McCarty Family Farms and The Dannon Company celebrated the initial accomplishments from the first stage of a new and unique collaboration for a single Kansas dairy operation to supply all the milk to Dannon's yogurt plant in Fort Worth, Texas.
Additionally, a complete carbon footprint analysis of McCarty Family Farms has been completed and provides a benchmark for progress and a guide to future environmental sustainability projects.
The celebration today brought together Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, Agriculture Secretary Dale Rodman, Department of Commerce Secretary Pat George, and representatives of Sens. Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran, among many other notable guests.
"I applaud McCarty Family Farms and Dannon for entering into a successful partnership that benefits farmers, the small businesses that support farmers, consumers and the community as a whole," Brownback said. "This partnership is a fabulous example of how agriculture can create good-paying rural jobs with the potential to spur significant additional job creation in the future."
The Dannon Company, which is the leading selling yogurt maker in the United States, and McCarty Family Farms were both seeking ways to reduce the impact of the volatility of the price of milk and to continuously improve on environmental sustainability.
Since the partnership was initiated, more than 50 direct jobs have been created in rural Kansas, effectively doubling the size of McCarty Family Farms to more than 100 associates. Additionally, the construction of the milk condensing operation required more than 55,000 man hours.
"Creating jobs that are sustainable is key to the future of areas like rural Kansas and the agricultural community," said Ken McCarty, a fourth generation dairy farmer. "Additionally," he continued, "as the dairy has grown, my brothers and I and the rest of our team have sought and found ways to improve our environmental sustainability, including reducing water use, improving our cow herd and using manure to fertilize crops. We're young and ambitious and looking for additional environmental sustainability initiatives, which are always either under way or being planned."
The specifics of the relationship and agreements between McCarty Family Farms and The Dannon Company are confidential; however, this is a multi-year commitment that is expected to bring benefits to both parties.
To read more about the McCartys and the Dannon partnership, see the May Kansas Farmer, pages 25 and 31 or look online.