- Author: Kathleen P Nolan
The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is now accepting applications for technical assistance funding to assist applicants and awardees of the 2019 Alternative Manure Management Program and the 2019 Healthy Soils Incentive Program.
Funds awarded through this competitive grant process will be distributed to Resource Conservation Districts, the University of California Cooperative Extension, and nonprofit organizations with demonstrated technical expertise in designing and implementing agricultural management practices to support CDFA's 2019 Climate Smart Agriculture incentive programs.
Technical assistance in the form of hands-on application assistance to farmers and ranchers is critical to the success of CDFA's Climate Smart Agriculture programs including the Healthy Soils Program (HSP), the State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP) and the Alternative Manure Management Program (AMMP). One-on-one technical assistance improves accessibility of incentive funding to agricultural operations that otherwise may not have the resources or technical expertise to complete the application process, and implement the CSA programs incentivized practices. Assembly Bill No. 2377 (2018) authorized CDFA's Office of Environmental Farming and Innovation to administer a Request for Proposals (RFP) and application materials for the 2019 CSA Technical Assistance Grant Program.
Eligible organizations may request up to $120,000 to provide technical assistance to applicants and awardees.
Applications are due August 30, 2019. For more information and to apply, please visit: https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/oefi/technical/index.html
Kathleen Nolan, Director, ANR Office of Contracts & Grants (OCG)