California Institute for Water Resources
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Climate Smart Agriculture

What is Climate Smart Agriculture?

2020 Update: Due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the state budget, there will not be any new applications accepted for the CDFA Climate Smart Agriculture programs (Healthy Soils, SWEEP, and AMMP) for the 2020-2021 cycle. Please continue to check back for any updates. 

However, we are continuing to support and promote climate-smart agriculture practices in California, as well as work with existing awardees. Check out our link below to find a climate-smart ag CE specialist near you.

Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) addresses the risks that climate change poses to agriculture.

It encompasses management practices that:

  • Increase soil carbon
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • Improve water use efficiency

The California Department of Food and Agriculture's climate smart agriculture programs provide funding to growers to help them implement practices that build resiliency to climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Compost Spreader

The UCCE Cooperative Extension’s Climate Smart Agriculture Team has been able to collectively provide access to a 23-Bushel Loyal Manure spreader for smaller-scale growers looking to spread compost material on their land. The spreader is available to borrow from UCCE as of Fall 2020. The capacity of the spreader is about one yard so this equipment is best suited for operations no larger than 2 acres. A small trailer will be provided to tow the spreader to and from the UCCE office that authorizes the release of the spreader. If you are interested in borrowing the spreader please contact Emily Lovell at   

If you are interested in using the spreader, please watch this instructional video. 


The specification for the spreader and the trailer as follows: 

Equipment Specifications for Loyal Manure Spreader 

Dimensions: 101” x 46.5” x 40” 

Approximate Weight: Weight: 455lbs 

Heaped Capacity: 28.62 Cu. Ft. 

Ground Clearance: 9” 

Tow Capacity Requirement: 10 hp 



Equipment Specifications for Square Carry-on Trailer 

·       Dimensions: 5.5' x 10' 

·       Max Load Capacity: 2,076 lb. 

·       Square Tube Top Rail 




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