Media Contacts: Steve Lyle (CDFA), 916-654-0462 , email@example.com
Application period for each grant runs October 5, 2021 through December 6, 2021
SACRAMENTO, October 5, 2021 - The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is now accepting grant applications for its Biologically Integrated Farming Systems (BIFS) Program and its Proactive Integrated Pest Management (Proactive IPM) Solutions Program, administered by the Office of Pesticide Consultation and Analysis (OPCA). OPCA is housed under the CDFA Office of Environmental Farming and Innovation.
The goal of the BIFS grant program is to fund on-farm demonstration and evaluation of innovative biologically based farming systems that employ integrated pest management (IPM) strategies. CDFA is responsible for supporting agricultural production in California by fostering innovative, efficient, and scientifically sound practices. OPCA received a one-time appropriation of $2 million for BIFS as part of the 2021-2022 budget.
Applications for the BIFS are due by 5 PM PST, December 6, 2021. Detailed information on the BIGS program, including the application process and requirements, is available at https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/oefi/opca/bifs.html.
The goal of the Proactive IPM is to anticipate exotic pests likely to arrive in California and to identify and test IPM strategies which can then be quickly implemented if the pests are detected. CDFA is responsible for preventing and mitigating invasive pests to protect is agricultural crops. Techniques resulting from this proactive approach will allow for rapid deployment of management plans and less pesticide use.
Applications are due at 5 PM PST, December 6, 2021. Detailed information on the Proactive IPM Solutions Program, including the application process and application requirements, is available at https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/oefi/opca/proactive-ipm.html
OPCA received a one-time appropriation of $1 million for Proactive IPM Solutions as part of the 2021-2022 budget.
A public information workshop is scheduled to provide details on the BIFS and Proactive IPM Solutions grant programs. This workshop will be held as a webinar on the date provided below:
Thursday, October 21, 2021
10 AM to 11 AM (Pacific Time)
Topic: CDFA OPCA BIFS and Proactive IPM Solutions Public Information Workshop
Register in advance for this webinar: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_9kJbpvysTT-T7VhoqLPahA
OPCA provides consultation to the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) on pesticide regulatory matters. The office’s consultative activities focus on potential pesticide regulatory impacts and pest management alternatives that may mitigate or prevent such impacts on production agriculture. OPCA staff is also involved in other projects relating to pesticide use and alternatives. Information on the Office of Pesticide Consultation and Analysis is available at https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/oefi/opca/.