Diversified Strategies for Reducing Methane Emissions from Dairy Operations
CalCAN produced a policy memo in October 2015 to recommend ways that CARB and the lead department, the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), can incentivize agricultural methane reduction strategies that make the wisest use of public dollars while maximizing environmental, economic, and public health benefits. Through both their current and planned investments in agricultural methane solutions, CARB and CDFA should promote actions that produce lasting methane reductions while supporting a diverse dairy industry that provides multiple benefits to the state.
This report and recommendations resulted from months of research, interviews, and analysis by the CalCAN policy team alongside Martha Noble (formerly of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition).
Some of the recommendations to CARB and CDFA outlined in the report include:
- Diversify the SLCP Strategy beyond a focus on funding anaerobic digestion systems and reconsider digester strategies to ensure long-term benefits of public investment.
- Pursue projects and funding structures that shift digester operation and maintenance away from individual dairy producers to third-party operators that can provide performance guarantees on state-subsidized digesters.
- Develop dry manure management incentives that result in economical methane reductions, job creation, and provide other co-benefits, like compost production.
Click here to download the report.