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Livestock’s Impact on Greenhouse Gasses and California’s Rangelands

By Theresa Becchetti and Sheila Barry, University of California Cooperative Extension “Livestock’s Long Shadow”, a United Nations Report, released by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in 2006 stated that livestock produced more greenhouse gases than transportation worldwide. The report shocked and outraged many involved in livestock production, including University of California’s Air Quality Specialist, Frank Mitloehner. His research indicated that a much smaller percent of greenhouse gases (GHG) were coming from cattle. The emissions from cows is often mistakenly called “cow farts,” however methane emissions from cows comes primarily from “belching”.  Ruminant animals including cattle, sheep, goats, deer, bison, elk etc. have billions of microbes in their rumens, which operate like a large fermentation vat in their digestive system.  While these microbes allow ruminant digestive systems to make protein, energy and even vitamins from low quality feeds, they also produce methane, which is released by belching. Dr. Mitloehner found that the FAO report compared the entire production cycle for livestock, with only tail pipe emissions for transportation, ignoring the emissions associated with the manufacturing of vehicles.  The author acknowledged his errors, yet Livestock’s Long Shadow still casts a shadow of misinformation over animal production thirteen years later.   Following are some facts, stemming from Dr. Mitloehner’s research, to help put things in perspective: In California, 8% of the state’s GHG emissions come from agriculture (livestock and crops), residential and commercial activities generate 11%, while 80% of emissions are from transportation, electricity, and industry with 1% unidentified.  Out of the state’s agriculture 8%, half is from all of livestock production.  Other researchers (White and Hall 2017) have calculated that...

CRCC SPONSORS and BOOTH EXHIBITORS

California Rangeland Conservation Coalition Appreciates this 2019 Support! This list is growing, and your name can be here, too. SUMMIT CO-SPONSOR, University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources RANCH SPONSORS Cobblestone Ranch,   Flying Mule Farm,  Fogarty Ranch, Forrest Farms, Koopmann Ranch,  Lone Star Ranch – Mark and Dina Moore, Mission Livestock,  Orvis Ranch, Rankin Ranch,  Rodden Ranches LLC, Sagehorn-Russell Ranch LLC,  Santa Lucia Conservancy, Sparrowk Livestock, Star Creek Land Stewards, Sweet Ranch, Thomas Cattle,  Vogt Ranch, Williams Ranch, Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation,  Yolo Land & Cattle BUSINESS AND ORGANIZATION SPONSORS Alameda County RCD,  American West Conservation LLC, CA Association of Resource Conservation Districts,  CA Beef Cattle Improvement Association,  CA Cattlemen’s Association,  CA Dept Fish and Wildlife,  CA Farm Bureau Federation,  CA Grazing Land Coalition, CA Invasive Plant Council, CA Native Grasslands Association,  CA Rangeland Trust,  CA Wool Growers Association,  Cal-Pac Chapter of Society for Range Management,  Center for Natural Lands Management, Central Valley Bird Club,  Defenders of Wildlife,  East Bay Regional Park District,  Institute of Ecological Health,  Mountain Lion Foundation, Natural Resources Conservation Service,  Point Blue Conservation Science,  Sand County Foundation/Leopold Conservation Award Program,  San Joaquin – Stanislaus Cattlemen’s Association,     Sierra Nevada Conservancy, The McConnell Foundation,  The Nature Conservancy, University of California Berkeley, US Fish and Wildlife Service,  Westervelt Ecological Services, Yolo County...

2019 Photo Contest

Photo Contest Rules 2019 Deadline is extended to January 7!    Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place and People’s Choice! Sponsor:  Point Blue Conservation Science The photo contest promotes and shares working rangeland photography and generates original photographs for use by the California Rangeland Conservation Coalition (Coalition). A panel of photographers will determine 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners based on content and photo quality. The Coalition sincerely appreciates all contest participants, judges and the sponsors. Contestants are encouraged to attend the Summit. Rules Any photographer can submit up to 3 original photos. Choose your best! Photos must be original and taken in California and highlight California’s grazing lands, including livestock and ranching, people, landscapes, wildlife, plants, etc. Photos must be original, of high resolution (minimum 72 pixels per inch-ppi). Basic light and color correction is allowed, but no special effects or filters may be applied. Photos will be cropped to 8×10 or 10×8 inches for printing, so please no panoramas or other non-standard ratios. Photos can be from any time but must not have been submitted to previous CRCC photo contests. All photos submitted become the property of the Coalition. Photos may be published without obtaining further permission. Use may include, but is not limited to videos, website, social media, articles, and gifts. Makers will be recognized where feasible. Judging decisions will be final and at the sole discretion of the Coalition. Winners will be notified by email and announced during the California Rangeland Conservation Coalition Summit January 15, 2019 in Stockton. Submission Photos must be submitted by the deadline: Wed, January 7th, 2019. Submit photos...

2019 Summit Registration for Individuals

 We look forward to seeing you at the Summit, Tuesday, January 15, 2019! REGISTRATION:  $30 Student     $75  Participant Register Online        Include name(s) of individuals attending, and an email address   OR Send a check, payable to CRCC to 12233 N Flynn Rd, Livermore, CA  94550.  Include name(s) of individuals attending, and an email address for receipt. See also Donations, Booth Registration, and Sponsorship Registration...

2020 Summit Registration

We look forward to seeing you at the Summit, Tuesday, January 14, 2020! If you cannot attend, please consider making a donation. $30 Student     $75  Participant Register Online (click)  OR   Send a check, payable to CRCC to 12233 N Flynn Rd, Livermore, CA  94550.  Include name(s) of individuals attending, and an email address for receipt. CRCC is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) corporation. An I9 will be sent upon request.        See also Donation, Booth Registration and Sponsorship...