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S3E40: Anja Raudabaugh | Second Update on LandFlex

Seen & HerdNov 06, 2022

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24:08
S4E44: "Nov 17th PRB Meeting Recap: Dairy Drama and Referendum Rumbles!” With Anja Raudabaugh
Nov 27, 202313:32
S4E43: "CARB is on the Menu for this Thanksgiving Week Breakdown with Paul Sousa"
Nov 20, 202320:40
S4E42: “The PRB Meeting Happened On A Full Moon" | Anja Raudabaugh

S4E42: “The PRB Meeting Happened On A Full Moon" | Anja Raudabaugh

S4E42: “The PRB Meeting Happened On A Full Moon" | Anja Raudabaugh


The Skim:

In this episode of the "Seen and Herd" podcast, Anja Raudabaugh, the CEO of Western United Dairies, discusses the Producer Review Board Meeting, which got spicy. 


Key topics include:


00:00 - Introduction

  • November 17th is the next upcoming PRB meeting.

02:20 - Recap of PRB Meeting on October 30th

  •  The PRB meeting discussed critical quota issues and housekeeping items.

  •  The mandatory five-year marketing survey results were mixed, causing discussions.

  •  Another major issue was the decision on what to do with about $5.2 million in reserves related to the quota program.

  •  A hardship request from a dairy family was denied, leading to ongoing challenges within the PRB regarding such requests.

05:47 - Hardship Requests and Producer Involvement

  • Discussion on hardship requests and the denial of a specific case.

  • Anja encourages farmers to submit hardship requests if they believe it's the right decision, emphasizing the importance of farmers having a say in how their money is used.

08:07 - Petition to Terminate Quota Program

  •  Explanation of the petition process initiated by Stop QIP to terminate the quota program.

  • The PRB's division and the need for a special meeting on November 17th to discuss the petition.

  • The contentious nature of the meeting, with various motions and recommendations being offered and debated.

11:32 - Survey Results and Next Steps

  • Overview of the five-year QIP effectiveness survey and its results.

  • The PRB's motions regarding the survey include recommending a re-vote and seeking additional technical assistance.

  • The upcoming meeting on November 17th focuses on the termination petition, and producers are encouraged to participate.

  • Producers are urged to get involved, write to the Secretary, and attend the critical meeting, emphasizing the current inflection point in the quota program.

22:37 - Closing Remarks

  • Anja emphasizes the importance of robust attendance and producer involvement in the upcoming meeting.


RESOURCES DISCUSSED IN THIS EPISODE:


October PRB Meeting Recap - https://westernuniteddairies.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/10/WUD-News-10.31.23-Digital.pdf


Upcoming PRB Meeting November 17th - 

https://myemail.constantcontact.com/NOTICE--PRB-Meeting---November-17th.html?soid=1114844705575&aid=r77KkMbr9uk


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If you have any questions about the episode, shoot us an email at podcast@wudairies.com


To volunteer for dairy tours, please contact Anja at anja@wudairies.com 


To learn more about Western United Dairies, visit https://westernuniteddairies.com.


Click the Link to become a member, https://westernuniteddairies.com/membership


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Website - https://westernuniteddairies.com

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Western United Dairies Foundation

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Nov 10, 202326:05
S4E41: “A Farewell To Allison" | with Anja Raudabaugh

S4E41: “A Farewell To Allison" | with Anja Raudabaugh

S4E41: “A Farewell To Allison" | with Anja Raudabaugh

The Skim:

In this episode of the "Seen and Herd" podcast, Allison Tristao is joined by Anja Raudabaugh, the CEO of WUD. They discuss various updates and issues in the dairy industry. 

Key topics include:

  • A Farewell to Allison - Allison is moving on from WUD to her new role as a Resource Coordinator at the Lower Tule Irrigation District.
  • Highlights from the 2023 valley-wide tour of kitchen table meetings, including discussions about legislation, nitrates, and methane emissions.
  • Concerns about a recently qualified petition to terminate quota in California and the upcoming Producer Relations Board (PRB) meeting on this issue.
  • The ongoing debate about methane emissions and enteric regulation, along with concerns about potential increased production costs.
  • An overview of a ballot proposition in Sonoma County aimed at eliminating confined animal feeding operations over 200 animals. 

  • Western United Dairies' engagement and efforts to defend the dairy industry against this proposition.

  • A mention of slower times between Thanksgiving and Christmas. 


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To volunteer for dairy tours, please contact Anja at anja@wudairies.com 

To learn more about Western United Dairies, visit https://westernuniteddairies.com.

Click the Link to become a member, https://westernuniteddairies.com/membership


Visit the Western United Dairies’ Website and Social Media Platforms:

Website - https://westernuniteddairies.com

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/wudairies

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/wudairies

Podcast | Seen and Herd 

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Western United Dairies Foundation

Website - ⁠https://wudfoundation.com⁠

Oct 30, 202321:33
S4E40: “Defending Dairy from Sacramento’s Bill Minefield" | with Jason Bryant

S4E40: “Defending Dairy from Sacramento’s Bill Minefield" | with Jason Bryant

S4E40: “Defending Dairy from Sacramento’s Bill Minefield" | with Jason Bryant

The Skim:

In this episode of the "Seen and Herd" podcast, Allison Tristao interviews Jason Bryant of Western United Dairies’ Government Affairs Team. They discuss the 2023 legislative session, which introduced over 3000 bills, and key issues, such as expanding employee rights, and reforming the state's mental health system. Budget shortfalls in Sacramento are a concern, and the economic environment remains volatile. The conversation also delves into significant political transitions, including leadership changes and upcoming elections. Key legislative priorities for the dairy industry and the need to balance cost-cutting measures with supporting agriculture are highlighted.

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To volunteer for dairy tours, please contact Allison at allison@wudairies.com.

To learn more about Western United Dairies, visit https://westernuniteddairies.com.

Click the Link to become a member, https://westernuniteddairies.com/membership

Visit the Western United Dairies’ Website and Social Media Platforms:

Website - https://westernuniteddairies.com

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/wudairies

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/wudairies

Podcast | Seen and Herd 

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Western United Dairies Foundation

Website - ⁠https://wudfoundation.com⁠

Oct 23, 202327:53
S4E39: "Curti Strong: The Story of Corcoran v. Curtimade Dairy"

S4E39: "Curti Strong: The Story of Corcoran v. Curtimade Dairy"

S4E39: "Curti Strong: The Story of Corcoran v. Curtimade Dairy"

Oct 16, 202345:30
S4E38: “Dairy Tours Are Helping Share Our Story" | with Anja Raudabaugh

S4E38: “Dairy Tours Are Helping Share Our Story" | with Anja Raudabaugh

S4E38: “Dairy Tours Are Helping Share Our Story" | with Anja Raudabaugh


The Skim:

In this episode of the "Seen and Herd" podcast, Allison Tristao interviews Anja Raudabaugh, the CEO of Western United Dairies. Here's a summary of the key points discussing a recent dairy tour hosting California Assemblywoman Esmerelda Soria, Chair of the Ag Committee:


  • Dairy Tour details:

    • Hosting Dairy - Vander Woude Dairy, Merced, CA

    • Hosting Member - Simon Vander Woude

    • Supporting Organization - CDFA

    • Sponsoring Organization - California Cattle Council

  • Key Topics Discussed During the Dairy Tour:

    • Differences between California dairy farms and others in the nation.

    • Nutrient upcycling and non-human consumable commodities.

    • Animal health, welfare, and calf care.

    • Handling nitrogen and methane emissions.

    • Challenges and successes in reducing methane emissions.

    • Concerns about dairy farmers not getting paid for emission reductions.

  • Importance of Dairy Tours for Policy and Decision Makers:

    • Tours provide an opportunity for policymakers to connect with farmers and understand modern dairy operations.

    • Personal engagement and face-to-face interactions are incredibly valuable.

    • Tours help legislators see beyond lobbyists and understand the challenges and needs of dairy farmers.

  • Future Dairy Tours by Western United Dairies:

    • Upcoming tours will focus on animal welfare, calf care, and sustainability.

