Federal Policy

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

CalCAN is a member of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC), an alliance of grassroots organizations that advocates for federal policy reform to advance the sustainability of agriculture, food systems, natural resources, and rural communities.

NSAC member groups advance common positions to support small and mid-size family farms, protect natural resources, promote healthy rural communities, and ensure access to healthy, nutritious foods by everyone.

NSAC member groups advance common positions to support small and mid-size family farms, protect natural resources, promote healthy rural communities, and ensure access to healthy, nutritious foods by everyone.

In November of 2019, NSAC released a policy position paper, “Agriculture and Climate Change: Policy Imperatives and Opportunities to Help Producers Meet the Challenge” reviewing the latest science in climate change mitigation and adaptation on U.S. farms. The report details eight federal policy reform priority areas and 29 specific policy recommendations. NSAC also released eight science-based agriculture and climate change policy principals to accompany the full report.

Learn more about NSAC.

Recent Federal Climate & Agriculture Policy

The following bills are supported by CalCAN:

Agriculture Resilience Act (H.R. 5861): February 2020 – introduced by Representative Chellie Pingree (D-ME-1), the Agriculture Resilience Act addresses the role of agriculture in combating climate change with a comprehensive suite of practical, science-based, farmer-driven policy solutions. The Agriculture Resilience Act sets out a national goal for agriculture sector of net zero emissions by no later than 2040, as well as a number of strategies to achieve it by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, sequestering carbon, increasing on-farm renewable energy and reducing food waste. The bill takes a comprehensive approach to the food and farming system and would make investments in a suite of interrelated programs to fund research, technical assistance, financial incentives, farmland conservation, and ensure farm viability.

Read our press release and learn more here.

Cultivating Organic Matter through the Promotion Of Sustainable Techniques (COMPOST) Act (H.R. 6023): February 2020 – Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-CA) and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-ME) introduced the COMPOST Act that adds composting as an eligible conservation practice for various USDA conservation programs—like the popular Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP).

Learn more here.

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