The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) announced they are accepting public comments on the draft Request for Grant Applications for the Dairy Digester Research and Development Program (DDRDP) from February 1-14, 2017.

What are the goals of DDRDP?

An estimated $29-36 million in competitive grant funding will be awarded to provide financial assistance for the installation of dairy digesters that result in reduced greenhouse gas emissions from California dairy operations. DDRDP receives funding from the California Climate Investments Program, which use proceeds from the state’s cap-and-trade auctions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while providing a variety of additional benefits to California communities.

Where do I find the draft Request for Grant Applications?

The draft Request for Grant Applications is accessible on the CDFA Office of Environmental Farming and Innovation (OEFI) webpage:

How do I submit comments on the application?

Those interested must submit their comments via email to by 5:00 p.m. PST on Tuesday, February 14, 2017. CDFA will hold a webinar on Monday, February 6, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. to provide information on how to comment on the draft Request for Grant Applications and field questions. To register for the webinar, please visit the program webpage at

How can I learn more about DDRDP?

Contact Toni Scott, principal and grants practice manager, at Morrison. Morrison which provides competitive grant writing, business planning (including budgeting, cash flow forecasting, and strategic planning), feasibility studies, and people solutions. You can contact Toni directly at or via telephone at 530-893-4764 ext. 205.

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