Dairy Digester Research & Development Program
CDFA's Dairy Digester Research and Development Program (DDRDP) provides financial assistance for the installation of dairy digesters in California, which will result in reduced greenhouse gas emissions. The program is guided by the Statement of Principles (PDF) of the California-Federal Dairy Digester Working Group. The Working Group is a partnership of state, federal and local agencies with the common goal of identifying and removing barriers to the wide adoption of dairy digester systems in California.
About the Program
Dairy digesters are a renewable technology that uses livestock manure to produce methane, which is a renewable source of electrical energy generation and transportation fuel. The technology has many environmental and social benefits. More information on dairy digesters can be found on the CalEPA Dairy Digesters webpage and the USEPA AgSTAR Anaerobic Digestion webpage.
- CDFA Announces Projects Selected for DDRDP Phase I (Dairy Digester Development) Awards for 2014-15 Press Release
- DDRDP Phase II April 9 Request for Research Proposals
- CDFA Announces March 4 Public Meeting to Discuss Research Phase of New Dairy Dairy Digester Research and Development Program
- CDFA Announces Available Funding for Dairy Digester Development Program
- Public Meetings Scheduled to Discuss CDFA's Dairy Digester Research and Development Program
DDRDP in the News
Farm Beat: Study praises dairy manure digesters
(John Holland, The Modesto Bee) – A new study praises some of the dairy cows in Stanislaus and Merced counties for doing their part to curb climate change.
The Amazing Animal That Puts Food on Your Plate and Powers Your Home.
Haiken, M. (2015, January 16). Retrieved from http://www.takepart.com/article/2015/01/16/amazing-animal-puts-food-your-plate-and-powers-your-home
Growing California video series: Cow Power
New Hope Dairy like other California dairies is quickly pioneering a new method to convert cow manure into methane gas using anaerobic digester plants.