Climate Smart Agriculture Program
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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.
CDFA Climate Smart Programs
||Funding for non-digester related manure management practices that will result in a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Projects can be funded up to $750,000 and could consist of pasture-based management; alternative manure treatment and storage (such as compost bedded pack barns); and solid separation or conversion from flush to scrape in conjunction with some form of drying or composting of collected manure. Recipients are: dairy and livestock operators.|
The HSP Incentives Program provides funding for practices that improve soil health, sequester carbon, and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. These projects can be awarded up to $100,000 for farmers and ranchers and can include; compost application, range planting, and hedgerow planting.
||Funding to implement irrigation systems that reduce greenhouse gases and save water on California agricultural operations. Eligible projects could include; soil moisture monitoring, drip systems, switching to low pressure irrigation systems, pump retrofits, variable frequency drives, and installation of renewable energy to reduce on-farm water use and energy. These projects can be funded up to $200,000.|
SWEEP Pilot Program 2023
SWEEP Pilot Program 2023 - A huge congratulation to the Southern Desert Region agricultural community It was great news when CDFA announced the State Water Efficiency and Engagement Program (SWEEP) Southern Desert Pilot Program, proposed for...
UC ANR Climate-Smart Agriculture Educators provide technical assistance to farmers seeking state funding
The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) provides financial incentives to encourage farmers and ranchers to adopt climate-smart practices that help build on-farm resilience in face of a changing climate. These climate-smart...
Implementation of the Healthy Soils practices by Solidarity Farms in Pauma Valley, CA
Solidarity Farms is one of the farms that have been proactive regarding soil health. Since purchasing the farm, the farm owners have focused on improving soil health. They have won a few grants geared towards improving soil health. They received the...
Alternative Manure Management Program (AMMP) Now Accepting Applications!
The Alternative Manure Management Program helps dairy and livestock producers decrease their manure-derived methane emissions by transitioning from one manure management system to another. It awards funds up to $750,000. As of March 10th...
CSA team is growing! Welcome Maria Fernanda Ridoutt Orozco
Maria Ridoutt is the newest member to UC Cooperative Extension. Maria is based out of Kern County and serves Kern, Tulare, and Kings Counties. She specializes in the Climate Smart Agriculture initiatives from the California Department of Food and...
I can provide technical assistance for farmers and ranchers in applying for the CDFA grants AMMP, SWEEP, and HSP. In addition to assisting with the application process I can also assist with the implementation process once awarded. For more information, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 530-822-7515.