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What is Climate-Smart Agriculture?

Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) includes management practices that increase soil carbon, reduce water, improve on-farm efficiencies, and promote sustainable land practices. CSA promotes agricultural productivity, resiliency to climate change, and greenhouse gas emissions reductions.

Program Overview

The University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) has partnered with the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) to provide technical assistance for Climate Smart Agriculture Incentive Programs.

How do we provide technical assistance? 

We provide technical assistance, outreach, and education to increase the adoption of climate smart agriculture practices targeted at soil health, manure management, and water use efficiency across California.

Local Assistance

Hope Zabronsky serves as the Academic Coordinator and Program Lead for the statewide Climate Smart Agriculture Program. Hope also provides technical assistance to farmers and ranchers in Yolo, Solano, and Sacramento Counties. Please contact Hope at 530-574-9963 or for assistance.

For more information about our statewide program, please visit our website.

CDFA's Climate Smart Agriculture Programs

The grant opportunities available through CDFA's Climate Smart Agriculture Program include:

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CDFA's State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP) encourages farmers to install more efficient irrigation systems that decrease their water consumption as well as their greenhouse gas emissions. CDFA's SWEEP will fund grants up to $200,000. Currently CLOSED.

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CDFA's Healthy Soils Program (HSP) awards up to $200,000 per project for implementing conservation agriculture techniques that decrease erosion and greenhouse gas emissions, like cover cropping, compost, crop rotation, and mulching. Currently CLOSED.

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CDFA's Alternative Manure Management Program (AMMP) awards funds - up to $750,000 - to livestock producers who decrease their methane emissions by changing the way they manage manure. Currently CLOSED.

Need Help?

If you would like more information about these programs please contact Hope Zabronsky at 530-574-9963 or

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