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Water and Energy Efficiency Grant Program Open for Applications

The State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP), authorized by emergency drought legislation last year, is open for applications through June 29.
 
The program provides funding to help farmers and ranchers implement conservation measures that reduce their water use and greenhouse gas emissions. 
 
The maximum grant award is $150,000 and can be used to improve irrigation and energy-use efficiency on California farms and ranches.

Agricultural Orders Regulate California Irrigation Discharges

Farmers and ranchers statewide must submit water test results and develop nutrient management plans for their land holdings under California state law.

Why these regulations exist:

CDFA Announces $10 Million State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program Grant

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) recently announced an estimated $10 million in competitive grant funding to provide financial assistance to agricultural operations for implementation of water conservation measures that result in increased water efficiency and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

Balancing the Soil Fertility Equation: Five Ways to Reduce Nitrogen Leaching

Widespread leakage of nitrogen from agricultural production has become a huge problem worldwide. Recent news articles have reported that numerous small towns in California’s central valley, the country’s most productive agricultural region, must use bottled water because their municipal water supplies are contaminated with dangerous levels of nitrates.

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