Healthy Soils Program Funds Available for Farmers—CCOF Can Help!

CDFA’s Healthy Soils Program is now accepting applications for grants to farmers and ranchers who implement on-farm practices to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and/or store carbon in soil, trees, and shrubs. Applications will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on September 19, 2017. 
 
The CCOF Foundation has funding through the California Climate & Agriculture Network (CalCAN) to provide support for the Healthy Soils applications of small, organic, and disadvantaged growers. Please contact Jessy Parr at jparr@ccof.org for more information. 
 
The Healthy Soils Incentives Program will provide up to $3.75 million in grants for farmers and ranchers who use qualifying soil management, cropland to herbaceous cover, and establishment of woody cover practices. This program will provide incentives of up to $50,000 per farm or ranch to implement one or more new qualifying soil and conservation management practices.
 
Organic farmers may be particularly interested to know that vegetative buffers—including field borders, hedgerows, and riparian habitat—are included as eligible practices in the Incentives Program. See CalCAN’s farmer fact sheet for more information on qualifying practices.
 
The Healthy Soils Demonstration Program offers $3 million for projects that demonstrate and monitor management practices that sequester carbon, improve soil health, and reduce release of greenhouse gases. In this category, two types of grants are offered: 
  1. On-farm demonstration and outreach projects, eligible for grants of up to $100,000.
  2. On-farm demonstration, outreach, and research projects, which will also gather data on soil health and greenhouse gas emissions. These grant awards will be up to $250,000.
 
CDFA and other partners also will provide application assistance workshops for incentive program applicants and demonstration project applicants. Check back often as more technical assistance workshops are added to the schedule.

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