Technical Assistance Available for Healthy Soils and SWEEP Grant Applications

  • Feb 13, 2019

The University of California Cooperative Extension has hired two specialists to assist growers with the Healthy Soils Program (HSP) and State Water Efficiency and Energy Programs (SWEEP) grant programs.  Allison Rowe, based in Ventura County, and Esther Mosase, based in San Diego County, can answer questions concerning the programs, assist with completion of the grant applications and contribute to growers’ HSP and SWEEP monitoring and project implementation efforts.

The Healthy Soils Program provides funding of up to $75,000 to implement a new practice to a grower’s management plan that increases soil carbon, builds soil resiliency and reduces atmospheric greenhouse gases. The SWEEP program provides funding of up to $100,000 to increase water use efficiency and reduce energy use in water management.

The grant deadline for both programs is March 8, 2019. Growers are encouraged to contact the UCCE specialists if they need assistance in meeting the grant application deadlines. If growers have been thinking about adopting a new practice, they can contact Allison or Esther to determine whether the project qualifies for either of these programs.

Allison has a background in agriculture, land use and grant management. Esther has completed research in geoinformatics, hydrology and remote sensing, and water resources modeling. Allison can be reached at and Esther Mosase can be reached at

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