55 miles south of San Francisco along Highway 1 lies Pie Ranch. Founded in 2002 by Nancy Vail, Jered Lawson, and Karen Heisler with a vision to create a regenerative farming and food education center. Beginning with 14 acres along
CalCAN’s Bill History CalCAN sponsored or played a lead role in the following bills that passed and were signed into law: SB 489, Renewable Energy Equity Act (2011) — Authored by Senator Lois Wolk, the bill expanded the state’s Net
The Environmental Farming Act Science Advisory Panel (EFA SAP) voted unanimously last week to approve a final Request for Proposals (RFP) for the California Department of Agriculture’s (CDFA) new Climate Smart Agriculture Technical Assistance Grant Program, which is expected to
The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) recently announced the latest round of grant awards for the State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP). Demand for the program remains high with more than 340 farmers applying to the program.
Governor Releases January Budget Proposal On Monday, January 7th, Gavin Newsom was sworn into office as California’s 40th Governor. And as required by the state’s constitution, Governor Newsom released his proposed budget just a few days later on January 10th.
Photo above: Jeanne Merrill, CalCAN’s Policy Director at the far left, speaks at a meeting of the Environmental Farming Act Science Advisory Panel. Last week, the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) revealed a new-and-improved online application for the
The Healthy Soils Program offers producers incentives to adopt GHG-reducing soil health practices. The program also funds on-farm demonstration projects. Healthy soils store carbon and improve crop yields, drought and flood tolerance, and air and water quality. CalCAN and our partners
2018 — Approved by voters in June 2018, Proposition 68 is a state parks and natural resources bond that includes $20 million in funding for the California Farmland Conservancy Program to permanently protect farmlands at risk of development. 2017 –
Farmers and ranchers grapple with the effects of climate change in their daily lives. A growing body of research points to significantly tougher challenges ahead, including: More frequent and extreme droughts and floods Unpredictable weather patterns Shifting diseases and pest
California’s farmers who produce our food are especially vulnerable to the state’s increasing water insecurity. The “precipitation whiplash” the state experienced in recent years is a phenomenon that climate scientists anticipate will increase in frequency and severity in the decades