It is an indisputable fact that in the past four years, California dairy families have invested more than $150 million in landmark water quality protection efforts. And her are a few other such facts:
Thanks to an unprecedented outreach and communications effort by California dairy organizations, a two-month membership drive for the Central Valley Dairy Representative Monitoring Program (CVDRMP) was a huge success.
California dairy families will remember 2010 as one of the most economically challenging years in history. Those who were able to survive record drops in milk prices in 2009 had hoped 2010 would be the year of recovery. Unfortunately, spikes in feed prices and other costs have left many dairy families, already weakened by the previous crisis, disappointed and still struggling to recover.
Editor’s note: Due to the importance of a new opportunity for Central Valley dairies to join a groundwater monitoring coalition, we are devoting this month’s column to reprinting a recent article from Ag Alert about the Central Valley Dairy Representative Monitoring Program.
By Tom Barcellos