Healthy Soils Program
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CDFA HSP received $50 million for the Healthy Soils Program (SB 129, Chapter 69). For updates on new solicitations, please join our mailing list by clicking "Sign up for email notifications" under "Email Subscriptions" on the right of this page.
Consideration of New Practices Under the HSP
- CDFA accepted proposals for consideration of new practices to be included for funding under the HSP between June 29, 2020 and August 28, 2020. Details of proposal requirements, process for consideration and submission are available in the Request for Proposals.
- Proposals submitted
- Submitted proposals were reviewed by a technical sub-committee of subject matter experts from California universities and USDA NRCS. Recommendations developed by CDFA staff as a result of the review process are available for public comment through August 27, 2021.
- New! Comments received
- New! CDFA responses to comments received
New! CDFA is currently accepting public comments on draft program guidelines for the HSP.
CDFA will host a public workshop to describe proposed changes to the Request for Grant Applications (RGAs) for the 2021 HSP Incentives Program and Demonstration Projects, and to receive comments and suggestions for the draft guidelines. This workshop will be held as a webinar on the date provided below:
Friday, September 17, 2021
1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Pacific Time)
Topic: CDFA Healthy Soils Program Draft Solicitation Workshop
Register in advance for this webinar:
Meeting Presentation - Updated 9/16/2021
Tentative Timeline for the Upcoming Rounds of 2021 HSP Incentives Program and Demonstration Projects.
|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.
Healthy Soils Program Videos
The Healthy Soils Program is not currently accepting applications.