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California Department of Food and Agriculture

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California Department of Food and Agriculture
Release #19-071
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CDFA SEEKS PUBLIC COMMENTS ON DAIRY METHANE PROGRAMS: DAIRY DIGESTER RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM & ALTERNATIVE MANURE MANAGEMENT PROGRAM

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SACRAMENTO, August 30, 2019- The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has received $34 million dollars from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund for methane emissions reductions from dairy and livestock operations as authorized by the Budget Act of 2019. These funds will incentivize projects through the Alternative Manure Management Program (AMMP) and the Dairy Digester Research and Development Program (DDRDP).
 
Three public stakeholder meetings are scheduled for September 2019 to update the public on the programs and to receive comments and suggestions for the next round of funding. These meetings will be held on the dates and locations provided below. Each meeting will include a webinar component to allow remote attendance and participation.
 
For more information on the programs, visit https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/oefi/ddrdp and https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/oefi/ammp
 
Meeting dates, locations and webinar registrations:
 
Tuesday, September 17: 9 a.m. – Noon
Energy Education Center, Edison Building
4175 South Laspina Street
Tulare, CA
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1476531267361063437
 
Wednesday, September 18: 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Mystic Room
5401 Old Redwood Highway
Petaluma, CA
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5958226424083016461
 
Thursday, September 19: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
California Department of Food and Agriculture Auditorium
1220 N Street
Sacramento, CA 
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/290912485967431693
 
Comments must be submitted to cdfa.oefi@cdfa.ca.gov by October 16, 2019, 5 p.m. PT.

The Dairy Digester Research and Development Program (DDRDP) and Alternative Manure Management Program (AMMP) are part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment – particularly in disadvantaged communities. The Cap-and-Trade program also creates a financial incentive for industries to invest in clean technologies and develop innovative ways to reduce pollution. California Climate Investments projects include affordable housing, renewable energy, public transportation, zero-emission vehicles, environmental restoration, more sustainable agriculture, recycling and much more. At least 35 percent of these investments are located within and benefiting residents of disadvantaged communities, low-income communities and low-income households across California. For more information, visit the California Climate Investments website at:  www.caclimateinvestments.ca.gov.




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