California Department of Food and Agriculture

Alternative Manure Management Program

Alternative Manure Management Program

Milk and dairy products are important protein and nutrient food sources for human health. California leads the nations in milk production. California dairies are some of the most efficient and innovative in the world. One tradeoff is the production of methane, a greenhouse gas and a short-lived climate pollutant, from livestock manure. Management practices exist for reducing methane emissions from animal manure through non-digester methodologies.

CDFA received $50 million from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund in 2016 (AB 1613 Section 13. Item 8570-101-3228) for methane emissions reductions from dairy and livestock operations. The Alternative Manure Management Program (AMMP) will be developed and implemented by CDFA to support non-digester dairy methane reduction practices. CDFA will allocate $9-16 million from the total $50 million appropriation as incentives to support project development to support the AMMP objective. The remainder of the funding appropriation will incentivize development of dairy digesters through the Dairy Digester Research and Development Program.

Three public stakeholder listening sessions and one webinar are scheduled from April 17 through April 28, 2017 to obtain feedback and comments on CDFA’s Alternative Manure Management Program (AMMP) framework. The listening sessions are designed to obtain input from a wide group of stakeholders including but not limited to dairy and livestock farmers, environmental advocates, local community members and the general public. CDFA hopes to gather information about important components of the proposed program including management practices that will be incentivized, potential adverse impacts and community outreach.

A copy of the presentation to be discussed at the listening sessions is available here. Please submit your comments on program framework by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 8, 2017 to: The listening sessions will be held as follows:

Monday, April 17, 2017 – 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
California Department of Food and Agriculture
1220 N Street, Auditorium
Sacramento, CA 95814
Meeting Agenda
The meeting presentation will be available on livestream at:

Friday, April 21, 2017 – 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Sonoma County Department of Agriculture
133 Aviation Blvd., Suite 110
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Meeting Agenda

Monday, April 24, 2017 – 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Energy Education Center
4175 S. Laspina Street
Tulare, CA 93274
Meeting Agenda
Meeting Agenda (Spanish)

- Spanish Translation will be available at the meeting

Friday, April 28, 2017 – 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Please register for the webinar at:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Tentative Timeline for the 2016-2018 Alternative Management Practice Program

Item Proposed Dates*
Public/Stakeholder Meetings April 2017
Notice of Funding availability released July 2017
Grant Application Workshops July - Aug 2017
Applications proposals due August 2017
Proposal evaluation period Aug – Sept 2017
Announce grant awardees October 2017
Project Implementation begins November 2017
*Subject to change

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