Below, find farmer, rancher and farmworker resources for coping with the several challenges facing our agricultural system today – drought, heat, wildfire, and mental health.


General Resources

  • CalAgroClimate, is an online decision support tool to help farmers make production decisions regarding heat risk, frost risk, pests and crop phenology by integrating historical weather data, forecast information and crop-specific information.


Below are some resources for coping with the effects of drought for farmers and ranchers.

  • The state has a Drought Preparedness website with links to current conditions – including reservoir, snowpack and precipitation summaries. The website also includes current state actions.
  • California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Drought Assistance includes updates on state actions and activities as they relate to farmers and ranchers and relevant funding.
  • California Water Boards Drought Information & Updates has regional drought information and other resources for Californians.
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency – several disaster assistance programs provide funding for producers affected by drought in disaster declared areas.
  • USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) drought assistance website includes steps farmers and ranchers can take to be more resilient in the face of drought, including:
    1. creating a conservation plan for managing water resources
    2. finding financial and technical assistance through NRCS
    3. cultivating healthy soils




Agricultural Solutions to Wildfire

  • Learn more about policy solutions to scale up agricultural solutions to wildfire resilience in our blog series:
    Part 1 – controlled burns.
    Part 2 – prescribed grazing.
    Part 3 – improving access to farms and ranches during wildfire events.
    Part 4 – improved working conditions for farmworkers.
  • CalCAN hosted a webinar series, exploring two solutions in more depth: managed grazing and controlled burns.
  • See the below list for resources for farmers and ranchers to prepare for and recover from wildfires. Track active fires, number of incidents year-to-date, acres burned and more on CalFire’s Incident page.

Wildfire Preparedness

Wildfire Recovery

Mental Health

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