    • WUD Encourages dairy producers to participate in tours and share their stories. The importance of name and face recognition within legislative districts for effective advocacy.


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TO VOLUNTEER FOR DAIRY TOURS, please contact Allison at allison@wudairies.com.


To learn more about Western United Dairies, visit https://westernuniteddairies.com.


Click the Link to become a member, https://westernuniteddairies.com/membership


Visit the Western United Dairies’ Website and Social Media Platforms:

Website - https://westernuniteddairies.com

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/wudairies

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/wudairies

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Western United Dairies Foundation

Website - ⁠https://wudfoundation.com⁠

Oct 10, 202317:31
S4E37: “Domestic Terrorists Take Aim At Animal Agriculture" | with Anja Raudabaugh

S4E37: “Domestic Terrorists Take Aim At Animal Agriculture" | with Anja Raudabaugh

S4E37: “Domestic Terrorists Take Aim At Animal Agriculture" | with Anja Raudabaugh


The Skim:

In this episode of the "Seen and Herd" podcast, Allison Tristao interviews Anja Raudabaugh, the CEO of Western United Dairies. Here's a summary of the key points discussing a petition ballot in Sonoma:

  • The petition, initiated by a radical animal rights group, aims to change animal agriculture in Sonoma County.

  • Anja expresses concern about the impact on various sectors of agriculture, particularly the dairy industry and its downstream economic effects. She highlights the importance of protecting the livelihoods of employees and the tertiary businesses associated with dairy farming.

  • Anja emphasizes the need for a strong response to this petition and the potential statewide and national ramifications if it succeeds.

  • The timeline for gathering 30,000 signatures to qualify for the 2024 election is March and encourages members to get involved in the fight against the petition.

  • Anja warns about the use of “predatory terms,” like Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) and factory farming by the organization behind the petition to sway public opinion.

  • She urges producers to stay alert and actively engage in efforts to counter the petition.

No Market Update This Week.

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For questions about this episode, please contact Allison at allison@wudairies.com or Paul at paul@wudairies.com.

To learn more about Western United Dairies, visit https://westernuniteddairies.com.

Click the Link to become a member, https://westernuniteddairies.com/membership

Visit the Western United Dairies’ Website and Social Media Platforms:

Website - https://westernuniteddairies.com

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/wudairies

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/wudairies

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Western United Dairies Foundation

Website - ⁠https://wudfoundation.com⁠

Oct 02, 202315:46
S4E36: “Deciphering California’s Regulatory Acronym Jungle" | with Paul Sousa

S4E36: “Deciphering California’s Regulatory Acronym Jungle" | with Paul Sousa

S4E36: “Deciphering California’s Regulatory Acronym Jungle" | with Paul Sousa

The Skim:

In this episode of the "Seen and Herd" podcast, Allison Tristao interviews Paul Sousa, the Director of Environmental Services for Western United Dairies. Here's a summary of the key points discussed:

05:00 - **Low-Use Truck Regulations**: Paul emphasizes the importance of responding promptly to California Air Resources Board (ARB) letters auditing mileage on low-use exemption trucks to avoid fines.

06:50 - **NEW Clean Truck Check**: Paul discusses the introduction of a quarterly smog check for trucks with a 14,000 GVWR and greater and the associated registration requirements, fees, and training for compliance.

https://ww2.arb.ca.gov/our-work/programs/CTC

08:25 - **Low Carbon Fuel Standards (LCFS) 2023 Proposed Amendments**: Paul outlines proposed changes in LCFS, including an increase in the carbon intensity reduction target to 30% by 2030, potential impacts on dairy biomethane, and the phasing out of methane crediting for dairies starting in 2040. Impacts on California businesses are estimated at $10.4 Billion annually between 2024 and 2046.

12:43 - **Livestock Enteric Methane Emission Reduction Research Program (LEMER-RP)**: The CDFA's research program focusing on reducing methane emissions from livestock, with the Almond Board proposing a method involving fermented almond hulls.

14:43 - **Manure Methane Funding**: An update on the Manure Methane funding application period, with $21 million available for AMP and $11 million for digesters, and the importance of starting the application process early.

16:30 - **CV-SALTS History**: Paul provides a historical perspective on CV-SALTS (Central Valley Salinity Alternatives for Long-Term Sustainability), emphasizing its role in addressing salt buildup in the Central Valley and its impact on water quality regulations, particularly regarding nitrate management zones.

21:45 - **Water Quality Regulations**: Paul discusses upcoming challenges and changes in water quality regulations, highlighting the importance of implementing a whole-farm nitrogen balance and various solutions for mitigating dairy-related nitrogen impacts.

24:50 - **Funding Opportunities**: Paul mentions available funding options, such as CDFA's Dairy Plus Program, NRCS's equipment program, and funding from the Information Reduction Act, to assist dairies in aligning with changing regulations.

Listeners are encouraged to reach out to Paul for further information or questions related to environmental issues in the dairy industry.


Other Seen and Herd Podcast Episodes with Paul Sousa:

2022 Episodes

S&H S3E43 - Environmental Policy Breakdown with Paul Sousa

2023 Episodes

S&H S4E13 - The Environmental Report You've Been Waiting For | Paul Sousa

S&H S4E20 - Clean Fleets, Methane Reductions, and Water Quality: Insights from the WUD Board Meeting | Paul Sousa

S&H S4E26 - "Advancing Sustainable Dairy: Methane Reduction Programs for Farmers" | Paul Sousa

S&H S4E30 - “Advancing Dairy Sustainability: Reducing Emissions and Improving Water Quality" | Paul Sousa

S&H S4E36 -Deciphering California’s Regulatory Acronym Jungle" | with Paul Sousa


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For questions about this episode, please contact Allison at allison@wudairies.com or Paul at paul@wudairies.com.

To learn more about Western United Dairies, visit https://westernuniteddairies.com.

Click the Link to become a member, https://westernuniteddairies.com/membership

Visit the Western United Dairies’ Website and Social Media Platforms:

Website - https://westernuniteddairies.com

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/wudairies

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/wudairies

Podcast | Seen and Herd 

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Western United Dairies Foundation
Website - ⁠https://wudfoundation.com⁠

Sep 26, 202327:45
S4E35: "Join Us – Your Voice Is Valued!" | Anja Raudabaugh

S4E35: "Join Us – Your Voice Is Valued!" | Anja Raudabaugh

S4E35: "Join Us – Your Voice Is Valued!" | Anja Raudabaugh

The Skim:

In this episode of the "Seen and Herd" podcast, Allison Tristao interviews Anja Raudabaugh, the CEO of Western United Dairies. Here's a summary of the key points discussed about becoming a Western United Dairies Board Member:


  • WUD Board of Directors: Western United Dairies has undergone consolidation in the California dairy industry, resulting in a reformulation of its board structure. There are now 11 board members representing various geographic regions.

  • Five board positions will be up for election in the upcoming winter, with terms starting in January 2024.

  • The regions seeking new board members include:

North Valley - San Joaquin, Sacramento, Glen, and Colusa counties

North Coast - Del Norte, Humboldt, Sonoma, and Marin counties

Central Valley - Stanislaus to Fresno counties

South State - Tulare, Kern County, and San Bernardino counties

  • Time Commitment: Board members attend six meetings annually, typically scheduled bi-monthly and lasting approximately 4 hours per meeting. There may also be additional monthly Zoom meetings for those on the executive committee.

  • Benefits of Serving on the Board: Serving on the board allows dairy farmers to participate in important policy decisions in Sacramento, including advocating for the dairy industry's interests and addressing anti-dairy legislation. 

  • Nominations: Nominations for board positions are being accepted, and instructions will be provided in an upcoming update in the first part of October. Anja encourages dairy farmers to consider joining the board, emphasizing that prior experience in managing their dairy is valuable, and there are no strict prerequisites.

  • Other Notes: The board plays a role in supporting the Political Action Committee (PAC), which is a separate entity from the board and helps amplify the dairy farmer’s voice in Sacramento. Overall, Anja highlights the importance of engagement and participation in shaping the future of the dairy industry in California.


No Market Update This Week.


