As a result of difficulties associated with COVID-19, the California Department of Food and Agriculture has extended the acceptance period for applications from dairy and livestock operators for its Dairy Digester Research and Development Program (DDRDP) and Alternative Manure Management Program (AMMP). The new grant application deadline is 5 p.m. PT, April 27, 2020, which is a 30-day extension. CDFA’s dairy methane reduction programs provide financial assistance for the installation of dairy digesters and implementation of non-digester-based manure management practices that result in long-term methane emissions reductions and maximize environmental co-benefits on commercial dairy and livestock operations in California. These programs are funded through a $34 million appropriation from California Climate Investments, authorized by the Budget Act of 2019. Prospective grant applicants are encouraged to visit the DDRDP and AMMP webpages for additional information about the programs and grant requirements, according to CDFA.

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