Conserving & Recycling

We Believe in Being Responsible Stewards of Our Natural Resources

Each of our major operations has an environmental scorecard to measure compliance, sustainability efforts and associate involvement. The scorecard drives continuous improvement, with facility and company goals for water reduction, recycling, energy conservation and CO2 emissions.

Our renewable energy efforts include:

  • Two solar panel installations that reduce carbon emissions by 3,000 tons per year
  • A biomass boiler that burns soybean stalks, pods and woodchips, providing steam for soybean processing while generating electricity back to the grid, reducing CO2 output by 18,000 tons each year
  • In Cromwell, Ky., an innovative system that captures methane from a wastewater pond to fuel a generator and uses heat from the generator to provide hot water, cutting CO2 output by approximately 100,000 tons annually


Water reuse:

  • Downstream reuse in our harvest plants recycles water for non-food-contact use and reduces the volume going to wastewater treatment
  • Recirculating cooling towers in Perdue AgriBusiness significantly reduce the amount of water used for soy processing



Perdue Farms and Penn State University Partner to Create Change

The United Nations predicts that the world’s population will increase by 2 billion people in the next 30 years, which will greatly impact the UN Sustainability Development goals (SDGs) for improving economic prosperity and social well-being while protecting the environment. Additionally, consumer demand for healthy protein is expected to remain strong. To help meet these two significant challenges, Perdue Farms has joined the Penn State University Smeal Center for the Business of Sustainability as a Founding Member.

This partnership brings together two agriculture powerhouses. Perdue Farms brings 100 years of business acumen in the poultry, premium meat and agriculture oil and grain industries, while Penn State is a university with agriculture steeped into its DNA. Working with the university furthers our commitment to environmental stewardship and will allow us to have access to their world-class research that can help to inform some of our environmental innovations to create a more sustainable future.



Stringent Nutrient Management Plans for all Perdue Farmers

Perdue requires nutrient management plans for our farmers, which minimizes the runoff of phosphorous and nitrogen into waterways. Our requirements go beyond the state of Maryland’s regulations, and we work directly with our farmers to develop plans and to verify compliance.



Supporting Cover Crop Adoption

In partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Perdue and other local poultry companies have made $1.1 million available to encourage farmers to plant soil-boosting cover crops on their farms in the off season, which is proven to reduce the need for fertilizer and keeps nutrients out of waterways.



Our operations recycle metal, paper, plastic and packaging material.


Platinum LEEDership

Our corporate office in Salisbury, Md., is certified LEED Platinum, the Green Building Council's highest certification.

Corporate Stewardship Report

Company Stewardship Report

Learn about the steps we're taking to reach our goal of becoming the most trusted name in food and agricultural products.

Consumer Brands
Perdue Simply Smart Organics
Perdue Harvestland
Coleman Natural
Draper Valley
Petaluma Poultry
Niman Ranch
Panorama Meats
Spot Farms Pet
Full Moon Pet
Business to Business
Perdue Foodservice
Perdue Foods
Perdue Foods International
Perdue agriBusiness