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Agriculture & Conservation Groups Applaud the Leadership of the California Legislature on Climate Change
September 1, 2022

State Legislature Passes Record Budget Bills with $1.3 Billion in Equitable, Resilient Food & Farming System Investments
September 13, 2021

Hundreds of Food & Farming Organizations Urge Congress to Invest $200 Billion in Rural & Food System Resilience
May 27, 2021

Bond to Invest in Climate Resilience & Food Security Passes Assembly Agriculture Committee
April 15, 2021

Farmworker, Agriculture, Food and Environment Groups Unite in Support of Proposed Legislation to Build a Resilient, Healthy Food Supply
March 26, 2021

Resilient California Report Released
December 16, 2020

Burroughs Family of Farms in Denair Win Prestigious California Leopold Conservation Award
December 7, 2020

Governor Newsom Announces Plan for Advancing Agricultural Climate Solutions
October 7, 2020

Governor Newsom’s Executive Order is an Important Step but Natural and Working Lands Must Be Part of the Solution
September 23, 2020

Farmers and Ranchers Deliver Letter to the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis
August 27, 2020

California Initiative to Fight Plastic Pollution Submits Petitions to Qualify for Statewide Ballot
August 11, 2020

Agriculture Resilience Act Offers California Farmers Climate Change Solutions
February 26, 2020

Governor Proposes New Climate Smart Agriculture Funding Sources but Falls Short on Dollars Invested
January 10, 2020

New U.N. Report Features Agriculture’s Climate Perils and Solutions
July 31, 2019

California Falls Short on Climate Smart Farming Investments
June 13, 2019

Record High Numbers of Dairy Producers Seek Funds for Methane Reduction
May 7, 2019

New Legislation Aims to Help Prepare Farmers for Extreme Weather, Changing Climate
CalCAN sponsors Ag Adaptation Tools bill
Feb. 7, 2019

Governor Signs Bill to Help Farmers Fight Climate Change
CalCAN bill becomes law
Sept. 28, 2018

Farmers & Agriculture Experts Tell New California Governor It’s Time to Scale Up Climate Smart Agriculture
Sept. 6, 2018

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of CalCAN’s work and its advisors and partners

Expansion of a Lucrative Dairy Digester Market is owing Environmental Worries in the U.S.
Inside Climate News, September 22, 2022

Jeanne Merrill, senior policy adviser at the California Climate and Agriculture Network, an advocacy group, said that the  prospect that other states will increase herd sizes to capture funding from the state could result in “a perversion of California’s climate programs.” Merrill sat on a working group that California’s state government and regulators convened in 2017 to scrutinize greenhouse gas emissions from livestock and dairy operations and propose solutions.

AB 2649 – NWL Climate Target bill
Agri-Pulse, August 8, 2022

The Legislature could soon approve a measure that would expand on California’s climate plan by adding a more aggressive carbon sequestration goal for natural and working lands. The legislation has gained the backing of more than 80 environmental groups, along with American Farmland Trust, the California Climate and Agriculture Network and the California Association of Resource Conservation Districts.

National Grid’s pivot to ‘renewable’ natural gas would require more pipelines, keep producing carbon
Gothamist, May 6, 2022

“The California Climate and Agriculture Network (CalCAN), a network of sustainable agriculture advocates, reports that upping the production of manure and decaying food waste could also increase the impacts on the local environment because methane is more potent at warming the atmosphere than carbon.”

Newsom’s climate plans raise concerns over pesticides and organic farming
Agri-Pulse, January 26, 2022

Jeanne Merrill, policy director for the California Climate and Agriculture Network, was glad to see organic agriculture within the scenarios but was worried about the ongoing loss of farmland to development in California. Staff assured Merrill the Scoping Plan update will take into account land use changes, likely by incorporating research from California’s Fourth Climate Change Assessment.

Is a State Program to Foster Sustainable Farming Leaving Out Small-Scale Growers and Farmers of Color?
Inside Climate News, January 4, 2022

“A first-come, first-serve award system may be partly to blame, as larger operations with office staff or money to hire a grant writer have been able to secure money more quickly. ‘Those farmers who have fewer resources, and often those were farmers of color, got in their applications later. But the money was already gone,’ said CalCAN’s Merrill.”

California studies what a carbon-neutral future means for its lands
FERN, November 15, 2021.

“If we don’t change how we’re managing California’s vast natural and working lands, we’re in big trouble when it comes to climate change,” said Jeanne Merrill, the Policy Director at the California Climate and Agriculture Network (CalCAN), a coalition of sustainable and organic agriculture organizations.

Q&A: Sustainable Farming Expert Weighs in on California’s Historic Investments in ‘Climate Smart’ Agriculture
Inside Climate News, October 7, 2021.

Inside Climate News spoke to Merrill about what the state’s groundbreaking investments in sustainable agriculture can accomplish and what still needs to be done.

Intervention needed on ag carbon markets
Farm Progress, September 30, 2021.

Jeanne Merrill, policy director for the California Climate and Agriculture Network, detailed in her testimony how since 2003, carbon markets have proved themselves an inadequate tool to reach the diversity of farmers and ranchers.

House Ag Committee Hears Needs for Voluntary Carbon Market Expansion
Brownfield, September 23, 2021.

Jeanne Merrill, Policy Director for the California Climate and Agriculture Network, shared 20 years of history in attempts to create carbon markets, their failures, called for importance to be placed on proven conservation work in the farm bill.

Reconciliation and Climate-Smart: Ag House Budget Plan Offers Big Injection of Funds in USDA Conservation Programs
Progressive Farmer DTN, September 23, 2021.

Jeanne Merrill, policy director for the California Climate and Agriculture Network, pointed to the failed Chicago Climate Exchange, which had more than 3 million acres before it shut down more than a decade ago. “We have tried for 20 years to make carbon markets work for farmers and failed,” Merrill said.

Fresno health officer says climate change is ‘global poisoning,’ calls for federal action
The Fresno Bee, September 17, 2021.

“Farmers across the state are struggling right now under the weight of water scarcity, wildfires, extreme heat and of course the challenges of the pandemic on top of the climate impacts that we’re seeing,” said Renata Brillinger, executive director of the California Climate and Agriculture Network.

Farming Without a Net
Inside Climate News, September 7, 2021.

“For a long time we were seeing an increase in both large and small farms, but in the last ag census we saw a decline in small farms,” said Jeanne Merrill, policy director at California Climate and Agriculture Network, or CalCAN, a coalition of sustainable and organic farming organizations.

Hundreds of organizations support investment in food systems
MorningAg Clips, June 1, 2021.

Lawmakers reject a PPE stockpile for farmworkers
Agri-Pulse, May 24, 2021.

The California Climate and Agriculture Network criticized the budget for not including a direct purchase of PPE for farmworkers.

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