About this Conservation Program

One-time funding of $30,000,000 from the Climate Investment Account was appropriated for the 2023-25 biennium to the Washington State Conservation Commission Sustainable Farms and Fields program for organic agricultural waste and greenhouse gas emissions reduction through climate-smart livestock management. View the proviso.

This one-time funding resulted in three new funding opportunities:

  • Alternative Manure Management
  • Research and Demonstration
  • Dairy Anaerobic Digesters

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Funding is Open!

Funding is open for both Alternative Manure Management and Research and Demonstration.

Upcoming webinar:

CARB AMMP Tool Webinar, March 1 at 1:00 p.m. - Register for Zoom Link

Applicants for alternative manure management are asked to use the CARB AMMP Tool modified for Washington for estimating greenhouse gas emissions reductions for their projects, where possible. SFF Program Manager, Karen Hills, will walk through the use of this tool.

View the Q&A webinar held on Feb. 22, 2024

The Research and Demonstration portion of the webinar begins at 41:30.

Alternative Manure Management

The objective of this funding is to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with manure handling systems from baseline levels at dairy and livestock farms in Washington through grants to conservation districts and other public entities for implementation of projects.

This funding is open to conservation districts and other public entities only. Interested producers should reach out to their CD, WSU Extension Office, or local climate-smart government program.

Projects must occur on livestock operations where manure is stored in anaerobic (liquid)form and may include multiple components of a manure handling system, associated upstream and downstream components needed to accommodate the change to the manure management system, including transporting manure for eventual field application.

The expected period for this grant is May 2024 – June 2025 with an option to extend the contract for up to two (2) additional one-year terms dependent on re-appropriation of funds.

To be considered for the first round of review, applications must be submitted by April 5, 2024, at 5:00 p.m.

Research and Demonstration

SCC seeks to fund applied research and demonstration projects that will result in increased adoption of climate-smart livestock management practices and/or improved accounting of the impacts of climate-smart livestock management practices in agricultural settings in Washington.

Preference is for projects focused on NRCS-approved practices, including practices aimed at reducing enteric methane emissions and manure management or application. Other proposed practices will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

This funding is open to conservation districts and other public entities only. Interested producers should reach out to their CD, WSU Extension Office, or local climate-smart government program.

The expected period for the grant is May 2024 – June 2025. All projects must be completed by June 30, 2025.

To be considered in the first round of review, applications must be submitted by March 29, 2024, at 5:00 p.m.

Dairy Anaerobic Digesters - Coming in 2024

SCC is still working on the funding opportunity for Dairy Anaerobic Digesters. Information on this funding will be released in the next couple of months.

Guidelines

Funds provided to conservation districts and other public entities will be utilized consistently with the Sustainable Farms and Fields Program Guidelines, the funding proviso language, and program procedures. Eligible activities will be consistent with the proviso language. More information is being developed.

This opportunity is supported with funding from Washington’s Climate Commitment Act. The CCA puts cap-and-invest dollars to work reducing climate pollution, creating jobs, and improving public health. Information about the CCA is available at www.climate.wa.gov.

One-time funding of $30,000,000 from the Climate Investment Account was appropriated for the 2023-25 biennium to the Washington State Conservation Commission Sustainable Farms and Fields program for organic agricultural waste and greenhouse gas emissions reduction through climate-smart livestock management.

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Funding

Funding is Open

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