Climate Smart Agriculture
What is Climate Smart Agriculture?
Hello! My name is Valerie Perez and I was hired by the Santa Cruz UC Cooperative Extension office as a Community Education Specialist (CES). My job as a CES is to provide technical assistance to farmers and growers who are interested in the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (CDFA) Climate Smart Agriculture grants.
Currently, there are three grant funding opportunities available for Climate Smart Agriculture practices, including:
- Healthy Soils Program (HSP)
- State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP)
- Alternative Manure Management Program (AMMP)
For information about other CES members and these grants please visit our web page at: http://ciwr.ucanr.edu/Programs/ClimateSmartAg/
If you would like more information about these grants or need assistance with the application please contact me at (831) 763-8028 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Understanding Climate Smart Agriculture
In Spring 2019, one of the owners from Alves Dairy reached out about applying for an Alternative Manure Management Program (AMMP) grant through CDFA. Only one other project like this in the area exists, so tackling this sort of large-scale manure...
Congrats! You've been awarded a grant from the California Department of Food and Agriculture's Healthy Soils Program. Now what? Once your grant has been executed and before you implement any of your practices, you need to take soil samples to...
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