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For questions about this episode, please contact Allison at allison@wudairies.com 

To learn more about Western United Dairies, visit https://westernuniteddairies.com.

Click the Link to become a member, https://westernuniteddairies.com/membership


Western United Dairies Foundation

Website - ⁠https://wudfoundation.com⁠

Visit the Western United Dairies’ Website and Social Media Platforms:

Website - https://westernuniteddairies.com

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/wudairies

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/wudairies

Podcast | Seen and Herd 

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Sep 19, 202314:06
S4E34: “LandFlex’s Success and Future” | Anja Raudabaugh

S4E34: “LandFlex’s Success and Future” | Anja Raudabaugh

S4E34: “LandFlex’s Success and Future” | Anja Raudabaugh


The Skim:

In this episode of the "Seen and Herd" podcast, Allison Tristao interviews Anja Raudabaugh, the CEO of Western United Dairies. Here's a summary of the key points discussed about the LandFlex Program:

  • LandFlex Program Results: The LandFlex program, in collaboration with Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) and farmers, aimed to safeguard water systems and achieve groundwater sustainability goals. 

    In Phase I & II, 4,317 acres of farmland were enrolled, permanently reducing aquifer demand while protecting domestic water systems. This saved water for 36,300 households and 16,161 domestic wells in the Valley.

  • LandFlex's Success: LandFlex surpassed its initial purpose as a drought program and demonstrated the potential of a community-driven solution for groundwater sustainability.

  • Future of LandFlex: Plans for Phase Two are in the works, with efforts to expand the program beyond critically over-drafted basins. The goal is to secure more funding and involve more high-priority basins. The program's success has encouraged interest from various districts and GSAs.

  • Improvements to LandFlex: The program is open to feedback and suggestions for improvements to make the process smoother for borrowers and lenders.

  • Preparing for the Future: It's essential for farmers to consider their growing operations in the context of future conditions, adjusting to minimum thresholds and reducing reliance on overdrafts. Innovation and technology deployment are crucial in managing water supply without depleting aquifers.

  • Encouraging Transition Conversations: The industry needs to think ahead and engage in transition conversations to eliminate overdrafts and ensure SGMA compliance.

Market Update by Tiffany LaMendola:

Tiffany LaMendola mentions that the dairy markets have improved compared to the previous month.

  1. **Whole Milk**: Powder prices improved due to buying interest from global regions, while skimmed milk powder prices declined.

  1. **Cheese Market**: Cheese prices were quiet until Friday when they saw some offers, with blocks closing at $1.925 and barrels at $1.8275, both down $0.04.

  1. **Butter Market**: Butter prices were relatively quiet but ended the week down $0.05 at $2.68. 

  1. **Nonfat Market**: Nonfat markets saw improvement, closing the week at $1.10.

  1. **Industry Notice**: The deadline for the Dairy Revenue Protection program's fourth-quarter coverage is approaching.

Other Seen and Herd Podcast Episodes Discussing LandFlex:

S&H S3E39 - Update on Land Flex and Producer Review Board (PRB) Meeting

S&H S3E40 - Anja Raudabaugh | Second Update on LandFlex

S&H S3E45 - LandFlex Launch with Anja Raudabaugh and Aubrey Bettencourt

S&H S4E06 - LandFlex Seminar Recorded at the World Ag Expo | Anja Raudabaugh

S&H S4E09 - LandFlex Launch | Anja Raudabaugh and Aubrey Bettencourt

S&H S4E14 - LandFlex Is Here! | Anja Raudabaugh

S&H S4E22 - LandFlex Phase II | Anja Raudabaugh

S&H S4E28 - LandFlex 2.0: Updates and Challenges | Anja Raudabaugh

S&H S4E34 - LandFlex’s Success and Future | Anja Raudabaugh


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For questions about this episode, please contact Allison at allison@wudairies.com 

To learn more about Western United Dairies, visit https://westernuniteddairies.com.

Click the Link to become a member, https://westernuniteddairies.com/membership


Western United Dairies Foundation

Website - ⁠https://wudfoundation.com⁠

Visit the Western United Dairies’ Website and Social Media Platforms:

Website - https://westernuniteddairies.com

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/wudairies

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/wudairies

Podcast | Seen and Herd 

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Sep 11, 202319:26
S4E33: “Getting Involved in CMAB” | Melissa Lema

S4E33: “Getting Involved in CMAB” | Melissa Lema

S4E33: “Getting Involved in CMAB” | Melissa Lema


The Skim:

In this episode of the "Seen and Herd" podcast, Allison Tristao interviews Melissa Lema, Director of Producer Relations of the California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB). Here's a summary of the key points discussed:

  •  **CMAB Elections and Process**: Melissa shares that there are positions available on the CMAB Board, including multiple director and alternate roles. She explains the importance of producer input in how funds are used to market California dairy products.

The nomination period is open until Friday, September 8th.

The term for newly elected producers will start March 1st.

Reach out to Melissa if interested by email, MLema@cmab.net

Visit the California Dairy Farmers Facebook page to view a list of available positions from each district – https://www.facebook.com/groups/407653786066433/

  • **Board Member Commitment**: The interview touches on the responsibilities and commitments of board members, with two-day quarterly meetings held primarily in the Central Valley. Melissa describes the agenda of these meetings, including detailed reports from various CMAB departments.

  • **Encouraging Producer Engagement**: Throughout the interview, Melissa emphasizes the importance of producer engagement in CMAB. She encourages dairy producers to get involved, either by running for board positions or attending meetings to understand how their products are marketed.

Market Update by Tiffany LaMendola:

Tiffany LaMendola mentions that the dairy markets have improved compared to the previous month.

  1. **Cheese Market**: Cheese prices increased earlier in the week due to tighter milk supplies caused by hot weather in key production regions, particularly in the Midwest. Spot block cheese prices reached 195 cents per pound, up by half a percent from the previous week. 

  1. **Butter Market**: Butter prices remained stable, closing the week at 266 cents per pound, with adequate butter stocks. Cream supplies were slightly looser.

  1. **Nonfat Market**: Nonfat dry milk faced downward pressure due to weak global demand conditions, with domestic prices dropping to their lowest since November 2020, reaching as low as $1.07 a quarter.

  1. **Upcoming Events**: Tiffany mentions the upcoming Global Dairy Trade event on Tuesday, which will provide insights into pricing and competition with Oceana for dairy exports. The upcoming week is expected to be relatively quiet as they head into mid-September.

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For questions about this episode, please contact Allison at allison@wudairies.com 

To learn more about Western United Dairies, visit https://westernuniteddairies.com.

Click the Link to become a member, https://westernuniteddairies.com/membership


Western United Dairies Foundation

Website - ⁠https://wudfoundation.com⁠

Visit the Western United Dairies’ Website and Social Media Platforms:

Website - https://westernuniteddairies.com

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/wudairies

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/wudairies

Podcast | Seen and Herd 

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Sep 05, 202318:09
S4E32: “DTAP - Milking Insights: Navigating Dairy Challenges and Opportunities” | Kyle Lutz

S4E32: “DTAP - Milking Insights: Navigating Dairy Challenges and Opportunities” | Kyle Lutz

S4E32: “DTAP - Milking Insights: Navigating Dairy Challenges and Opportunities” | Kyle Lutz


The Skim:


In this episode of the "Seen and Herd" podcast, Allison Tristao interviews Kyle Lutz, Technical Assistance Provider of Western United Dairies, about the Dairy Technical Assistance Program (DTAP). Here's a summary of the key points discussed:

  1. **Dairy Technical Assistance Program (DTaP):** Kyle Lutz explains that DTAP (Dairy Technical Assistance Program) is funded by the California Cattle Council and assists dairy farmers in navigating regulatory challenges. The program helps farmers with water board requirements, waste discharge permits, groundwater sampling, and other regulatory compliance issues.
  2. **Challenges:** Kyle mentions that one of the significant challenges is helping farmers understand groundwater sampling requirements, which vary between different regional water boards in California.
  3. **Program Availability:** DTAP services are available to all dairy farms in California, regardless of size, trade group affiliation, or milk processor.


