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037 Sustainable Dairy Production Advisor - Sacramento Valley

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This proposal has been formally submitted for the 2012 cycle.

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25 Comments

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As the Executive Director of the Gold Ridge Resource Conservation District I would like to support the proposal to fill a dairy advisor position that would assist Sonoma and Marin County dairies. Sonoma and Marin dairies have are without a UC advisor and in these critical times could use all the support available. Please contact me for any further details. Thank you, Brittany Heck.
Posted Jun 13, 2012 1:23 PM by Brittany Heck
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I was pleased to learn that UCCE is considering adding a dairy advisor position covering the Sacramento Valley with some coverage for Sonoma & Marin Counties. The dairy industry needs this position now more than ever to help insure it's economic viability. Thanks for the opportunity to comment. Steve Olson, Dean Emeritus, Santa Rosa Junior College.
Posted Jun 13, 2012 2:34 PM by Steve Olson
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As a long-time member of the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Board I can definitely attest that the UC dairy advisors in the Central Valley are a critical element in the development and implementation of those best management practices that are essential for protecting California's air, soil and water. The appointment of a dairy advisor for Sonoma and Marin Counties is essential to protect these county's economy, the environment, and the public health of the residents.
Posted Jun 13, 2012 2:44 PM by Karl Longley
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As a long-time member of the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Board I can definitely attest that the UC dairy advisors in the Central Valley are a critical element in the development and implementation of those best management practices that are essential for protecting California's air, soil and water. The appointment of a dairy advisor for Sonoma and Marin Counties is essential to protect these county's economy, the environment, and the public health of the residents.
Posted Jun 13, 2012 2:44 PM by Karl Longley
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I am the Executive Director of Dairy Institute of California. I am sending this comment in support of the proposal to staff the sustainable dairy production advisor position that would assist Sonoma and Marin County dairies. California is the largest dairy producing state in the nation, and Sonoma County is 11th, Marin County 15th among our 58 county dairy rankings. Currently, there are no UC Dairy Advisors serving our North State counties and the dairies located in this important region. It is vital that the important and timely guidance provided by a UC Dairy Advisor be available to the sizeable dairy producing regions of the North State and North Bay.
Posted Jun 13, 2012 2:45 PM by Rachel Kaldor
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I think a UCCE dairy advisor position covering the Sacramento Valley especially with coverage for Sonoma & Marin Counties would be helpful. As the USDA-NRCS District Conservationist in Marin-Sonoma, I have worked with the dairy industry for many years. I always have found the Farm Advisors a key partner in the local efforts to sustain the environmental and economic viability of agriculture.
Posted Jun 13, 2012 2:56 PM by Charlette Epifanio
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Important segments of California dairy farming reside on the North Coast and in the Sacramento Valley. They have unique issues that require local UCCE support to maintain and improve their economic and environmental performance. I strongly support filling this position.
I've had the pleasure of working with dairy farmers since 1981 in my various capcities at CDFA and now as a private environmental consultant for agriculture. The importance of the local Farm Advisor cannot be overstated. Please support one for northern California dairy farmers.
Posted Jun 13, 2012 4:26 PM by Steve Shaffer
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As a dairy producer in Sonoma and Marin Counties, we welcome the concept of a UC dairy advisor for the Sacramento Valley and our counties. As we struggle with the current environmental and economic trends, the advice of a UC advisor, especially with local knowledge, is key to our sustainability. PLease provide this support for our industry.
Posted Jun 13, 2012 8:05 PM by Luci Mendoza
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I add my voice in support for a UCCE dairy advisor to serve producers in the Sacramento Valley as well as in Sonoma and Marin counties to protect and support this important industry. As a recent retiree of the U.S. EPA, I worked on water quality issues pertaining to dairies throughout our four state region. Nothing is more critical in helping producers understand their regulatory obligations than through education and other compliance assistance tools. This cannot be understated as a priority to enhance environmental performance of our dairies. My humble opinion is that California leads the country in efforts to protect water quality and must continue to do so.
Posted Jun 14, 2012 3:06 PM by Jovita Pajarillo
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As the Policy Director for the Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) I have been distressed to see the constant decline in the number of farm advisors just as we are seeing an increase in the number of farms with both crops and livestock, including dairy cows. The current CDFA task force on raw milk shows the large number of small producers in the Sacramento Valley and coastal region who are in need of an advisor like this. The increasing environmental requirements for the larger dairies are equal justification. I strongly support this position.
Posted Jun 14, 2012 10:40 PM by Dave Runsten
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As the Director of Regulatory Affairs for Milk Producers Council and personally have spent many years working with the UC dairy adviser's in California this 7 county area has been in dire need of the assistance that is provided thru this important program. The coordination between the Stakeholders and the Cooperative extension is crucial for the compliance of the regulatory conditions that exist for California Dairy Families.I would respectfully fully support this position moving forward. Kevin Abernathy
Posted Jun 15, 2012 11:17 AM by Kevin Abernathy
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Sustainable Conservation has been working with the dairies for nearly a decade to help them address their on-farm nutrient management needs. Having a farm advisor for the north Sac Valley counties would be of great benefit in helping the dairies develop niche markets and manage their nutrients to prevent irrigated runoff and groundwater contamination. Many of these dairies don't have access to consultants like dairies in other parts of the state. Therefore, we strongly support filling this position.
