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.
California’s 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.
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.
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.
Many of California’s most innovative sustainable and organic farmers and ranchers are using climate-friendly practices that reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and sequester carbon. Visit the Farmer Stories page to read profiles of some of these growers.
Carbon Footprint of Five California Orchard Crops (July 2015)
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 (June 2015)
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.
LCA: A Tool For Assessing the Environmental Impacts of Farm Crops (March 2015)
A description of how the LCA model works, its limitations, and its applicability as a decision-making tool in agriculture.
Climate Solutions in California Agriculture (January 2015)
A newly updated summary of the organic and sustainable farming and ranching practices that provide the greatest climate benefits and other environmental benefits.
Understanding Climate Change Impacts for Agriculture (September 2011)
A summary of the impacts climate change will have on California agriculture.
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.
Climate Benefits of Organic Agriculture (February 2011)
A summary of research on certified organic farming and ranching systems, and why organic agriculture demonstrates increased resilience to the impacts of climate change.
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.
Includes general information, disaster relief options, loans and insurance, drought and water stewardship education.
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.
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.
Videos & Webinars
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.