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State Regulation on Livestock Methane and Challenges Faced by the California Dairy Industry

Manure from dairy cows -- like these in Fresno County -- is typically collected in lagoons, which generate the potent greenhouse gas methane. Dairy digesters capture the methane produced by microbial manure decomposition so that it does not escape to the atmosphere and can be used as a source of renewable energy.

Hyunok Lee.  ARE Update 20(2)(2016):1-4.

Methane emission from livestock manure will be, for the first time, subject to regulation under a new state law. Enforcement of regulations on livestock manure will begin on January 1, 2024. Compliance with new regulations on manure handling is likely to become a major factor determining dairy economics in California.

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