California Institute for Water Resources
California Institute for Water Resources
California Institute for Water Resources
University of California
California Institute for Water Resources

Healthy Soils Program (HSP)

The CDFA Healthy Soils Program is now open, please click here to start your application. 

 

Photo with permission by Dylan de Jonge
Photo with permission by Dylan de Jonge

CDFA HSP Incentives Program

The CDFA Healthy Soils Program encourages farmers to incorporate conservation agriculture techniques that improve their soil health and sequester carbon. 

This grant will provide up to $100,000 to implement healthy soils practices.

Types of projects: Your application can include a combination of up to 30 different eligible soil health practices.

*Full list of eligible practices and payment rates here

Payment rates: Each practice receives a flat rate per acre or per linear foot. Check out 2021's payment rates on pages 30-50 here

Compost Information

  • Compost may be applied to annual crops, perennial crops, orchards, and rangelands.
  • Compost can be purchased from a certified facility or produced on-farm.

Cover Crop Information

If you are interested in borrowing a compost spreader, please click here

How to apply:

The grant process includes a web-based application consisting of a series of questions that can be saved and returned to before submitting.

It is helpful to plan your project and obtain quotes before beginning the application. Free, local technical assistance is available across the state. Contact your local Community Education Specialist for more information.

Click here to see the 2020 HSP Incentives Awardees.

CDFA HSP Demonstration Projects

Photo by Markus Winkler
Photo by Markus Winkler
The CDFA HSP Demonstration Projects aim to improve soil health, sequester carbon and reduce atmospheric greenhouse gases (GHGs) funding on-farm demonstration projects that collect data and/or showcase conservation management practices that mitigate GHG emissions and increase soil health, and creating a platform promoting widespread adoption of conservation management practices throughout the state. 


Type A projects will demonstrate implementation of conservation management practices, measure field GHGs emissions, and conduct analysis on cost/benefits for adoption of the proposed practice(s) and anticipated barriers;
Type B projects will demonstrate implementation of HSP conservation management practices and/or conduct analysis on cost/benefits for adoption of the proposed practice(s) and anticipated barriers.

See the 2020 CDFA HSP Demo Awardees 

Upcoming Events

  • CDFA HSP Workshop Fall 2021 on October 27th from 10:00am-12:30pm in Escondido, CA. Click here to view the flier.
  • CDFA HSP and SWEEP workshop on November 2nd from 9:00am-12:00pm in Orland, CA. Click here to view the flier. 
  • CDFA HSP Workshop Fall 2021 on November 16th from 10:00am-12:30pm in Escondido, CA. Click here to view the flier.
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