The goal of the US Dairy Net Zero Initiative is to bring the dairy industry to greenhouse gas neutrality and improve water use and quality, but data are sparse on how to manage the feed production systems to help achieve these goals. The Dairy Soil and Water Regeneration project will collect data for six years to determine dairy farms’ greenhouse gas footprint and soil health in response to soil health management practices and new manure-based products. In addition, dozens of dairies in the common soil types in the major production regions of the US will participate in a baseline survey of soil health and carbon storage.
The project will be executed across four dairy regions responsible for about 80 percent of U.S. milk production: Northeast, Lakes, Mountain, and Pacific. It entails a collaboration of NZI, the Soil Health Institute, and leading dairy research institutions on the map below.