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Getting the Facts Straight on Dairies

The inaugural California Dairy Sustainability Summit in Sacramento last month was a big hit.  Conference presentations not only focused on what California dairy producers can do to increase their sustainability efforts, but also on how producers can better share their stories and correct some of the common misconceptions that have been circulating the public.  Check out this video with Frank Mitloehner, …

Reducing Cow Emissions with a Seaweed Diet

Could seaweed be the saving grace California dairy producers need to meet the State’s demands in reducing methane emissions from dairy cattle 40% by 2030? Not necessarily, but check out this brief interview with Ermias Kebreab from the Department of Animal Science at UC Davis who provided an update at the inaugural California Dairy Sustainability Summit on their research that …

Changes with State Water & Air Resources Board to Impact CA Dairies

The regulatory affairs of the State of the California are ever changing, and it’s important for dairy producers to be aware of them. That’s why organizations like Western United Dairymen exist, to not only support dairy producers in complying with the changes, but also to lobby on behalf of the industry to limit some of these negative changes impacted the …

Senate Bill Changes Soda to Milk or Water for Kids Meals in CA Restaurants

CA Senator Monning has spearheaded a bill currently pending the governor’s approval mandating that all restaurants in the state offer healthier beverages like water and milk as the default for kids meals, rather than soda. Designed to address increasing childhood obesity issues and improve children’s diets, California dairy producers are also excited about the potential this has to increase milk …

UCCE Manure Nitrogen Study Update in Dairy Feed Crops

It takes time for the nitrogen found in dairy manure water to become available to feed crops out in the field, and as dairy producers don’t want to under or over fertilize their feed crops, the UC Cooperative Extension is conducting a research trial to find out more regarding how manure water interacts in the soil with plant root systems. …

New Proposal for Immigration Reform Backed by Champion Boxers & Farmers

Immigration reform seems to be an ongoing issue our legislature cannot seem to resolve on their own.  That is why farmers have allied with champion boxers and other world-renown athletes in presenting a new solution known as EARNED.  Watch this interview with Nisei Farmers League President Manuel Cunha who briefly explains the program and how it will benefit undocumented farm …

What to do When ICE or OSHA Shows Up

Special Thanks to This Video’s Sponsor California farmers have become quite the target for Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Cal/OSHA visits.  Whether these visits are warranted or come by surprise, farmers should be prepared for them, based on the following suggestions offered by labor law attorney Stacy Henderson in this video. Enjoy our Ag video news?  Be sure to …

Spinose Ear Tick, a New CA Dairy Pest

Urgent Alert for California Dairy Producers with Freestall barns: you may have spinose ear tick on your dairy. Traditionally, ticks have not been a problem for California dairy producers; however, this particular tick species has been discovered recently on multiple dairies in the state. Watch this brief interview with UC Extension Entomologist Alec Gerry as he explains, and read more …

Sorghum Forage Helps Meet Required Nitrogen Management Plan in CA

Sorghum Forage Helps Meet Required Nitrogen Management Plan in CA

As fertilizer becomes more and more regulated in California, farmers are turning to other crops with lower nitrogen requirements. For this reason, sorghum may appeal to feed growers, as it doesn’t require near as much nitrogen to grow. Watch this interview with Bob Hutmacher from the UC Cooperative Extension and read more in California Dairy Magazine.

Difference in Irrigating Sorghum vs Corn Feed Crops

Although we received a lot more rain this year, the threat of drought is not over for California agriculture, and dairy producers are considering sorghum as alternative feed crop to corn. There is a difference in nutritional value that will need to be addressed in the feed mixture; however, irrigation needs are much different from corn as well, and drought-tolerance …

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