The following recent media have covered the work of CalCAN and its advisors and partners.
California Climate Smart Ag Initiative Launched
BioCycle magazine, March/April issue 2017
A Climate Solution: Local farmers sowing seeds of carbon farming
North Bay Bohemian, March 29, 2017
Carbon & Compost
Includes interview with CalCAN’s Renata Brillinger on California’s agriculture and climate programs. North Bay Bountiful, KRCB TV, March 27, 2017
California is a Leader in Climate Smart Agriculture
Bioneers, March 16, 2017
Secretary Ross on climate change and agriculture’s partnership with CalCAN
CDFA blog, March 1, 2017
Ag an important part of state’s climate effort
Opinion piece by CalCAN’s Renata Brillinger. Daily Democrat, Jan.12, 2017
The most important stories of the year in organically grown wine
Organic Wines Uncorked, Jan. 2, 2017
California Farmers Say Healthier Soil May Improve Air Quality, Grow Tastier Produce
Valley Public Radio, NPR Central California, Dec. 13, 2016
How California Plans to Make Conservation a Way of Life
Water Deeply, Dec. 9, 2016
Climate Change & Agriculture Policy
Sustainable Growing radio show interview on KSVY with CalCAN’s Renata Brillinger, Dec. 2, 2016
Save the earth
Sacramento News & Review, Nov. 17, 2016
Wrangling the climate impacts of California dairy
Civil Eats, Oct. 20, 2016
Gov. Jerry Brown signs ‘toughest’ restrictions on pollutants in Long Beach
Pasadena Star News, Sept. 19, 2016
California’s novel carbon trading scheme
CalCAN’s Renata Brillinger and UC Extension agent Jeff Mitchell interviewed by farmer Tom Willey on his radio show “Down on the Farm.”
KFCF Radio in Fresno, July 1, 2016
Agriculture pitching in to battle climate change
KRCB Radio, Sonoma County, June 30, 2016
Farmers offer climate change solutions
Op ed on the need for investments in agricultural climate solutions by partner Leigh Sharp, Napa County Resource Conservation District.
Napa Valley Register, June 6, 2016
Kings farmers enhance water efficiency
Hanford Sentinel, May 18, 2016
State Senate OKs Wolk’s climate-change measure
Daily Democrat, May 10, 2016
Comstock’s Magazine, April 26, 2016
Central San Joaquin Valley farmers, packers, bet big on solar to cut power costs
Fresno Bee, April 16, 2016
Calif. refines its definition of ‘resiliency’
E&E News, March 29, 2016
California’s Grand Plan to Fight Climate Change on the Farm
Civil Eats, Feb. 2, 2016
California Public Utilities Commission Expands Solar Net Metering
RealEstateRama, Jan. 29, 2016
Legislators aim to save renewable-energy program
Davis Enterprise, Nov. 12, 2015
Can small communities tackle global food security?
High Country News, Nov. 5, 2015
Conserving farms is good investment.
Opinion piece by Rich Rominger, CalCAN farmer advisor.
Sacramento Bee, Oct. 14, 2015
How to drought-proof California farms.
High Country News, Sept. 24, 2015
Farms harvest cuts in carbon dioxide via soil.
Scientific American, Sept. 22, 2015
Yolo’s Lois Wolk presented with ‘Hands on Legislator of the Year Award’
Davis Daily Democrat, June 26, 2015
Can better grazing help dairy farmers cope with drought and climate change?
Civil Eats, June 11, 2015.
Environmental bills carve out space for ag
Hanford Sentinel, June 6, 2015
Agriculture Climate Benefits Act legislation gains bipartisan support
The Reporter News, June 3, 2015
State Senate OKs Agriculture Climate Benefits Act
Central Valley Business Times, June 3, 2105
Mild weather confuses trees.
References a CalCAN blog on winter chill hours and climate change. Napa Valley Register, May 1, 2015.
Quotes CalCAN Executive Director. Craftsmanship Magazine, May 2015.
Everything I thought I knew about water in California is wrong. CalCAN’s Renata Brillinger quoted in this blog. Grist, April 20,2015.
