Dairy Digester Research and Development Program (DDRDP)
- DDRDP Phase I (Dairy Digester Development) Projects Selected for Award – Additional Information Available **new**
Dairy digesters are a renewable technology that uses livestock manure to produce methane, which is a renewable source of electrical energy generation and transportation fuel. The technology has many environmental and social benefits. More information on dairy digesters can be found on the CalEPA Dairy Digesters webpage and the USEPA AgSTAR Anaerobic Digestion webpage. Learn more about dairy digesters in California in CDFA’s Cow Power video, a part of the Growing California series showcasing California's diverse agricultural scene in partnership with California Grown.
The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is developing a new Dairy Digester Research and Development Program authorized by the Budget Act of 2014 (Chapter 25, Statutes of 2014). CDFA was appropriated $12 million dollars from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund to provide financial assistance for the installation of dairy digesters in California, which will result in reduced greenhouse gas emissions. An estimated $11 million in competitive grant funding will be awarded to provide financial assistance for the installation of dairy digesters that result in reduced greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental benefits, and an estimated $500,000 will be made available for research and demonstration projects that improve the economic performance of dairy digesters in California. The objective will be met by providing funds on a competitive basis for: a) dairy digester development (Phase I) and b) dairy digester research (Phase II).
The program is guided by the Statement of Principles of the California–Federal Dairy Digester Working Group. The Working Group is a partnership of state, federal and local agencies with the common goal of identifying and removing barriers to the wide adoption of dairy digester systems in California.
Phase I Dairy Digester Development
This phase of the program will provide approximately $11 million in competitive grant funding to provide financial assistance for the implementation of dairy digesters that result in reduced GHG emissions and provide other environmental benefits.
The Request for Grant Applications for this phase was released on January 12, 2015 and applications were accepted until February 23, 2015.
CDFA is pleased to announce projects selected for DDRDP awards for Phase I (2014-15). A list of projects selected for award is available.
Phase I: 2015 Dairy Digester Development Recipient Resources
Phase II Dairy Digester Research
A total of approximately $500,000 will be made available for research and demonstration projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; facilitate improved understanding of the scientific and technical aspects of dairy digesters; and provide information about economic feasibility, widespread implementation and environmental benefits. Please check this website for updates on the research program.
The Request for Grant Applications for this phase was released on April 9, 2015 and applications were accepted until May 15, 2015. A list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) received and responses are available.
Estimated Timeline (Subject to Change)
|Public Stakeholder Meetings for Program Design Feedback||March 2015|
|Application Period||April 9 – May 15, 2015|
|Proposal evaluation period||May – July 2015|
|Announce grant awardees||July – August 2015|
Please check the website for updates to timeline.
CDFA Announces Projects Selected for DDRDP Phase I (Dairy Digester Development) Awards for 2014-15 Press Release
DDRDP Phase II April 9 Request for Research Proposals
CDFA Announces March 4 Public Meeting to Discuss Research Phase of New Dairy Dairy Digester Research and Development Program
CDFA Announces Available Funding for Dairy Digester Development Program
Public Meetings Scheduled to Discuss CDFA’s Dairy Digester Research and Development Program
DDRDP in the News
Farm Beat: Study praises dairy manure digesters
(John Holland, The Modesto Bee) – A new study praises some of the dairy cows in Stanislaus and Merced counties for doing their part to curb climate change.
Haiken, M. (2015, January 16). The Amazing Animal That Puts Food on Your Plate and Powers Your Home. Retrieved from http://www.takepart.com/article/2015/01/16/amazing-animal-puts-food-your-plate-and-powers-your-home.
To be notified about the program, interested parties should contact CDFA’s Grants Office at email@example.com and request to be put on the e-mail notification list for the Dairy Digester Program.