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California Department of Food and Agriculture
Release #18-071


SACRAMENTO, November 26, 2018 -  CDFA is accepting public comments on draft guidelines for new demonstration projects designed to achieve reductions of methane emissions from California dairy and livestock operations. The demonstration projects are two new components of CDFA’s existing dairy and livestock methane reduction incentive programs. 

The draft guidelines establish parameters by which competitive grants for demonstration projects will be awarded to showcase new and innovative technologies and manure management practices that result in long-term methane emission reductions while maximizing environmental benefits. Additionally, projects providing benefits to priority populations, which include disadvantaged and low-income communities, will receive additional points during the review process. These programs have been developed in response to the recommendations of the Dairy and Livestock Working Group

CDFA will allocate a total of up to $4 million for demonstration projects established under the draft guidelines, with up to $2 million each for digester and non-digester (i.e., alternative manure management) projects, respectively. Eligible applicants include California-based University researchers and academic experts, non-profit organizations, and private companies specializing in dairy and livestock manure management technologies in collaboration with California dairy operation or livestock operations. 

The draft guidelines for the new demonstration projects can be found on the following webpages under the CDFA’s Office of Environmental Farming and Innovation:

Dairy Digester Research and Development Program (DDRDP) Demonstration Projects:

Alternative Manure Management Program (AMMP) Demonstration Projects:

Public comments on the draft guidelines will be accepted from November 26, 2018 through December 10, 2018, 5:00 P.M. PT (15-day comment period). Comments regarding the draft guidelines must be submitted to

The AMMP and DDRDP are part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing GHG emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment– particularly in disadvantaged communities. The Cap-and-Trade program also creates a financial incentive for industries to invest in clean technologies and develop innovative ways to reduce pollution. California Climate Investments projects include affordable housing, renewable energy, public transportation, zero-emission vehicles, environmental restoration, more sustainable agriculture, recycling, and much more. At least 35 percent of these investments are located within and benefiting residents of disadvantaged communities, low-income communities, and low-income households across California. For more information, visit the California Climate Investments website at:



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