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CDFA accepting grant applications for climate smart agriculture incentives programs

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is now accepting grant applications for climate smart agriculture incentives programs administered by its Office of Environmental Farming and Innovation (OEFI) and funded by SB 5 and California Climate Investments. Appropriations for these four grant programs total $134 million.

The following programs at CDFA are accepting grant applications:

State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP)
Applications are due on Friday, March 8, 2019 by 5:00 P.M. PT.

SWEEP provides farmers and ranchers with grants to implement irrigation systems that save water and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Projects funded through SWEEP commonly include elements such as soil, plant or weather sensors, micro-irrigation systems, pump retrofits or replacements, renewable energy, and variable frequency drives (among others). SWEEP is funded through a $20 million appropriation authorized by the Budget Act of 2018 and funded through the California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access for All Act of 2018 (SB-5).

Detailed information on SWEEP, including application process, application requirements, schedule of application assistance workshops conducted by CDFA and list of third-party technical assistance providers is available at:
https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/oefi/sweep

Healthy Soils Program (HSP)
Applications are due on Friday, March 8, 2019 by 5:00 P.M. PT.

The HSP provides financial assistance for implementation of conservation management that improve soil health, sequester carbon and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The HSP is funded through a $10 million appropriation through SB-5 and $5 million appropriation from California Climate Investments (CCI), for a total of $15 million authorized by the Budget Act of 2018.The Healthy Soils Program will be implemented under two separate sections:
Detailed information on HSP Incentives Program, including application process, application requirements, schedule of application assistance workshops conducted by CDFA and list of third-party technical assistance
providers is available at is available at:
https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/oefi/healthysoils/IncentivesProgram.html

Dairy Digester Research and Development Program (DDRDP)
Applications are due on Tuesday, April 3, 2019 by 5:00 P.M. PT.

The DDRDP provides financial assistance for the installation of dairy digesters on commercial dairy operations in California. The DDRDP is funded through a $99 million appropriation from the CCI, authorized by the Budget Act of 2018. The DDRDP will be implemented under two separate sections:
Detailed information including application process, application requirements, schedule of application assistance workshops conducted by CDFA, and third-party assistance for community outreach assistance is available at:
https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/oefi/ddrdp/

Alternative Manure Management Program (AMMP)
Applications are due on Tuesday, April 3, 2019 by 5:00 P.M. PT.
The AMMP provides financial assistance for the installation of dairy digesters on commercial dairy operations in California. The DDRDP is funded through a $99 million appropriation from the CCI, authorized by the Budget Act of 2018. The AMMP will be implemented under two separate sections:
Detailed information including application process, application requirements, schedule of application assistance workshops conducted by CDFA, and list of third-party technical assistance providers is available at:
https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/oefi/AMMP/

Source: https://www.cdfa.ca.gov

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