California Department of Food and Agriculture

Healthy Soils Program

Healthy Soils Program

The Healthy Soils Program accepted public comments on the Draft Requests for Application (RGAs) for HSP Incentives Program and HSP Demonstration Projects until September 12, 5:00 p.m. PDT. CDFA provided responses to the received comments.

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 2017 Healthy Soils Program received $7.5 million from the states cap and trade proceeds, also known as California Climate Investments.

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. (CDFA accepted proposals suggesting new management practices for potential inclusion in future rounds of the Healthy Soils Program from November 6, 2017 to December 18, 2017. The proposals received are currently under evaluation.)

Who can I contact for more information?

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