CDFA offers financial assistance to farmers and ranchers

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 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 the 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 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:

Incentives Program:

The Incentives Program will award grants to farmers and ranchers for implementation of agricultural management practices that improve soil health, sequester carbon and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Detailed information on HSP Incentives Program, including the 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

Demonstration Projects: The Demonstration Projects will award projects that monitor and demonstrate to farmers and ranchers in California, specific management practices in agriculture that improve soil health, sequester carbon, and reduce greenhouse gases.

Detailed information on HSP Demonstration Projects, including the application process, application requirements and a schedule of

application assistance workshops conducted by CDFA is available at:  https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/oefi/HealthySoils/DemonstrationProjects.html

For assistance on grant applications or more information visit the Colusa County Resource Conservation District Office, 100 Sunrise Blvd, Suite B, Colusa, CA 95932; (530) 458-5131 Ext. 117 or email Liz@ColusaRCD.org ■

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