Funding Incentives and Grants
As part of Governor Newsom's 2019-2020 budget, approved by the Legislature, DPR and CDFA secured over $5 million in grant funding to support the transition from chlorpyrifos to safer, more sustainable alternatives. DPR and CDFA will make the following investments in incentive programs, additional research, and technical assistance, reflecting the state's commitment to supporting the agricultural sector's and the agricultural community's transition to safer, more sustainable pest management solutions.
DPR Pest Management Alliance and Research Grants ($2.1 million)
Government and tribal agencies, universities, colleges, consultants, pest control businesses, commodity groups, marketing orders, and nonprofit organizations that have experience performing research are eligible for Pest Management Research Grants. Funding will be available for projects that identify, develop, and implement safer, practical and sustainable pest management alternatives to chlorpyrifos. The Research Grant Solicitation, including a full description of the eligibility and grant will be posted on DPR's website on September 3, 2019. Concept applications describing the research need, methodology, objectives, and project team will be due on October 7, 2019
CDFA Development of Pesticide Alternatives Grant ($1.5 million)
Inter-Regional Research Project Number 4 (IR 4), a program of the United States Department of Agriculture, was established to support and accelerate the registration of pest management tools on specialty crops. A second grants program, Proactive IPM Solutions, anticipates potential invasive pests and funds the development of IPM programs to control these pests before the pests become established.
Biologically Integrated Farming Systems ($2 million)
This program, originally administered by the University of California, will now be offered by CDFA. The CDFA BIFS program is focused on development of IPM-based farming demonstration projects designed to reduce insecticide inputs.
The availability of these grants will be made public at a later date.
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