Posted on September 12, 2019 by Sustainable Food News

State to invest $28 mil’ in farming practices that cut GHGs

California's Healthy Soils Program helps farmers, ranchers implement practices to sequester CO2

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) said Wednesday it will award $28 million in grants for agricultural management practices that promote soil health by sequestering carbon and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

The grants are part of the CDFA’s Healthy Soils Program (HSP), which is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that invests billions of dollars from the state’s cap-and-trade program as part of a statewide effort to fight the impacts of climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The HSP is comprised of two award categories:

  • HSP Incentives Program, which provides financial assistance for implementation of conservation management that improves soil health, sequesters carbon and reduces GHG emissions
  • Demonstration Projects, which showcases California farmers’ and ranchers’ implementation of healthy soil practices that also sequester carbon and reduce GHGs

Three public stakeholder meetings are scheduled for the next two weeks to provide updates on the program and to receive comments and suggestions for the next round of funding. Each meeting will include a webinar component to allow remote attendance and participation.

The meetings info:

Sept. 23 – Orland
10 a.m. – noon
Glenn County Farm Bureau
831 5th Street
Orland, CA
Webinar registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3667128965487965196

Sept. 24 – Fresno
1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Fresno County Cooperative Extension Building (Inyo/Kern Meeting Room)
550 E. Shaw Avenue, Suite 210-B
Fresno, CA
Webinar registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7907368070215434252

Sept. 25 – Sacramento
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
California Department of Food and Agriculture (Auditorium)
1220 N Street
Sacramento, CA
Webinar registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3485505037742188556

Comments must be submitted to cdfa.oefi@cdfa.ca.gov by 5 p.m. PT, Oct. 23.

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