Texas dairies strive to be good environmental stewards – they live on or near their farms, and they depend on the land, water and air to make a living and to raise a family. Dairies must demonstrate they are protecting these natural resources in order to receive the permits required to operate from regulating agencies.
The dairy industry is one of the most regulated industries in agriculture. Farmers must follow extensive rules mandated by a number of state and federal agencies, including the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Texas dairy farm practices, in many instances, exceed the standards mandated by environmental regulations. Many dairy operators voluntarily take steps that allow them to do their job to provide food for Texas while making less of an impact on the environment. For example, more responsibly using water, exploring innovative ways to manage manure, upgrading irrigation systems and other equipment, and adopting new technologies to improve air and water quality.