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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.”

Urban sprawl threatens more farmland, warns climate group
Agri-Pulse, December 18, 2020.

“In a new report, the California Climate and Agriculture Network (CalCAN) reviewed two incentives programs aimed at developing affordable housing and conserving ag lands. Funding for the programs has been drying up this year as cap-and-trade revenues continue to decline.”

Report: Covid-19 could slow climate-investment progress
Daily Republic, December 18, 2020.

[Jeanne] Merrill said in a phone interview Wednesday that there are Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program opportunities in Solano County. In fact, the focus of the program fits closely with efforts by the Solano County Transportation Authority, as well as the city projects.

Burroughs family earns statewide award for its sustainable farming east of Denair
The Modesto Bee, December 11, 2020.

“Burroughs Family Farms, a diverse organic venture in the hills east of Denair, has won a statewide honor for its efforts…’Everything is about regeneration, rebuilding and resilience,’ Rosie said…”

Rosie and Ward Burroughs are CalCAN Advisors

California Conservation Programs Serves as Example of What Works, Or Not
Capital Press, December 4, 2020.

“Farmers are pragmatic people. If they see a benefit to their business, they jump on it regardless of the state’s motives,” said Renata Brillinger, executive director of the California Climate and Agriculture Network, or CalCAN. “The state’s primary motive is to reduce greenhouse gases, but farmers may be motivated by agronomics.”

Daybreak: CalCAN issues progress report on Healthy Soils
Agri-Pulse, December 3, 2020.

“In recognition of Healthy Soils Week, the California Climate and Agriculture Network, or CalCAN, issued its progress report on CDFA’s Healthy Soils Program. The advocacy group noted a few places for improvement, such as prioritizing farmers of color, women farmers, smaller farmers and those leasing land, and adding incentives for transitioning to organic.”

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