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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.

CDFA will engage with stakeholders on the development of the program framework in April 2017 (dates provided below). This page will be updated with additional details on meeting time and locations.

Monday, April 17, Sacramento
Friday, April 21, Santa Rosa
Monday, April 24, Fresno
Friday, April 28, 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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If you have questions about CDFA’s Alternative Manure Management Program, please send an e-mail to cdfa.oefi@cdfa.ca.gov.

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