Funding Available for Dairy/Livestock Alternative Manure Management Projects

Posted on Wednesday, February 12th, 2020 by Jeanne Merrill
Manure scraping at Hughes Dairy

Applications Due March 27th

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) recently announced a new round of available funding for the Alternative Manure Management Program (AMMP).  Between $6.1 million and $10.7 million will be available for grants to dairy and livestock producers interested in projects that reduce methane emissions on their operations by shifting away from wet manure handling and storage to dry manure management, including pasture-based practices. In our recent analysis of AMMP projects, about two-thirds of awardees turn their manure into compost. For a complete list of eligible practices, see the recent Request for Grant Applications.

CDFA is also making available $450,000 for AMMP Demonstration Projects to support outreach and education efforts to highlight the multiple benefits of AMMP projects for producers. Eligible applicants include California universities, UCCE, RCDs and nonprofits with agriculture outreach expertise, working in collaboration with dairy or livestock operators who have received AMMP funding.

Farmer demand for the AMMP program funding has exceeded available funding in the past.  We encourage producers to work with available technical assistance providers who can help with the application.  You can find a list of those TA providers here.

CDFA will host three upcoming workshops on the AMMP program in Modesto (Feb. 18th), Petaluma (Feb. 19th) and Fresno (Feb. 20th).  You can find location and webinar information (if you prefer to join online instead of in-person) on the CDFA website.


Want to learn more about AMMP and how producers are using the program?  Click here to see AMMP project profiles.

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