CDFA extends application deadline for dairy digester program

By Erin Voegele | February 05, 2018

The California Department of Food and Agriculture has extended the grant application deadline for the Dairy Digester Research and Development Program through Feb. 23. The application period was original set to conclude Jan. 26.

The program is expected to provide between $61 million and $75 million in grants to California Dairy farms to support the installation of anaerobic digesters that reduce methane emissions.

The CDFA will fund up to 50 percent of the total project cost. The maximum grant award is $3 million per project. Eligible projects must be located on a commercial California dairy operation and must use methane for the production of energy or transportation fuel. Projects that propose flaring as the sole end-use for biogas are not eligible.

According to information released by the CDFA, defunct digesters that were constructed in the past and have become entirely non-functional, or never became functional following construction, are eligible for the program but must be non-functional for at least 12 consecutive months. Grant funds awarded under the program, however, cannot be used to upgrade existing, functional diary digesters.

Grant awards under the program are scheduled to be announced in July.

Additional information is available on the CDFA website