The CDFA Climate Smart Agriculture Programs are currently accepting applications on a rolling basis. The 2021-2022 proposed budget has been approved, providing $43 million in available funding for drought relief through the CDFA State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP) (AB 128, Chapter 21) and $75 million for the Healthy Soils Program (HSP) (SB 129, Chapter 69).
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 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:
Linda MacElwee | firstname.lastname@example.org | (707) 895-3230
Seth Myrick | email@example.com | (707) 462-3664 ext. 110