State Action for Healthy Soils
The field is growing quickly…
In 2018, there were bills in 3 states; New York, Massachusetts, and Vermont.
In 2019 thus far there are bills in at least these 9 states;
Connecticut (HB6647) latest proposed language adds definition for “healthy soils practices” and sets up fund for programs.
Illinois (SB1980/HB2737, HB2819) adds definition for “soil health”, and includes in soil and water conservation districts law; (HB2819) allows Dept. of Natural Resources to require soil health requirements in leases of state land.
Nebraska (LB243, LB283, LB729) (LB243) creates Soil Health Task Force; (LB283) funding for creation of climate action plan, including through improvements to soil health; (LB729) provides incentives for cover crops.
New York (A02718) provides tax exemption for carbon farming, with exemption based upon the economic value of carbon sequestered.
Oregon (HB2020) sets up cap-and-invest, allowing funding of agricultural sequestration of carbon.