Yesterday, the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Department announced it is awarding farmers $3.6 million in State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP) grants for 93 different projects.  As previously reported in Spotlight, CDFA announced it was accepting applications for SWEEP funds which provide grants to farmers for implementing on-farm water irrigation systems that reduce water and energy use. 

Gail Delihant

Proposition 1, the $7.5 billion California water bond on the statewide ballot has nearly unanimous support from newspaper editorial boards.  California’s largest newspapers have all issued endorsements of the YES on Prop 1 campaign, including the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the U-T San Diego, the Sacramento Bee, the San Jose Mercury News and the Orange County Register.


Dave Puglia

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has announced a second round of funding for the State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP) that was authorized in SB 103, emergency drought legislation passed earlier this year. (Spotlight reported on CDFA’s first round of funding which was extended in a previous edition.) Up to $150,000 is available to applicants for water and energy conservation projects such as equipment to facilitate water saving measures and other quantifiable water distribution and greenhouse gas reduction management practices.

Gail Delihant


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