CDFA Climate Smart Agriculture

MCRCD can support producers in Lake and Mendocino Counties on CDFA Climate Smart Agriculture Programs, SWEEP and HSP. The Application for the 2023 – 2024 round of CDFA State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP) Direct-to-Producer Solicitation Period is currently PAUSED until further notice and the Healthy Soils Program (HSP) Incentive Grants Application is CLOSED for application review.

Applications for the Healthy Soils Program (HSP) Incentive Grants 2024 direct-to-producer solicitation period were accepted to CDFA’s Grant Application portal from January 22, 2024 to February 9, 2024 at 5 PM PST. Please reach out to Seth Myrick at seth.myrick@mcrcd.org, or Meagan Hynes at m.hynes@mcrcd.org, if you have questions on the HSP 2024 application process.

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The Healthy Soils Program

The Healthy Soils Program provides financial incentives to California growers and ranchers to implement or demonstrate conservation management practices that sequester carbon, reduce atmospheric greenhouse gases (GHGs), and improve soil health. GHGs benefits are estimated using quantification methodology and tools developed by California Air Resources Board (CARB), USDA-NRCS and CDFA and soil health improvement will be assessed by measuring soil organic matter content.

The State Water Efficiency & Enhancement Program

The State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP) provides financial assistance in the form of grants to implement irrigation systems that reduce greenhouse gases and save water on California agricultural operations. Eligible system components include (among others) soil moisture monitoring, drip systems, switching to low pressure irrigation systems, pump retrofits, variable frequency drives and installation of renewable energy to reduce on-farm water use and energy.

For more information from Mendocino County Resource Conservation District, contact:
Seth Myrick | seth.myrick@mcrcd.org | (707) 462-3664 ext. 110

Linda MacElwee | Linda.MacElwee@mcrcd.org | (707) 895-3230

Meagan Hynes | m.hynes@mcrcd.org | (707) 462-3664 ext. 106