The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has announced three research projects that will split $4.1 million in grants.

The funding is part of the California Livestock Methane Measurement, Mitigation, and Thriving Environments Research Grant Program which aims to verify the benefits of climate-smart practices on California dairy farms, evaluate methane mitigation strategies and advance manure recycling and produce development.

 “This funding will help ensure that California continues to see emissions benefits from ongoing projects and achieve additional reductions from new practices that address enteric methane and turn manure into useful products,” said CDFA Secretary Karen Ross. “We are excited about these proposals from our grantees and look forward to seeing their innovative work.” 

CDFA gave $1.6 Million dollars to Bubbleology Research International. Its project, “Evaluating the New, Smart, Climate-Friendly California Dairy: Measuring the Climate and Environmental Air Emissions Footprints of Improved Manure Management Practices,” will assess the benefits of the Department’s greenhouse gas reduction incentive programs through air quality data gathered via a mobile air quality lab, airborne sensing and data mining.

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Mooteric LLC will receive $500,000 for a “Feeding Seaweed to Accelerate Enteric Methane Emissions Reductions in Central Valley Dairies” initiative. The project will include trials that test the ability of seaweed feed additives to decrease methane emissions from dairy cows.

Lastly, FYTO was awarded $2 million for its project, “Aquatic Crop Production as a Nutrient-to-Feed Solution for California Dairies.” The company will install a commercial-scale automated aquatic crop farm in Modesto. The intent is to study the potential to recycle manure effluents into valuable agricultural inputs.

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