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SACRAMENTO – The California Senate Agriculture Committee passed the CalCAN-sponsored Assembly Bill 2377 (Irwin) yesterday with a bipartisan, unanimous 4-0 vote. The bill aims to improve participation in and the impact of Climate Smart Agriculture programs by providing technical assistance for farmers and ranchers seeking to do projects under the programs. José Robles, an almond […]

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In a series of newly-published profiles, we share the stories of more than 30 farmer and rancher climate leaders harnessing state climate investments to enact on-farm climate solutions. Read their stories here. Farmers and ranchers throughout California—on more than 750 farms in more than 50 of California’s 58 counties—are spearheading innovative projects, supported by state […]

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Copyright © California Climate & Agriculture Network [Farmer & Rancher Climate Leaders: The Faces Behind Climate Smart Ag Funds], All Right Reserved. 2018.
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CalCAN staff recently attended the Agriculture Sustainability Institute’s (ASI) annual field day at Russell Ranch. Founded in 1994, Russell Ranch is 300-acre facility adjacent to the UC Davis campus dedicated to research and education about agricultural systems in Mediterranean climates. On the Ranch is the Century Experiment, a 100-year study on the effect of varied […]

Tags:  Century Experiment, russell ranch, soil health, UC Davis

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Copyright © California Climate & Agriculture Network [UC Researchers Highlight Climate Benefits of Soil Health, Organic Management], All Right Reserved. 2018.
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Last week, California voters turned out to the polls for the state primary election. Two propositions on the ballot have positive implications for the nexus of climate and agriculture in the state. Proposition 68 Passes Proposition 68 passed, allocating $4 billion worth of bond funding to state and local parks, environmental protection and restoration projects, […]

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The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is currently seeking comments on its updated list of new management practices it is considering adding to the Healthy Soils Program. Comments are due to cdfa.oefi@cdfa.ca.gov no later than June 19th 5 pm PST. The updated list, which CDFA presented at the May 24th meeting of the Environmental Farming Act […]

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California’s latest climate change and agriculture program is the first in country that aims to reduce methane emissions from dairies and livestock operations by incentivizing environmentally minded manure management practices. In addition to providing significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, alternative manure management leads to other co-benefits such as improved air and water quality, reduced […]

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CalCAN’s bill, AB 2377, passed unanimously on the Assembly floor this week on a 72-0 vote. The bill now heads to the state Senate. AB 2377 aims to improve farmer participation and impact of Climate Smart Agriculture programs by providing technical assistance for farmers and ranchers seeking to do projects under the programs. CalCAN developed […]

Tags:  AB 2377, Climate Change Investments, Farmer Equity Act, GGRF, Irwin

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Copyright © California Climate & Agriculture Network [Assembly Passes CalCAN Bill, Budget Negotiations on Climate Change Investments Continues], All Right Reserved. 2018.
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This action alert is from the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, of which CalCAN is a member. Today our focus turns to the House of Representatives, poised to vote on its version of the 2018 Farm Bill this week, and folks, this bill is bad. Here’s a sample: Conservation – the House bill erases support for resource stewardship on […]

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Copyright © California Climate & Agriculture Network [NSAC ACTION ALERT: Farmers & American Communities Deserve a Better Farm Bill], All Right Reserved. 2018.
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This guest blog is written by Nina F. Ichikawa, Policy Director at the Berkeley Food Institute (BFI). BFI strives to transform food systems to expand access to healthy, affordable food and promote sustainable and equitable food production. As part of their mission, BFI empowers new leaders with capacities to cultivate diverse, just, resilient, and healthy food […]

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Copyright © California Climate & Agriculture Network [Growing Organic, State by State: A Berkeley Food Institute Report and its Importance to Climate Change], All Right Reserved. 2018.
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Last week, CalCAN co-organized a farm and ranch tour in Solano County that highlighted climate-beneficial farming practices and several state-funded Climate Smart Agriculture programs that harness agricultural opportunities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions or sequester carbon. Greenbelt Alliance, Solano Land Trust, Dixon Resource Conservation District (RCD), and Solano RCD joined CalCAN in organizing the tour. […]

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