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September 11, 2017
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Int'l Agri-Center Tulare, CA
4 Industry Experts

Welcome to the Manure Solutions Seminar site

Important Note:

The Alternative Manure Management Program 2017 grant application period opened August 21, 2017.  Applications must be submitted by October 2, 2017.  Since the Seminar and Workshops are not until September 11 & 12th, the speaker’s contact information is listed within each speaker profile.

If you are wanting to get started preparing your grant application prior to the events, feel free to reach out.  Due to the effort involved in completing this application on behalf of an applicant, Ed has informed us that he has the capacity to add only one or two full service clients and a few more if the desire is to act as an application reviewer.

Forrist Lytehaause,
Event Organizer

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 About Us

Formed in 1992, Earth First Construction is a Santa Barbara based, California public benefit 501(c)3 educational corporation. As part of our educational mission, we have been receiving grants from the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) and Strategic Growth Council to hold Technical Assistance workshops for farm, dairy and livestock operators who are seeking grant funding.

Some of our Technical Assistance workshops include:  SWEEP grants (State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program),  Healthy Soil Program (HSP) grants and the Alternative Manure Management Program (AMMP) grants.

Our Mission

Our mission is to directly support and be a part of the growing worldwide movement towards sustainable living, and to assist in this transition by doing research into sustainability at the individual, community and global levels.

From this research we present educational workshops bringing together leading experts who are currently implementing various types of solutions relevant to farm, dairy and livestock operators of all sizes.

Seminar Schedule

All Speakers

Q & A – Panel

During our last 30 minutes our speakers will take questions.
Lew Douglas

Microbial Solutions for Manure and Forage

Urth Agriculture’s microbial products increase forage production and quality, and have also proven effective in reducing lagoon odors and accelerating/increasing composting to create a high quality slurry, improving the farmer’s bottom line. (more…)
Dick Wullaert

Functional Water – Water that Serves a Purpose

Water is fundamental to all life. Yet, water isn’t just water. It can be contaminated with chemicals, heavy metals and other toxins. Removing these contaminants can provide safe water, but not necessarily healthy water (too low or high mineral content or pH, low oxygen content, etc.). (more…)
Ed Ober

Key Factors in Writing Successful Grants

Ed will share what is required to submit a successful grant, how to evaluate your situation and when to seek a professional's help. (more…)

Seminar Speakers / experts in their field

Jeff Weisel

Dairy Adviser

Jeff has worked in agriculture for over 40 years. He has focused his energy on the examination of farms

Lew Douglas

Founder & CEO, Urth Agriculture

Lew is working with many of the largest produce growers and dairies to demonstrate the power of microbial solutions

Ed Ober

Grant writer

California based grant writer, business consultant and development strategist with a diverse background.  Ed can be reached at (916) 342-4333

Richard Wullaert

Water Expert

Bioguard Industries, Inc. develops new water treatment technologies to enhance water for human and animal consumption and plant growth. 

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Seminar & Workshop Sponsors & Supporters

Become a sponsor

Here are a couple previously funded projects using Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund proceeds.


California Department of Food & Agriculture (CDFA):

Verwey-Hanford Dairy Digester Project, Kings County







California Department of Food & Agriculture: Navdip Badhesha Farm Water Efficiency and Enhancement Project, Fresno County


Are you one of the very few farm, dairy or livestock operators who could seriously consider to apply for an Alternative Manure Management Program (AMMP) grant from the CDFA?

Do you want to know how to substantially increase your chances of success of receiving a grant up to $750,000?

This one time seminar will inform you with the information needed to achieve that success.

