California Dairy Farmers Recognized for Environmental Commitment; California Dairy Industry Sets National Precedent.
News Editors/Agriculture & Environment Writers
SACRAMENTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 5, 2000
The California dairy industry has racked up another "first." While the state's dairy cows lead the country in production, a group of California dairy families is the first ever to be certified for its best practices in environmental protection. The first dairies were honored today for their achievements.
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The certifications come under CDQA's Environmental Stewardship The integration and application of environmental values into the military mission in order to sustain readiness, improve quality of life, strengthen civil relations, and preserve valuable natural resources. program, which brings together federal, state and local agencies in partnership with dairy industry organizations to provide dairy farmers Dairy Farmers is one of Australia's largest and oldest dairy manufacturers, established in 1900, supplying products to local and international markets such as eastern Europe, the Middle East and Asia. with a concise road map of standard procedures, systems and equipment assuring their farm is operating at the highest level for environmental safety.
"Our industry has always been proactive in its environmental protection program," added Ahlem, "and we now have a formal system to recognize these efforts and generate further assurances." Ahlem noted that the program assists dairy farmers in making meaningful decisions about dairy management and interpreting the complex rules and regulations that govern their operations.
Alexis Strauss, director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's water division in San Francisco, said the program's success to certify dairy producers is an unprecedented accomplishment for the nation's dairy industry.
"These dairies are investing time and effort to show that environmental stewardship and dairy production can indeed go hand in hand," Strauss said. "California's environment will continue to benefit as we get more and more dairies to complete this compliance program."
Dairy producers on hand to receive their certificates during a Capitol ceremony today were Alderson Dairy, Gerber; Bancrest Dairy Inc., Ferndale; Bartelink Dairy, Escalon; Bucher Dairy, Healdsburg; Charles Ahlem Ranch, Hilmar; and Walter Stornetta Ranch, Point Arena. They represented the first wave of dairies to gain certification status.
The CDQA Environmental Stewardship program has provided voluntary training to about 1,400 dairy farmers and their employees. Certified dairies attend six hours of course work developed by UC Davis, complete a comprehensive farm management plan, and pass a rigorous on-farm evaluation by the California Department of Food and Agriculture California Department of Food and Agriculture, which was established in 1919 by the California Legislature, works in partnership with the agricultural industry and other governmental agencies to regulate various aspects dealing with food and agriculture related (CDFA CDFA California Department of Food and Agriculture
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The program began its initial evaluations in late summer. Following the non-regulatory evaluations by CDFA, these dairies voluntarily agreed to have follow-up inspections performed by the Regional Water Quality Board staff. Currently, on-farm evaluations are being funded by a substantial grant from the U.S. EPA EPA eicosapentaenoic acid.
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The CDQA Program was formed in 1997 to assist the state's dairy industry, in cooperation with state and federal agencies and the University of California The University of California has a combined student body of more than 191,000 students, over 1,340,000 living alumni, and a combined systemwide and campus endowment of just over $7.3 billion (8th largest in the United States). to improve best practices that affect all aspects of dairy operations. The program includes three components: Environmental Stewardship; Food Safety; and Animal Health and Welfare.
The CDQA is supported by dairy industry leadership including the Alliance of Western Milk Producers, California Farm Bureau Federation, California Manufacturing Milk Advisory Board, California Milk Advisory Board, Milk Producers Council, and Western United Dairymen. Government agencies and academic organizations partnering with the environmental certification program include the California Department of Food and Agriculture, the California Environmental Protection Agency The California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA) was created in 1991 by Governor Pete Wilson, through an executive order. The agency combined six board, departments, and offices into one cabinet-level office: