According to Fox 6 News in New York, California Governor Jerry Brown has recently passed legislation that will work to limit the methane gases that are released from cows. I am not even making this up right now.
To continue, dairy farmers are having to purchase equipment to trap the gases. According to Fox 6 News:
Dairy farmers say the new regulations will drive up costs when they’re already struggling with five years of drought, low milk prices and rising labor costs. They’re also concerned about a newly signed law that will boost overtime pay for farmworkers.
It just makes it more challenging. We’re continuing to lose dairies. Dairies are moving out of state to places where these costs don’t exist,” said Paul Sousa, director of environmental services for Western United Dairymen.
The dairy industry could be forced to move production to states and countries with fewer regulations, leading to higher emissions globally, Sousa said.
For those asking “How?!” Here’s the answer:
In order to help farmers cope with the new regulations, California is said to be setting aside $50 million in taxpayer money to equip dairy farms with “digesters,” which are large machines that can turn the methane gas captured by manure into electricity. Sadly, the state does not have enough to go around for the largest milk producer in the U.S., holding some 1,500 farms.
Sadly, not all farmers can afford to purchase a digester, such as Arlin Van Groningen, a third-generation farmer.
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