You will learn:

  • Why as many as 50% of the applications do not make it past the administrative review
  • What are the key factors to consider when evaluating a professional to assist in the process
  • What is the difference between the various solid separator methods and why one method stands out as the far superior choice
  • Water – how to fix and substantially improve your water supply, cost effective at farm scale
  • Inputs – how inputting a small amount to the correct nano-nutrients will stimulate microbial activity causing a reduction in GHG emissions and increases in micro & macro nutrients resulting in reductions in chemical fertilizer expenses

Solid Separator Equipment One grant approved method

CDFA Alternative Manure Management Program Grant Application Technical Assistance Workshop -- Free of Charge


Earth First Construction has received a grant from the CDFA and Strategic Growth Council enabling it to offer a 2 hour Technical Assistance workshop free of charge four times within two days.  Forrist Lytehaause, Program director with Earth First Construction will present the material provided by the CDFA.  Jeff Weisel will be present at each workshop to answer any field or practice questions.

The first will be on the same day, Monday Sept 11, as the Manure Solutions Seminar.  It will start promptly at 2pm at the same location as the Seminar.

Monday Seminar and Workshop Capacity: 40

The next day, Tuesday, September 12, at Tulare County Library in Visalia. The same workshop will be held from:

Tuesday workshops capacity:  20

During the workshop, the grant application will be reviewed and how to access and complete the application online, through the FAAST system.

Seminar Price list / Space limited to 40 people



Solid Separator technology
Microbial Solutions for Manure and Forage
Functional Water – Water that Serves a Purpose
Creating a successful grant

Technical Assistance Workshop


AMMP Technical Assistance workshop

Sponsored by the CDFA and the Strategic Growth Council

Register now

Manure Solutions Seminar

Monday September 11 – Doors open: 8:30 am.  Seminar 9:00 to 12:00 pm.
Location:  International Agri-Center, 4500 S Laspina St, Tulare, CA 93274 in the Conference Dining Room (CDR). Enter Gate C for ease of parking.  Printable map

Check here to Register.


AMMP Technical Assistance Workshop – (free of charge)

Monday September 11 – Doors open: 1:30 am.  Seminar 2:00 to 4:00 pm.
Location:  International Agri-Center, 4500 S Laspina St, Tulare, CA 93274 in the Conference Dining Room (CDR). Enter Gate C for ease of parking.  Printable map

Monday Seminar and Workshop Capacity: 40

Tuesday September 12 – Doors open 30 minutes prior to start time.
Location: Tulare County Library, 200 W Oak Ave, Visalia, CA 93291.  Map

The same Technical Assistance workshop will be held from:

Tuesday workshops capacity:  20

Seminar FAQs / quick answers

The Seminar will not be repeated and at this time, there are no plans to record it.
The Seminar brings together four top industry experts to share information to assist dairy and livestock operators in both deciding if they wish to pursue an AMMP grant and some of the options which may be funded by the grant.  This is an independent Seminar funded by the ticket sales and seminar sponsors.  The goal is to provide valuable information to participants whether they plan to apply for a grant or not. The Technical Assistance workshop will walk through the various parts of the application and demonstrate how to access the various online resources and the how to submit the application through the online Financial Assistance Application Submittal Tool (FAAST) system and how to complete the Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Calculator Tool for the California Department of Food and Agriculture Alternative Manure Management Program: Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund Fiscal Year 2016-17. (This is a spreadsheet with variables to complete.)
Technical Assistance workshops providing assistance for dairy and livestock operators participating in the Alternative Manure Management Program (AMMP) has been made possible by a grant from the CDFA and the Strategic Growth Council. These technical assistance workshops provide hands-on application assistance supporting the success of AMMP and the reduction of methane emissions from dairy and livestock operations. This two hour workshop is delivered at four different times:
  • Monday, September 11 from 2pm to 4pm at the International Agri-Center, Tulare, CA
  • Tuesday, September 12 from                           at
  • Tuesday, September 12 from                           at
  • Tuesday, September 12 from                           at
Register for this free workshop here.


Earth First Construction is able to bring in top industry experts for workshops with the generous support of our donors and grant sources.

If you find this information of value beyond the cost of your ticket, consider making a donation.

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