Center for Regenerative Agriculture and Resilient Systems

Technical Assistance for Applicants to the CDFA Healthy Soils Program Incentive Program Applicants

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Improve your property’s resiliency through conservation management practices and get a grant to do it—we can help!

The CDFA Healthy Soils Program Incentives Program(opens in new window) provides financial incentives to California growers and ranchers to implement conservation management practices that sequester carbon, reduce atmospheric greenhouse gasses, and improve soil health. 

Don’t miss out! Grants are awarded on a first come, first served basis. Applications are being accepted now!

Applications are accepted through February 25, 2022 or until all funds have been granted, whichever comes first.

Read all about the program. (PDF) In this document you'll find out what the purposes of the program are, eligibility requirements (page 4), what conservation practices are included (page 6), how much you could be paid and what is required for each payment category (page 30), and anything else you need to know.

A preview of application questions. (PDF)

Frequently asked questions. (PDF)

Work Plan Template (DOC)

Supporting Tools

CDFA informational Workshops:

CDFA will host three no-cost webinar-based workshops to provide information on incentive program requirements and the application process. Participants can attend remotely by registering for webinar access:

  • Thursday, November 18, 2021
    9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. PT
  • Thursday, December 16, 2021
    9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. PT
  • Thursday, January 20, 2022
    9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. PT

Register now and attend any of the webinar sessions.(opens in new window) 

For more information, see Workshop Agenda (PDF).

Need Help to Apply?

Chico State’s Center for Regenerative Agriculture & Resilient Systems (CRARS) is here to help!

Attend our Free Planning Workshop! Learn more about the grant and the application process and bring your specific questions. December 1, 2021 at 1 pm. Register now.(opens in new window)

Get FREE technical assistance to create an eligible work plan, fill out the application, sample your soil, and succeed with your project. Included support:

  • HSP Planning Workshops
  • Drop-in Cafe hours (coming soon)
  • One-on-one support in-person or via Zoom—by appointment
  • Baseline soil sampling (required for the grant)
  • Assistance using the RePlan and COMET-Planner tools—during Cafe hours or by appointment
  • Networking with other farmers and ranchers
  • Ongoing support to implement your project and fulfill CDFA reporting requirements
  • Computer access to submit your application if needed—by appointment. (COVID-19 requirements on the CSU-Chico campus apply)

Contact CRARS Program Manager Priya Tuvell at or 530-898-3335.

Greg Massa, Raquel Krach and one of their lambsWe are so grateful for the Healthy Soils program. It has supported us in planting winter cover crops in fields that had been exclusively planted to rice for decades. We are excited to watch our soil health improve!—Raquel Krach, Massa Organics