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Dino Giacomazzi on Dairy Farming in California

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DINO GIACOMAZZI  is a fourth-generation California dairy farmer, who embodies what it means to have farm responsibly and sustainably, on his 900-acre farm, with 900 dairy cows. He and his family live on the dairy property and oversee all aspects of its operations. And now, their newest crop is almonds.

He has become a leader in the community, advocating the benefits of conservation tillage to other dairy farmers. He uses social media channels and hosts demonstrations and field days at his farm to connect with others inside and outside of the agricultural community.

Dino has taken the lead on education and outreach efforts. His combination of traditional methods: farm field days and working with farm magazines; combined with more modern approaches: a blog and social media sites, have made him a successful advocate for implementing land conservation practices. CASI considers his Giacomazzi’s 2006 public field day to be “the most successful and impacting extension education event that [their] workgroup has been involved with during the past decade.”

 He has also created a handbook titled, A Systems Approach to Conservation Tillage of Forage Crops, which serves as a practical guide for other farmers. The Dairy has shown successful land management, and has quantified their efforts to serve as inspiration to other California farms and ranches.

Find out more from him ar www.dinogiacomazzi.com

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