Healthy Soils Program

Tentative Timeline for the Upcoming Rounds of 2021 HSP Incentives Program and Demonstration Projects.

Item Estimated Timeframe*
Public comment period for new management practices included under the HSP July – August 2021
Public comment period for draft program guidelines (Request for Grant Applications)  September 2021
Announcement of funding availability (application submission period) October 2021 – February 2022
Review and awards October 2021 – March 2022
Projects begin implementation January 2022 onward

*Subject to change.

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.

If you have questions about CDFA's healthy soils program please e-mail cdfa.hsp_tech@cdfa.ca.gov.


Healthy Soils Program Videos

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