CDFA Healthy Soils Grants and SWEEP Program Informational Seminars Available

  • Jan 14, 2019

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) offers Healthy Soils Incentives Program grants that provide farmers with up to $75,000 to implement on-farm conservation management practices that sequester carbon, reduce atmospheric greenhouse gases and improve soil health. 

Following are a few highlights concerning eligible agricultural operations and the application process:

  • A grant application can include multiple farms, but the same farm cannot be included in multiple applications
  • Fallow land that was previously cropland, but has been inactive recently, is eligible; natural fallow lands being converted to cropland are not eligible
  • Crop rotation is eligible during the course of a proposed project
  • Project implementation cannot begin sooner than July 1, 2019 or later than December 31, 2019
  • There is no minimum greenhouse gas reduction per project

The State Water Efficiency Enhancement Program (SWEEP) application period also is open. SWEEP reimburses agricultural operations for projects that reduce both greenhouse gas emissions and water use.

The grant deadline for HSP and SWEEP is March 8, 2019. Application and informative materials can be accessed online.

To assist growers interested in applying for the grants, a number of information workshops are being held in San Diego County, San Luis Obispo County and Ventura County. The seminars are as follows.

San Diego County

The Resource Conservation District (RCD) of Greater San Diego is hosting two workshops concerning how to apply for the HSP grant funds. Registration for the seminars is available online.

The workshops will be held as follows:

January 16, 1:00 p.m.
RCD of Greater San Diego County
11769 Waterhill Road
San Diego, CA 92040

January 23, 10:00 a.m.
San Diego Farm Bureau
420 South Broadway, Ste 200
Escondido, CA 92025

The San Diego Farm Bureau is hosting a free SWEEP workshop as noted below. Online registration for the seminar is now open.

February 15, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
San Diego Farm Bureau
420 South Broadway, Ste 200
Escondido, CA 92025

San Luis Obispo County

The Coastal San Luis Conservation District and San Luis Obispo County Farm Bureau are conducting two technical workshops for HSP and SWEEP. Growers can RSVP for the sessions at hrichard@coastalrcd.org or 805.772.4391.

February 6
9:00  – 11:00 a.m. HSP
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. SWEEP

SLO County Farm Bureau
4875 Morabito Place
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Ventura County

The Ventura County Resource Conservation District is hosting free HSP and SWEEP workshops. Please RVSP for the SWEEP workshops at 805.764.5132 or jamiewhiteford.vcrcd@gmail.com. Please RSVP for the HSP workshops at 805.764.5135 or lexi.vcrcd@gmail.com.

The Ventura workshops will be held as follows:

January 18
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. SWEEP
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. HSP

Active Adult and Community Center
533 Santa Clara St.
Fillmore, CA 93015

January 22
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. SWEEP
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. HSP

Help of Ojai
111 W. Santa Ana St.
Ojai, CA 93023

January 24
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. SWEEP
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. HSP

Ventura County RCD Office
3380 Somis Rd.
Somis, CA 93066

January 28
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. SWEEP
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. HSP

Oxnard Public Library Meeting Room B
251 South A St.
Oxnard, CA 93030

Online registration for the free HSP and SWEEP session listed below is now open. You also may register by contacting Patricia Rodriguez at parodriguez@ucanr.edu.

February 14, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
UCCE Office
669 County Square Dr.
Ventura, CA 93003

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