SACRAMENTO — Three public stakeholder listening sessions and one webinar are scheduled from April 17 through April 28, 2017 to obtain feedback and comments on CDFA’s Alternative Manure Management Program (AMMP) framework. The listening sessions are designed to obtain input from a wide group of stakeholders including but not limited to dairy and livestock farmers, environmental advocates, local community members and the general public.
AMMP receives funding from the California Climate Investments Program – proceeds from the state’s cap-and-trade auctions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. CDFA was appropriated $50 million dollars from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, authorized by the Budget Act of 2016, to provide financial assistance for methane emission reductions from dairy and livestock operations. The objective of AMMP is to incentivize the adoption of alternative (non-digester) manure management practices that reduce greenhouse gas emissions from California’s dairy and livestock operations, including but not limited to, scrape conversion, open solar drying and composting of manure onsite, conversion of dairy operations to pasture-based management, and solid separation technologies.
CDFA hopes to gather information about important components of the proposed program including management practices that will be incentivized, potential adverse impacts and community outreach.
The listening sessions will be held as follows:
Monday, April 17, 2017 – 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
California Department of Food and Agriculture
1220 N Street, Auditorium
Sacramento, CA 95814
Information for remote attendance will be posted on the AMMP webpage:https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/oefi/
Friday, April 21, 2017 – 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Sonoma County Department of Agriculture
133 Aviation Blvd., Suite 110
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Monday, April 24, 2017 – 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Energy Education Center
4175 S. Laspina Street
Tulare, CA 93274
Friday, April 28, 2017 – 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Registration information for the webinar will be posted on the AMMP webpage: https://www.cdfa.ca.
More information about this program is available at: https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/oefi/
—California Department of Food and Agriculture
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