Media Contacts: Steve Lyle, CDFA Public Affairs, (916) 654-0462,
WHAT: CDFA Secretary A.G. Kawamura will join several Central Valley dairy farmers, a representative of a valley power provider and a dairy digester manufacturer to sign memoranda of understanding centered on several digester pilot projects. The signing ceremony will be held at the World Ag Expo in Tulare.
WHEN: Tuesday, February 9, 2010, 10 a.m.
WHERE: World Ag Expo Heritage Complex, Banquet Hall
4450 S. Laspina St.
Tulare, CA 93274
Note – Media should enter at Gate B
WHO: Secretary Kawamura
Mike Gallo - Joseph Gallo Farms
Edward Hoekstra – Hillcrest Dairy
Filipe Lima, Sr. – Lima Brothers Dairy
John Sweigard, General Manager, Merced Irrigation District
Christopher Ott, CEO, ProTech GCS, Inc.
WHY: Dairy digesters, with their capacity for turning dairy waste into renewable energy, are a high priority of the Schwarzenegger Administration. A reduction of waste materials from dairies could mean a reduction in greenhouse gases, which would be a significant benefit for the environment.
The Central Valley Regional Water Board is beginning an environmental impact report process aimed at reducing the permit processing time for digester projects. As a result, projects like the ones highlighted in the memoranda of understanding will be more easily obtainable for Central Valley dairies.