CDFA Needs Your Comments on the Agronomic Rates of Compost Application for its Healthy Soils Initiative

Ami Gunasekara, PhD, liaison to the Environmental Farming Act Science Advisory Panel of the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has put out a call for public comments on an important program of California’s Healthy Soils Initiative.

Writes Gunasekara, “Per direction of the Environmental Farming Act Science Advisory Panel, CDFA is making the draft document titled “Agronomic rates of compost application for California croplands and rangelands to support a CDFA Healthy Soils Incentives Program” available for public comment. The document can be found here under “EFA SAP: Documents for Public Comment” or directly by going to the following link;

Comment are due by February 12, 2016. Please send comments to


“As part of Governor Brown’s Healthy Soils Initiative, the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is planning to establish a financial incentivize [sic] program for farmers and ranchers to implement practices that improve soil health and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.”

“The application of compost to croplands and rangelands to improve soil health is an important practice that can improve soil health. In order to make this management practice included in any future incentive program by CDFA, agronomic compost application rates need to be established.”

This report is the outcome of a subcommittee of scientific experts gathered to propose “best-available scientific-based agronomic rates of compost application.”

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