Agriculture Conservation

California Conservation Corps - Forest Health

The California Conservation Corps collaborates with public agencies and non-profit partners to improve forest health and conserve natural resources. Trained Corpsmembers conduct fuel reduction, reforestation, wetland restoration, urban forestry, and urban greening projects. Funding from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund enables the California Conservation Corps to offer these services at an economical rate. With 19 locations statewide, the California Conservation Corps accepts requests for service on a rolling basis.

Agricultural Land Mitigation Program

The Agricultural Land Mitigation Program (ALMP) provides grant funding for the purchase of agricultural conservation easements on farmland within Fresno, Madera, Merced, Kern, Kings, or Tulare counties. Interested landowners must partner with an eligible applicant, such as a land trust, city, county, resource conservation district, or regional park or open-space district.

Environmental Enhacement and Mitigation (EEM) Grant Program

Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation (EEM) programs projects contribute to mitigation of the environmental effects of transportation facilities.

Eligible EEM projects must fit one of the following categories:

A. Urban Forestry projects designed to offset vehicular emissions of carbon dioxide.

B. Resource Lands projects for the acquisition or enhancement of resource lands to mitigate
the loss of, or the detriment to, resource lands lying within the right-of-way acquired for
transportation improvements.

Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation (SALC) Program

The Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation (SALC) Program utilizes Cap-and-Trade proceeds to protect agricultural lands on the outskirts of cities and near residential neighborhoods from development. All applicants interested in submitting an easement application are required to submit a pre-proposal by the deadline listed to be considered for funding.

April 17, 2019: Pre-Proposal Deadline
September 13, 2019: Application Deadline

Alternative Manure Management

The Alternative Manure Management Program (AMMP) provides financial assistance for the implementation of non-digester manure management practices in California, which will result in reduced greenhouse gas emissions. Alternative manure management practices involve handling manure in ways that don't involve using an anaerobic digester. Currently, eligible practices for funding through AMMP include: pasture-based based management; solid separation or conversion from flush to scrape in conjunction with some form of drying or composting of collected manure.

State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP)

The State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP) provides financial assistance in the form of grants to implement irrigation systems that reduce greenhouse gases and save water on California agricultural operations. Eligible system components include (among others) soil moisture monitoring, drip systems, switching to low pressure irrigation systems, pump retrofits, variable frequency drives and installation of renewable energy to reduce on-farm water use and energy. (Prop 68)