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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
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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...

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    Welcome to our newest CES in Santa Cruz county, Bailey Smith-Helman!

    Bailey Smith-Helman is our newest Community Education Specialist with the UC ANR Climate Smart Agriculture Program based in Santa Cruz County. She is excited to provide technical assistance to growers interested in climate smart agriculture practices....

  • SWEEP Pilot Program 2023

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    UC ANR Climate-Smart Agriculture Educators provide technical assistance to farmers seeking state funding

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