As the focus on sustainability and carbon grows, Minnesota Milk Producers Association Executive Director Lucas Sjostrom says there is a simple solution–more cows. During Farmfest, Sjostrom said Minnesota allows some types of livestock farms exist and does not give the same support to other parts of animal agriculture. This comes at a time when more carbon sequestration is being sought. “We have fantastic technology to store more carbon in the soil through the manure and you have a natural carbon cycle through the crops that livestock, especially cows, eat. Cows are the answer.” Over 90 percent of milk produced in Minnesota goes to farmer-owned processing plants. Sjostrom says that unique relationship with consumers gives the dairy industry an edge when it comes issues, like sustainability.
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