Healthy Soils Program
CDFA is closed for applications for the Healthy Soils Program (HSP). Please visit the websites below for detailed information.
CDFA accepted public comments on the draft solicitation documents for the HSP between December 17, 2019 and January 7, 2020. Public comments submitted are available here.
CDFA accepted public comments on the addition of Whole Orchard Recycling as an eligible agricultural management practice between October 25, 2019 and November 15, 2019. Public comments submitted are available here .
2020 Program Timeline*
|Program framework public comment period||Sep 23 – Oct 23, 2019|
|Draft RGA for public comment period||Nov – Dec 2019|
|Training of HSP technical assistance providers||Jan 2020|
|Release of RGA||Late Jan/Early Feb 2020|
|Grant Applications Due||March 2020|
|Review Process||TBD, 2020|
|Announce Awards||TBD, 2020|
* Subject to change.
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.
CDFA was appropriated $10 million from the California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection and Outdoor Access for all Act of 2018; and $5 million from the California Climate Investments, authorized by the Budget Act of 2018 to fund 2018 HSP Incentives Program and 2018 HSP Demonstration Projects.
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.
Who can I contact for more information?
If you have questions about CDFA's healthy soils program please e-mail email@example.com.
The Healthy Soils Program is not accepting applications.