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NEW DAIRY AND LIVESTOCK ENTERIC METHANE REDUCTION RESEARCH PROGRAM PROPOSALS NOW BEING ACCEPTED


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SACRAMENTO, September 11, 2023 — CDFA is now accepting proposals for its new 2023 Livestock Enteric Methane Emission Reduction Research Program, until November 1 at 5 P.M. PT. 
 
Enteric methane emissions are greenhouse gases (GHGs) produced by fermentation in the stomachs of ruminant animals such as cattle, goats, or sheep, and are exhaled or belched by the animals. 
 
In 2020, dairy and livestock enteric methane emissions were responsible for approximately 11 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MMTCO2e) per year, representing 35 percent of the agriculture and forestry sector’s GHGs. 
 
"Addressing enteric methane emissions from livestock is key to slowing the rate of climate change,” said John R. Tauzel, Senior Director of Global Agriculture Methane from the Environmental Defense Fund. "California’s investment in enteric emissions solutions is a leading example of how to support more resilient livestock systems and a healthier climate collectively." 
 
The California Budget Act of 2022 provided $9.5 million to fund demonstration trials evaluating additives and dietary modifications that could potentially reduce enteric methane emissions in the dairy and livestock sectors. Funded studies provide advanced insight into feed additives' implications on animals and the environment. 
 
The methane reduction research program will award competitive grants to universities (with or without a private partnership), non-profit research organizations, and California Native American Tribes. 
 
Program administrators invite applicants who have advanced from a pre-proposal phase to submit full proposals via email by November 1 at 5 P.M. PT. 
 
To view the request for full proposals (RFP) or for more information about the process, eligibilities, impact areas, and requirements please visit the website at www.cdfa.ca.gov/oefi/enteric
 
For any inquiries regarding this program, please email CDFA.OEFI_Enteric_Methane_Reduction@cdfa.ca.gov

The Livestock Enteric Methane Emission Reduction Research Program is part of California Climate Investments (CCI), a statewide program that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas 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. CCI 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, please visit the CCI website at: https://www.caclimateinvestments.ca.gov/cci-about
 

 

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