Posted Jun 15, 2012 4:46 PM by Kathy Viatella
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The UC dairy advisors are a crucial component of our Dairy Regulatory Program, as they assist dairy owners to meet the new requirements. They are also assisting our efforts to understand and control water quality impacts from grazing. The advisors provide a service that nobody else can, and are an important component of our efforts. We realize in these times of limited resources that there are many programs and positions to support, but we believe that UC should invest resources into this valuable position.
Posted Jun 18, 2012 10:13 AM by Mark Neely
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As the Environmental Specialist with Western United Dairy I support this position for a UC Dairy Farm Advisor in northern California. The family farms in this part of the state are in dire need of this position. As the dairy industry is faced with new challenges in higher costs and additional regulations, the UC Dairy Farm Advisor position is ever more important and particularly in this area of the state. This area faces unique challenges and does not get the support from other sources that other dairy areas of the state enjoy, especially in the area of university research.
Posted Jun 19, 2012 2:16 PM by Paul Sousa
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As the Environmental Specialist with Western United Dairy I support this position for a UC Dairy Farm Advisor in northern California. The family farms in this part of the state are in dire need of this position. As the dairy industry is faced with new challenges in higher costs and additional regulations, the UC Dairy Farm Advisor position is ever more important and particularly in this area of the state. This area faces unique challenges and does not get the support from other sources that other dairy areas of the state enjoy, especially in the area of university research.
Posted Jun 19, 2012 3:13 PM by Paul Sousa
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UC Cooperative Extension Advisers and Specialists are critically important to every aspect of production agriculture. For over 12 years, the dairy industry in Sonoma and Marin Counties have been without direct, specialized extension support. In light of the budget constraints, placing a UC Dairy Adviser in the Sacramento Valley with direct coverage of Sonoma and Marin Counties would be an exceptional solution. As our industry struggles at times to simply survive, having a UC Dairy Adviser to work directly with the dairy producers in Marin and Sonoma Counties is a critical component to keeping them in informed and in compliance with environmental regulations, among other important aspects of the industry. These counties have gone too long without a dairy extension specialist; therefore, I sincerely urge you to fill the position.
Posted Jun 20, 2012 11:18 AM by Dayna Ghirardelli
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As the Executive Director of the Sotoyome and Southern Sonoma County Resource Conservation Districts, I have spent years working with the dairy producers of Sonoma County to manage nutrients, protect water quality, and keep their operations sustainable. In light of the new Water Quality Compliance Program for North Coast Dairies, these hard-working producers need assistance more than ever, and a UC Dairy Advisor serving Sonoma and Marin counties could play a critical role in this effort. I strongly support the proposal to staff this position. Thank you for the opportunity to comment.
Posted Jun 20, 2012 12:51 PM by Kara Heckert
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There exists a critical need for this position at this time. The dairy industry is at a crossroads in our region, facing an uncertain future and a need to transition to value-added operations that take advantage of the special qualities and proximity to market that the North Bay enjoys. I urge UC to fill this position.
Posted Jul 1, 2012 2:30 PM by Ralph Grossi
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As Chair of the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board, I can attest to the importance of the UC Cooperative Extension Dairy adviser for the recent development and long tern success of our dairy and confined animal operations permitting process. We need the UC Extension to continue to play a key role to assisting agricultural operators, regulatory agencies and other stakeholders in the success of dairies and agricultural operation on the North Coast. I strongly support filling this position to bring specialized knowledge expertise to the North Coast to keep this industry prosperous while also protecting water quality and the environment.
Posted Jul 6, 2012 12:32 PM by David Noren
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As Unit Chief for the Confined Animal Program in the Sacramento Office of the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board, I oversee the regulation of dairies in Glenn County relative to the Board's General Order for Existing Milk Cow Dairies, R5-2007-0035. The Order contains many requirements and deadlines, and a UCCE dairy advisor who could answer questions and provide advice to Glenn County dairies would be extremely helpful, both to the dairies and to the Regional Board. I strongly support filling this position.
Posted Jul 9, 2012 11:19 AM by Charlene Herbst
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Dairy is one of Glenn County’s top 5 crops.
We are centrally located in the Northern Sacramento Valley.
We have a great UC Extension Office just outside of Orland in Glenn County’s scenic agricultural land.
Our dedicated and community conscious farmers are being challenged by increased regulation and costs on their farms. Environmental and safety concerns are being presented to the growers every day. The University is an excellent method to discover better ways to develop the Glenn County dairies and educated the growers on the Best Management Practices to keep their investments profitable, safe and environmentally sound.
Posted Jul 17, 2012 12:09 PM by Jim Donnelly
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As dean of the CSU, Chico College of Agriculture, I want to voice my support for this position. The dairy industry is a key industry to California's economic vitality but it is struggling, especially the smaller family dairies of the North State. The person with this position will play a critical role as a liaison between the producers, researchers and the general public. Additionally, College of Agriculture faculty at CSU, Chico will look forward to interacting with this person for both collaborative research and public outreach programs. Please fill this important position.

