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Climate Smart Agriculture

The Community Education Specialist 3 (CES III) will perform a range of program implementation duties, functioning as part of a statewide cohort team focused on increased farmer adoption of climate-smart practices targeted at soil health, manure management, and water quality goals. 

Hello, I'm Ana Resendiz the Climate Smart Agriculture-Community Education Specialist for UC Cooperative Extension in Imperial County.

I provide technical assistance for farmers and ranchers who want to apply for CDFA grant programs.
Currently, there are three grant funding opportunities available for Climate Smart Agriculture practices, including:

If you would like more information, or to see if you qualify, please feel free to contact me by phone or email:
(442) 265-7709
Imperial County Office Location

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UC ANR/CDFA Climate Smart Agriculture Partnership Contacts Statewide click here
What is Climate Smart Agriculture?

Climate Smart Agriculture supports management practices that build soil carbon, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve water use efficiencies, and promote sustainable land practices. The goal is to build agricultural resiliency to the impacts of climate change while using land management as a solution to the climate crisis. By increasing soil health, improving water use efficiency, and decreasing energy use, climate smart agriculture practices are a way to support farmers and ranchers to steward their land for future generations.

Climate Smart Agriculture Grants

Healthy Soil Program

Up to $100,000 for a 3-year project

On-farm management practices that include but are not limited to: cover cropping, no-till, reduced-till, mulching, compost application, and conservation plantings.


Program Status: CLOSED Click here to receive a notification when it opens

Up to $200,000 for a 1-year project

Eligible system components include (among others) soil moisture monitoring, drip systems, switching to low-pressure irrigation systems, pump retrofits, variable frequency drives, and installation of renewable energy to reduce on-farm water use and energy.


Program Status: CLOSED Click here to receive a notification when it opens

Up to $750,000 for a 2-years project

Alternative manure management practices (AMMP) provide financial assistance for the implementation of non-digested manure management practices in California, which will result in reduced greenhouse gas emissions.


Program Status: CLOSED Click here to receive a notification when it opens
Implementing Climate Smart Agriculture in the Imperial County

Climate Smart Agriculture in the News!

Check out the latest media coverage of our program and related info:

Budget Updates: Funding for Climate Smart Agriculture Programs Uncertain from CalCAN blog on May 27th, 2020 Jeanne Merrill 

Secretary Ross at UN Climate Change Conference in Germany from CDFA's Planting Seeds blog on June 17th, 2019

CDFA and UCANR join forces to advance climate-smart agriculture in California from UCANR News Releases on October 24, 2018

CSA Blog
  • Sheep in the Vineyard?

    Why integrate livestock into your cropping system? Historically, farmers raised both crops and livestock because they are mutually beneficial. In an article titled, “Integrating Livestock and Crops: Improving Soil, Solving Problems, Increasing...

    By Michael Jaquez
    Author - Community Education Specialist III
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    Spotlight on SWEEP - NAPA Farms, LLC

    In 2021, Nav Athwal, of NAPA Farms, LLC received funding through the CDFA Statewide Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP). He has 140 acres of young pistachio trees in Merced County, and wanted to build an irrigation system as efficiently as...

    By Caddie M Bergren
    Author - Climate Smart Agriculture Program Specialist