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Central Sierras Healthy Soils Program

Hands holding soil with text about improving soil health and a healthy soils program offering funds and assistance to farmers.


We are pleased to share that Placer RCD received $4M in funding from the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Healthy Soils Program Block Grant in partnership with Resource Conservation Districts in seven other counties in the Central Sierra, forming the Central Sierra Healthy Soils Program. This funding is dedicated to distributing funds and providing technical assistance to improve soil health for farmers and ranchers in Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, El Dorado, Amador, Calaveras, Tuolumne, and Alpine counties. This project is administered in collaboration with the Placer Resource Conservation District, Amador Resource Conservation District, and El Dorado & Georgetown Divide Resource Conservation Districts.

This funding will ensure that at least one project is awarded in each of these eight counties. Additionally, at least 25% of the budget is allocated to producers who identify as Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers (SDFRs), for which multilanguage assistance and services will be provided when necessary. After these requirements have been fulfilled, the remaining project funding and support will be approved on a first-come, first-served basis.

Agricultural producers operating in the counties mentioned above who are interested in receiving free technical assistance, working to improve soil health, and implementing conservation practices on their farm or ranch can fill out an interest form at the following link:


An informational flowchart for the Central Sierra Healthy Soils Program, outlining steps for agricultural producers to improve soil health from Feb '24 to Jun '27.
An ad for a resource conservation program with a link, phone number, and partner logos.