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SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin (D – Thousand Oaks) recently introduced legislation to accelerate farmers’ and ranchers’ adoption of climate-beneficial practices by providing them with the technical assistance they need to participate in California’s innovative Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) programs. The programs – which include the Healthy Soils Program (HSP), the State Water Efficiency and […]

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New Funding Supports Methane Reductions, Other Benefits Seventeen dairies recently received the first round of funding from the new Alternative Manure Management Program (AMMP). The program funds innovative manure management projects on dairy and livestock operations that reduce methane emissions and improve air and water quality. CalCAN advocated for the creation of the program as […]

Tags:  AMMP, dairy methane, sb 1383

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CalCAN Partner Profile                    At the 38th annual EcoFarm Conference in late January, we were thrilled to see Dave Runsten, Policy Director at the Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF), receive a Steward of Sustainable Agriculture (“Sustie”) award. According to the Ecological Farming Association, the award honors […]

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This is a repost from the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC), of which CalCAN is a member. The original blog can be found here. With the 2018 Farm Bill on the horizon, there is no better or more urgent time than now to be discussing the role of racial equity in agriculture, and working together […]

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Governor Brown recently issued his proposed climate change investments for FY 2018- ‘19, outlining his priorities as he enters his final year as Governor. The plan focuses heavily on transportation-related investments, calling for billions of dollars in zero emissions vehicle (ZEV) incentives. The plan also acknowledges the importance of Climate Smart Agriculture, but shifts away […]

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The farmers at High Ground Organics implement climate-beneficial practices via soil conservation, diversified plantings, riparian restoration, and more. They also collaborate with researchers at UC Santa Cruz evaluating the productivity, economics and environmental impacts (carbon sequestration, greenhouse gas emissions, nitrogen cycling, etc.) of integrated approaches to crop rotation, fertility, soil borne disease and pest management […]

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The Strategic Growth Council recently approved nearly $34 million in new grants for the Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation Program (SALCP). SALCP is one a suite of Climate Smart Agriculture programs developed in California to meet the state’s greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals. The state program aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with urban sprawl […]

Tags:  farmland conservation, SALCP, SB 32, smart growth, strategic growth council

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The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) announced its first round of grants for the Healthy Soils Program last week. In our first blogpost about the awards, we shared a summary of the awards by project type (incentives versus demonstration) and a breakdown of the awards by county. In this blogpost, we share a […]

Tags:  carbon sequestration, compost, conservation, cover crops, healthy soils, hedgerows, No-Till, sustainable agriculture

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California took an exciting step forward yesterday in its endeavor to unleash the potential of agriculture to make unique and powerful contributions to averting climate disaster. Appropriately timed for World Soils Day and the 2nd day of California Soils Week, the state announced the country’s first grants to support farmers and ranchers in adopting Healthy […]

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California Soils Week Gets Underway Today, launches the California Healthy Soils Week when the many benefits of building healthy soils on our farms and ranches will be featured in Sacramento and in events around the state. Agriculture covers 43 million acres in crop and rangeland in California, producing over 400 crop and livestock products and […]

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