Media Contacts: Steve Lyle (CDFA), 916-654-0462 , firstname.lastname@example.org
SACRAMENTO, June 15, 2022 – The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) today announced the award of $66 million in grants from its Healthy Soils Program (HSP) to a total of 940 projects. The projects aim to improve soil health, sequester carbon, and reduce atmospheric greenhouse gases (GHGs). The selected projects will have an estimated impact across more than 82,000 acres of California farm and ranchland and will provide an annual projected greenhouse gas emissions reduction of more than 250,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MT CO2e), which is like removing nearly 54,000 vehicles from the road.
The full list of winners and the details of their awarded projects can be found here.
The Healthy Soils Program incentivizes a total of 27 practices which, in addition to carbon sequestration and GHG emissions reductions, provide co-benefits such as improving water retention and water quality, a critical feature during the current drought.
This latest round of grants brings the total for Healthy Soils projects to more than $107 million since the program began in 2017, funding projects that represent 136,254 acres of agricultural land, and greenhouse gas reductions of 367,717 MT CO2e.
The Healthy Soils Program was established as a part of the California Healthy Soils Initiative, a collaboration between state agencies to support the development of healthy soils in California. The HSP has two components: the HSP Incentives Program and the the HSP Demonstration Projects.
HSP Demonstration Project awards were made in April 2022, when CDFA selected seven projects requesting $1.1 million. This program funds on-farm demonstration projects that collect data and/or showcase conservation management practices that mitigate GHG emissions and increase soil health.
The Healthy Soils Program is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing GHG emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment – particularly in disadvantaged communities.
California Climate Investments projects include affordable housing, renewable energy, public transportation, zero-emission vehicles, environmental restoration, more sustainable agriculture, recycling, and much more. At least 35 percent of these investments are located within and benefiting residents of disadvantaged communities, low-income communities, and low-income households across California. For more information, visit the California Climate Investments website at: www.caclimateinvestments.ca.gov