U.S. EPA, central coast growers, federal & state partners join healthy soils dialogue

February 9, 2020 |

In California, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency met with federal and state agencies and leaders from the region’s agriculture and food production industries make progress on on-farm composting and to launch an interagency collaboration between 15 federal, state, and regional agencies that is committed to developing a regulatory pathway to address permitting challenges and create incentives to support on-farm composting of agricultural materials to decrease nutrient loading, reduce agricultural burning, and improve soil health.

The On-Farm Compost Work Group, co-led by CDFA, NRCS, California Environmental Protection Agency, and U.S. EPA, will develop a regulatory pathway to address permitting challenges and create incentives for on-farm composting in order to decrease nutrient loading, reduce agricultural burning, and improve soil health.

The roundtable focused on enhancing communication with Central Coast growers on healthy soils practices and sharing lessons learned from environmental successes. Participants heard from growers to better understand barriers to implementation of healthy soils practices. The agencies also announced the launch of a new multi-agency work group that will address permitting challenges and create incentives to support on-farm composting.

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