A report released by CalCAN recommends twenty-eight ways the Brown Administration can support agriculture in reducing greenhouse gas emissions while building more resilience to drought and extreme weather. Growing Solutions: Climate Change and Agriculture Recommendations to the California Governor was crafted by a group of farmers, researchers and agriculture experts.
“California cannot achieve its ambitious climate goals without agriculture,” stated Renata Brillinger, CalCAN’s Executive Director. “Our policy toolkit taps the power of the state’s working lands to provide tangible, affordable climate solutions.”
Governor Brown’s FY 2015-16 budget proposal includes some funding for agricultural climate efforts, but it falls far short of what is needed. CalCAN’s report offers a comprehensive vision for how the Brown Administration can support and invest in on-farm renewable energy and energy efficiency, water stewardship, farmland conservation, climate-friendly farming practices, and farmworker well-being.
California’s record drought, now heading into its fourth year, makes clear that farmers are on the front lines of climate change. Growing Solutions lays out a roadmap for supporting the $43 billion agriculture industry in coping with the challenges ahead while also doing its part to tackle climate change. It builds upon a set of recommendations issued by CalCAN in 2010 (see below)
In 2010, CalCAN released a set of recommendations to Governor-elect Jerry Brown. The report, California Agriculture in a Changing Climate: Policy Recommendations for the Next California Governor, included a range of legislative, administrative and budgetary actions needed to support California agriculture in coping with climate change.
The recommendations were prepared by CalCAN in consultation with advisors and experts in sustainable agriculture, and include:
- Establish an Office of Climate Change Adaptation, with an agriculture division
- Allocate a portion of cap-and-trade allowance revenue to fund research, technical assistance and on-farm practices that have climate and other environmental benefits
- Establish a farmland mitigation fund to protect farmland and facilitate smart growth
- Remove barriers to on-farm-renewable energy generation