Farmer to Farmer
Alternative manure management practices are accepted to reduce GHG emissions through the prevention of volatile solids from entering manure lagoons and existing in anaerobic conditions. Multiple practices have been installed on dairy operations through CDFA’s Alternative Manure Management Program (AMMP) since 2017. This project utilizes a combination of on-farm demonstration tours (made virtual due to COVID restrictions in effect), informational videos and producer experience testimonials to promote the awareness and adoption of AMMP practices through farmer-to-farmer information sharing.
Learn first-hand from peer dairy farmers and acquire fact-based, real-time information.
At each dairy, producers guide us through the thought process they used to select their chosen alternative manure management program practice (AMMPP). Host dairy farmers provide an overview of their project including information regarding operational changes, economic opportunities or costs and overall environmental impacts and benefits associated with the practice. Through video shorts and live webinars, they provide first-hand experience information to viewers and answer questions from the group regarding key issues of concern such as critical control points for trouble shooting installation, key managerial needs for successful operation, and any unexpected challenges or benefits.
Access to accurate up-to-date, unbiased information is essential to provide information to dairy operators during their decision-making process. The greater the trouble shooting efforts employed prior to AMMPP installation, the greater the probability of success with the AMMPP.
These AMMP experience interviews and webinars highlights the alternative manure management practices of California dairy producers. AMMP has funded 10 of these projects between 2017 and 2019.