Overview of the project
In response to the Climate Change Consortium for Specialty Crops’ recommendations, SWEEP addresses climate change’s impacts on agriculture.
With drier conditions and more severe droughts in the future, SWEEP offers funding for innovations on farms that improve the water and energy efficiency of on-farm irrigation. Projects include soil, plant and weather stations to assist farmers in scheduling irrigation, solar panel installation, and micro-irrigation (drip) system conversion. Many of California’s farmer associations and farmers are organizing efforts to expand the program’s reach. Since its launch in 2014, SWEEP has been roughly oversubscribed at 300%.
- What is SWEEP?
The State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP) provides financial assistance in the form of grants to implement irrigation systems that reduce greenhouse gases and save water on California agricultural operations.
- How many projects have been funded so far?
CDFA has made grant awards to 614 projects covering over 113,994 acres. $62.7 million has been awarded to date, with more than $40.8 million in matching funds contributed by awardees.
- What types of projects are eligible?
Eligible system components include (among others) soil moisture monitoring, drip systems, switching to low pressure irrigation systems, pump retrofits, variable frequency drives and installation of renewable energy to reduce on-farm water use and energy.
- What have been the benefits of SWEEP?
Along with helping farmers and ranchers save water and reduce their energy costs, SWEEP results in environmental benefits as well. CDFA estimates that over 75,368 metric tons of CO2e will be reduced annually, the equivalent of removing 16,139 cars from the road for one year (based on emissions reductions equivalent). Moreover, SWEEP projects will help save over 101,050 acre-ft of water water annually, enough to fill 50,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
SWEEP addresses climate change’s impacts on agriculture.
The mission of the Office of Environmental Farming & Innovation is to serve California by supporting agricultural production and incentivizing practices resulting in a net benefit for the environment through innovation, efficient management and science.