Agriculture as a Net Sink of Greenhouse Gases: Proposals to Invest Cap-and-Trade Revenues
Coverage of CalCAN’s report “Blueprint for a California Climate and Agriculture Program” and SB 367. Davis Vanguard, April 3, 2015.
Coverage of CalCAN Summit (March 26, 2015):
- Summit searches for agricultural solutions (Davis Enterprise)
Farmers gather at UC Davis to talk about drought (Woodland Daily Democrat)
UC Davis summit focuses on drought (Woodland Daily Democrat)
Drought: California agriculture can learn from Africa
References CalCAN’s “Growing Solutions” recommendations to Governor Brown for agricultural solutions to climate change. San Jose Mercury News, March 23, 2015
EcoFarm kicks off 35th year with climate change talk
Coverage of a CalCAN-organized panel on climate change and agriculture. Monterey Herald, Jan. 27, 2015
Organic farm tour focuses on mitigating climate change
Covers an event co-hosted by CalCAN and coalition member CCOF. Santa Cruz Sentinel, Sept. 26, 2014.
California governor signs groundwater management bills
Quotes CalCAN Policy Director Jeanne Merrill. The Packer, Sept. 19, 2014.
Gov. Brown signs Calif. groundwater bills
Quoting CalCAN coalition partner, the Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF), taken from a CalCAN/CAFF press release. Capital Press, Sept. 17, 2014.
California bond would set $100 million for water efficiency
Quoting CalCAN’s Policy Director Jeanne Merrill on CalCAN success in securing funds in water bond bill for agricultural water conservation. Capital Press, Aug. 21, 2014
Beyond the rooftop: Commercial net metering in California
Co-authored by CalCAN’s Policy Associate Adam Kotin. GreenTech Media, July 27, 2014.
Cap-and-trade could aid preservation of California farmland
Story quotes CalCAN’s Policy Director Jeanne Merrill. Ran in the Sacramento Bee and SLO Tribune, July 21, 2014.
Farmland in flux
CalCAN is cited as a reference in this blog about agricultural adaptation to climate change. World Wildlife Foundation blog, July 8, 2014.
Amidst drought, study finds farm water use efficiency under-served
Coverage of a report co-released by CalCAN and the Community Alliance with Family Farmers that makes the case for more investments in technical assistance to growers to achieve better on-farm water conservation.
• Woodland Daily Democrat, June 12, 2014
• Modesto Bee, June 10, 2014
Climate and farming
Letter to the editor by CalCAN’s Renata Brillinger, addressing urgent need for supporting on-farm water stewardship solutions to the drought. Press Democrat, June 8, 2014.
California’s sustainable-agriculture advocates battle for bucks during budget debate
Covers cap-and-trade budget debate, quoting CalCAN’s Jeanne Merrill. Sacramento News & Review, June 5, 2014.
Strong limits and government funds are best
This op ed in the New York Times includes a link to CalCAN’s website in reference to net metering. New York Times, June 2, 2014.
Take care with that cap-and-trade money
Letter to the editor by CalCAN farmer ally Jean Okuye from Livingston in California’s Central Valley, advocating for cap-and-trade funding of sustainable agriculture. Merced Sun-Star, May 13, 2014.
Organic growers explore urban farming
Review of CCOF “Farming the Urban Edge” tour, including mention of CalCAN’s Executive Director discussing AB 1961. The Packer, March 7, 2014.
Eggman refocuses on saving farmland
Covers the introduction of AB 1961, the Sustainable Farmland Strategies Act. Stockton Record, Feb. 24, 2014.
Meter Aggregation Rules Announced by CPUC
SB 594 implemented by CPUC, making it easier for farmers to produce renewable energy under the state’s Net Energy Metering program. Daily Democrat, Feb. 22, 2014.
CalCAN’s drought coverage reposted on Civil Eats:
Amidst Severe Winter Drought, California Farmers Ask: Is This the New Normal? Jan. 17, 2014
A History of Drought in California: Learning From the Past, Looking to the Future. Feb. 5, 2014
As the Drought Goes On, What Can Farmers Do? Feb. 26, 2014
Yolo County legislators respond to budget proposal
Quotes CalCAN on Governor Brown’s allocation of cap-and-trade funds to agriculture. Daily Democrat, Jan. 10, 2014.
