New! The Water Efficiency Technical Assistance Program
The Budget Act of 2021 appropriated $5 million to CDFA for irrigation water efficiency and nutrient management technical assistance grants. The Water Efficiency Technical Assistance (WETA) grant program is designed to facilitate technical assistance to agricultural operations for on-farm water and energy use efficiency and nutrient management.
To learn more about this program and to apply for funding please visit the program website for the Water Efficiency Technical Assistance Program.
The Climate Smart Agriculture Technical Assistance Grants Program
Technical assistance in the form of hands-on application assistance to farmers and ranchers is critical to the success of CDFA’s Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) programs including the Healthy Soils Program (HSP), the State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP) and the Alternative Manure Management Program (AMMP). One-on-one technical assistance improves accessibility of incentive funding to agricultural operations that otherwise may not have the resources or technical expertise to complete the application process and implement the CSA programs incentivized practices. Each time the AMMP, HSP or SWEEP program is appropriated funding CDFA’s Office of Environmental Farming and Innovation administers a Request for Proposals (RFP) for technical assistance providers.
Applications to support the Alternative Manure Management Program were accepted from October 27, 2021 through November 24, 2021. The application period has now closed.
The Climate Smart Agriculture Technical Assistance Program is not accepting applications.
University of California Partnership
CDFA has partnered with the University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources to offer Climate Smart Agriculture technical assistance. Individuals who are interested in learning more about climate-smart agriculture or need assistance with the CDFA incentive programs may contact their nearest Community Education Specialist.
Awarded TA Providers
CDFA has agreements with technical assistance providers (TAPs) around the state to provide one-on-one support to farmers and ranchers awarded through the Alternative Manure Management Program (AMMP), the Healthy Soils Program (HSP) and State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP). Farmers and ranchers in need of implementation assistance associated with their current AMMP or HSP award may contact the TAPs indicated in the lists linked below:
- 2020 AMMP TAPs
- 2020 HSP TAPs
- 2021 HSP TAPs
- 2021 SWEEP TAPs