Secretary Ross, Senator Lara help unveil revamped digester facility at Open Sky Ranch Dairy

A photograph of CDFA Secretary Karen Ross touring an open-sided dairy cow barn at Open Sky Dairy in West Fresno with dairyman Eric TeVelde and Senator Ricardo Lara.

CDFA Secretary Karen Ross tours Open Sky Ranch Dairy in West Fresno with dairyman Eric TeVelde (left) and Senator Ricardo Lara. Today’s unveiling of the dairy’s revamped digester facility puts the farm on the cutting edge, with a biogas recovery and power generation system. CDFA’s Dairy Digester Research and Development Program funded approximately half of the project’s cost with a grant of $973,430.

From left: CDFA Secretary Karen Ross with dairyman Eric TeVelde and Senator Ricardo Lara, touring Open Sky Ranch Dairy.

Cow Power indeed! Senator Ricardo Lara and CDFA Secretary Karen Ross saw first-hand how Open Sky Ranch Dairy’s newly revamped digester and power generation system are ready to produce approximately 6.4 million kilowatt-hours of renewable electricity per year.

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