Healthy Soils Program

Office of Environmental Farming & Innovation

Please visit the websites below for detailed information

What's new in the Healthy Soils Program (HSP)?

Request for Proposals on New Practices for Consideration under Healthy Soils Program

CDFA is now accepting proposals for new practices to be considered for inclusion in its Healthy Soils Program (HSP). For details regarding the proposal requirements and the process for submission, check the documents provided below.

Proposals must be written using the above template and submitted by 5:00 P.M. PT on August 2, 2024 by email to Late submissions will not be considered.

CDFA will host two workshops to discuss the requirements for the proposals and the review process, and to answer questions. The workshops will be conducted as webinars with remote participation on the following dates and times. After the first workshop, the presentation slides will be posted on this webpage.

Thursday, June 13, 2024
2:00 p.m. – 3.00 p.m. PT
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Zoom Link
Friday, June 21, 2024
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. PT
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Webinar Presentation for the RFP on HSP New Practices

3/5/2024: The 2024 Healthy Soils Program Incentive Grant solicitation period was from January 22, 2024 to February 9, 2024 at 5:00 p.m. PST. Please refer to the HSP Incentive Grants website for the full list of applications received.

12/14/2023: The Healthy Soils Program Block Grant Pilot has awarded and executed agreements for 14 block grant awards for a total of $62,035,843.95 in funding. The solicitation application period was April 19, 2023 – June 19, 2023. The Healthy Soils Program Block Grant Pilot received 24 submitted applications for a total of $106,870,844.18 in requested funds. Please refer to the Healthy Soils Program Block Grant Pilot website for the full list of awarded grants.

11/2/2023: The Healthy Soils Program has awarded eight projects for a total of $1,142,620.09 in funding for 2023 HSP Demonstration Grant solicitation. The grant solicitation period was June 29, 2023 – August 28, 2023. Please refer to the HSPdemonstration Grants website for the full list of awarded projects.

What is the CA Healthy Soils Program?

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.

How is the healthy soils program funded?

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.

Which specific soil management practices are eligible for funding?

On farm management practices that include but are not limited to: cover cropping, no-till, reduced-till, mulching, compost application, and conservation plantings.

Who can I contact for more information?

If you have questions about CDFA's healthy soils program please e-mail

Healthy Soils Incentives Program Videos