Climate Smart Agriculture
The California Department of Food and Agriculture's climate smart agriculture initiatives encourage farmers and livestock producers to adopt agricultural techniques that decrease erosion and greenhouse gas emissions and increase carbon sequestration and water efficiency.
Shulamit Shroder, the newest addition to the Kern County extension office, specializes in these initiatives. She can help farmers in Kern, Tulare, and Kings Counties with the grant application process for the SWEEP, AMMP, and Healthy Soils Program grants.
- The State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP) encourages farmers to install more efficient irrigation systems that decrease their water consumption as well as their greenhouse gas emissions. You can apply for a SWEEP grant for up to $100,000.
- The Alternative Manure Management Program (AMMP) awards funds - up to $750,000 - to livestock producers who decrease their methane emissions by changing the way that they manage manure.
- The Healthy Soils Program incentivizes the implementation of conservation agriculture techniques that decrease erosion and greenhouse gas emissions, like cover cropping, compost, crop rotation, and mulching. For this grant, there is $100,000 available per project.
For more information about these programs and for help applying for these grants, contact Shulamit Shroder at:
email@example.com or 661-868-6218
Check out this blog about Climate Smart Agriculture from our statewide cohort.
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