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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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Lawmakers Asked for More Support for Conservation Programs
AgNet West, April 9, 2021.

 “The letter states…’Technical assistance is essential for the delivery of conservation support for farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners across the country by providing capacity and conservation planning to support conservation practice implementation.’ Signatories of the letter include American Farmland Trust, the National Association of Conservation Districts, the California Climate and Agriculture Network, American Society of Agronomy.”

Proposed bond measure seeks to improve state’s food system
The Morgan Hill Times, March 16, 2021.

“‘California is home to some of the most innovative farmers in the country, and they are very well positioned to help reduce climate-related pollution and Assembly Bill 125 will do just that,’ said Jeanne Merrill, policy director of the California Climate and Agriculture Network.”

Webinar Looks at Ways to Finance ‘Sustainable Ag’
Lancaster Farming, March 2, 2021.

“At the state level, “climate smart” programs in California have pulled climate-related issues like these to the forefront. CalCAN was founded in 2009 and focuses on legislative policy shifts and on building healthy models for healthy soils and other farmland conservation methods. [Jeanne] Merrill also said that lucrative finance programs need to be more relevant to diverse farmers, offer technical assistance to socially disadvantaged farmers and offer incentives, if work on climate mitigation is to be viable.”

How Bay Area farms could give Biden a blueprint for fighting climate change
SF Chronicle, February 12, 2021.

Carbon sequestration bill returns to Legislature
Agri-Pulse, January 25, 2021.

“Assemblymember Robert Rivas of Hollister has revived a bill aimed at sequestering carbon and reducing greenhouse gas emissions in natural and working lands. The Nature Conservancy and the California Climate and Agriculture Network are cosponsors of the bill.”

Assemblyman Rivas introduces legislation to help set climate goal, capture carbon on natural and working lands
Benito Link, January 21, 2021.

“State Assemblyman Robert Rivas introduced Assembly Bill 284…sponsored by…California Climate & Agriculture Network, would require the California Air Resources Board to work in collaboration with relevant state agencies to set an overall climate goal for the state’s natural and working lands to capture carbon, while identifying best practices and policy incentives to achieve that goal.”

Newsom’s budget offers a few carrots. But farm groups fear the stick will be next
Agri-Pulse, January 20, 2021.

“Many in agriculture were skeptical when lawmakers were developing a legislative mechanism for the fund last year. ‘Farmers are unlikely to take on additional debt, particularly small, diversified and socially disadvantaged farmers, as well as the state’s dairy farmers, who have been operating in a deficient state for several years,’ said Jeanne Merrill of the California Climate and Agriculture Network (CalCAN).”

Gov. Newsom’s draft budget funds sustainable ag
Capital Press, January 19, 20, 2021.

“‘It’s a really nice surprise,’ said Renata Brillinger, executive director of the California Climate and Agriculture Network, or CalCAN. ‘We didn’t think there would be any funding for these programs, so this is a pretty rosy financial picture compared to what was projected.'”

Proven programs, not false hops — engaging farmers in climate solutions 
The Hill, January 4, 2021.
Op-ed written by CalCAN Policy Director Jeanne Merrill and NSAC member Oregon Tilth Executive Director Chris Schreiner

“The climate crisis requires urgent action and farmers can be part of the solution. We cannot waste time or resources on approaches that have not worked. It is time for bold, decisive action, building on existing, successful efforts, to ensure U.S. agriculture not only survives in the face of climate change but thrives.”

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