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Robinway Dairy receives WI environment award


May 27, 2015, Kiel, WI – Robinway Dairy of Manitowoc County recently received the Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) 2015 Wisconsin Business Friend of the Environment Award for Environmental Innovation at the annual Wisconsin Business Friend of the Environment Awards.

The dairy operation is currently in the process of installing the Livestock Water Recycling Manure Treatment System that will allow them to continue to expand their operation sustainably without having to acquire additional land for nutrient management. With the LWR System they will have the ability to add cows and increase milk production while gaining an abundant source of clean, reusable water.

“Being a good environmental citizen is a critical part of our business,” said Robinway Dairy’s Jay Binversie. “It is important for us to continue to make efforts to become more sustainable. To be recognized for this achievement is a great honor.”

“We are excited about our LWR System and how it will improve our manure management practices here on the farm.”

The Business Friend of the Environment Awards highlight what Wisconsin companies are doing in the areas of sustainability, innovative technology and environmental stewardship. The goal of this awards program is to demonstrate to state policymakers, businesses and the public that sound environmental practices are good for Wisconsin and its business environment.

“Robinway Dairy continues to raise the bar in sustainable farming and environmental innovation,” said Ross Thurston, president of LWR Inc. “We have nothing but respect for the dairy industry and we are proud to help farms like Robinway Dairy reduce their environmental footprint. Jay Binversie is part of a growing group of dairy industry leaders who are changing the way livestock farmers manage manure. This award validates that his efforts are on the right track to shaping the way manure is managed in the future.”

It is estimated that by the year 2050 farmers will need to increase world food production by 70 percent in order to meet the needs of nine billion people. With this increased demand, the agricultural sector is under extreme pressure to improve how it uses water resources and manages nutrients.

An independent panel of judges representing industry, environmental groups, the Department of Natural Resources, and the University of Wisconsin select the Business Friend of the Environment winners. Awards were presented at a luncheon at the Milwaukee Marriott West in Waukesha.