New!   2022 California Livestock Methane Measurement, Mitigation and Thriving Environments Research Program (CLIM3ATE-RP)

The California Livestock Methane Measurement, Mitigation and Thriving Environments Research Program (CLIM3ATE-RP) hosted by the CDFA’s Office of Environmental Farming and Innovation (OEFI) will award competitive grants to California-based eligible entities for research projects aligned with California's efforts to successfully implement climate-smart agriculture, with a direct focus on nutrient management and methane reduction from dairy and livestock operations.

A total of $5 million in funding allocated from the Budget Act of 2021 (SB 170, Chapter 240) will be directed towards three impact areas:

1) Verification of Methane Reduction Strategies.
2) Alternative Methane Reduction Strategies; and
3) Manure Recycling and Innovative Products Development.

CLIM3ATE-RP is now accepting Applications.

Applications to the CLIM3ATE- RP will be accepted through 5:00 P.M. PT Tuesday February 28, 2023. Details on the application process and evaluation criteria for the program can be found in the RFP, as shown below:

2022 CLIM3ATE-RP RFP

Application Attachment Templates

CDFA will hold two public virtual workshops for CLIM3ATE-RP on January 11th, 2023, and February 7th, 2023, to provide information on the program and the application process.


Registration for the virtual workshops can be found below:
Wednesday, January 11th, 2023, at 11:00 AM PT
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_lftTLXmrSgOXGIcqVry0Dw
and
Tuesday, February 7th at 11:00 AM PT
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_lVVdjJKvSpWL0UFTjIyR2w

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about
joining the workshop.


CDFA held two public, virtual workshops on the draft RFP for CLIM3ATE-RP on November 3rd and November 7th, 2022, to provide information on the program and instructions for commenting on the draft RFP. Responses to comments received during the public comment period can be found here:

Comments Received during the Public Comment Period

Responses to Comments Received during the Public Comment Period

The Previous Draft RFP for CLIM3ATE-RP may be found here:
Draft RFP for CLIM3ATE -RP



2021 Manure Recycling and Innovative Products Task Force

CDFA convened the Manure Recycling and Innovative Products Task Force (MRIP) to develop recommendations on how to recapture and enhance the value of dairy manure while supporting healthy soils, protecting water quality, and reducing agriculture’s carbon footprint in California. The task force produced their final report in December 2022.

MRIP Final Report

In close alignment with this effort and to have preliminary technical background available for policy recommendations, the California Biomass Collective at the University of California, Davis, conducted research to provide an overview of the amount and location of surplus nutrients within California’s dairy sector and evaluate selected manure treatment technologies capable of recovering manure nutrients in useful form or otherwise reducing surpluses safely. This research report was completed in October 2022 and shared with the MRIP.

Manure Nutrient Recovery, Removal, and Reuse on California Dairies


2021 Biologically Integrated Farming Systems

The Office of Pesticide Consultation and Analysis (OPCA) is offering $2,000,000 in funding to promote integrated pest management (IPM)-based options that focus on economical and efficacious biological and cultural pest management techniques while reducing chemical insecticide inputs. Further details are available here.


2021 Proactive Integrated Pest Management Solutions


The Office of Pesticide Consultation and Analysis (OPCA) is offering a $1,000,000 in funding to alleviate pest management problems related to new invasive pests. The goal of the program is to identify exotic pests likely to arrive in California and develop integrated pest management (IPM) programs which can be rapidly implemented if these pests become established in the state. The details of the funded project are available here.

2018 Small Dairy Climate Change Research


CDFA selected a research project titled "Small Dairy Climate Change Research: An economic evaluation of strategies for methane emission reduction effectiveness and appropriateness in small and large California dairies" for a grant award of $213,349. The research team is led by California Dairy Research Foundation in collaboration from University of California, Davis researchers.

This research was authorized by the Budget Act of 2017-18 which appropriated $250,000 to CDFA for small dairy climate change research. The research work will also contribute to the Small Dairy Climate Action Plan which is required by legislative mandate as part of the same budget act in 2017-18 (Item 8570-101-3228 (1) (b)).