SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The dairy industry is disappointed that Gov. Brown, in his just-released May Revise, has not proposed any additional funding for dairy methane-reduction projects. The California Department of Food and Agriculture estimates that "at least $100 million will be needed for each of the next five years" to support dairy digesters and other infrastructure needed to meet the targets in the state's proposed Short-lived Climate Pollution Reduction Strategy. However, the administration continues to offer just $35 million for one year, despite the Legislative Analyst's calculation -- based on Department of Finance data -- that dairy methane-reduction projects provide the second-best bang for the buck of all the state's GHG-reduction projects.
Even with additional funding, the GHG-reduction targets for the dairy industry were unrealistic. The lack of additional funding in the May Revise renders them completely unachievable.
Contact: Michael Boccadoro
SOURCE Dairy Cares