Press Release : Provided by the California Department of Food and Agriculture
SACRAMENTO, June 17, 2019 – The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is seeking public comment on the draft Request for Proposals (RFP) and application materials developed for the 2019 Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) Technical Assistance Grant Program.
CDFA was authorized to administer the program under Assembly Bill No. 2377 (2018), which established a grant program to provide funds for CSA technical assistance providers to aid applicants of the Alternative Manure Management Program (AMMP), the Healthy Soils Program (HSP), and the State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP).
Funds awarded through this competitive grant process will be distributed to technical assistance providers from Resource Conservation Districts, the University of California Cooperative Extension, and nonprofit organizations with demonstrated technical expertise in designing and implementing agricultural management practices to support CDFA’s 2019 CSA incentive programs.
CDFA conducted the first public comment period on this program through April 25, 2019 – May 24, 2019. Revisions have been made to the RFP and application materials in response to comments received. The current announcement seeks additional comments from interested stakeholders and members of the public. The draft RFP and application materials are available at https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/oefi/technical/.
Comments must be sent via email to CDFA.OEFI_CSA_TA@cdfa.ca.gov. The public comment period will close on June 28, 2019 at 5 p.m. PT. Input received will be considered when finalizing the 2019 CSA Technical Assistance Grant Program.