manure management

Grant Funding Available for the 2018 Alternative Manure Management Program

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is now accepting applications for the 2018 Alternative Manure Management Program (AMMP).

manure managementThe AMMP is one of two programs designed by CDFA to reduce dairy and livestock greenhouse gas emissions. The program will provide $19-33 million in grants to California dairy and livestock operators to implement non-digester manure management practices that reduce methane emissions.

Applicants must access the 2018 Request for Grant Applications at www.cdfa.ca.gov/oefi/ammp/  for detailed program requirements and application instructions.

CDFA has partnered with the State Water Resources Control Board to utilize its online application site, the Financial Assistance Application Submittal Tool (FAAST).  All prospective applicants must register for a FAAST account at https://faast.waterboards.ca.gov to apply. Applications and all supporting information must be submitted electronically using FAAST by Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. PDT.

CDFA will present three workshops and two webinars on the 2018 AMMP competitive solicitation process. Workshops and webinars will feature an overview of the program and requirements, a review of the application questions, a live demonstration of the online application system and more.  There is no cost to attend the workshops; however, space is limited and CDFA request that attendees register in advance. To register, email grants@cdfa.ca.gov with your name and contact information, the workshop you would like to attend, and the number of seats required.

Workshops and webinars will be held at these locations on the following dates:

Eureka – Monday, April 9, 2018
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Humboldt County Agricultural Building
5630 South Broadway Street
Eureka, CA 95501

Santa Rosa – Tuesday, April 10, 2018
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Sonoma County Agricultural Commissioner
133 Aviation Boulevard, Suite 110
Santa Rosa, CA 95403

Modesto – Monday, April 16, 2018
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Stanislaus County Agricultural Building
3800 Cornucopia Way, Suite B
Modesto, CA 95358

This meeting will also be available as a webinar for remote attendees.
Webinar – Tuesday, April 17, 2018
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

To register for the two webinars, please visit the program webpage at: https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/oefi/ammp/.

All prospective applicants should access the AMMP webpage (https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/oefi/ammp/ ) for information regarding additional, free-of-charge technical assistance conducted by non-profit organizations, Resource Conservation Districts and California academic institutions to assist in the submission of AMMP applications.

Prospective applicants may contact CDFA’s Grants Office at grants@cdfa.ca.gov with general program questions.

The Alternative Manure Management Program is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of Cap and Trade dollars to work reducing GHG 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.  California Climate Investments 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 California Climate Investments website at:  www.caclimateinvestments.ca.gov.