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Managing nitrates: What California dairy is doing

June 26, 2012  by Dairy Business

June 22, 2012, Tulare, CA – The California dairy industry is working hard to ensure all people have safe food and water and clean air, but it will take a coordinated partnership to meet those goals, according to Western United Dairymen’s Paul Martin, director of environmental services.

“This is a big problem and it’s not going to be resolved by any one group,” Martin said during an agricultural nitrogen (N) management seminar early this week, sponsored by the University of California ANR California Institute for Water Resources and the California Department of Food & Agriculture’s Fertilizer Research and Education Program. “We are going to have to work together to do it, and we’ll have to build partnerships necessary to do that work.”

Martin said that while adequate N fertilizers are necessary for growing successful crops, excessive nitrate in the wrong place could be harmful. READ MORE





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