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Dairy and Livestock Subgroup #3: Research Needs, Including Enteric Fermentation

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News and Upcoming Subgroup Meetings

  • The Draft Final Dairy Research Prospectus has been released for public comments and is available here. Comments can be submitted via the comment docket and are due by October 10, 2018 at 5:00 PM PST.
  • The most recent Subgroup #3 meeting was held on August 27, 2018. All relevant documents are posted below.

Subgroup #3 Mission Statement

The main purpose of Subgroup #3 is to prioritize dairy research projects that improve our knowledge on:

  1. The accuracy of greenhouse gas (GHG) and other air pollutant emissions from California dairies.
  2. The potential GHG emission reductions and air quality impacts (positive and negative) from the implementation of methane mitigation strategies.
  3. Enteric fermentation emissions (including short and long-term impacts potential reduction measures could have on dairy product quality and consumer acceptance, animal health and welfare, dairy economics, water quality, and air quality).

The goal of Subgroup #3 is to develop a comprehensive Dairy Air Research Prospectus that outlines various research concepts addressing the knowledge gaps in dairy air research described below. It will help guide California’s funding agencies and organizations prioritize future research projects.

Deliverables 

By the end of 2018, Subgroup #3 will present the final Dairy Air Research Prospectus document to the Oversight Group of the Dairy and Livestock Working Group based on research ideas from subgroup members, community members, researchers, government agencies, and industry stakeholders through public solicitation processes. The prospectus will help ensure that the goals set under SB 1383 are met, while minimizing the impact of other air pollutants and greenhouse gases. The draft final version of the prospectus has now been released and public comments are due via the comment docket by October 10, 2018 at 5:00pm (PST).

Dairy Research Knowledge Shortfalls 

Subgroup #3 has identified four major knowledge shortfalls and research needs. They include:

  1. Assess localized air pollution issues associated with dairies, especially in environmental justice communities.
  2. Develop a long-term dairy GHG and air monitoring program to track progess on reducing emissions.
  3. Improve emission inventories (e.g. methane, ammonia, etc.) using California-specific data.
  4. Regional GHG and air quality modeling to evaluate short and long-term benefits of air pollution mitigation strategies.

Request for Ideas (RFI) Process 

The Dairy and Livestock Subgroup #3 (Research Needs, Including Enteric Fermentation) previously sent out a call for RFI submissions where all potential contributors from academia, industry, government and the public were invited to submit various research ideas that can help California achieve SB 1383 goals while addressing the knowledge shortfalls and research needs as identified by the subgroup. An archive webpage was created for interested parties to view the documents and the full process involved. The deadline to submit was May 31, 2018 and the submission process is now closed.

Additional Resources 

Subgroup #3 Archive Webpage

Calfornia Dairy Greenhouse Gas and Air Quality Research: Summary

"Tasks and Timeline" Subgroup #3 Presentation: RFI Development

Subgroup Members 

Member Affiliation
  • Paul Sousa (co-chair)
  • Western United Dairymen
  • Robert Parkhurst (co-chair)
  • Environmental Defense Fund
  • Michael FitzGibbon (co-chair)
  • Air Resources Board
  • John Capitman
  • Fresno State University
  • Noelle Cremers
  • California Farm Bureau Federation
  • Craig Frear
  • Regenis
  • Curt Gooch
  • Cornell University
  • Alexander N. Hristov
  • Penn State University
  • Ermias Kebreab
  • UC Davis
  • April Leytem
  • USDA (Agricultural Research Service)
  • Deanne Meyer
  • UC Davis
  • Dolores Barajas-Weller
  • Central Valley Air Quality Coalition


Public Meetings

Date Time Location Materials and Links
August 27, 2018 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM  CA Department of Food and Agriculture Building
Main Auditorium
1220 N Street
Sacramento, California  95814
Joint Subgroup Meeting
(All Three Subgroups)
July 26, 2018
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM  San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District
Governing Board Room
1990 E Gettysburg Ave
Fresno, CA 93726

Live Video Teleconferencing also available at:
4800 Enterprise Way, Modesto, CA
and
34946 Flyover Court, Bakersfield, CA
Reference Material:
June 26, 2018 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM  CA Department of Food and Agriculture Building
Main Auditorium
1220 N Street
Sacramento, California  95814
May 14, 2018 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM  CA Department of Food and Agriculture Building
Main Auditorium
1220 N Street
Sacramento, California  95814
April 02, 2018 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM  CA Department of Food and Agriculture Building
Main Auditorium
1220 N Street
Sacramento, California  95814
February 28, 2018 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM CA Department of Food and Agriculture Building
Main Auditorium
1220 N Street
Sacramento, California  95814
December 18, 2017  9:00 AM – 12:00 PM CA Department of Food and Agriculture Building
Main Auditorium
1220 N Street
Sacramento, California  95814
August 14, 2017
(Kickoff Meeting)
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM CA Department of Food and Agriculture Building
Main Auditorium
1220 N Street
Sacramento, California  95814

 

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Staying in Touch

To receive electronic notices of future meetings and availability of materials related only to Subgroup #3 (Research Needs, Including Enteric Fermentation), you can sign up with the subgroup list server at: https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/CARB/subscriber/new?topic_id=dsg3


For information, please contact:
Dan Weller at  sweller@arb.ca.gov

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