This year, California’s long-anticipated cap-and-trade program goes into effect. The ground was laid for the program in 2006 when Governor Schwarzenegger signed into law AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act, the country’s most comprehensive climate protection policy. Under the law, California will reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.

After much debate, legal challenge and a ballot measure attempting to stop it, beginning this year the first steps of implementing cap-and-trade will get underway with full implementation beginning in January 2013.

CDFA Releases Draft Request for Grant Applications for Healthy Soils Program – Comments Due Wednesday

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By Brian Shobe 


The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is now accepting public comments on its draft Requests for Grant Applications (RGA) for the $6.75 million Healthy Soils Program (HSP), authorized by the Budget Act of 2016, and funded through California’s cap-and-trade program.


The Healthy Soils Program offers grants to farmers who take action to capture greenhouse gas emissions, such as carbon dioxide, in the soil to help combat climate change.

The Healthy Soils Program will be implemented under two separate components: 1) the $3.75 million Incentives Program and 2) the $3 million Demonstration Projects. For the Incentives Program, an estimated $3.75 million in competitive grant funding will be awarded to provide financial assistance for implementation of agricultural management practices that sequester soil carbon and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 


For the Demonstration Projects, an estimated $3 million in competitive grant funding will be awarded to projects that demonstrate to farmers and ranchers specific management practices that sequester carbon, improve soil health and reduce atmospheric GHGs.

The RGA for both the HSP Incentives Program and Demonstration Projects can be found on the CDFA Office of Environmental Farming and Innovation (OEFI) webpage:

CDFA will hold a webinar on July 6, 2017 an 10:00 am to provide information on how to comment on the draft RGA and answer any questions. To register for the webinar, please visit the program webpage at

Comments regarding the draft RGA can be submitted later than 5:00 p.m. PST on Wednesday, July 12, 2017.

This article was published on the California Climate and Agriculture Network (CalCAN) website on June 30, 2017. 

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Renata Brillinger is the Executive Director of the California Climate and Agriculture Network, a coalition of sustainable agriculture organizations serving as the voice of organic and sustainable agriculture on climate policy.


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