Funding Available for Climate Smart Agriculture Practices

Feb 14, 2020

Funding Available for Climate Smart Agriculture Practices

Feb 14, 2020

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The California Department of Food and Agriculture is soliciting for applications for two programs: Healthy Soils Program (HSP) and Alternative Manure Management Program (AMMP). These programs, funded through the state's Cap and Trade Program, aim to support agricultural production through incentivizing practices resulting in a net benefit for the environment through innovation, efficient management, and science.

The University of California Cooperative Extension in Sonoma County received funding to assist farmers and ranchers in applying for these funds.

CDFA AAMP

The AMMP program provides financial assistance for the implementation of non-digester manure management practices in California, which will result in reduced greenhouse gas emissions. These practices include solid separation, conversion from flush to scrape manure collection, increased pasture access, and construction of a compost bedded pack barn.

The program offers a maximum project award of $750,000 without the requirement of a cost share. Applications are currently being accepted and the deadline to apply is March 27th, 2020 at 5:00 pm PT. If you are interested in this program and would like more information, visit the CDFA AMMP page.

For assistance in project development and submitting an application, contact:

Randi Black, Dairy Advisor, UCCE Sonoma County, rablack@ucanr.edu, 707-565-2648

CDFA Healthy Soils Program

The HSP has two components:

  • HSP Incentives Program
  • HSP Demonstration Projects

The HSP Incentives Program provides financial assistance for implementation of conservation management that improve soil health, sequester carbon, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Incentives projects are eligible for a maximum award of $100,000 with no cost share required.

The HSP Demonstration Projects showcase California farmers and rancher's implementation of HSP practices. Demonstration projects can be either data collection focused with outreach and education components ($250,000 maximum award) or just focus on outreach ($100,000 maximum award).

Applications are not yet being accepted, but are expected to open in February with the deadline for submission in April. If you are interested in this program and would like more information, visit the CDFA Healthy Soils Program webpage. 

For assistance in project development and submitting an application, contact:

Stephanie Larson, Livestock & Range Management Advisor, UCCE Sonoma County, slarson@ucanr.edu,707-565-2621


By Randi Black
Author - Dairy Advisor

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