The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) awarded nearly $25.4 million in grants in 2020 to fund methane reduction projects across the state. The grants are part of the Dairy Digester Research and Development Program (DDRDP) and the Alternative Manure Management Program (AMMP).
In all, 12 DDRDP projects totaling $16.5 million and 13 AMMP projects totaling $8.9 million are being funded. These projects will reduce an estimated 191,360 metric tons of greenhouse gases per year. They will also contribute $32 million in matching funds.
Since 2015, 235 dairy families in California have participated in methane reduction efforts through these programs. In all, these projects eliminate the release of 2.3 million metric tons of greenhouse gases annually, which is the equivalent of removing more than 495,000 cars from the road.
This article appeared in the February 2021 issue of Journal of Nutrient Management on page 5.
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