Healthy Soils Incentives Program
CDFA appropriated $7.5 million in FY 2016-17 to develop and administer a new incentive and demonstration program on the CA Healthy Soils Initiative from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund. The objective of this new Healthy Soils Program is to build soil carbon and reduce agricultural greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Public and stakeholder input for the development of program framework will take place through public meetings of the Environmental Farming Act — Science Advisory Panel.
The first public meeting on program framework development took place on January 19, 2017. In partnership with the Environmental Farming Act Science Advisory Panel, CDFA’s Office of Environmental Farming and Innovation is seeking comments on the Healthy Soils Program framework. Key components of the framework are described in the PowerPoint presentation linked within the meeting information binder. CDFA will accept comment letters until March 1, 2017. All comment letters should be sent to email@example.com. There will be additional opportunities to provide comments on the Healthy Soils Program following the March 16th, 2017, meeting of the Environmental Farming Act Science Advisory Panel in Sacramento.
Information on the Healthy Soils Program presented previously to the Science Panel are available here.
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Tentative Timeline for the 2016-2017 Healthy Soils Incentives Program
|Public/stakeholder meetings and program development (including GHG Quantification Methodology)||November 2016 – April 2017|
|Notice of Funding availability released||May 2017|
|Grant Application Workshops||May – June 2017|
|Applications/Grant Proposals due||June 2017|
|Proposal evaluation periods||June – September 2017|
|Grant awardees announced||September 2017|
|Project implementation begins||October 2017|
|*Subject to change|