FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Kristie Garcia
Public Information Officer, New Mexico Department of Agriculture
Nov. 18, 2019
Healthy Soil Program education, outreach funding available
Application deadline is Jan. 15
LAS CRUCES – The New Mexico Department of Agriculture is receiving applications for Healthy Soil Program Education and Outreach Grants.
The Education and Outreach Grant Program is a result of the Healthy Soil Act signed into law April 2, 2019. The act’s purpose is to promote and support farming and ranching systems and other forms of land management that increase soil organic matter, aggregate stability, microbiology and water retention to improve the state’s soil health, yield and profitability.
“We’re excited to roll out the second part of the Healthy Soil Program,” said New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte. “While the first part’s focus was on-the-ground projects, we’re now offering funding specifically for healthy soil education and outreach to help build capacity across New Mexico.”
This program funds projects whose aim is to advance soil health and soil health stewardship. Grants pay for the creation, development and delivery of education and outreach projects and materials in support of soil health stewardship. Both governmental and non-profit organizations can apply directly to NMDA. Private parties (individuals and for-profit organizations) must apply through an eligible entity as defined in the Healthy Soil Act.
The deadline to apply is Jan. 15.
Following are examples of eligible activities:
- Workshops and training in soil health stewardship to agricultural producers
- Workshops and training in soil health stewardship to eligible entities and technical assistance providers
- Producer-to-producer education and outreach
- Education of students and youth about the importance of soil health
- Education and outreach for soil assessment and testing
For more information or to download an application, visit www.nmda.nmsu.edu. Questions? Call 575-646-2642.