Healthy Soil Program

The Healthy Soil Program was created when the Healthy Soil Act was signed into law on April 2, 2019.  The purpose of the program 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 health, yield and profitability of the soils of the state.”  This purpose is achieved by funding pilot projects aimed at improving soil health, as well as related education efforts.

Grants for soil health improvement pilot projects are available to entities that work directly with farmers, ranchers, and land managers in the state.  Farmers, ranchers, and land managers themselves may apply for a Healthy Soil Program grant, but they must do so in cooperation with an “eligible entity”.

The deadline for eligible entities to apply to NMDA for a Healthy Soil Program grant is Thursday, October 3, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.  Late submissions will not be accepted.  Submissions not sent directly by/through an eligible entity will not be accepted.

Learn more about NMDA’s Healthy Soil Program:

Outreach materials

Grant application materials

If you still have questions after viewing all of the above materials, please call (575) 646-2642 or email