The conversation revolves around the current state of the dairy industry, market trends, challenges faced by dairy farmers, and the assistance DTAP provides in navigating regulatory requirements.

Market Update by Tiffany LaMendola:

  1. **Milk Production Report:** The recent milk production report for July showed a 2.5% year-over-year decline in U.S. milk production. The Southwest region experienced a significant drop of 4.4% due to tight margins and high temperatures. California's production also decreased by 5.5%, largely attributed to lower milk per cow output.
  2. **Cheese Market:** The cold storage report indicates neutral trends for butter and a bullish outlook for cheese. Cheese prices rebounded by over $0.60 in about a month's time due to increased demand, both domestically and in exports. The focus is on sustaining cheese exports beyond September.
  3. **Nonfat Market:** Nonfat market prices are under pressure, sitting around $1.10. Weak demand for dairy products from certain regions, like China, is impacting the powder markets.


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>> For questions about this episode, please contact Kyle at ⁠kyle@wudairies.com⁠ or Allison at ⁠allison@wudairies.com⁠ 

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Aug 28, 202310:43
S4E31: “FMMO Hearing, The Good, The Bad, and The Snark” | Anja Raudabaugh

S4E31: “FMMO Hearing, The Good, The Bad, and The Snark” | Anja Raudabaugh

S4E31: “FMMO Hearing, The Good, The Bad, and The Snark” | Anja Raudabaugh


The Skim:

In this episode of the "Seen and Herd" podcast, Allison Tristao interviews Anja Raudabaugh, the CEO of Western United Dairies. They discuss various topics related to the Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO) hearing and its implications for the dairy industry.


Here are some of the main topics discussed:


1. **Purpose of the Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO)**: Anja explains the purpose of the FMMO, which is to ensure an adequate national supply of fresh and wholesome milk for fluid consumption. The FMMO also aims to provide dairy farmers with stable and reliable markets to sell their milk.


2. **Components of FMMO**: Anja provides an overview of the components of the FMMO, including pooling, minimum pricing, accuracy, transparency, and the relationship between dairy processors (handlers) and dairy farmers (producers).


3. **Overview of Federal Orders**: The discussion touches on the fact that there are 11 federal orders across the United States, with certain regions being covered and regulated by FMMOs. The coverage of milk production by FMMOs has decreased over the years.


4.  **Proposals and Changes to FMMO**: Several proposals for amending or updating the FMMO are discussed. Different organizations, such as the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), National All-Jerseys, American Farm Bureau Federation, and others, have submitted proposals addressing various aspects of the FMMO.


5. **Proposed Changes to Pricing Components**: Anja outlines proposals related to changing pricing components, such as class three and four skim milk price formulas, component factors, class differentials, surveyed commodity products, and more.


6.**Make Allowance and Manufacturing Cost Allowance**: The discussion focuses on the concept of make allowance, which is the amount deducted from a dairy farmer's milk check to cover processing costs. The proposals include suggestions for increasing the make allowance and how it might impact farmers.


7. **Organic Dairy Sector and Proposals**: Anja briefly mentions a proposal from the Organic Trade Associations (OTA) to exclude the organic dairy sector from FMMO regulations but notes that this proposal was not accepted by the USDA.


8. **Timeline and Testimony Opportunities**: Anja provides information about the timeline for submitting exhibits and proposals, as well as opportunities for dairy farmers to testify during the FMMO hearing. Virtual testimony slots are offered for farmers to present their viewpoints. Western United Dairies is offering help to assist members interested in their testimonies.


9. **Potential Impact on California**: Allison asks about the potential impacts these changes will have on California. Anja shares how proposed changes might impact California's dairy industry, particularly due to the state's limited class one utilization, as most of California’s milk production is primarily utilized for cheese products and other classifications.


10. **Challenges and Contention**: Anja acknowledges that FMMO hearings often involve passionate and contentious testimonies from both farmers and processors, highlighting the challenges of finding common ground.


11. **Conclusion and Next Steps**: Anja and Allison conclude by encouraging farmers to stay informed, participate in the hearing process, and anticipate the potential effects of proposed changes on their operations.



Visit the Western United Dairies’ Website and Social Media Platforms:

Website - https://westernuniteddairies.com


>> For questions about this episode, please contact Anja at anja@wudairies.com or Allison at allison@wudairies.com 


>> To learn more about Western United Dairies, visit wudairies.com.


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Aug 21, 202338:54
S4E30: "Advancing Dairy Sustainability: Reducing Emissions and Improving Water Quality" | Paul Sousa

S4E30: "Advancing Dairy Sustainability: Reducing Emissions and Improving Water Quality" | Paul Sousa

S4E30: "Advancing Dairy Sustainability: Reducing Emissions and Improving Water Quality" | Paul Sousa


Summary:


In this episode of the "Seen and Herd" podcast, Allison Tristao interviews Paul Souza, the Director of Environmental Services. They discuss the Dairy Plus Program, which is focused on reducing methane emissions and improving water quality in dairy farming. The program is funded by federal sources and aims to support advanced manure management technologies that both reduce methane emissions and benefit water quality.


Paul explains that the program encourages farms to implement technologies that reduce excess nitrogen and nutrients in the liquid waste stream. These technologies include advanced solid manure separation, composting, and nitrogen treatment processes. The program's goal is to achieve a whole farm nitrogen balance, where the nitrogen produced by cows is balanced between safe use on crops and exporting the excess.


Paul also emphasizes the importance of carefully selecting appropriate technologies and solutions for each dairy's specific needs. He warns against hastily adopting technologies without considering their effectiveness in achieving the desired goals.


Furthermore, Paul connects the program's focus on water quality improvements with upcoming changes in water quality regulations. He mentions the implementation of the City Salts nitrate control program and a new dairy general order in the Central Valley, which will have stricter requirements. Additionally, he highlights the impact of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), which could limit irrigation water availability for dairies.


Overall, the Dairy Plus Program aims to help dairies prepare for future environmental changes while reducing methane emissions and improving water quality through the adoption of advanced manure management technologies.


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Podcast | Seen and Herd 


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>> For questions about this episode, please contact Anja at anja@wudairies.com or Allison at allison@wudairies.com 


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Aug 14, 202315:52
Episode Name: S4E29: Assembly Member Connelly Takes a Field Trip to The Beretta Dairy | Anja Raudabaugh

Episode Name: S4E29: Assembly Member Connelly Takes a Field Trip to The Beretta Dairy | Anja Raudabaugh

Episode Name: S4E29: Assembly Member Connelly Takes a Field Trip to The Beretta Dairy | Anja Raudabaugh


Summary:


In this episode of the "Seen and Herd" podcast, Allison Tristao interviews Anja Raudabaugh, the CEO of Western United Dairies. They discuss a recent policymaker tour organized by Western United Dairies Foundation (WUD Foundation). Anja emphasizes the significance of educating legislators and local officials about dairy operations through on-farm tours. The objective is to bridge the gap in understanding between policymakers and the dairy industry, with a focus on topics like animal health and welfare practices.

Anja provides more details about a specific tour involving Assembly Member Damon Connolly. During this tour, they visited Baretta Dairy and highlighted practices related to calf care, including a project on group housing for calves. Anja underscores the importance of testing and measuring metrics before enacting legislative solutions, particularly in matters concerning animal well-being.

The discussion also explores additional facets of the tour, such as the implementation of innovative technologies like screw press separators and composting operations. Anja mentions partnerships with entities like the California Cattle Council and outlines plans for upcoming tours, which will delve into topics like land flex grants and recharge potential.

The conversation concludes with Anja expressing gratitude to participating farmers and underscoring the significance of showcasing diverse practices and issues during these tours. 


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Western United Dairies Foundation

Website - https://wudfoundation.com


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Podcast | Seen and Herd

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Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/6esjAxuQ3fM8U4hfURhYt8


>> For questions about this episode, please contact Anja at anja@wudairies.com or Allison at allison@wudairies.com 


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Aug 07, 202316:58
S4E28: "LandFlex Phase II: Updates and Challenges" | Anja Raudabaugh

S4E28: "LandFlex Phase II: Updates and Challenges" | Anja Raudabaugh

S4E28: "LandFlex Phase II: Updates and Challenges" | Anja Raudabaugh


Summary:

On this podcast episode of "Seen and Herd," Allison Tristao interviews Anja Raudabaugh, CEO at Western United Dairies. They discuss the LandFlex program, an agriculture financing option for farmers. 

