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Climate Smart Agriculture

Interested in applying to a climate-smart grant?

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.

Click here for more information about our technical assistance providers.

Climate-Smart Agriculture Grants

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) supports three funding opportunities in climate-smart agriculture


Alternative Manure Management Program (AMMP) 

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  • For dairy and livestock operations who decrease their methane emissions by changing the way that they manage manure.
  • Eligible practices: Conversion from flush to scrape, compost bedded pack barn, transitioning to a pasture-based system, and more.
  • Funds up to $750,000 per project

State Water Efficiency & Enhancement Program (SWEEP)

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  • For farmers and ranchers installing more efficient irrigation systems, decreasing their water and energy consumption.
  • Eligible practices: pump retrofit or replacement, conversion to microirrigation or drip, pump conversion to electric or solar, VFDs, and many more.
  • Funds up to $200,000 per project

Healthy Soils Program (HSP) 

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  • For farmers and ranchers that implement conservation agriculture techniques that sequester carbon in the soil
  • Eligible practices: cover crops, compost application, hedgerows, reduced and no-till systems, whole orchard recycling, and many more.
  • Funds up to $100,000 per project

Para informacion en español haga click aqui. 

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

Source: Food and Agriculture Organization.
Source: Food and Agriculture Organization.

Climate Smart Ag team Blog
    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...

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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...

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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...

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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...