Media Coverage

The following recent media have covered the work of CalCAN and its advisors and partners.

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.

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.

“In her testimony supporting the bill, Jeanne Merrill, the policy director for the California Climate and Agriculture Network, countered that the measure preserves a farmers flexibility and diversity in determining agricultural practices.’ Nothing in AB 2954 would require the state to impose regulations on agriculture to limit or change the types of crops grown in California,’ she said, adding the bill would instead scale up CDFAs successful efforts with the Healthy Soils Program.”

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.

Assembly advances proposal for cutting ag’s climate footprint
Agri-Pulse, May 14, 2020.

Are Dairy Digesters the Renewable Energy Answer or a ‘False Solution’ to Climate Change?
Civil Eats, April 24, 2020.

Alternative Manure Management Program
California Ag Today, April 2, 2020

Grants Available for Soil Health
California Ag Today, March 30, 2020

4 Strategies for slashing dairy methane emissions
The Daily Churn, January 24, 20202

Making farms more climate resilient might protect California from wildfire damage
Sacramento Bee, Dec. 5, 2019

Farming in the Age of Climate Change
Valley Public Radio, Nov. 22, 2019

Way out past Denair, a family farms in a way that could help save the planet
Modesto Bee, Oct. 7, 2019

Can Big Ag Be Part of the Climate Solution?
Civil Eats, Sept. 25, 2019

Farmers are living the facts of climate change. By focusing on soil, they can lead the way on climate adaptation.
Fresno Bee, Sept. 20, 2019

The Greenhouse Gas No One’s Talking About: Nitrous Oxide on Farms, Explained
Civil Eats, Sept. 19, 2019

U.S. farmers plant crops you won’t eat in climate change fight
Bloomberg, August 15, 2019

Programs, funding help mitigate climate impacts
Western Farm Press, July 31, 2019

Climate change may decimate California’s avocado industry, July 26, 2019

Will Indigo Ag’s New Private Carbon Market Pay Off for Farmers?
Written by CalCAN Policy Director Jeanne Merrill.
Civil Eats, July 11, 2019

‘Centers of Insurrection’: Central Valley Farmers Reckon With Climate Change
KQED, June 23, 2019

A Time of Reckoning in the Central Valley: Climate change is upending agriculture and land use in California’s Central Valley
Bay Nature, June 23, 2019

California falls short on climate smart farming investments
Morning Ag Clips, June 16, 2019

Win-loss budget outcomes for ag climate programs
Daily Republic, June 14, 2019

Letter to the Editor: Farming and Carbon
CalCAN partner Joseph Brinkley of Fetzer Vineyards writes about their recent study to quantify climate benefits of soil management and land conservation, as well as the need for investments in California’s Climate Smart Agriculture Programs.
Press Democrat, June 2, 2019

Climate Change is Intensifying Food Shocks
Civil Eats, May 30, 2019

Letter to the Editor: Reducing Our Carbon Mouthprint
CalCAN Executive Director writes about California’s Climate Smart Agriculture programs and an upwelling of related state policy activities across the nation.
New York Times, May 15, 2019

California is making a weak effort to turn agriculture into a climate change fix
Los Angeles Times, May 13, 2019

Climate change transforms how California farmers grow crops
KCRW, May 2, 2019

Climate change tax for dining out? California restaurants add 1% fee to the bill
USA Today, May 1, 2019

California Farmers Try New Strategy to Cut Carbon
NPR Environment, Apr. 27, 2019

Letter to the Editor: Farmers reacting to a changing climate, Apr. 18, 2019
CalCAN partner Nate Siemens of Fat Uncle Farms weighs in on agricultural climate adaptation.

Growing Awareness: Climate Change and California’s Crops
Capital & Main, Apr. 22, 2019

California Has Farmers Growing Weeds. Why? To Capture Carbon
KQED, Apr. 22, 2019

Food at the Heart of a Green New Deal
Earth Island Journal, Mar. 12, 2019

Forget the past, carbon-rich soil may be the ticket to sustainable agriculture
East Bay Times, Mar. 3, 2019

Organic farm east of Denair does its part on climate change
Modesto Bee, Mar. 2, 2019

Wet weather worries almond growers. CVP water allocations. Rominger Brothers Farms.
Interview with CalCAN Farmer Advisor Bruce Rominger. Mention of CalCAN around 20:45.

