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A new dairy research facility opens in Tulare County

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ELIZABETH ARAKELIAN, HOST: Tulare County is the heart of California's dairy industry. As KVPR’s Kerry Klein reports, county officials hope a new dairy research facility will help the industry get stronger and more efficient.

KERRY KLEIN: The facility on Avenue 112 south of Tulare is owned by a company called DairyExperts. It’s got a cattle barn, but also a classroom and a lab. Michael Washam with the county’s Resource Management Agency says the company’s mission is to improve dairy best practices.

MICHAEL WASHAM: Everything from feedstocks that are coming online to nutrient supplements to even finding feed that will reduce methane.

KLEIN: Methane, a potent greenhouse gas belched out by cows. The state has committed to reducing those emissions.

Washam says the company does research, but also offers one-on-one support.

WASHAM: It’s really geared towards any dairy farmer that has the needs for on-site consulting services, training.

KLEIN: In 2021, dairy was Tulare County’s top grossing industry, bringing in more than $1.9 billion dollars. For KVPR News, I’m Kerry Klein.

Kerry Klein is an award-winning reporter whose coverage of public health, air pollution, drinking water access and wildfires in the San Joaquin Valley has been featured on NPR, KQED, Science Friday and Kaiser Health News. Her work has earned numerous regional Edward R. Murrow and Golden Mike Awards and has been recognized by the Association of Health Care Journalists and Society of Environmental Journalists. Her podcast Escape From Mammoth Pool was named a podcast “listeners couldn’t get enough of in 2021” by the radio aggregator NPR One.