As dairy owners/operators know, the California Dairy Quality Assurance Program (CDQAP) has provided a series of workshops to assist in understanding and meeting the requirements of the new dairy water quality regulations adopted in 2007.

The next stage of the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board regulatory requirements will be among the most demanding so far. In addition to submitting their annual reports, dairy operators will also be required to prepare and submit engineered Waste Management Plans (WMPs). Because WMPs require professional assistance and significant time and cost to prepare, it makes good sense to get an early start.

To help dairy producers remain in compliance, CDQAP is offering free educational workshops well in advance (see schedule) of the July 2010 submittal deadline. This should allow dairy producers, their employees and outside professional consultants plenty of time to plan and prepare.

Among the key topics to be covered during the workshops:

  • Deliverables due for the next deadline, including what needs to be started now and other items needing to be finished before July 1, 2010
  • Important updates on groundwater monitoring requirements, on-farm inspections and implementing/modifying Nutrient Management Plans (NMPs)
  • Critical information on avoiding the most common types of Waste Discharge Requirements (WDRs) violations
  • Tips on working with outside consultants and your employees to maximize efficiency and reduce costs

In addition, the workshops will include the latest news and information on the next annual report form and mortality management option research. All workshops are open to dairy owner/operators, their employees, consultants and other dairy professionals. The workshops are free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations are not required.

Fall 2009 workshop schedule

Tulare County (2 workshops)

Tuesday, Nov. 3, 9:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. and

Thursday, Dec. 3, 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Tulare County Ag Center Auditorium, 4437 S. Laspina, Tulare, Calif. (please use the back entrance on November 3 as the election polling place will be in the lobby)

Stanislaus County (2 workshops)

Thursday, Nov. 5, 9:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. and

Wednesday, Dec. 2, 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Stanislaus County Agricultural Center, Harvest Hall, 3800 Cornucopia Way, Modesto, Calif.

Glenn County

Monday, Nov. 9, 9:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

Glenn County Farm Bureau Board Meeting Room, 831 5th St., Orland, Calif.

Merced County

Tuesday, Nov. 17, 9:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

UC Cooperative Extension classroom, 2145 W. Wardrobe Ave., Merced, Calif.

San Joaquin County

Thursday, Nov. 19, 9:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

Robert J. Cabral Ag Center Conference Room, 2101 E. Earhart Ave., Stockton, Calif.

Fresno County

Wednesday, Nov. 18, 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Riverdale Memorial Hall, 3085 W. Mount Whitney (across from high school), Riverdale, Calif.

Source: California Dairy Quality Assurance Program