Dairies among recipients of CDFA funding for water, energy use efficiency

Several dairies are among the 93 recipients of funding from the CDFA’s program to implement on-farm water irrigation systems that reduce water and energy use, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs). The $3.6 million in funding for the State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP) is part of emergency drought Legislation (SB 103) signed earlier this year by Governor Brown authorizing CDFA to distribute as much as $10 million for eligible projects.  The money comes from the state’s portion of Cap-and-Trade auction proceeds.  The proceeds are deposited in the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund and appropriated to state agencies.

This program is the first of its kind at CDFA and applies to its authority under the Environmental Farming Act, which states that the department should establish and oversee an environmental farming program to provide incentives to farmers whose practices promote the well-being of ecosystem and air quality.

A second solicitation of SWEEP proposals is already underway, with grant awards up to $150,000 per project. More information on the next round, including information on how to complete an application and a listing of the 93 recipients, can be found by visiting the program webpage; www.cdfa.ca.gov/go/sweep.

Oct. 24, 2014 WUD Friday Update