Current Campaigns

In 2019, CalCAN is working on several policy campaigns to ensure the resilience and sustainability of California farms and ranches in the face of climate change.

CalCAN’s three 2019 campaigns:

  1. Increase Funding for Climate Smart Agriculture Grant Programs
  2. Tools for Farmers and Ranchers to Adapt to Climate Impacts
  3. Improve On-Farm Water Conservation Grant Program

Urgent Action: Speak Out to Support Water-Smart Ag Program: Call your Assemblymember! Learn more here.

1. Increase Funding for Climate Smart Agriculture Grant Programs

Governor Newsom just released his latest budget proposal for fiscal year 2019-2020, including proposed funding for the Climate Smart Agriculture programs. These trailblazing programs give grants to farmers and ranchers to incentivize new practices that store carbon in soil, reduce potent methane emissions on dairies and conserve water. We need your help telling leaders in the legislature how they can build upon the Governor’s proposals.

The good news: The Governor proposed $28 million for the Healthy Soils Program, almost double from this year.

The bad news: The Governor included no funding for the popular on-farm water conservation grants program called the State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP). And his budget falls short for the Alternative Manure Management Program (AMMP) that supports dairies in reducing methane emissions by producing compost from manure.P

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2. Tools for Farmers and Ranchers to Adapt to Climate Impacts

The Ag Adaptation Tools Bill (AB 409), introduced by Assemblymember Monique Limón, will help farmers prepare for extreme weather and other climate impacts. If passed, it would provide funding for pilot projects in three regions of California to develop farm-level, science-based tools to support farmers and ranchers in the face of climate change.

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3. Improve On-Farm Water Conservation Grant Program

AB 1086, authored by Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan would codify in law and make improvements to the State Water Efficiency & Enhancement Program (SWEEP). Based on the input of dozens of experts, CalCAN has worked closely with the author’s office to include improvements that increase the reach and effectiveness of the program and make it more accessible to small and medium-sized farms and socially disadvantaged farmers.

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Take action now to support California’s water-smart ag program!

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