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Climate Smart Agriculture

Hello! My name is Valerie Perez and I am one of ten Climate Smart Agriculture Specialist with the University of California Cooperative Extension. I serve Santa Cruz County and the surrounding areas. I provide technical assistance for farmers and ranchers in applying for the California Department of Food and Agriculture's (CDFA) Climate Smart Agriculture grants, including the application and implementation process. 
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The three Climate Smart Agriculture grants are: 

Incentivizes the implementation of conservation agriculture techniques that decrease erosion and greenhouse gas emissions, like cover cropping compost, crop rotation, and mulching.

Encourages farmers to install more efficient irrigation systems that decrease their water consumption as well as their greenhouse gas emissions.

Awards funds to livestock producers who decreases their methane emissions by changing the way they manage manure.

If you would like more information, or to see if you qualify, please feel free to call or email me at (831) 763-8028, or valperez@ucanr.edu. Please visit my team's website for more information regarding the grants.