwater and waste water every day from nearby communities, according to the video. They use this water for irrigation.

The dairy also recycles the 1.8 million gallons of waste water produced daily by their cheesemaking processes. This water is fed into a digester that extracts methane gas from the water and uses it to generate electricity.

This video, released Nov. 4, is the second in a series of six produced by the World Wildlife Fund and the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy. The first video in this series featured Maddox dairy in Riverdale, California, and has received more than a thousand views. PD

—Summarized from Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy news release


Read more about the 2014 U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards in this June Progressive Dairyman article: Third Annual U.S. Dairy Sustainability Award Winners include multigenerational farms.