Healthy Soils Program
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What’s new in Healthy Soils Program (HSP)?
The California Department of Food and Agriculture is now accepting comments on draft Request for Grant Applications (RGA) for the Healthy Soils – Block Grant Pilot Program. A month-long public comment period begins on November 16, 2022 and ends on December 15, 2022. The comments can be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
CDFA will hold a public workshop on November 29, 2022 at 2:30 pm PT to answer questions on the draft Request for Grant Applications.
Register in advance for this webinar:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
The Healthy Soils Program stems from the California Healthy Soils Initiative, a collaboration of state agencies and departments to promote the development of healthy soils on California's farmlands and ranchlands.
The HSP has two components: the HSP Incentives Program and the HSP Demonstration Projects. The HSP Incentives Program provides financial assistance for implementation of conservation management that improve soil health, sequester carbon and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The HSP Demonstration Projects showcase California farmers and rancher's implementation of HSP practices.
The Healthy Soils Program is funded from the State’s cap and trade proceeds, also known as California Climate Investments (CCI). The HSP has received $40.5 million in funding from the CCI between 2016 and 2019.
CDFA has also received funding of $10 million from the California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection and Outdoor Access for all Act of 2018.
On farm management practices that include but are not limited to: cover cropping, no-till, reduced-till, mulching, compost application, and conservation plantings.
Healthy Soils Program Videos
The Healthy Soils Program is not currently accepting applications.