reprinted from CalCAN Jan 16 2017
progress in 2016… highlights:
- Healthy Soils Program funded after multiple years of advocacy by CalCAN and our partners. $7.5 million will be spent in 2017 to reward farmers and ranchers for increasing carbon stores in their soils and reducing greenhouse gas emissions overall. As the program is designed and implemented, CalCAN will continue to provide input aimed at maximizing its effectiveness, reach and accessibility to a diversity of growers.
- State invested another $38 million in on-farm water efficiency through the SWEEP program, and continued making improvements to increase the program’s reach to growers. CalCAN produced reports on the first four rounds of SWEEP funding, and continues to make recommendations to improve the program’s impact and accessibility.
- 19,000 acres saved + 47 billion vehicle miles eliminated, thanks to a $37 million investment by the Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation Program (SALC). CalCAN will provide input on an expected 2017 request for proposals and argue for funding sufficient to meet the demand.
- Legislature committed $50 million to reduce dairy methane emissions, and CDFA broadened its focus on anaerobic digesters by establishing an Alternative Manure Management Program. CalCAN will continue to make recommendations on the implementation of this program and advocate for adequate funding.