The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) will begin accepting applications for the Alternative Manure Management Program (AMMP). The application period was targeted to open at the end of March.

The AMMP is one of two programs designed by CDFA to reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions. The program will provide $19-33 million in grants to California dairy and livestock operators to implement non-digester manure management practices that reduce their methane emissions. In the last round each grant could be up to $750,000.

Earth First Living, a California educational non-profit organization, under a grant from the CDFA, is holding four free Technical Assistance Workshops. These workshops, which are free of charge, will provide technical assistance with the application process. 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).

These workshops are appropriate:

— For applicants who are applying for this year’s grant application due in May 2018

— 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 Advisor, Chosen Acres, will be available at the four free workshops at the Tulare County Library located at 200 W. Oak Ave., in Visalia.

Complete details and registration available at

This free-of-charge Technical Assistance workshop is being offered on the following dates and times:

— Thursday, April 12, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Repeated at: 3:30-5:30 p.m.  

— Friday, April 13, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Repeated at: 3:30-5:30 p.m.  

For complete details and registration, visit Space is limited to 15 people at each of the four workshops at the Tulare County Library located at 200 W. Oak Ave. in Visalia.

The AMMP 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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