Climate Smart Agriculture
What is Climate Smart Agriculture?
Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) is an approach to help the people who manage agricultural systems respond effectively to climate change.
Climate change effects include higher temperatures, changes in precipitation patterns, rising sea levels and more frequent extreme weather events. All of these pose risks for agriculture, food and water supplies. Resilience is therefore a predominant concern.
Climate Smart Agriculture Grants
The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) supports three funding opportunities in climate smart agriculture:
Awards funds up to $750,000 to dairy operations and livestock producers who decrease their methane emissions by changing the way that they manage manure.
|State Water Efficiency & Enhancement Program (SWEEP)||
Awards funds up to $100,000 to farmers that install more efficient irrigation systems that decrease their water consumption, as well as their greenhouse gas emissions.
|Healthy Soils Program (HSP)||
Awards funds up to $100,000 to farmers that implement conservation agriculture techniques that decrease erosion and greenhouse gas emissions, like cover cropping, compost, crop rotation, and mulching.
Para informacion en español haga click aqui.
Climate Smart Ag Specialists
In a collaborative partnership, CDFA and UC Agriculture and Natural Resources have teamed up to support community education specialists throughout the state to provide technical assistance and outreach for the climate smart agriculture programs.
Maria Ridoutt specializes in these initiatives and provides free assistance in English and Spanish to farmers in Kern, Tulare, Kings and nearby Counties with the grant application process for the SWEEP, AMMP, and HSP programs.
For more information and help applying for these grants, contact Maria Ridoutt at:
For more information about our statewide cohort click here.
Maria Ridoutt se especializa en estas iniciativas y brinda asistencia gratuita en inglés y español a agricultores en Kern, Tulare, Kings y los condados cercanos con el proceso de solicitud de subvenciones para los programas SWEEP, AMMP y HSP.
Para obtener más información y ayuda para solicitar estas subvenciones, comuníquese con Maria Ridoutt al:
Para obtener más información sobre nuestro equipo de proveedores de asistencia tecnica, haga clic aquí.
Para informacion acerca de las subvenciones de CDFA en español haga click aqui.
Check out our statewide cohort and contact your closest Climate Smart Ag specialist!
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Climate Smart Ag team Blog
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...
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...
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...
Amanda Charles comes to us from Petaluma, CA as a new member of the Community Education Specialist team. She represents the Sonoma County region at the UCCE Sonoma office in assisting growers with the application and implementation processes of CDFA's...