SACRAMENTO — The California Department of Food and Agriculture is now accepting public comments on draft requests for grant applications for the State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program and Healthy Soils Program, utilizing $30 million authorized by the Budget Act of 2018, and funded through the California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection and Outdoor Access For All Act of 2018 (SB-5).

SWEEP provides farmers and ranchers with grants to implement irrigation systems that save water and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Projects funded through SWEEP commonly include elements such as soil, plant or weather sensors, micro-irrigation systems, pump retrofits or replacements, renewable energy, and variable frequency drives, among others.

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