About the Project

The Sustainable Dairy Project is one of several United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) - National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA), Coordinated Agricultural Projects (CAP). As described by the USDA, CAP awards support large-scale multimillion dollar projects in order to promote collaboration, open communication, and the exchange of information; reduce duplication of effort; and coordinate activities among individuals, institutions, states, and regions.

In this project, team participants are conducting targeted research, education, and extension in the area of climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts in dairy production systems of the Great Lakes region. Project leads are based at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with collaborators at several other institutions, primarily The Pennsylvania State University and Cornell University.

The project team also has significant collaboration with and support from the US Center for Dairy Innovation. As part of their sustainability efforts, the US Dairy industry has committed to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 25% by the year 2020.

Research and modeling generated by the Sustainable Dairy Project will advise the industry in meeting this goal.

Visit the team pages to learn more about the work being completed by each project team or view our organizational chart to see more about the team structure.