The LandFlex program offers financial products and services tailored to farmers' needs, including purchasing real estate, making improvements to dairy operations, or leasing equipment. Anja shares updates on LandFlex’s Phase II, focusing on four Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) qualified for the program. 

The applications received for Phase II were competitive, with unique approaches to protecting underground water, including prioritizing areas with heavy subsidence and areas with existing recharge. Other components of the LandFlex program, such as fallowing and transitioning away from overdrafts and the challenges farmers face in deciding to participate. 

Western United Dairies invites all listeners for a roundtable discussion and feedback from farmers to improve the Land Flex program in the future. 

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Other Seen and Herd Podcast Episodes Discussing LandFlex:


S&H S3E39 - Anja Raudabaugh | Update on Land Flex and Producer Review Board (PRB) Meeting

S&H S3E40 - Anja Raudabaugh | Second Update on LandFlex

S&H S3E45 - LandFlex Launch with Anja Raudabaugh and Aubrey Bettencourt

S&H S4E06 - LandFlex Seminar Recorded at the World Ag Expo | Anja Raudabaugh

S&H S4E09 - LandFlex Launch | Anja Raudabaugh and Aubrey Bettencourt

S&H S4E14 - LandFlex Is Here! | Anja Raudabaugh

S&H S4E22 - LandFlex Phase II | Anja Raudabaugh


Visit the Western United Dairies’ Website and Social Media Platforms:


Website - https://westernuniteddairies.com

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Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/wudairies

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Apple Podcast - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/seen-herd/id1508160620

Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/6esjAxuQ3fM8U4hfURhYt8


>> For questions about this episode, please contact Anja at anja@wudairies.com or Allison at allison@wudairies.com 

>> To learn more about Western United Dairies, visit wudairies.com.


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Aug 01, 202323:37
S4E27: "Changing the Standard to 'Nutrition Density' in School Lunch Programs" | Anja Raudabaugh

S4E27: "Changing the Standard to 'Nutrition Density' in School Lunch Programs" | Anja Raudabaugh

S4E27: "Changing the Standard to 'Nutrition Density' in School Lunch Programs" | Anja Raudabaugh


Summary:


On this podcast episode of "Seen and Herd," Allison Tristao interviews Anja Raudabaugh, CEO at Western United Dairies. They discuss Senate Bill 348 (SB 348) and its potential impact on the dairy industry and school lunch programs. The bill, authored by Senator Nancy Skinner, aims to increase access to fresh and nutritious local ingredients for school lunch programs. However, the concern is that the bill proposes a 25-gram limit on sugar consumption in school lunches, which could have unintended consequences for dairy products.

The CEO highlights that Senator Skinner has been an ally of the dairy industry and has worked to improve school lunch programs. To address concerns about the sugar limit, the CEO and Western United Dairies have partnered with the Dairy Council of California and a nutritionist to offer amendments to the bill. These amendments focus on nutrition density and consider individual students' needs, such as higher calorie requirements for athletes.

The legislative session is longer this year, and WUD hopes to avoid a floor fight, which could be challenging for the agriculture industry. They emphasize the importance of not sacrificing one agricultural group over another and advocate for focusing on nutrition density rather than arbitrary limitations.

Anja also emphasizes the significance of lobbyists representing the dairy industry's interests without conflicts with other agricultural groups. The CEO aims to ensure that dairy products have a prominent place on school lunch menus.


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Other Seen and Herd Podcast Episodes discussing SB 348:


S&H S4E15 - Capital Punishment | Anja Raudabaugh

S&H S4E19 - "Navigating California Legislation: From Flavored Milk to Methane Reductions” | Anja Raudabaugh


>> For questions about this episode, please contact Anja at anja@wudairies.com or Allison at allison@wudairies.com 

>> To learn more about Western United Dairies, visit wudairies.com.

>> Click Here to become a member!


Flood Resources:

>> Flood Resources, including Tulare County reporting forms, are available on our website at https://westernuniteddairies.com/flood-resources/

>> Read this article to learn more about the flooding in the South Valley: https://agnetwest.com/floodwaters-create-situational-crisis-for-california-dairy-farmers/ 


Jul 24, 202315:16
S4E26: "Advancing Sustainable Dairy: Methane Reduction Programs for Farmers" | Paul Sousa

S4E26: "Advancing Sustainable Dairy: Methane Reduction Programs for Farmers" | Paul Sousa

S4E26: "Advancing Sustainable Dairy: Methane Reduction Programs for Farmers" | Paul Sousa


Summary:

In this podcast episode of "Seen and Herd," Allison Tristao interviews Paul Sousa, Director of Environmental Services at Western United Dairies. They discuss different methane reduction programs and how they benefit dairy farmers. 


California has legislation, SB 1383, which aims to reduce short-lived climate pollutants like methane. The dairy industry has made significant progress in meeting the goals set by this legislation through programs such as the Alternative Manure Management Program (AMP), the Dairy Digester Research and Development Program, and the Dairy Plus program.


The AMP provides funding to implement practices that keep manure out of lagoons, such as pasture management, compost bedded pack barns, solid separation, and conversion from flush to scrape systems. The Dairy Digester Program supports the construction of digesters to capture methane for renewable energy production. The new addition, the Dairy Plus program, focuses not only on methane reduction but also on improving water quality through advanced manure management technologies.


The funding for these programs comes from various sources, including the USDA Partnerships for Climate Smart Commodities Program, with $85 million allocated to dairy farmers over three years. Dairies interested in applying for these programs can visit the website of the California Dairy Research Foundation (CDRF) and the Office of Environmental Farming and Innovation for more information and the application process. Technical service providers are available to assist with the application process.


Paul advises dairy farmers to determine the specific program and improvements they are interested in, obtain bids and designs from contractors, and start the application process as soon as possible. The deadline for applications is August 28. 


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>> For questions about this episode, please contact Paul at paul@wudairies.com or Allison at allison@wudairies.com 

>> To learn more about Western United Dairies, visit wudairies.com.

>> Click Here to become a member!


Flood Resources:

>> Flood Resources, including Tulare County reporting forms, are available on our website at https://westernuniteddairies.com/flood-resources/

>> Read this article to learn more about the flooding in the South Valley: https://agnetwest.com/floodwaters-create-situational-crisis-for-california-dairy-farmers/ 


Jul 17, 202320:06
S4E25: California's Budget Battles: Delta Tunnels, Environmental Laws, and Water Reliability | Anja Raudabaugh

S4E25: California's Budget Battles: Delta Tunnels, Environmental Laws, and Water Reliability | Anja Raudabaugh

S4E25: California's Budget Battles: Delta Tunnels, Environmental Laws, and Water Reliability | Anja Raudabaugh


In this podcast episode of "Seen and Herd," Allison Tristao interviews Anja Raudabaugh, CEO of Western United Dairies, discussing the California budget deals and key takeaways. The budget has been affected by reduced revenues, inflationary spending, and reduced investments, resulting in a $30 billion budget deficit compared to the previous year. The budget trailer bills solidify the 2023-24 budget deal and include infrastructure projects, changes to environmental laws, and healthcare programs. The controversial Delta Tunnel project was removed from the package, disappointing farmers who rely on it for water reliability. The budget also addresses land eligibility for recharge and clarifies parameters for accepting recharge water. The budget trailer bills are set to conclude, and there will be a new Assembly Speaker, which may influence future priorities.


Visit the Dairy Council of California’s Website and Social Media Platforms:


Website - https://www.healthyeating.org

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/healthyeatingca

Twitter - https://twitter.com/healthyeating

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/HealthyEatingCA

YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWl7LiodvASkknswjs_HOhg

LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/company/dairy-council-of-california

>> For questions about this episode, please contact Anja at anja@wudairies.com or Allison at allison@wudairies.com 

>> To learn more about Western United Dairies, visit wudairies.com.