Quivira Conference: Interview with CalCAN’s Renata Brillinger
A radio interview on climate change and agriculture covering the annual conference of the Quivira Coalition based in New Mexico. Sante Fe Radio, Dec. 2, 2013.
A Farm Bill for All
A perspective from Judith Redmond, co-owner of Full Belly Farm and a CalCAN farmer advisor, on why Congress should act to pass a farm bill with strong nutrition, conservation and organic farm supports. KQED, Nov. 4, 2013.
Farm Bill vital to California
Opinion piece on the farm bill by two members of the California Caucus of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, co-founded and co-directed by CalCAN. Fresno Bee, Sept. 30, 2013.
Investing in Food Security & Climate Protection
A blog making the case for cap-and-trade investments in sustainable agriculture, authored by Karen Archiplay (Veteran’s Sustainable Agriculture Training program) and Nancy Casady (Ocean Beach People’s Organic Food Coop, member of California State Board of Food and Agriculture). Camp Pendleton blog site, Sept. 18, 2013.
Solar project provokes questions
Opinion piece by farmer leader Kim Williams on farmland protection case study in San Benito County. Hollister Free Lance, Aug. 29, 2013.
Agriculture has ‘shovel-ready’ climate solutions
Opinion piece by CalCAN farmer advisor and organic dairy and almond producer Ward Burroughs. Modesto Bee, June 6, 2013.
California bill requires developers to preserve farmland
Coverage of AB 823, the California Farmland Protection Act. Capital Press, April 4, 2013.
Bill would require ag land preservation
Coverage of AB 823, the California Farmland Protection Act, and reaction from Monterey County leaders. The Californian, April 10, 2013.
Report on CalCAN Summit
Blog summarizing the farmer and rancher input on climate change impacts and sustainable agriculture climate solutions at the February CalCAN Summit. Civil Eats, April 5, 2013.
At UC Davis conference, a push for ‘climate-smart agriculture’
This story links a global science conference on climate and agriculture to CalCAN’s recent summit and efforts to secure cap-and-trade revenue for sustainable agriculture. Quotes CalCAN farmer advisor Judith Redmond and Policy Director Jeanne Merrill. The California Report, KQED, March 20, 2013.
Triple Harvest covered in Modesto Bee
The Bee puts CalCAN’s report “Triple Harvest” into the current context of solar development in the Central Valley. Modesto Bee, Feb. 22, 2013.
Climate Change: California agriculture fears the worst
[Note: This is a Google translation from French and contains some inaccuracies] Story on the vulnerability of California agriculture to climate change impacts. La Press, March 3, 2013.
Farmers getting support to adapt to climate changes
Radio piece that aired on 20 stations and quoted Rose Marie Burroughs, CalCAN Farmer Advisor, covering the passage of AB 1532 which allocates public cap-and-trade funds to sustainable agriculture and other activities that reduce GHGs. Public News Service, Oct. 8, 2012.
Cap-and-spade: Will California’s carbon market dollars go to organic farms?
Coverage of the passage of AB 1532 which allocates public cap-and-trade funds to sustainable agriculture and other activities that reduce GHGs, quoting CalCAN’s director Renata Brillinger. Grist, Oct. 4, 2012.
Governor signs bill to ease small-scale renewable energy generation
Coverage of the signing of SB 594 quoting CalCAN’s Policy Director Jeanne Merrill and Russ Lester, CalCAN Farmer Advisor. Western Farm Press, Oct. 1, 2012.
Planting the seeds for ‘greener’ farms
Coverage of AB 1532, the cap-and-trade allowance revenue allocation bill supported by CalCAN, based on an interview with Executive Director Renata Brillinger. KQED News, Sept. 7, 2012.
Climate change is another reason to protect farmland
Opinion piece authored by Rich Rominger, farmer and former CDFA Secretary and USDA Deputy Secretary, and CalCAN’s Renata Brillinger. Sacramento Bee, Aug. 2, 2012.
