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CDFA’s SWEEP program provides key water savings assistance to farmers and ranchers

CDFA’s State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP) provides financial assistance in the form of grants to implement irrigation systems that allow California farmers and ranchers to reduce greenhouse gases and save water.

In this video we see how University of California Cooperative Extension staff members provide specialized and impactful technical assistance to Asian-American farmers in the Central Valley, made possible by the funding allocated to SWEEP.

The SWEEP program has invested $123 million over the last eight years, leading to an estimated water savings of 1.5 million acre-feet, or nearly 50 billion gallons. Additionally, nearly 94,000 metric tons of CO2-equivalent are reduced each year, which is like removing more than 200,000 vehicles from the road.

Learn more about SWEEP at this link.

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