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.
- Increase Funding for Climate Smart Agriculture Grant Programs
- Tools for Farmers and Ranchers to Adapt to Climate Impacts
1. Increase Funding for Climate Smart Agriculture Grant Programs
California’s Climate Smart Agriculture 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. Aside from advocating for continued improvement of these programs, CalCAN also works with partners throughout the state to advocate for robust funding for these trailblazing programs.
After advocating this year for the budget for fiscal year 2019-20, we celebrate a historic increase for the Healthy Soils Program to $28 million, but know that we have work ahead of us next year to reinstate and increase funding for other important programs that unfortunately experienced significant funding cuts. Read the details on our blog: California Falls Short on Climate Smart Farming Investments.
Next year, we’ll need your help telling leaders in the legislature about the importance of investing in climate solutions on California’s farms and ranchers. Sign up here to receive notifications from CalCAN at a few strategic times to make your voice heard for these issues.
- Profiles of farmer and rancher leaders using Climate Smart Agriculture practices
- Fact Sheets: Climate Smart Agriculture Programs
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.
- Bill fact sheet
- Text of AB 409
- Last bill update: Climate Adaptation Tools Bill Sails Through Senate Policy Committees
- More on CalCAN’s series of listening sessions with growers, researchers and agriculture professionals to identify what they need to increase their resilience.