CalCAN collaborates with farmers, researchers, agriculture professionals, advocates and other experts to publish reports, fact sheets and other resources on climate change and sustainable agriculture science, practice and policy. Below are links to our library of resources.
Blueprint for a California Program on Agriculture and Climate (March 2015)
The Blueprint provides an overview of the ways agriculture can play a constructive role in achieving the state’s climate and energy goals and highlights “shovel-ready” climate solutions already being practiced by some of California’s most innovative farmers and ranchers.
Diversified Strategies for Reducing Methane Emissions from Dairy Operations (October 2015)
A policy memo recommending ways that the California Air Resources Board and the lead department, the California Department of Food and Agriculture, can incentivize agricultural methane reduction strategies that make the wisest use of public dollars while maximizing environmental, economic, and public health benefits.
Growing Solutions: Climate Change and Agriculture Recommendations to the California Governor (January 2015)
Crafted by a group of farmers, researchers, and agriculture experts, this report recommends 28 ways the Brown Administration can support agriculture in reducing GHG emissions while building more resilience to drought and extreme weather.
Ready… Or Not? An Assessment of California Agriculture’s Readiness for Climate Change (March 2011)
Given California’s leadership in tackling climate change, and its importance globally as an agricultural producer, it is essential to understand to what extent state government is supporting agriculture in addressing its unique climate change challenges. Ready or Not is an assessment of the adequacy and availability of resources for California agriculture to address climate change.
State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP): A Progress Report (May 2016)
A review of SWEEP’s success in its first three funding cycles, and recommendations to the California Department of Food and Agriculture for program improvement.
Triple Harvest: Farmland Conservation for Climate Protection, Smart Growth, and Food Security in California (February 2013)
Despite mounting evidence showing the climate change benefits of protecting farmland and curbing greenhouse gas emissions related to transportation and energy use, some 50,000 acres of California farmland are paved over each year. This report describes the many essential services provided by California farmland as well as current development threats. It outlines policy recommendations for protecting agricultural lands to ensure their climate, food security and other benefits.
Climate Benefits of Organic Agriculture
A summary of research on certified organic farming and ranching systems, and why organic agriculture demonstrates increased resilience to the impacts of climate change.
Climate Change Impacts for Agriculture
A summary of the impacts climate change will have on California agriculture.
Climate Solutions in California Agriculture
A newly updated summary of the organic and sustainable farming and ranching practices that provide the greatest climate benefits and other environmental benefits.
Farming for Success in the 21st Century
A series of fact sheets providing practical information on enhancing the resilience of California farms to climate change.
A summary of California’s new and evolving financial incentive programs that encourage the use of agricultural climate solutions, helping the state meet its ambitious greenhouse gas reduction goals.
Life Cycle Assessment
This two-part series, completed in collaboration with the Agricultural Sustainability Institute of UC Davis, describes a life cycle assessment (LCA) methodology and the findings of LCAs on five orchard crops.
- LCA: A Tool For Assessing the Environmental Impacts of Farm Crops
A description of how the LCA model works, its limitations, and its applicability as a decision-making tool in agriculture.
- Carbon Footprint of Five California Orchard Crops
A summary of a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) produced by the Agricultural Sustainability Institute at UC Davis for five important California orchard crops: almonds, peaches, pistachios, prunes, and walnuts.
Net Energy Metering Aggregation
An outline of the Net Energy Metering Aggregation (NEMA) program, which allows renewable energy that is connected to the grid through one meter (the ‘Generating Account’) to be credited against electricity use on other meters.
What Does California Climate Legislation Have to Do with Agriculture?
A primer on California’s landmark climate bill (Assembly Bill 32) and how it impacts farmers and ranchers.
This is a collection of presentations by CalCAN staff and California researchers and agricultural professionals speaking on a range of topics related to climate change and agriculture.