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Managing Dairy Manure for Clean Water

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Partners: BioFiltro USA, Inc.
CalCAN
CalEPA
California Air Resources Board
California Dairy Campaign
California Dairy Quality Assurance Program
California Dairy Quality Assurance Program
California Department of Food and Agriculture
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
California Roundtable on Agriculture and the Environment
California Water Action Collaborative (CWAC)
CalRecycle
Carbon Cycle Institute
Craig Frear, PhD
Dairy Cares
DeJager Dairy North
DeJager Farms
Fanelli Dairy
Joseph Gallo Farms
Marin Carbon Project
Michael McRee Dairy
Milk Producers Council
Netafim, USA
Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Valley Region
Resource Conservation District, East Stanislaus County
San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District
State Water Resources Control Board
Sustainable Conservation
U.C. Cooperative Extension
U.C. Davis
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability
Wegis and Young
West Star Dairy
Western United Dairymen
Countries: United States of America
Regions: California, Sacramento River - San Joaquin River
Project SDGs:
Includes Sustainable Development Goals from the project and its locations.
Water Use Efficiency (SDG 6.4)
Water Quality (SDG 6.3)
Sustainable Agriculture (SDG 2.4)
Protect and Restore Ecosystems (SDG 6.6)
Project Tags:
Includes tags from the project and its locations.
Dairy and Livestock
Groundwater
Irrigation Management and Technology
Pesticide and Fertilizer Management
Services Needed: No services needed/offered
Desired Partners: Business
Government
NGO / Civil Society
Project Type: Collective Action
Language: English
Start & End Dates: Jan. 2015  »  Ongoing
Project Website: suscon.org/project/managing-dairy-manure
Project Source: Other
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Project Overview

Dairy manure is a valuable by-product that producers traditionally use to fertilize the crops they grow to keep their cows happy and healthy. However, with few export options and limited on-farm management strategies for this “black gold,” farmers end up using more manure nutrients on their fields than their crops can absorb. This can lead to nitrate pollution of local groundwater aquifers that supply communities and agriculture. Water supplies are also under threat as ...

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Dairy manure is a valuable by-product that producers traditionally use to fertilize the crops they grow to keep their cows happy and healthy. However, with few export options and limited on-farm management strategies for this “black gold,” farmers end up using more manure nutrients on their fields than their crops can absorb. This can lead to nitrate pollution of local groundwater aquifers that supply communities and agriculture. Water supplies are also under threat as California faces current and future extreme climate shifts. Dairies need new approaches to manage their manure in ways that boost water quality, conserve water supplies, keep their farms in line with regulatory mandates, and protect their bottom lines.

Project Results

To address this need, Sustainable Conservation is partnering with CWAC members and local dairy farmers to demonstrate an innovative drip irrigation system that can reduce water use, nutrient use, and GHG emissions while growing quality feed crops. In addition to financial support, CWAC members are providing their agronomic and economic expertise and encouraging participation of dairy processors and farmers. If this innovative system is adopted on 1/3 of California’s mos...

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To address this need, Sustainable Conservation is partnering with CWAC members and local dairy farmers to demonstrate an innovative drip irrigation system that can reduce water use, nutrient use, and GHG emissions while growing quality feed crops. In addition to financial support, CWAC members are providing their agronomic and economic expertise and encouraging participation of dairy processors and farmers. If this innovative system is adopted on 1/3 of California’s most sensitive corn silage acreage, it could save more than 125,000 acre feet (40 billion gallons) of water per year and lower nitrate loads in groundwater.

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