New regulations that will affect composting have been issued by the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB), Cal Recycle, and some Air Quality Management Districts. CAFF has joined with a number of other organizations to try to harmonize these regulations and make them feasible for on-farm and small-scale commercial composting.

CAFF commissioned a report from a group of students at the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley, which addressed all of the concerns about composting in California.
Read the executive summary here.

Sustainable Conservation recently issued a report on dairies and composting that identified many of the obstacles to composting manure.
Read the executive summary here.

The Water Board Compost General Order is the biggest obstacle to on-farm composting.
Read the SWRCB General Order here.

CAFF is recommending that the agricultural exemption be expanded so that farmers would only need to notify their local enforcement agency and would not need a permit.
Download the CAFF Recommendations here.

David Runsten
Policy Director

Dave directs all of CAFF’s policy work as well as the food safety and water stewardship outreach. Dave is an agricultural economist who conducted research on such topics as contract agriculture in Mexico, fair trade coffee in Oaxaca, regional competitiveness of the produce industry, living wages in Los Angeles, and farm labor in California.

dave[at]    |    530.756.8518 x125

CAFF Legislative Representation, Sacramento
Justin Malan, Eco Consult

CAFF Legislative Representation, Washington DC
National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

CAFF Policy Advisors
Stellman Keehnel, Esq., DLA Piper, Seattle
E. Phillip LeVeen, PhD, Berkeley