A California program will help fund conversion from floor or furrow irrigation to more water-efficient drip or micro-sprinkler irrigation.
A California program will help fund conversion from floor or furrow irrigation to more water-efficient drip or micro-sprinkler irrigation.

The state of California recently opened a second round of funding for agricultural practices that will reduce water use or reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Funds for the program, the State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program or SWEEP, were included in emergency drought legislation earlier this year, according to a state news release.

Growers can receive grants for up to $150,000 to be used for pump improvements, replacing flood or furrow irrigation, and other technologies to improve water distribution and greenhouse gas emissions.

An example of greenhouse gas reduction might be converting fossil-fuel-powered engines to solar, wind or electric power.

Applicants that received money during the first round of funding can apply again for a new project or further the previously awarded project.

Through the program administered by the California Department of Food and Agriculture, a total of $10 million in competitive grants will be available.

SWEEP applicants must document how they will increase irrigation efficiency and reduce gas emissions. They also must document actual on-farm water and energy use in the application.

Only California agricultural operations are eligible.

The state's four Lindsay Irrigation/Zimmatic dealerships in Fresno, Kerman, Bakersfield and Newberry Springs, will help growers prepare the documentation free of charge, according to a Lindsay news release.

For more information, contact the local Resource Conservation District or Natural Resources Conservation District. Or visit CDFA online.

Deadline to apply is Nov. 10.