California group questions emissions deal

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Last week, officials from the USDA and Dairy Management, Inc., which manages the national dairy-checkoff program, announced that they would work together to reduce dairy greenhouse-gas emissions 25 percent by the year 2020.

But, some producers weren’t consulted ahead of time, according to an article in the Hanford Sentinel.

“We were unaware that anybody was moving in that direction,” Michael Marsh, CEO of Western United Dairymen, is quoted as saying. Western United Dairymen represents about two-thirds of the producers in California.

Marsh goes on to mention some of the problems that producers in California have had with methane digesters.

At last week’s conference call between USDA and DMI officials, methane digesters were mentioned several times as a technology that would be utilized to achieve the 25-percent reduction.

Read the Hanford Sentinel article.

Source: Hanford (Calif.) Sentinel


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