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Climate Smart Agriculture Program

What is Climate Smart Ag?

Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) addresses the risk that the agriculture industry faces due to changing climate conditions. It encompasses management practices that increase soil carbon, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve on-farm efficiencies, and promote sustainable land practices.  CSA promotes increasing agricultural productivity, building resiliency to climate change and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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    Update on CDFA’s 2023 SWEEP Application

    Many of you might know that the 2023 State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP) has been placed on pause due to a deficit in the state budget. This pause will remain in effect until Governor Newsom releases his proposed budget later...


    By Heather Montgomery
    Author - Climate Smart Agriculture Community Education Specialist III
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    CDFA’s 2023 SWEEP Incentive Grant is Open!

    New Update! CDFA has opened the SWEEP application as of December 5th, 2023.  SWEEP applications are open until January 26th, 2024. Funding will be announced and awarded February 2024.  What is SWEEP? The CDFA's State Water Efficiency...


    By Heather Montgomery
    Author - Climate Smart Agriculture Community Education Specialist III
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    2023 CDFA HSP and SWEEP Block Grant Pilot Programs

    2023 CDFA HSP and SWEEP Block Grant Pilot Programs Just awarded! CDFA (California Department of Food and Agriculture) has released a list of organizations, that have been awarded to the Healthy Soils Program (HSP) and State Water Efficiency and...


    By Heather Montgomery
    Author - Climate Smart Agriculture Community Education Specialist III
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    Healthy Soils and SWEEP Updates

    Many growers have been asking for updates on upcoming SWEEP and Healthy Soils application rounds. Good news! CDFA has announced that both programs will be open for new applications this fall 2023. We still do not know exact dates, but CDFA did release...


    By Caddie Bergren
    Author - Climate Smart Agriculture Program Specialist
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    Welcome to our newest CES in Santa Cruz county, Bailey Smith-Helman!

    Bailey Smith-Helman is our newest Community Education Specialist with the UC ANR Climate Smart Agriculture Program based in Santa Cruz County. She is excited to provide technical assistance to growers interested in climate smart agriculture practices....


    By Caddie Bergren
    Author - Climate Smart Agriculture Program Specialist