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Climate Smart Agriculture – Alternative Manure Management Program

The Alternative Manure Management Program (AMMP) is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of Cap and Trade dollars to work reducing GHG emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment.

The AMMP is one of a number of projects up for discussion at this week’s Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco. The program will reduce greenhouse gas emissions on California dairy farms and livestock operations by using manure management practices that are alternatives to dairy digesters (i.e. non-digester projects).

When livestock manure decomposes in wet conditions, it produces methane, a greenhouse gas 72 times more powerful than carbon dioxide. Changing manure management practices so that manure is handled in a dry form can help significantly reduce methane emissions.

The reductions achieved contribute to the state’s overall climate pollutant strategy under Senate Bill 1383, which aims to reduce California’s methane emissions to 40 percent below 2013 levels by 2030.

Earlier this month CDFA awarded $21.6 million in grant funding to 40 alternative manure management projects across the state.



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