Converting Our Waste Sustainably (COWS) Act

The COWS Act would establish a new federal manure management conservation program that reduces methane emissions on dairies while improving the economic viability of small and medium-sized dairies and offering an alternative to anaerobic digesters. The proposed program is modeled on California’s successful and popular Alternative Manure Management Program (AMMP). The COWS Act would extend these voluntary incentives to dairy producers across the country.

The Converting Our Waste Sustainably (COWS) Act has been introduced in both the House and the Senate:
  • H.R. 4327: Sponsored by Representatives Jim Costa (D-CA), David Valadao (R-CA), Chellie Pingree (D-ME), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Michael Lawler (R-NY), Jasmine Crockett (D-TX),Ann Kuster (D-NH), Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL), Jimmy Panetta (D-CA), Josh Harder (D-CA), Kim Schrier (D-WA), and John Duarte (R-CA)
  • S. 2479: Sponsored by Senators Alex Padilla (D-CA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), and Senator Peter Welch (D-VT)

Read the COWS Act FAQ to learn more.

COWS Act Legislative Fact sheet


Sign on in Support!

If you are a dairy producer, an organization, or a business, please consider signing on to a support letter by filling in this short form or by emailing info@calclimateag.org.


Additional COWS Act Resources:

Fact sheet

Section-by-Section Summary

Bill language: H.R. 4327 and S. 2479


Media Coverage of the COWS Act

7/25/23
COWS Act Aims to Boost Dairy Profitability and Sustainability | CalCAN

7/25/23
Costa leads Bipartisan Coalition in Introducing Legislation to establish a New Manure Management Conservation program | Rep. Jim Costa

7/25/2023
PADILLA INTRODUCES COWS ACT TO REDUCE GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS | Contra Costa News

7/26/2023
Daybreak July 26: Commodity groups look to head off checkoff attack | Agri-Pulse

7/27/2023
California U.S. Senator Alex Padilla Introduces COWS Act to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions |Sierra Sun Times

7/27/2023
AgNet News Hour: Thursday, 07-27-23 | AgNet News

7/31/2023
Manure bill introduced in Senate, House | The Fence Post

7/31/2023
ALL ABOUT THE COWS ACT, BROUGHT TO YOU BY SEN. PADILLA |  The Sacramento Bee

8/1/2023
Valadao: ‘Reduce methane emissions from cows to improve air quality’ |  The Ripon Advance

Lead COWS Act Supporters

These organizations have also signed-on: 

Dairy Industry Organizations

National Milk Producers Federation

Northeast Organic Dairy Producers Alliance

Western Organic Dairy Producers Alliance (WODPA)

Stonyfield

Danone North America

KOL Foods

Agriculture and Farming Focused Organizations

Farm Aid

Kansas Rural Center

Land Stewardship Project (MN)

Latino Farmers & Ranchers International, Inc.

Maine Farmland Trust

Michael Fields Agricultural Institute (WI)

Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT)

Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association

Oregon Climate and Agriculture Network

Organic Farming Research Foundation

Pasa Sustainable Agriculture (PA)

Virginia Association for Biological Farming

Environmentally Focused Organizations

American Sustainable Business Network

Center for Food Safety

Climate Land Leaders

Environmental Law & Policy Center

Environmental Working Group

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

Southern Environmental Law Center

The Wetlands Initiative

Waterkeepers Chesapeake – Fair Farms Initiative

If you are a dairy producer, an organization, or a business, please consider signing on to a support letter by filling in this short form or by emailing info@calclimateag.org.

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