CDFA holds public comment for water efficiency and healthy soils

Tulare County, Central Valley farmers and industry stakeholders will have the opportunity to comment on draft grant applications Sept. 4 in Fresno

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SACRAMENTO – Early next month the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) will be accepting public comment on draft requests for grant applications. Specifically they are accepting comment on the State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP) and the Healthy Soils Program (HSP).

Tulare County and the Central Valley will have the best chance to lend their thoughts over the grant applications on Sept. 4 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Fresno County Farm Bureau at 1274 W. Hedges Ave in Fresno. 

SWEEP provides farmers and ranchers with grants to implement irrigation systems that save water and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Projects funded through SWEEP commonly include elements such as soil, plant or weather sensors, micro-irrigation systems, pump retrofits or replacements, renewable energy, and variable frequency drives (among others). The draft RGA for the SWEEP program is posted at www.cdfa.ca.gov/oefi/sweep.

HSP offers grants to farmers who take action to capture greenhouse gas emissions—such as carbon dioxide—in the soil to help combat climate change. The Healthy Soils Program will be implemented under two separate sections: an Incentives Program and Demonstration Projects. The incentives Program will award grants to provide financial assistance to farmers and ranchers for implementation of agricultural management practices that sequester soil carbon and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Demonstration Projects will award projects that monitor and demonstrate to farmers and ranchers in California, specific management practices in agriculture that sequester carbon, improve soil health, and reduce atmospheric GHGs.

The RGAs for both the HSP Incentives Program and Demonstration Projects can be found on the CDFA Office of Environmental Farming .

CDFA will hold three listening sessions at the end of August to provide information on how to comment on the draft RGAs and answer questions related to the programs.

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