|California Climate-Friendly Farming Initiatives
Low-input, biologically diverse and organic farming systems can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase carbon sequestration, and offer a variety of environmental, economic and health co-benefits. We advocate for state climate programs that provide growers with technical assistance, financial incentives and information sharing to support on-farm practices that that reduce greenhouse gas emissions through soil building, water use efficiencies, renewable energy and more!
Farm and rangeland act as California’s lungs by storing atmospheric carbon, our more ubiquitous greenhouse gas, in soils and trees. Despite these benefits, the state loses an average of 50,000 acres of agricultural land annually. We advocate for policies that support smart growth strategies that protect our agricultural lands, reduce sprawl and reduce land use related greenhouse gas emissions.
|On-Farm Renewable Energy
Removing barriers to on-farm renewable energy production is key to achieving the state’s clean energy and climate protection goals. While California leads the country in on-farm renewable energy production, more can be done. We work in coalition with others in the agriculture community to ensure affordable, straightforward options for farmers to have their renewable energy projects connected to the grid.
|Agricultural Water Stewardship
We work to redefine water stewardship in a whole-farm system perspective that takes total water savings into account and considers the role of healthy soils, groundwater recharge, and irrigation efficiency. We advocate for programs to support innovative on-farm water stewardship practices.
|Climate Resilient Agriculture
Through on-farm biodiversity, renewable energy production, water conservation, and soil health building, farmers can strengthen their resilience against the impacts of weather extremes. We advocate for sustainable agricultural adaptation efforts at the state level to better support farmers on the ground.
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On May 18th, CalCAN presented our analysis of the State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP) to California’s Environmental Farming Act Science Advisory Panel (EFA SAP) in Sacramento.
The EFA SAP is a seven-member body that reviews and provides input on CDFA’s efforts to promote environmentally-beneficial farming practices, …