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Posted: July 21, 2016 | Location: ,

Grant amounts: Up to $200,000 Due: August 5, 2016 For more information: https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/oefi/sweep/ The CDFA is accepting applications in an $18 million funding round for on-farm projects that provide water savings and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP) provides grants for activities such as: • upgrades to more efficient pumps • conversion to drip • installation of solar panels to produce renewable energy • improved water storage and/or recycling • soil moisture monitoring and scheduling Up to $200,000 per agricultural operation is available, and a 50% match is recommended but not required. Applications are due August 5, 2016. View the program’s webpage and application materials by clicking here. We are particularly excited to announce that, for the first time, free Technical Assistance is being offered to SWEEP applicants. We encourage you to attend one of the 23 in-depth technical assistance workshops throughout California. View the list of workshops by clicking here. CDFA is also offering four grant application workshops in Yolo, Imperial, San Luis Obispo, and Fresno Counties. View the list of info sessions by clicking here. For a helpful overview of the application resources available on the SWEEP webpage, watch this short video. CalCAN has advocated for funding, technical support, and continual improvements to SWEEP since the program’s inception. The program is funded by proceeds from the state’s cap-and-trade auction, and it has already helped hundreds of California growers take positive steps to reduce water use and increase energy efficiency.

Posted: March 16, 2016 | Location: ,

Financial assistance is now available to assist with the cost of establishing new conservation buffers and other practices on and near farms that produce organic crops. The funds come from the USDA Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), a federally funded voluntary program that contracts with agricultural producers so that environmentally sensitive land is not farmed or ranched, but instead used for conservation benefits. CRP participants establish long-term, resource-conserving plant species, such as approved grasses or trees (known as “covers”) to control soil erosion, improve water quality and develop wildlife habitat. In return, FSA provides participants with rental payments and cost-share assistance. Contract duration is between 10 and 15 years. For conservation buffers, funds are available for establishing shrubs and trees, or supporting pollinating species, and can be planted in blocks or strips. Interested organic producers can offer eligible land for enrollment in this initiative at any time. Learn more.