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Sustainability Summit Offers College Scholarships

The California Dairy Sustainability Summit is offering  three scholarships for California college students in dairy science in a writing contest.  The grand prize winner will receive a $1000 scholarship and will be invited, expenses paid, to share their story with attendees at the California Dairy Sustainability Summit taking place Mar. 22 – 25, 2020, at Cal Expo in Sacramento. This important event brings together hundreds of dairy farmers and others.



The scholarships are sponsored by California Milk Producers Council with first place at $1000 and an invitation to speak; second place a $500 scholarship; and third place at $250 scholarship.  The top ten essays will be shared on the Summit website after the event.  More information about the event can be found at>

The essay should describe…

  • What has inspired you to be part of the California dairy community?
  • What does “sustainability” mean to you?
  • How do you envision the future of California dairy?
  • Why is dairy an important part of a sustainable, nutritious global food system?
  • What are you most excited about as you think about your future in dairy?

Essays should be emailed to <events@,.com.  The deadline is midnight on Friday, Dec. 13.  Send with the email subject line, “Dairy’s Future Leaders.”  Entrants should include their name, year in school and the name of the university or community college attended.  Essays must be 1000 words or less.

The Sustainability Summit event is hosted by Dairy Cares, California Dairy Quality Assurance, Dairy Council of California and the California Milk Advisory Board.

Water Grants Deadline Dec. 16!

The deadline for State Water and Energy Efficiency Program (SWEEP) that offers up to $100,000 per project is December 16, 2019. The California Dairy Campaign is providing technical assistance on the SWEEP application process to farmers. At a recent CDC meeting in Modesto, Calif.,  Kathy Wilkins of SWEEP provided more details about the program including solar projects eligible for grants. For more information, contact Kathryn Wilkins (209)604-7444 or email to <> or find more information here


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