This page last reviewed July 21, 2017 

Dairy and Livestock Working Group

Dairy Working Group Banner

Upcoming Meetings

  • The next meeting for Subgroup #1 (Fostering Markets for Non-Digester Projects) has been scheduled for August 21, 2017. See the combined meetings notice here. 
  • The next meeting for Subgroup #2 (Fostering Markets for Digester Projects) has been scheduled for August 10, 2017. See the combined meetings notice here.
  • Kickoff meeting for Subgroup #3 (Research, Includuing Enteric Fermentation) has been scheduled for August 14, 2017. See the meeting notice here

Purpose of Dairy/Livestock Working Group

Short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) are powerful climate forcers that remain in the atmosphere for shorter periods of time than carbon dioxide but can be tens to thousands of times more potent. Senate Bill 605 (Lara, Chapter 523, Statutes of 2014) and 1383 (Lara, Chapter 395, Statutes of 2016) directed ARB and other agencies to develop and implement strategies to reduce the three main SLCPs: methane, black carbon, and hydrofluorocarbons. Senate Bill 1383 contains detailed requirements for the reduction of methane emissions from landfills and the dairy and livestock sector. To facilitate development of measures to reduce dairy and livestock emissions, SB 1383 requires ARB to work with a broad range of stakeholders to identify and address technical, market, regulatory, and other challenges and barriers to the development of dairy methane emissions reduction projects. In keeping with this requirement, ARB, the California Department of Food and Agriculture, the California Energy Commission, and the California Public Utilities Commission convened a Dairy and Livestock Working Group.

May 23, 2017 - Kickoff Meeting

The Working Group held its kickoff meeting on May 23, 2017. At that meeting, three subgroups were formed to develop policy recommendations in the areas identified below:


Kickoff Meeting Documents and Presentations

Comments Docket

Submit Comments

View Comments

Related Inter-Agency Activities

CDFA Dairy Digester Research and Development Program

CDFA Alternative Manure Management Program

CEC 2017 Integrated Energy Policy Report (IEPR) Development

CPUC Biomethane Pilot Project OIR (R1706015)

Staying in Touch

To receive electronic notices of future meetings and availability of materials, you can sign up with the dairy/livestock main working group list server: 

This main working group list server will provide the same information as ALL three subgroups list servers. If you would like to receive information related only to specific subgroups, please visit the respective subgroup webpages and subscribe to their list server group.  

For information, please contact:
Dan Weller at

Climate Change