As CalCAN mentioned before, the Governor has proposed $20 million for a Healthy Soils Initiative. Various state programs are increasingly funding healthy soils as well. CalCAN recently outlined the Department of Water Resources Proposition 1-funded program, which has recognized improved soil organic matter as a strategy for enhancing the water holding capacity of soils. Similarly, in their most recent granting round, the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (CDFA) Statewide Energy and Efficiency Enhancement Program (SWEEP)—currently funded at $40 million—considers beneficial soil management practices as valuable water savings and greenhouse gas reduction activities.
Unsurprisingly, there has been a flurry of activity around the topic of healthy soils in California.
Source: Elizabeth Smoker, CalCAN, February 16, 2016