California officials are seeking comments on a funding availability for programs aimed at helping producers adapt their operations through climate-smart approaches.

The California Department of Food and Agriculture opened a two-week comment period Monday on a draft Request for Grant Applications for its Climate Smart Agriculture Technical Assistance Program. In a release, CDFA says it is specifically interested in public comments on the “proposed maximum award, program requirements, and other important details of the program.”

The CSA TA program was authorized by the legislature in 2018. It supports several CDFA climate-smart ag programs, including the Healthy Soils Program, the State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program and the Alternative Manure Management Program. Under the bill, 5% of any funding appropriated to HSP and SWEEP is made available for CSA TA grants.

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The grants give technical assistance from outside organizations including resource conservation districts and the state’s cooperative extension service to farmers applying for HSP, SWEEP or AMMP and then offer ongoing assistance to projects ultimately funded during implementation.

Comments are due by Dec. 16 at 5 p.m. PST.

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