California’s Healthy Soils Program Open for Public Comment

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is developing a Healthy Soils Program that has two objectives: to build soil carbon and reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions through incentives and demonstrations to farmers. CDFA now invites comment on the proposed framework for this program through March 1, 2017. Submit comments to

CDFA’s Office of Environmental Farming and Innovation unveiled proposed details of the Healthy Soils Program framework at the Environmental Farming Act Science Advisory Panel’s meeting on January 19, 2017.

Elements of the framework that are open for comment include applicant eligibility, management practices eligible for incentives, information required on the application form, and application procedures for the demonstration component of the program.

CDFA allocated $7.5 million to develop and administer the Healthy Soils Program in fiscal year 2016-2017. Refer to the Healthy Soils Program slideshow for more details on the proposed framework. Additional information is posted on the Healthy Soils Program web page.

The Environmental Farming Act Science Advisory Panel will meet again on March 16, 2017, to continue discussing the Healthy Soils Program, and additional public comment opportunities will be available after that date.