Jennifer Ryder Fox
Posted Aug 6, 2012 10:21 AM by Jennifer Ryder Fox
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Dairying in the counties in the Northern Sacramento Valley and North Coast area utilizes markedly different management styles than in the remainder of the Central Valley. Herd sizes are small, operators rely more on pasture based systems, and a large number of facilities are certified organic. The information available to these operators is somewhat limited and the need for research and outreach is enormous. Pasture based dairying requires specialized and different management practices. Animal care and health management are also different. Tremendous improvements can be made through organized outreach efforts in both milksheds. Additionally, both geographic areas are underserved from consulting firms with knowledgeable staff due to the small number of facilities. Costs for operators to bring in consultants can be prohibitive. The regulatory changes during recent years (Central Valley 2007; North Coast 2012) have mandated significant focus of dairy operators on protecting ground and surface water resources. Continued need for local educational programs and research programs to address current and pending questions is significant. Additionally, the job description focuses on an individual capable of working with the irrigated lands coalitions. Surface and ground water concerns will only grow in our future. This position is a must fill.

From an administrative perspective, it is critical to hire someone who will be trained/prepared to handle the administrative responsibilities for the tri-county region. The first County Director has retired and the next two aren't far behind.
Posted Aug 7, 2012 8:33 AM by Deanne Meyer
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As a veterinarian serving dairies in Glenn and Tehama counties, I have worked with UC Cooperative Extension to provide educational programs for my clients. These meetings give my clients information and motivation to run their dairies form efficiently and bring UC research to the dairies. UCCE has been and continues to be a resource for us to help clients improve their management skills.
Posted Aug 7, 2012 1:00 PM by Joseph Korn, DVM
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As program coordinator for Dairy Cares, a statewide coalition of dairy producer associations, producer-owned cooperatives and processors of dairy products, I express our coalition's strong support for a Sustainable Dairy Production Advisor housed in Glenn County and serving the Sacramento Valley with service to Marin and Sonoma. Dairy producers in the Sacramento Valley must meet the same stringent regulatory requirements to protect water quality as apply to dairy producers south of Sacramento, but have fewer resources to assist them all around. This position would help to alleviate that imbalance and allow for development of a stronger and more economically and environmentally sustainable dairy industry north of Sacramento. This critical position will serve as a hub for information in the north valley, providing direct assistance to dairy producers and also facilitating development of a stronger and better-informed consultant community and more efficient delivery of existing resources, such as CDQAP classes and compliance assistance tools, to dairies. As a result, both the economy and environment in the area will see benefits far exceeding this investment.
Posted Aug 7, 2012 4:51 PM by J.P. Cativiela

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