KSTE Farm Hour, Feb. 27, 2019

As Awareness Grows About Food’s Role In Climate Change, What Solutions Exist?
Civil Eats, Feb. 19, 2019

Legislation would provide grants to aid ag’s reaction to climate change
Daily Republic, Feb. 10, 2019

Climate Change and the Food We Eat
KPFA radio, Nov. 9, 2018

Climate and agriculture: Recommendations for California’s next governor
Institute for Agriculture & Trade Policy, Oct. 31, 2018

Climate change requires quick action by San Diego farmers
Civil Eats, Oct. 24, 2018

How Will California’s Climate Ambitions Reshape Food and Agriculture?
Civil Eats, Oct. 9, 2018

Growers try carbon farming to help combat climate change
Press Democrat, Sept. 11, 2018

10 Ways Farmers Can Fight Climate Change
KQED, Sept. 7, 2018

Climate Smart Agriculture in Yolo County
Davis Enterprise, June 9, 2018

Plate to Planet: Interviews with Anna Lappé & Mark Kurlansky
CalCAN’s work is mentioned at 45:10.
Climate One Podcast, May 16, 2018

Grants help farming operations, cut back on greenhouse gasses
Daily Republic, May 5, 2018

Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia and Other Legislators Request Reinstatement of GGRF Funding for Critical Natural Resources Programs
Imperial Valley News, March 14, 2018

How California farmers can conserve water and combat climate change
Sacramento Bee, Dec. 9, 2017

Bond measure a bright spot
Morning Ag Clips, Oct. 16, 2017

Methane Be Gone
Made Local Magazine, Sept/Oct 2017

State to hand out nearly $7 million in grants for soil health
Capital Press, Aug. 17, 2017

Close to Home: Cap-and-trade funds need to support creative rural solutions, like those on the North Coast
Press Democrat, Aug. 13, 2017

Climate Change Drives New Healthy Soils Program
Growing Produce, Aug. 10, 2017

Dairy Farm Manages Water and Manure with Simple Techniques
KRCB, Aug. 2, 2017

Farm tour showcases alternative manure management practices at local dairy
Sonoma West Times & News, Aug. 1, 2017

Sebastopol Farm Adopts Sustainable Practices, Grapples with Climate Change
KRCB, July 31, 2017

Keep Your Eye on These Food Policy Bills
Comstock’s Magazine, July 7, 2017

As California leads the way in climate change, farmers are key players
Op ed on the need for investments in agricultural climate solutions by CalCAN partners Greg Rawlings (Jacobs Farm/Del Cabo) and Sherwood Darington (Ag Land Trust).
Monterey County Weekly, June 8, 2017

California Climate Smart Ag Initiative Launched
BioCycle magazine, March/April issue 2017

A Climate Solution: Local farmers sowing seeds of carbon farming
North Bay Bohemian, March 29, 2017

Carbon & Compost
Includes interview with CalCAN’s Renata Brillinger on California’s agriculture and climate programs. North Bay Bountiful, KRCB TV, March 27, 2017

California is a Leader in Climate Smart Agriculture
Bioneers, March 16, 2017

Secretary Ross on climate change and agriculture’s partnership with CalCAN
CDFA blog, March 1, 2017

Ag an important part of state’s climate effort
Opinion piece by CalCAN’s Renata Brillinger. Daily Democrat, Jan. 12, 2017

The most important stories of the year in organically grown wine
Organic Wines Uncorked, Jan. 2, 2017

California Farmers Say Healthier Soil May Improve Air Quality, Grow Tastier Produce
Valley Public Radio, NPR Central California, Dec. 13, 2016

How California Plans to Make Conservation a Way of Life
Water Deeply, Dec. 9, 2016

Climate Change & Agriculture Policy
Sustainable Growing radio show interview on KSVY with CalCAN’s Renata Brillinger, Dec. 2, 2016

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