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California launches first dairy digester pipeline cluster

California is proud to announce the state’s first dairy digester pipeline cluster. CDFA Undersecretary Jenny Lester Moffitt was on-hand this week for the launch of Calgren Renewable Fuels’ new facility, which partners with local dairies in the Pixley, California area. Eleven digesters, 22 miles of pipeline and 75,000 cows contribute to this interconnected system, which will collectively reduce an estimated of 1,867,651 metric …

Turning Waste into Energy

Secretary Ross Addresses National Renderers Association If it were up to her, CDFA Secretary Karen Ross would rather we all stopped using the word “waste.” That’s what she told the National Renderers Association last week at their conference in Orange County. When more than 62 billion pounds of animal by-products are converted annually into usable commodities such as animal feed, biofuels, fertilizers, soaps, and …

Water-Smart Dairy: Farmers conserve and protect water using precision technologies

More than 20 dairy farmers across California have been pioneering the use of subsurface drip irrigation to grow feed crops, including corn, wheat, and alfalfa. By working with innovative companies and non-governmental organizations, dairy farmers have helped take sustainable farming to the next level. They are reducing water use by 47 to 67% and improving groundwater protection. Their collective efforts …

Drones in Ag Meeting: Technology, Laws & Regs

Griswold LaSalle Law Firm is hosting an informational event about drones in the agriculture industry on August 1, at 6:00 p.m. The law firm is located at 111 E 7th Street, Hanford, CA, 93230. The event will cover drone technology; regulations and municipal ordinances; visual line of sight aircraft operation; and the permit process. For any questions or to RSVP, contact …

5 Tips for Using Livestock Scales Effectively for Weighing Animals

There are numerous challenges when it comes to weighing animals. They may move about a lot or get nervous, agitated or anxious making it very difficult to weigh them accurately using the standard or conventional scales. This is where livestock scales come in handy. They weigh the animals with high accuracy and precision while overcoming the usual challenges. They are …

Diversifying Operations to Stay in the Dairy Business

Diversifying Operations to Stay in the Dairy Business

Dairying in California is not easy, and it can be an economic nightmare sometimes with the constant fluctuations in milk prices. Nevertheless, dairymen don’t want to give up their livelihoods and noble responsibility in providing consumers with healthy dairy products. But to ensure they can continue to remain economically viable, many dairymen are diversifying their operations with alternative crops and …

Dairy Producer Considerations for Genomic Testing

Dairy Producer Considerations for Genomic Testing

Genomic Testing was a big topic of discussion at the World Ag Expo dairy seminars this year. Genomic Testing is a new technology that is becoming more available and affordable to dairy producers; however, there are still many questions as to how it all fits in to individual dairy operations. Watch this brief video interview with Genetic Programs Manager at …

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