California farmers and ranchers do not have caps placed on their GHG emissions, and they do not have any regulatory burdens for reporting emissions. Some may take part in selling credits in a carbon market.
Learn more about AB 32 here.
AB 32 Extended with Ambitious New GHG Reduction Target Set for 2030
Thanks to Senator Fran Pavley, Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia, and a strong coalition of environmental and business groups, AB 32’s GHG emissions reduction target was extended in 2016 through SB 32 and AB 197. Combined, those bills extend the state’s climate change law to the year 2030 with a new target of a 40 percent GHG reduction below the 1990 level – the most ambitious GHG reduction target in North America. CalCAN supported the bills.
Open Letter to Legislators from Climate & Agriculture Academic Experts
Almost 30 researchers submitted an open letter to Governor Brown, the legislature and Air Resources Board Chair Mary Nichols expressing concern about the expected impacts of climate change on California’s agriculture, and highlighting some of the most promising farming, ranching and land management practices for climate change mitigation. They call for a commitment to support research, technical assistance and incentives that reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions and assure the viability and resilience of the agricultural industry in the face of climate change. Click here for a copy of the letter.
California’s trailblazing SALC Program, funded with cap-and-trade revenue, is part of a larger Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities program overseen by the Strategic Growth Council. Their vision is to integrate funding for permanent agricultural easements with urban land use projects to maximize the gains in reducing greenhouse gases lined to vehicle miles traveled and urban development. This is the first program in the country that invests in farmland conservation for its climate benefits.
Visit this page for the latest news on the SALC Program.
Starting in the 2014-15 fiscal year, the Governor and California legislature began budgeting monies from the state’s new Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, derived from proceeds from the cap-and-trade program. CalCAN has long advocated for the allocation of some of these funds for farmland conservation and to incentivize farming and ranching practices that provide climate and other environmental and health benefits (see our fact sheet for specifics).
Click here for a summary of the budget decisions to date.
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is the agency responsible for implementing California’s landmark climate legislation AB 32. In addition to implementing a range of climate programs and regulations, CARB produces two guiding planning documents: (1) The Scoping Plan, updated every five years, describes the approach California will take to reduce GHGs and achieve the goal of reducing emissions to 1990 levels by 2020; (2) The Investment Plan, released every three years, informs California policymakers in their annual decisions on how to focus climate investments.
Another important planning document is the Adaptation Plan, produced by the Natural Resources Agency. It guides the work of various state agencies on climate adaptation.
CalCAN monitors and provides input into all of these documents, and organizes comment letters from allied organizations and farmers.
Under cap-and-trade, farmers and ranchers from throughout North America will have opportunities to create and trade carbon offsets (also known as offset credits) in the California carbon market. Farmers and ranchers wishing to participate in the carbon market will have to carry out eligible GHG emissions reduction projects that meet the criteria described in offset protocols approved by CARB.
The only crop-based carbon market protocol that is currently approved for the California program is for the rice industry.