>> Click Here to become a member!


Flood Resources:

>> Flood Resources, including Tulare County reporting forms, are available on our website at https://westernuniteddairies.com/flood-resources/


>> Read this article to learn more about the flooding in the South Valley: https://agnetwest.com/floodwaters-create-situational-crisis-for-california-dairy-farmers/

Jul 10, 202319:52
S4E24: Nutrient Rich: Unveiling the Benefits of Dairy | Amy DeLisio

S4E24: Nutrient Rich: Unveiling the Benefits of Dairy | Amy DeLisio

S4E24: Nutrient Rich: Unveiling the Benefits of Dairy | Amy DeLisio

Summary:

In this podcast episode of "Seen and Herd," Allison Tristao interviews Amy DeLisio, CEO of the Dairy Council of California, discussing the importance of dairy nutrients. Amy is a registered dietitian and nutritionist with a public health background. She's driven by the lack of healthy food access and nutrition knowledge in underserved communities.

The Dairy Council of California, founded by dairy farmers over a century ago, focuses on food access and nutrition education. They collaborate with educators, health professionals, and the dairy community to promote dairy products as part of a healthy diet, highlighting their nutritional benefits. Dairy products contain essential nutrients like essential proteins, calcium, phosphorous, and vitamins, supporting overall wellness, chronic disease prevention, and healthy immune function.

Amy introduces the "Dairy Matrix," a combination of essential nutrients and bioactive compounds in dairy products. These compounds contribute to gut health and overall well-being. Dairy is crucial for all life stages, especially pregnancy, early childhood, adolescence, and older adults. It's linked to growth, brain health, immune function, and chronic disease prevention.

The Dairy Council's "Let's Eat Healthy Initiative" collaborates with organizations to promote nutrition education and dairy's value. They offer newsletters, resources, awards, and grants for dairy education, encouraging people to join.

Amy also discusses the Mobile Dairy Classroom program, bringing live cows to schools to teach children about food sources and dairy production. It has been popular among students and teachers for years.

The Dairy Council is celebrating June Dairy Month, including partnerships with the 49ers, PSA campaigns, activation kits, social media efforts, classroom taste-teaching sessions, nutrition webinars, and farmer and processor recognition. Amy invites all Seen and Herd listeners to visit the Dairy Council's website, follow them on social media, and join the Let's Eat Healthy Initiative for resources and partnership opportunities. 

Visit the Dairy Council of California’s Website and Social Media Platforms:

Website - https://www.healthyeating.org

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/healthyeatingca

Twitter - https://twitter.com/healthyeating

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/HealthyEatingCA

YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWl7LiodvASkknswjs_HOhg

LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/company/dairy-council-of-california

>> For questions about this episode, please contact Allison at allison@wudairies.com 

>> To learn more about Western United Dairies, visit wudairies.com.

>> Click Here to become a member!


Flood Resources:

>> Flood Resources, including Tulare County reporting forms, are available on our website at https://westernuniteddairies.com/flood-resources/

>> Read this article to learn more about the flooding in the South Valley: https://agnetwest.com/floodwaters-create-situational-crisis-for-california-dairy-farmers/ 


Jun 25, 202315:04
S4E23: Victory Lap for AB 554 | Anja Raudabaugh

S4E23: Victory Lap for AB 554 | Anja Raudabaugh

Jun 19, 202315:08
S4E22: LandFlex Phase II | Anja Raudabaugh

S4E22: LandFlex Phase II | Anja Raudabaugh

S4E22: LandFlex Phase II | Anja Raudabaugh


Summary:


On this episode of Seen & Herd, Aubrey Bettencourt, President and CEO of the Almond Alliance, and Anja Raudabaugh, CEO of Western United Dairies, discuss the LandFlex Program. They discuss the success of the program's first phase and its expansion into a second phase. 


The program aims to provide flexibility to farmers, particularly during droughts and floods and focuses on groundwater recharge. They mention the importance of flood protection and mitigation, as well as the involvement of various organizations in providing technical assistance.


In the second phase, the program introduces some changes, such as a competitive selection process for grant awards and a focus on recharge. They emphasize that applying to the program does not have any negative consequences, and farmers can opt-out if the program doesn't suit their needs. Anja also clarifies some misunderstandings about the program.


To apply for LandFlex, visit: 

https://landflex.org/ 

For Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), visit: landflex.org/faqs


>> For questions about this episode, please contact Anja at anja@wudairies.com >> To learn more about Western United Dairies, visit wudairies.com.

>> Click Here to become a member!


Flood Resources:

>> Flood Resources, including Tulare County reporting forms, are available on our website at https://westernuniteddairies.com/flood-resources/
>> Read this article to learn more about the flooding in the South Valley: https://agnetwest.com/floodwaters-create-situational-crisis-for-california-dairy-farmers/


Jun 12, 202328:08
S4E21: Emergency Load Reduction Program (ELRP) | PG&E

S4E21: Emergency Load Reduction Program (ELRP) | PG&E

S4E21: Emergency Load Reduction Program (ELRP) | PG&E


In this episode, Allison Tristao interviews Jomo Thorne, a senior manager for Demand Response Operations and Programs at PG&E. Jomo's role involves running a team that provides demand response programs to customers, aiming to incentivize them to reduce their electricity consumption during times of high stress or emergencies. The Emergency Load Reduction Program (ELRP) is a specific program that offers financial incentives to customers who reduce their energy usage when the program conditions are met. Participants in the program receive generous financial rewards and face no penalties for nonperformance. Additionally, in the case of dairy producers, where powering down a milking parlor is a non-starter, a backup generator can be used during program events without interrupting their production. Due to its benefits, Jomo recommends the ELRP as the best demand response program for dairy producers. 

For general questions about PG&E's Demand Response Programs, email DemandResponseInquiries@pge.com

To learn more about the program and enroll, customers can visit: 

Website: Elrp.olivineinc.com

email: elrp-general@olivineinc.com


>> For questions about this episode, please contact Allison at allison@wudairies.com >> To learn more about Western United Dairies, visit wudairies.com.

>> Click Here to become a member!


Flood Resources:

>> Flood Resources, including Tulare County reporting forms, are available on our website at https://westernuniteddairies.com/flood-resources/

>> Read this article to learn more about the flooding in the South Valley: https://agnetwest.com/floodwaters-create-situational-crisis-for-california-dairy-farmers/ 


Jun 05, 202314:25
S4E20: Clean Fleets, Methane Reductions, and Water Quality: Insights from the WUD Board Meeting | Paul Sousa

S4E20: Clean Fleets, Methane Reductions, and Water Quality: Insights from the WUD Board Meeting | Paul Sousa

May 29, 202334:29
S4E19: “Navigating California Legislation: From Flavored Milk to Methane Reductions” | Anja Raudabaugh

S4E19: “Navigating California Legislation: From Flavored Milk to Methane Reductions” | Anja Raudabaugh

S4E19: “Navigating California Legislation: From Flavored Milk to Methane Reductions” | Anja Raudabaugh

 

On this episode, Allison Tristao and Anja Raudabaugh discuss legislative bills related to the dairy industry. 


SB 348

The first bill, SB 348, aims to reduce the amount of added sugar in school meals. It proposes guidelines for limiting sugar intake and increasing access to fresh and nutrient-rich foods. Raudabaugh expresses concern about the bill's potential impact on the dairy industry and emphasizes the importance of distinguishing dairy as a nutrient-dense product. They discuss the progress of the bill and the need for caution until the legislative session concludes.


More information on SB 348 - https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=202320240SB348

Other Seen and Herd Episodes discussing SB 348 -

  S&H S4E15 - Capital Punishment | Anja Raudabaugh


SB 709

The second bill mentioned is SB 709, which focuses on methane emission reductions for the dairy sector. Raudabaugh explains that the bill, now a two-year bill, threatens dairy digesters' ability to obtain low-carbon fuel standard credits and extend their eligibility. She highlights the industry's efforts to reduce methane emissions and its contribution to meeting climate goals. Raudabaugh criticizes the bill's intent, alleging that it aims to shut down dairy production and cause harm to the industry. She expresses relief that the bill is on hold but stresses the need to remain vigilant.


