By Mark Kanz
Kinnard Farms of Casco received an award this past week in Chicago from the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy. The Kinnard family was one of three national winners in the category of Outstanding Dairy Farm Sustainability. The award salutes dairy farmers for voluntary efforts to improve in the areas of economic, environmental and community impact. The family farm Co-owner Lee Kinnard says the nomination was a surprise.
Kinnard says his operation is always looking for a better way. He says there is no doubt the agriculture industry can have an impact on the environment, but technology is lessening that impact every day. Judges for the award included representatives from the Wildlife Federation Fund and The Nature Conservancy. He says one of the perks of the award ceremony was the ability to network with other industry leaders from around the world.