The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is developing a new Dairy Digester Research and Development Program. Authorized by the Budget Act of 2014. CDFA was appropriated $12 million from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund to provide financial assistance for the installation of dairy digesters in California.

CDFA will administer the program in two phases, beginning with Phase I, Dairy Digester Development; and Phase II, Research.

Under Phase I, an estimated $11 million in competitive grant funding will be awarded for the implementation of dairy digesters on farms.

Under Phase II, an estimated $500,000 will be made available for research and demonstration projects that improve the economic performance of dairy digesters.

Three public stakeholder meetings have been scheduled in November to explain the new program and to receive comments and suggestions. Dates and locations are:

• Thursday, Nov. 6 – 2:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m., University of California Cooperative Extension Stanislaus County, 3800 Cornucopia Way, Room: HI, Modesto, CA 95358

• Monday, Nov. 10 – 1 p.m.–4 p.m., University of California Cooperative Extension Tulare County
4437 S. Laspina Street (Across the street from World Ag Expo), Room: Tulare County Agricultural Building Auditorium, Tulare, CA 93274

• Thursday, Nov. 13 – 1 p.m. – 4 p.m., California Department of Food and Agriculture
1220 N Street, Room: Auditorium, Sacramento, CA 95814.

The meeting on Nov. 13 will include a webinar to allow remote attendance. For more information visit: http://www.cdfa.ca.gov/EnvironmentalStewardship/Dairy_DigesterS.html