A Senate committee will hear more this week about a cleanup measure that has divided the ag industry. Assembly Bill 2959 would make adjustments to the supply chain for recycling agricultural byproducts into cattle feed. Several agriculture groups have opposed the measure, as has UC Davis air quality specialist Frank Mitloehner in a recent op-ed.
Yet the Western Agricultural Processors Association contends the bill would not impact the recycling of almond hulls and shells into feed, as opponents fear.
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“We are sympathetic to the potential issues this bill would create for the dairy industry in the loss of some organic byproducts,” WAPA CEO Roger Isom writes in an email update, adding that “the matter has been sensationalized in an effort to broaden the opposition to the bill.”