Monthly Columns

California dairy farms are recognized the world over as models for efficiently producing safe, nutritious and high quality milk. In a not-so-distant future, more of our state’s dairy farms have the potential to produce another important product for consumers and the planet: Clean, green, renewable energy through the use of biogas digesters.

Sustainability is a commitment made daily by California dairy families. This means ongoing stewardship and protection of our planet’s limited natural resources, responsible care for animals, and delivery of healthy, safe and nutritious dairy products to millions of consumers.

So it is with great pleasure that Dairy Cares members note the accomplishment of Marin County dairy farmer Bob Giacomini, who became the second California dairy farmer in as many years to receive the prestigious Leopold Conservation Award.

San Joaquin Valley air quality reached a historic milestone last year. For the first time since the adoption of the federal Clean Air Act, the region experienced zero annual violations of the 1-hour ozone standard. Now, it appears that the record-low levels of ozone were observed for a second straight summer.

Innovation and dairy farming in California go hand-in-hand. With advancements in air and water quality protection, crop nutrient management, and animal health, housing and nutrition, dairy families in the Golden State are recognized the world over as leaders in sustainable farming.

In April, the U.S. Drought Monitor reported that every inch of California was experiencing at least some degree of drought, ranging from “moderate” to “exceptional.” The finding was a first in the program’s 15-year history of tracking such conditions in the Golden State.

Regular readers of this column already know about the many efforts of California dairy families to protect and preserve water resources, enhance air quality and develop renewable energy. In fact, these are a just a few of the efforts being pursued to ensure ever-more-sustainable dairies across the Golden State.

Across California, dairy families work daily to protect natural resources and raise healthy animals to produce the quality dairy products consumers expect. Earlier this month, two California dairy families were recognized with distinguished U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards by the Innovation Center for U.S.

The California drought has officially reached every inch of the Golden State, this according to the latest report from the U.S. Drought Monitor. For the first time in its 15-year history, the weekly produced map revealed that all parts of California are experiencing drought conditions ranging from “moderate” to “exceptional.”

California farmers, workers and residents are unfortunate witnesses to history. The Golden State is in the throes of one of the driest years since record keeping began in the 1800s.

It’s no secret public interest in today’s food system is growing. From consumers and regulators to “foodies” and doctors, questions – and scrutiny – are on the rise about how food is grown, transported, processed and prepared.