Apply for NMDA’s Healthy Soil Program!

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David Lucero of JAL Farms, Healthy Soil Program grant recipient in 2022. Photo by I.Jenniches CC BY 2.0

The application period for the Healthy Soil Program administered by the New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA) is now open!

Find important Healthy Soil Program context and other critical application documents at:

  1. The Individual Applicants web page. This page is for those applying as a non-governmental party (individual, business, or nonprofit) directly involved in farming, ranching, or another form of land managementWhile there, register for the March 5 webinar for Individual Applicants.
    • About conservation planning with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service: Individual Applicants must complete conservation planning with NRCS by March 22 at 5 p.m. Mountain Time in order to apply for grant funding.  Individual Applicants who are unable to complete conservation planning with NRCS by the March 22 deadline cannot apply for grant funding – they can apply for NMDA’s Conservation Planning Opportunity only.  Learn more in the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) for Individual Applicants.
  1. The Eligible Entities web page. This page is for those authorized to apply on behalf of a local governmental entity with proven land management capacity to support healthy soil (such as a pueblo, tribe, or nation; acequia; land grant; soil and water conservation district (SWCD); NMSU-Cooperative Extension Service; etc.). While there, register for the March 5 webinar for Eligible Entities.

Projects submitted for funding consideration must address 1+ identified soil health-related resource concerns by implementing 1+ of the 5 soil health principles:

  1. Keeping soil covered;
  2. Minimizing soil disturbance on cropland and minimizing external inputs;
  3. Maximizing biodiversity;
  4. Maintaining a living root;
  5. Integrating animals into land management, including grazing animals, birds, beneficial insects or keystone species, such as earthworms.

Projects selected for funding will happen between August 2024 and May 2025.

For more information, visit NMDA’s Healthy Soil Program website. For questions about NMDA’s Healthy Soil Program grants email

The deadline to submit a Healthy Soil Program grant application is 
April 26, 2024 at 12 p.m. (noon) Mountain Time.

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