More information on SB 709 - 

https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=202320240SB709


SB 485

The final bill discussed is SB 485, which Raudabaugh provides an update on. The bill introduces a voluntary incentive program for feed additives in the dairy industry. Raudabaugh discusses the challenges and risks associated with the bill, including the potential burden on dairy producers and the uncertainties surrounding the technology involved. She emphasizes the importance of protecting dairy farmers' interests and involving them in decision-making processes through a farmer-led working group.


More information on SB 485 - 

https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=202320240SB485

Other Seen and Herd Episodes discussing SB 485 -

S&H S4E11 - The Enteric Fight Continues  | Anja Raudabaugh

S&H S4E15 - Capital Punishment | Anja Raudabaugh



>> For questions about this episode, please contact Allison at allison@wudairies.com or Anja at anja@wudairies.com

>> To learn more about Western United Dairies, visit wudairies.com.

>> Click Here to become a member!


Flood Resources:

>> Flood Resources, including Tulare County reporting forms, are available on our website at https://westernuniteddairies.com/flood-resources/

>> Read this article to learn more about the flooding in the South Valley: https://agnetwest.com/floodwaters-create-situational-crisis-for-california-dairy-farmers/

May 23, 202323:12
S4E18: "AB 554: A Threat to Animal Agriculture - Unveiling the Extremist Agenda" | Anja Raudabaugh
May 15, 202314:13
S4E17: An Inside Look at The Dairy Leadership Program  | Anthony Agueda
May 08, 202323:54
S4E16: The DairyPlus Program | Denise Mullinax

S4E16: The DairyPlus Program | Denise Mullinax

S4E16: The DairyPlus Program | Denise Mullinax


Denise Mullinax, Executive Director of California Dairy Research Foundation, comes on the Seen & Herd Podcast to discuss the Dairy Plus Program. 

Check out Denise’s last visit to the Seen & Herd Podcast - Link Below

S3E36: Climate Smart Commodities Grant - Come and Get It!


>> For questions about this episode, please contact Allison at allison@wudairies.com.

>> To learn more about Western United Dairies, visit wudairies.com.

>> Click Here to become a member!


Other Dairy News: 

The Landflex Portal is currently open. Please go to LandFlex.org for more information and to start your application. 


Flood Resources:

>> Flood Resources, including Tulare County reporting forms, are available on our website at https://westernuniteddairies.com/flood-resources/

>> Read this article to learn more about the flooding in the South Valley: https://agnetwest.com/floodwaters-create-situational-crisis-for-california-dairy-farmers/

May 02, 202317:30
S4E15: Capital Punishment | Anja Raudabaugh

S4E15: Capital Punishment | Anja Raudabaugh

S4E15: Capital Punishment | Anja Raudabaugh


In this episode, Allison Tristao and Anja Raudabaugh discuss the latest dairy news out of Sacramento.

00:00 - Intro

01:49 - Market Update by Tiffany LaMendola | Ever.Ag

04:00 - Interview | Anja Raudabaugh

04:10 - Enteric Emission Report & SB485 Becker Bill

15:18 - Skinner Bill SB348 will limit sugar content in the school meal program

“SB 348 will ensure that California’s school meals are nutritious and that California is a national leader in the fight against diabetes,” said Senator Skinner.

20:10 - Feedback is needed and the importance of industry tours.

>> For questions about this episode, please contact Anja at anja@wudairies.com or Allison at allison@wudairies.com.

>> To learn more about Western United Dairies, visit wudairies.com.

>> Click Here to become a member!


Other Dairy News: 

The Landflex Portal is currently open. Please go to LandFlex.org for more information and to start your application. 


Flood Resources:

>> Flood Resources, including Tulare County reporting forms, are available on our website at https://westernuniteddairies.com/flood-resources/

>> Read this article to learn more about the flooding in the South Valley: https://agnetwest.com/floodwaters-create-situational-crisis-for-california-dairy-farmers/ 


Apr 25, 202323:44
S4E14: LandFlex Is Here! | Anja Raudabaugh

S4E14: LandFlex Is Here! | Anja Raudabaugh

S4E14: LandFlex Is Here! | Anja Raudabaugh


In this episode, Allison Tristao and Anja Raudabaugh discuss some of the frequently asked questions (FAQs) of LandFlex. 


The Landflex Portal is open starting April 18th. Please go to LandFlex.org for more information and to start your application. 


>> For questions about this episode, please contact Anja at anja@wudairies.com or Allison at allison@wudairies.com.


Flood Resources:

>> Flood Resources, including Tulare County reporting forms, are available on our website at https://westernuniteddairies.com/flood-resources/

>> Read this article to learn more about the flooding in the South Valley: https://agnetwest.com/floodwaters-create-situational-crisis-for-california-dairy-farmers/ 


>> To learn more about Western United Dairies, visit wudairies.com.

>> Click Here to become a member!

Apr 17, 202317:02
S4E13: The Environmental Report You've Been Waiting For | Paul Sousa
Apr 03, 202320:50
S4E12: The Floods and Heroes with Stock Trailers | Anja Raudabaugh
Mar 27, 202322:21
S4E11: The Enteric Fight Continues  | Anja Raudabaugh
Mar 27, 202325:18
S4E10: Maas Cow Gas, Maas Revenue | Maas Energy Works
Mar 19, 202316:53
S4E09: LandFlex Launch | Anja Raudabaugh and Aubrey Bettencourt
Mar 11, 202339:58
S4E08: Commodity Economics Report | Ever.Ag Team
Mar 06, 202334:00
S4E07: *NEW* Dairy Technical Assistance Program | DTAP with Kyle Lutz
Feb 27, 202313:22
S4E06: LandFlex Seminar Recorded at the World Ag Expo | Anja Raudabaugh
Feb 20, 202323:46
S4E05: SGMA Lesson from a Hydrologist | Thomas Harter, PhD

S4E05: SGMA Lesson from a Hydrologist | Thomas Harter, PhD

S4E05: SGMA Lesson from a Hydrologist | Thomas Harter, PhD

This week, Allison Tristao and Paul Sousa of Western United Dairies interview Dr. Thomas Harter, PhD, Distinguished Professor of UC Davis Cooperative Extension. Dr. Harter is a hydrologist that has spent the majority of his career studying California’s most prized resource, water.

In this episode, Allison, Paul and Dr. Harter discuss water from many different angles.

00:00 - Opening discussion

01:25 - Introduction by Allison Tristao

03:10 - Market Update by Tiffany LaMendola

06:00 - Start of Interview

06:23 - Dr. Thomas talks about he stumbled into hydrology

09:20 - How did SGMA come to fruition, and what was the intention of that program?

17:40 - SGMA & California’s regional diversity

22:35 - How can local agencies manage SGMA to reduce the negative impact on dairies and agriculture in general?

25:50 - The six indicators of a healthy aquifer: water levels, groundwater storage, water quality, seawater intrusion, land subsidence, groundwater-surface-water connectivity

30:00 - How can we, as individuals or regionally as an industry, improve even further on our water usage?

36:08 - The main challenge we face with groundwater recharge

40:15 - SGMA’s timeline is changing

50:23 - Land subsidence explained

World Ag Expo

Come see WUD at the World Ag Expo (WAE) at booths 6503 and 6603 in the Dairy Pavillion. See our schedule below.

Tuesday, February 14, 2023

10 am – 12 pm: Get Free Legal Advice, from Anthony Raimondo with Raimondo and Associates

12 pm – 1 pm: Learn about Hiring with Lecheros Unidos de California

1 pm – 3 pm: Get Free Legal Advice, from Anthony Raimondo with Raimondo and Associates

3 pm – 5 pm: Chat with the CEO, Anja Raudabaugh

Wednesday, February 15, 2022

9 am – 10 am: Learn about Hiring with Lecheros Unidos de California

10 am – 12 pm: What’s the Deal? Dairy Economics with Tiffany LaMendola

12 pm – 1 pm: Learn about Hiring with Lecheros Unidos de California

1 pm – 3 pm: Dairy Environmental In-the-Know, Paul Sousa

3 pm – 5 pm: Chat with the CEO, Anja Raudabaugh

Thursday, February 16, 2023

9 am – 11 am: What’s the Deal? Dairy Economics with Tiffany LaMendola

1pm – 3 pm: Dairy Environmental In-the-Know, Paul Sousa

If you have any questions regarding topics covered in this episode, please contact Allison at allison@wudairies.com

To learn more about Western United Dairies, visit wudairies.com.

