SACRAMENTO — Butte County and its neighbors got a huge boost Tuesday when the California Department of Food and Agriculture announced millions in grant funding to implement new farming practices.
CDFA’s Office of Environmental Farming and Innovation awarded $106 million to 23 organizations statewide for carbon sequestration in soils and irrigation efficiency. The Butte County Farm Bureau got $10 million, half for each project, to distribute to local farmers and ranchers. Adding Colusa, Glenn and Tehama counties, the total is $34.5 million.
The funding comes from two pilot programs, the Healthy Soils Block Grant and State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program. CDFA said it will open applications for direct-to-producer HSP and SWEEP grants later this year.
“We are excited about the interest in our block grant programs, and the potential for locally led and coordinated projects to help build relationships,” said Virginia Jameson, CFDA deputy secretary for Climate and Working Lands. “We hope that these grants will build capacity in communities to address their specific resource challenges with the solutions that are right for them.”
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