Western United Dairymen has received $17.3 million in funding through the USDA’s Agricultural Water Enhancement Program (AWEP).

These funds will be used to help California dairy producers comply with the Central Valley Water Board’s General Order.

Specifically, it will help fund Waste Management Plans (WMPs) and water quality infrastructure improvements for enhanced water quality protection. Projects to improve manure management will also be eligible for funding.

All dairy producers in California’s Central Valley are eligible to apply.

The total of $17,300,000 will be made available over a three-year time period, with $5,800,000 in funding available this year.

The application period will be announced soon. Program details are still being worked out. Funding will likely be distributed on a cost-share basis.

In the interim, interested producers may contact WUD staff: Paul Martin at (707) 763-8874, Paul Sousa at (209) 527-6453, or the WUD field representative in your area.

Click here to learn more about the USDA’s Agricultural Water Enhancement Program.