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Grants: CFDA awarding $12M for healthy soils

January 22, 2024  By Drainage Contractor

The California Department of Food and Agriculture has made approximately $12M in grant funding available as part of its Healthy Soils Program Incentive Grants. The objectives of the program are to increase statewide implementation of conservation management practices that improve soil health, sequester carbon and reduce atmospheric greenhouse gases. 

Eligible individuals, groups and organizations can apply for awards of up to $100,000 per project. Priority will be given to applicants who are considered Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers. 

The program is accepting applications until the end of Friday, February 9, 2024. Online workshops will occur this week to provide information about the application process.

“The Healthy Soils Program was developed to partner with farmers and ranchers and facilitate their preferred methods to draw down carbon onto their lands and store it in our soils,” said CDFA Secretary Karen Ross. “Building up soil’s organic matter and biodiversity promotes its lasting health and productivity, while also reducing the possibility for erosion. With tremendous thanks to our Governor and the California Legislature for their ongoing support, the Healthy Soils Program has awarded more than $105 million to fund more than 1,500 projects over its lifetime, resulting in a combined greenhouse gas reduction of more than 1.1 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions over the projects’ lifespans. That’s like removing 24,000 gas-powered cars from the road for 10 years.” 


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