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New Mexico Department of Agriculture: Healthy Soil Program

Deadline: October 3, 2019

As part of the Healthy Soil Act, the New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA) will support pilot projects relating to the enhancement of soil health. The goal is to promote the health of New Mexico’s soils by awarding grants that provide technical assistance to land managers and implement pilot projects that follow healthy soil principles such as:

  1. Keeping soil covered
  2. Minimizing soil disturbance on cropland
  3. Maximizing biodiversity
  4. Maintaining a living root
  5. Integrating animals into land management

Amount: Approximately $175,000 is available. There is no cap on funding per grant, but the amount of funding requested will be evaluated as to whether it is appropriate for the size and scope of the pilot project.

Eligibility: Local governmental entities with proven land management capacity, including Soil and Water Conservation Districts, New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service, Indian nations, tribes or pueblos, or a land grants or acequias. Eligible entities should provide technical assistance, or support soil health through projects or programs that increase soil organic matter, aggregate stability, microbiology, and water retention to improve the health, yield, and profitability of the soils in the state. Eligible entities must be compliant with state annual audit requirements and must possess the capacity to act as a fiscal agent as well as a working knowledge of the state procurement code.

Link: http://www.nmda.nmsu.edu/home/divisions/apr/healthy-soil-program/

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