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California Wine Country Struggle to Rebound Amid Devastating Fire Season
Cheddar, October 8, 2020.
Renata Brillinger discusses how California’s wine country can rebound after this year’s wildfires.

Climate Smart Agriculture Funding at Risk
California Ag Today, October 9, 2020.

“SWEEP is a really popular program. It’s one of the first that started, when it comes to the, the suite of climate smart agriculture programs that California has launched. These are programs that don’t exist as comprehensively anywhere else in the world. We’ve really blazed a trail here.” – Renata Brillinger

Op-ed: “Kiss the Ground” Misses the Complexity of Climate Solutions in the Soil”
Civil Eats, October 8, 2020.

“It’s not only awareness and individual choice that will help solve the climate crisis: it takes all the players, big and small, to engage in organized advocacy to influence policy. Systemic change is possible only if there are public investments in agriculture’s climate solutions that are accessible, just, multi-beneficial, and support the business of farming.” – Becca Lucas

Are Carbon Markets for Farmers Worth the Hype?
Civil Eats, September 24, 2020.

“…Jeanne Merrill, policy director at the California Climate and Agriculture Network (CalCAN), weighed in on the difference between private carbon markets and Healthy Soils program. It wasn’t clear how much farmers would benefit, she said…Merrill pointed to public policy as a more promising solution, provided there’s enough funding to go with it.”

A Most ‘Sustainable’ Vineyard in a ‘Completely Unsustainable’ Year
Inside Climate News, September 16, 2020.

“Renata Brillinger, executive director of the California Climate and Agriculture Network (CalCAN), which advocates for climate resilient organic farming practices, says the wildfires are forcing a reckoning. ‘It’s clear that climate change is a global problem,’ she said, ‘But its impacts on agriculture and the climate solutions farmers can provide are local—as are the strategies that will improve resilience. What worked for the past many decades may no longer be appropriate and we need to fundamentally rethink everything.'”

States are Doing What Big Government Won’t to Stop Climate Change, and Want Stimulus Funds to Help
Inside Climate News, September 9, 2020.

Farmers and ranchers across the US deliver letter to House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis
Global Ag Media, September 1, 2020.

The 2020 wildfires and Bay Area’s food and wine supply: what you need to know
San Francisco Chronicle, August 27, 2020.

California Democrats divided over carbon sequestration goals for agriculture
Agri-pulse, August 18, 2020.

California Initiative to Fight Plastic Pollutions Submits Petitions to Qualify for Statewide Ballot
Waste360, August 12, 2020.

California plastics vote headed to 2020 ballot
Plastic News, August 11, 2020.

Helping Farmers Manage Risk
California Ag Today, August 6, 2020.

Sustainable Farming Practices Must Have Buyer Support
California Ag Today, July 31, 2020.

For Some California Farmers, a Virus-Driven Drop in Emissions Could Set Back Their Climate Efforts
Inside Climate News, June 26, 2020.

New surprises in the evolving budget bills
Agri-pulse, June 24, 2020.

A Proud California Dairy Farmer Battles for Survival in Wildly Uncertain Times
Inside Climate News, June 22, 2020.

Assessing the cost of climate impacts before they ‘collapse’ ag
Agri-Pulse, May 28, 2020.

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