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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
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
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 Quality (SDG 6.3)
Sustainable Agriculture (SDG 2.4)
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
Project Type: Collective Action
Language: English
Start & End Dates: Jan. 2015  »  Ongoing
Project Website: suscon.org/project/managing-dairy-manure
Project Source: Other
Profile Completion: 58%

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 Cal...

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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.

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