Work with state farmers, not against them
Opinion piece authored by Johan Six at UC Davis and CalCAN’s Renata Brillinger. Makes the case for state resources to support agriculture’s climate benefits. Fresno Bee, May 18, 2012.
Pick a Food Fight
Blog in Civil Eats authored by CalCAN’s Renata Brillinger reviewing Dan Imhoff’s new book “Food Fight: The Citizen’s Guide to the Next Farm Bill.”
Agriculture’s Climate Protection Solutions
As legislators debate the activities that should be supported by cap-and-trade fee revenue, the co-authors of this piece describe the climate benefits to be gained from farmland protection and sustainable agriculture practices, research, technical assistance. Written by David Gates of Ridge Vineyards and Stephen E. Abbors of the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District. The San Mateo Daily Journal, April 21, 2012.
Becoming Sustainable in Policy and Practice
Al and Becky Courchesne of Frog Hollow Farm describe their sustainable practices and call for support from California’s cap-and-trade program for climate-friendly farming practices. thepress.net, April 20, 2012.
Farm Bill Climate Change Policies Could Help Or Hinder Sustainability Efforts
Jeanne Merrill, CalCAN’s Policy Director, is quoted in this blog about discussions on farm bill crop insurance policy. Huffington Post, Dec. 13, 2011.
Extreme Weather: Knowledge is Power for California’s Farmers
Craig McNamara, Chair of the State Food & Agriculture Board and a CalCAN advisor, comments on the importance of weather data and forecasting for helping farmers cope with climate change. Public News Service, Dec. 10, 2011.
Prepare for climate change
An opinion piece on agricultural adaptation to climate change by Rose Marie Burroughs, CalCAN Farmer Advisor, and Peter Van de Water from Fresno State University. Merced SunStar, Nov. 17, 2011.
Press Release: Agriculture & Public Health Call on Becerra to Protect Funding
Nov. 15, 2011
A bill to help put ag waste to work as energy
Editorial supporting CalCAN-sponsored bill SB 489. Bakersfield Californian, August 25, 2011.
Can Organics Feed the World?
Jeanne Merrill, CalCAN Policy Director maintains that organic farming methods that focus on improving soil health have the capacity to meet the world’s food demands. This clip is taken from a one-hour Commonwealth Club panel recorded on June 14, 2011 called “Crops, Cattle & Carbon.”
Down on the Farm: Nuts to Renewable Energy
Discussion of the benefits of SB 489 for farmers and the environment, quoting CalCAN Farmer Advisor Russ Lester. KQED Climate Watch, August 24, 2011.
Sen. Wolk’s measures receive fiscal approval
CalCAN-sponsored bill SB 489 clears an Assembly committee hurdle. Daily Democrat, August 18, 2011.
Is California Agriculture Ready for Climate Change?
Coverage of CalCAN’s “Ready…Or Not?” report. San Francisco Chronicle blog SF Gate, April 8, 2011.
Research focuses on climate adaptation
Coverage of the CalCAN Summit. Capital Press, April 7, 2011.
Ag practices focus of Wolk bill dealing with climate change
Coverage of SB 237. Woodland Daily Democrat, April 5, 2011.
Yolo farmer Rominger wins ag leadership award
Coverage of CalCAN Leadership Award at Climate & Agriculture Summit. Woodland Daily Democrat, April 1, 2011.
Expert Says Agriculture Can Affect Climate Change
Coverage of CalCAN’s report “Ready…Or Not?” Capital Public Radio, March 31, 2011.
Karen Ross Named CFDA Secretary
CalCAN comments on Secretary Ross appointment. California Farmer, Jan. 17, 2011.
California Bill Would Funnel Millions Of AB 32 Revenue To Agriculture
Coverage of SB 237. EPA Clean Energy Report, Feb. 17, 2011.
Ag must brace for a changing climate
Opinion piece by Rich Rominger, former Secretary of Agriculture. Sacramento Bee, Dec. 11, 2010.
Farm field day emphasizes ‘green’ innovations
Report on a CalCAN farm field day. Winters Express, April 15, 2010.