TULARE — The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has begun accepting applications for the Alternative Manure Management Program (AMMP). The AMMP is one of two programs designed by CDFA to reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions. The program will provide $9-16 million in grants to California dairy and livestock operators to implement non-digester manure management practices that reduce their methane emissions. Each grant may be up to$750,000.

Earth First Construction, a California educational non-profit organization, under a grant from the CDFA is holding four free Technical Assistance Workshops. These workshops will provide technical assistance with the application process and are free of charge. At the two-hour workshop participants will learn about the application process, scoring and how to submit the application through the online application tool, the Financial Assistance Application Submittal Tool (FAAST).  Applications and all supporting information must be submitted electronically using FAAST by Monday, Oct. 2, at 5 p.m. These workshops are appropriate:

-For applicants who are applying for this year’s grant application due on Oct. 2

-For applicants who are completing an application for this year’s grant application 

-For first applicants who are considering applying for next year’s grant application

An expert consultant in the industry, Jeff Weisel, dairy adviser, Chosen Acres, will be available at the free workshop at the International Agri-Center in Tulare on Sept. 11, as well as the three additional workshops at the Tulare County Library in Visalia.

The first of four free of charge Technical Assistance workshops are being offered at the International Agri-Center in Tulare on Sept. 11, from 2-4 p.m. Three other workshops are being held at the Tulare County Library in Visalia on Sept. 12 from 9-11 a.m., 2-4 p.m. and 4:30-6:30 p.m. 

For complete details and registration visit www.ManureSolutions.org. Space is limited to 40 people at the Agri-Center in Tulare workshop and 20 people at each of the three workshops at the Tulare County Library in Visalia.

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