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.

A Technical Advisory Committee comprised of scientific and technical experts from state and federal government agencies and academia has been established to provide guidance to CDFA in program development.

Three public stakeholder listening sessions and one webinar were 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 were 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.

A copy of the presentation discussed at the listening sessions is available here. Comments on program framework were accepted until Monday, May 8, 2017. The listening sessions were held as follows:

Monday, April 17, 2017 – Sacramento, CA

Friday, April 21, 2017 – Santa Rosa, CA

Monday, April 24, 2017 – Tulare, CA

Friday, April 28, 2017 – Webinar

Comments received April 17, 2017 – May 8, 2017

Tentative Timeline for the 2016-2018 Alternative Manure Management Program

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

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