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Climate Smart Agriculture

What is Climate Smart Agriculture?

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Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) addresses the risk that the agricultural industry faces due to changing climate conditions. It encompasses management practices that increase soil carbon, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve on-farm efficiencies, and promote sustainable land practices. CSA promotes increasing agricultural productivity, building resiliency to climate change and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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:

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 valperez@ucanr.edu

Understanding Climate Smart Agriculture

CSA Blog
  • Alves' AMMP Project. Image by Dana Brady.
    Alves Dairy successfully completes AMMP Grant

    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...


    By Dana Brady
    Author - Climate Smart Agriculture- Community Education Specialist
  • Photo by Shulamit Shroder.
    Soil Testing Protocol for HSP Recipients

    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...


    By Shulamit Shroder
    Author - Community Education Specialist II
  • Frank Fernandes and soil structure. Photo by Shulamit Shroder.
    Conservation Profile: Frank Fernandes, Tulare County

    Grower Profile #1: Frank Fernandes Practices: No-Till, Strip-Till, and Cover Crops Frank Fernandes grew up in a big dairy family in Tulare County. He has continued that tradition and now farms about 1,500 acres near Pixley. He grows corn, wheat,...


    By Shulamit Shroder
    Author - Community Education Specialist II