Richard Cernansky, Agricultural Engineer, State Nutrient Management Team, USDA‐NRCS, Fresno, California
Dairy Waste Management and the Need for University Validation of Alternative Treatments
Waste management is crucial to the sustainability of dairy operations. NRCS maintains a role in helping
dairies achieve sustainability through conservation planning and the implementation of waste
management practices. The ever‐increasing demand of population growth upon our agricultural
producers is making sustainability a difficult task using traditional methods of waste management.
Industry is developing new technologies to meet this task where traditional methods are insufficient to
meet environmental and other management objectives. While these technologies may meet industry
needs, NRCS cannot support implementation without validation by a university or other independent
research entity. Validation requirements and potential funding will be discussed.
Richard Cernansky is with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service
(USDA‐NRCS) in Fresno, California, where since 2006 he has been an Agricultural Engineer on the State
Nutrient Management Team. He holds a BS degree in Biological Systems Engineering from UC Davis, and
previously worked as a Product Engineer for Kubota Tractor Corporation and as a Field Office Engineer
for the USDA‐NRCS in Chino, California.
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