Healthy Soils Program (HSP)
The CDFA's Healthy Soils Program (HSP) is now closed. A list of the 2021 applications submitted for the HSP Incentives and HSP Demonstration Projects are linked above.
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 may be applied to annual crops, perennial crops, orchards, and rangelands.
- Compost can be purchased from a certified facility or produced on-farm.
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.
CDFA HSP Demonstration Projects
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.