Information provided by the office of Robert Rivas.
Assemblyman Robert Rivas (D-Hollister) announced the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Healthy Soils Program has awarded $422,720 to 12 projects in the 30th State Assembly District. According to a recent press release, the funding comes after the department of food and agriculture received $10 million from the California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection and Outdoor Access for All Act of 2018 and $5 million from the California Climate Investments by the Budget Act of 2018.
“The Healthy Soils Program does tremendous work to support farmers and ranchers in developing environmentally friendly farming practices that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve the health of our soil,” said Rivas. “These grants will provide an opportunity for our region to be an example of how we can adapt in the face of global warming and preserve our strong agricultural economy.”
The Healthy Soils Program is comprised of two components: the Incentives Program and the Demonstration Projects. The Incentives Program provides funding that allows for the implementation of conservation management that improves soil health, sequesters carbon and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. The Demonstration Projects highlight how California farmers and ranchers put the practices from the Healthy Soils Program into action.
The awardees for the 30th State Assembly District are as follows:
- Mission Ranches Company, LLC (King City): $51,271.97
- Deep Roots Ranch (Watsonville): $24,200.03
- Emilio Guglielmo Winery (Morgan Hill): $53,400.00
- Oya Organics (Hollister) $53,766.64
- McIntyre Vineyards (Soledad): $31,882.74
- Hummingbird Ranch (Watsonville): $12,122.10
- Brayden Vineyards (Soledad): $16,426.91
- JW Farms (Watsonville): $21,471.00
- Linda Chu (Hollister): $75,000.00
- Bucio Organic Farms (Salinas): $7,500.00
- Woods Conservation Inc. (Watsonville): $3,399.95
- Rincon Farms Inc. (Salinas): $72,278.75
For more information, visit https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/oefi/healthysoils/ or http://calclimateag.org/solutions/healthysoils/.
Updated 6/11/19 at 1:37 p.m. to include list of awardees.