Healthy Soils Program Incentives

August 18, 2017
fertilizer management
planting and growing
CDFA makes funding available to farms
• Applications due September 19
• Workshops being held throughout strawberry growing regions
The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is making available up to $3.75 million in
financial incentives to California growers and ranchers for implementation of agricultural
management practices that sequester carbon, reduce atmospheric GHGs, and improve soil health.
The maximum grant award is $50,000.

Eligible agricultural management practices include:
• Soil Management Practices: Cover Crop, Mulching, Residue and Tillage Management, Compost
Application Practices
• Cropland to Herbaceous Cover Practices: Contour Buffer Strips, Field Border, Filter Strip,
Herbaceous Wind Barrier, Riparian Herbaceous Cover, Vegetative Barriers
• Establishment of Woody Cover Practices: Woody Plantings Practices, Grazing Lands Practices
Note that applicants must implement at least one of the Soil Management Practices or maintain an
existing Soil Management Practice as a minimum requirement to be eligible for funding.

To view the Request for Applications, which provides additional details, visit:

In addition, CDFA and several technical assistance providers are holding workshops throughout
strawberry growing regions -including workshops in Oxnard, Ventura, Santa Maria, and Watsonville.
For additional details on workshops, visit:

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