2014 CDQAP ‘Environmental Stewardship’ classes scheduled
California dairies will have an opportunity to participate in environmental stewardship classes hosted by the California Dairy Quality Assurance Program (CDQAP).
A water quality class will be held Mar. 27, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Southern California Edison Energy Education Center, Tulare, Calif.
An air quality class will be held April 3, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Fresno County Farm Bureau, Fresno, Calif.
For any California dairy that has not already been “environmentally certified” by the CDQAP program, this is your only scheduled opportunity this year. The attendance to these classes, along with a followup on-site inspection of your dairy, is required to receive CDQAP certification. Besides the benefit of being recognized as an environmentally responsible dairy operator, the certification also means a 50% reduction in your annual fees paid to the State Water Board for the next five years.
A flyer with more information on the upcoming classes can be found on our website at: http://www.milkproducerscouncil.org/2014cdqap.pdf.
Source: California Milk Producers Council
Bill seeks to ensure continued ag education funding
California Assemblymember Adam Gray (D-Merced) introduced AB 2033, co-authored with Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield), which seeks to ensure continued funding for Agricultural Education and the Future Farmers of America program in California.
AB 2033 was introduced in response to a proposal contained in the Governor’s budget that seeks to eliminate the Agriculture Incentive Grant. If enacted, schools offering Agricultural Education programs would no longer receive directed funding to support program standards and activities such as the Future Farmers of America program.
“California’s continued economic well-being is dependent upon a vibrant, sustainable agricultural industry. We need to ensure that students have the opportunity to enroll in high quality programs that have a proven track record of success in our state. Defunding Agri-cultural Education programs in the leading ag-producing state in our nation is not some-thing we should be considering,” said Gray.
In addition to continued Agricultural Education Incentive Grant funding, the bill also seeks to restore funding for all Career Technical Student Organizations that has been eliminated by prior budget actions. With the emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, these programs provide the opportunities for application of the highly successful “learn by doing” educational methods.