Click Here to become a member!

Feb 13, 202357:27
S4E04: Do Tomatoes Fit Into Your Crop Rotation? | Morning Star Spotlight

S4E04: Do Tomatoes Fit Into Your Crop Rotation? | Morning Star Spotlight

S4E04: Do Tomatoes Fit Into Your Crop Rotation? | Morning Star Spotlight

This week, Allison Tristao interviews Giovanni Cavaletto, Agriculture Business Development of The Morning Star Company. They discuss tomatoes as an optional row crop for dairy farmers and how to get started with the Morning Star Company.

Contact Giovanni Cavaletto or Rigoberto Guzman for more information on their nutrition models or working with The Morning Star Company.

World Ag Expo

The Morning Star Company will be at the World Ag Expo.

Come see WUD at the World Ag Expo (WAE) at booths 6503 and 6603 in the Dairy Pavillion. See our schedule below.


Tuesday, February 14, 2023

10 am – 12 pm: Get Free Legal Advice, from Anthony Raimondo with Raimondo and Associates

12 pm – 1 pm: Learn about Hiring with Lecheros Unidos de California

1 pm – 3 pm: Get Free Legal Advice, from Anthony Raimondo with Raimondo and Associates

3 pm – 5 pm: Chat with the CEO, Anja Raudabaugh


Wednesday, February 15, 2022

9 am – 10 am: Learn about Hiring with Lecheros Unidos de California

10 am – 12 pm: What’s the Deal? Dairy Economics with Tiffany LaMendola

12 pm – 1 pm: Learn about Hiring with Lecheros Unidos de California

1 pm – 3 pm: Dairy Environmental In-the-Know, Paul Sousa

3 pm – 5 pm: Chat with the CEO, Anja Raudabaugh

Thursday, February 16, 2023

9 am – 11 am: What’s the Deal? Dairy Economics with Tiffany LaMendola

1pm – 3 pm: Dairy Environmental In-the-Know, Paul Sousa

If you have any questions regarding topics covered in this episode, please contact Allison at allison@wudairies.com

To learn more about Western United Dairies, visit wudairies.com.

Click Here to become a member!

Feb 05, 202319:18
S4E03: Message From the CEO | Anja Raudabaugh

S4E03: Message From the CEO | Anja Raudabaugh

S4E03: Message From the CEO | Anja Raudabaugh


This week, Allison Tristao interviews Anja Raudabaugh, CEO of Western United Dairies. They discuss the Dairy Leaders Program, this year's challenges and the World AG Expo (WAE).


See us at the World Ag Expo (WAE) at booths 6503 and 6603 in the Dairy Pavillion.


Tuesday, February 14, 2023

10 am – 12 pm: Get Free Legal Advice, Anthony Raimondo with Raimondo and Associates

12 pm – 1 pm: Learn about Hiring with Lecheros Unidos de California

1 pm – 3 pm: Get Free Legal Advice, Anthony Raimondo with Raimondo and Associates

3 pm – 5 pm: Chat with the CEO, Anja Raudabaugh


Wednesday, February 15, 2022

9 am – 10 am: Learn about Hiring with Lecheros Unidos de California

10 am – 12 pm: What’s the Deal? Dairy Economics with Tiffany LaMendola

12 pm – 1 pm: Learn about Hiring with Lecheros Unidos de California

1 pm – 3 pm: Dairy Environmental In-the-Know, Paul Sousa

3 pm – 5 pm: Chat with the CEO, Anja Raudabaugh


Thursday, February 16, 2023

9 am – 11 am: What’s the Deal? Dairy Economics with Tiffany LaMendola

1 pm – 3 pm: Dairy Environmental In-the-Know, Paul Sousa


If you have any questions regarding topics covered in this episode, please contact Allison at allison@wudairies.com

To learn more about Western United Dairies, visit wudairies.com.

Click Here to become a member!

Jan 29, 202321:54
S4E02: Being Married to Your Work | The Bogdanichs
Jan 22, 202347:51
S4E01: Does The Future of Managing Herd Mortality Include Composting? | Dr. Michael Payne DVM, PhD.

S4E01: Does The Future of Managing Herd Mortality Include Composting? | Dr. Michael Payne DVM, PhD.

S4E01: Does The Future of Managing Herd Mortality Include Composting? This week, Allison Tristao interviews Dr. Michael Payne DVM, PhD, Program Director of The California Dairy Quality Assurance Program and Paul Sousa, Director of Environmental Services & Regulatory Affairs for Western United Dairies. They discuss herd mortality management, what happens when rendering plants go offline and the advantages of composting mammals. If you have any questions regarding topics covered in this episode, please contact Paul at paul@wudairies.com To learn more about Western United Dairies, visit wudairies.com. Click Here to become a member!
Jan 15, 202322:33
S3E46: Bonus Episode - 2022, If you blinked, you missed it!
Dec 27, 202217:41
S3E45: Landflex Launch with Anja Raudabaugh and Aubrey Bettencourt

S3E45: Landflex Launch with Anja Raudabaugh and Aubrey Bettencourt

S3E45: Landflex Launch with Anja Raudabaugh and Aubrey Bettencourt

This week, Aubrey Bettencourt, President and CEO of the Almond Alliance, and Anja Raudabaugh, CEO of Western United Dairies co-host a dual podcast to bring the launch of Landflex into the public light.

00:00 - Introduction

01:05 - Market Update by Tiffany LaMendola of Ever.Ag

04:39 - Start of discussion with Anja and Aubrey

10:50 - What does Landflex mean and do for your organization

16:29 - What are the details of Landflex

If you have any questions regarding this episode, please contact Anja at anja@wudairies.com

To learn more about Western United Dairies, visit wudairies.com.

Click Here to become a member!

Dec 17, 202249:06
S3E44: The Political Climate After The Midterm Elections with Jason Bryant

S3E44: The Political Climate After The Midterm Elections with Jason Bryant

S3E44: The Political Climate After The Midterm Elections with Jason Bryant 

This week, Allison Tristao interviews Jason Bryant, Lobbyist for Western United Dairies. Jason brings his expertise to Seen & Herd and analyzes the political climate post-midterm elections.

00:00 - Introduction

01:07 - Market Update by Tiffany LaMendola of Ever.Ag

04:49 - Start of interview with Jason Bryant.

05:30 - Assembly Bill (AB) 181 - California’s Statewide universal meal program for pre-k through Grade 12 expanding the School Lunch Program.

08:39 - AB 181 directly affects California-grown foods and ingredients, such as dairy products.

11:20 - California was more impactful to the congressional mid-term election than in recent history, partially due to redistricting.

15:48 - California’s State Legislature had many tight races this election cycle, 15+ with less than 1000 votes separating the top two candidates.

19:08 - With California’s new class of 37 legislators, Dairy has a unique challenge and opportunity ahead.

If you have any questions regarding this episode, please contact Allison at allison@wudairies.com

To learn more about Western United Dairies, visit wudairies.com.

Click Here to become a member!

Dec 10, 202228:56
S3E43: Environmental Policy Breakdown with Paul Sousa
Dec 04, 202228:02
S3E42: An Interesting Time in the World of Water with Anja Raudabaugh
Nov 20, 202223:41
S3E41: Common Good Water with Val Fishman

S3E41: Common Good Water with Val Fishman

S3E41: Common Good Water with Val Fishman

This week, Allison Tristao interviews Val Fishman, Chief Development Officer of Common Good Water, LLC. Visit commongoodwater.com for more information.

00:00 - Introduction

01:04 - Interview with Val Fishman

Production Notes: There will not be a Market Update this week.

To learn more about Western United Dairies, visit wudairies.com.

Click Here to become a member!

Nov 13, 202213:35