California Department of Food and Agriculture

Healthy Soils Incentive Program

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 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
Item Proposed Dates*
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