California Accepting Public Comment on Block Grant Pilots for Healthy Soils and Water Efficiency

California Department of Food and Agriculture is accepting public comments until December 15, 2022, on a draft Request for Grant Applications (RGA) for the Healthy Soils Block Grant Pilot Program and the State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP) Block Grant Pilot. Under the block grant pilot program, qualified organizations across California may apply for state funding up to $5 million to disburse to eligible farmers/ranchers or agricultural operations for on-farm projects. Additionally, awarded organizations would provide technical assistance to implement on-farm projects or will partner with technical assistance providers to provide this support.