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CDFA accepting grant applications for dairy methane reduction programs


February 4, 2020
By Manure Manager

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The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is now accepting grant applications for dairy methane reduction programs administered by its Office of Environmental Farming and Innovation and funded by California Climate Investments.

CDFA’s dairy methane reduction programs provide financial assistance for the installation of dairy digesters and implementation of non-digester-based manure management practices that result in long-term methane emissions reductions and maximize environmental co-benefits on commercial dairy and livestock operations in California.

The following programs at CDFA are accepting grant applications:

Dairy Digester Research and Development Program

Detailed information including application process and requirements, application assistance workshops conducted by CDFA and community outreach resources are available at www.cdfa.ca.gov/oefi/ddrdp.

Applications are due March 27 by 5 p.m. PDT.

Alternative Manure Management Program (AMMP)

CDFA offers two grant opportunities under AMMP:

  • Incentives Program: Detailed information, including application process, requirements, application assistance workshops conducted by CDFA, and a list of third-party technical assistance providers are available at www.cdfa.ca.gov/oefi/AMMP;
  • Demonstration Projects: “Advancing Practices Farmer-to-Farmer” will fund projects that demonstrate the implementation of alternative manure management practices on California dairy and livestock operations. Detailed information is available at cdfa.ca.gov/oefi/ammp/DemoProject.

Applications are due March 27 by 5 p.m. PDT.

To assist with the application process for these programs, CDFA will conduct three workshops, with locations and remote-access registration links as follows:

February 18, 9:30 a.m. to noon

Stanislaus County Agricultural Commissioner Office

Room HI – 3800 Cornucopia Way

Modesto, CA 95358

February 19, 1 to 3:30 p.m.

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

Mystic Room – 5401 Old Redwood Highway, Ste 100

Petaluma, CA 94954

February 20, 9:30 a.m. to noon

UC Merced Center, Fresno

Mariposa Room – 550 E Shaw Avenue

Fresno, CA 93710