Workshop Assists Growers with SWEEP and Climate Smart Grant Program Applications
The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program provides growers with up to $200,000 in grant funding to improve on-farm water and energy efficiency practices that reduce greenhouse gases. System components that are considered eligible for SWEEP funding include, but are not limited to, soil moisture monitoring, drip systems, switching to a low-pressure irrigation system, pump retrofits, variable frequency drives and installation of renewable energy systems.
To assist growers in applying for SWEEP grants and make them aware of other CDFA Climate Smart Grant opportunities, the University of California Cooperative Extension and the Resource Conservation District of San Diego are hosting a free SWEEP Grant Opportunity Workshop. The event will take place Tuesday, October 19 from 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Interested parties can attend the workshop in person or online. For those who attend in person, the workshop will take place at the San Diego County Farm Bureau located at 420 South Broadway, in Escondido, CA.
The workshop will cover:
- A comprehensive review of the SWEEP program and other CDFA Climate Smart Grant programs
- A review of irrigation systems and means of conserving water
- The use of soil moisture sensors and the important role they play in irrigation
- Dr. Esther Mosase, Community Education Specialist, UCCE – San Diego County
- Dr. Khaled Ball, Irrigation Water Management Specialist, UC Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center
- Dr. Geraldo Spenalli, Production Horticulture Advisor, UCCE – San Diego
- Dr. Ali Montazar, Irrigation and Water Management Advisor, UCCE – San Diego and Imperial Counties
- Joel Kramer, Regional Agricultural Specialist, Resource Conservation District of Greater San Diego County
- Luis Ramos, Agriculture Specialist, Mission Resource Conservation District (translator)
The workshop is free, but attendees must register in order to attend.