California Southern Desert Region Irrigation System Pilot Program Grant

Applications are due by November 8, 2022.
The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is accepting grant applications for a State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP) pilot project for the Southern Desert Region of California. California farmers, ranchers, and federally and California-Recognized Native American Indian Tribes within the Southern Desert region are eligible to receive funding up to $200,000 to support use of weather, soil, or plant-based sensors for irrigation scheduling, irrigation system changes, fuel conversion, renewable energy installation, utility interconnections, pump retrofits, or replacements. Projects will be required to reduce on-farm irrigation water use and will have to demonstrate that greenhouse gas emissions from irrigation water pumping will be offset or will not increase following the installation of the project.