Foreword by Paul Sousa. Below is an article reprinted from CDFA’s recent quarterly newsletter regarding funding for livestock methane reduction programs. If you have any questions on these programs, please contact Kyle Lutz or Paul Sousa. If you are interested in getting assistance from us with your application, please reach out and let us know.We assist dairies on a first come – first served basis, until our capacity to assist has been reached.

A new call for applications is coming soon for three of OEFI’s dairy and livestock manure methane reduction programs: the Dairy Digester Research and Development Program (DDRDP), Alternative Manure Management Program (AMMP), and Dairy Plus Program (DPP). The DPP is funded by a USDA Partnerships for Climate Smart Commodities grant that OEFI administers collaboratively with the California Dairy Research Foundation. OEFI expects to announce the opening of grant solicitation in June/July 2024.

DDRDP incentivizes the installation of dairy digesters and expects availability of approximately $10 million to award; AMMP supports the implementation of non-digester manure management practices such as conversion of flush to scrape manure collection and expects to have approximately $20 million to award*. The DPP supports manure management practices that also address nutrient surplus and has $57 million available.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to start planning and preparing in advance of the application period. Each program’s webpage contains information that can assist with the planning process, including materials and resources from previous grant solicitation rounds and availability of free technical assistance. Sign up for email notifications to be alerted about the application period, workshops and outreach events.

*The State Budget will determine funding availability on or after July 1, 2024.

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