Due to recent events with COVID-19, the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has extended the acceptance period for applications from dairy and livestock operators for its Dairy Digester Research and Development Program (DDRDP) and Alternative Manure Management Program (AMMP). The new grant application deadline is 5 p.m. PT, April 27, 2020, which is a 30-day extension.
CDFA’s dairy methane reduction programs provide financial assistance for the installation of dairy digesters and implementation of non-digester-based manure management practices that result in long-term methane emissions reductions and maximize environmental co-benefits on commercial dairy and livestock operations in California. These programs are funded through a $34 million appropriation from California Climate Investments, authorized by the Budget Act of 2019.
DDRDP and AMMP are part of California Climate Investments (CCI), a statewide program that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment–particularly in disadvantaged communities. The Cap-and-Trade program also creates a financial incentive for industries to invest in clean technologies and develop innovative ways to reduce pollution. CCI projects include affordable housing, renewable energy, public transportation, zero-emission vehicles, environmental restoration, more sustainable agriculture, recycling and much more. At least 35 percent of these investments are located within and benefiting residents of disadvantaged communities, low-income communities and low-income households across California. For more information, visit the CCI website at www.caclimateinvestments.ca.gov.