CDFA Seeking Public Comments On The Next Dairy Digester Research And Development Program Grant Solicitation

Sacramento, Calif., (February 7, 2017) – The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is now accepting public comments on the DRAFT Request for Grant Applications for the Dairy Digester Research and Development Program (DDRDP), authorized by the Budget Act of 2016.

An estimated $29-36 million in competitive grant funding will be awarded to provide financial assistance for the installation of dairy digesters that result in reduced greenhouse gas emissions from California dairy operations. DDRDP receives funding from the California Climate Investments Program, which use proceeds from the state’s cap-and-trade auctions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while providing a variety of additional benefits to California communities.

The DRAFT Request for Grant Applications is accessible on the CDFA Office of Environmental Farming and Innovation (OEFI) webpage: www.cdfa.ca.gov/go/DD.

CDFA will hold a webinar on Monday, February 6, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. to provide information on how to comment on the DRAFT Request for Grant Applications and field questions. To register for the webinar, please visit the program webpage at www.cdfa.ca.gov/go/DD.

Those interested must submit their comments via email to cdfa.oefi@cdfa.ca.gov by 5:00 p.m. PST on Tuesday, February 14, 2017.

The DDRDP is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of cap-and-trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas 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 Investment 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 made in disadvantaged and low-income communities. For more information, visit California Climate Investments.

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