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Governor's Proposed Budget
January Blog Recap
Take Action!

Governor’s Proposed Budget Includes Cuts to Climate Smart Agriculture Programs

On January 10th Governor Newsom released the proposed budget for 2023-2024 which—in the face of the state’s projected $22.5 billion deficit—scales back spending on a number of key climate investments, including cuts to some Climate Smart Agriculture programs.

He proposed cuts to both the current 2022-23 fiscal year—a budget which saw historically large investments in the state’s Climate Smart Agriculture programs which he now proposes to reduce—as well as drastic reductions for the 2023-24 fiscal year.

In response to the announcement, CalCAN policy director Sandra Nakagawa notes: "These potential spending cuts mean fewer resources for farmers and ranchers to invest in climate resilience at a time when many producers are struggling to make ends meet. CalCAN’s focus over the coming months, prior to the June budget finalization, will be partnering with the administration, the Legislature, and the advocate community to strengthen investments in climate smart agriculture and scale up the state’s climate resilience efforts."

To read more about the program cuts and CalCAN's response, visit our blog.

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This month our blog recap includes a unique perspective on how solar energy can help with climate resilience, a $74 million award for CA ag land conservation, CARB's new organic goal, a regenerative poultry farmer profile and a new farmer resource to help mitigate climate risks.

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Take Action!

Action Alert for Farmers & Ranchers:

Sign on to a letter calling for the next Farm Bill to be a Climate Bill!

Help us tell Congress that the next farm bill must be a climate bill by signing on to this letter. The next farm bill is being written now, and we want to see resources like funding, research, and risk management for farmers and ranchers to implement climate-friendly practices. The provisions and investments needed in the 2023 Farm Bill to ensure the long-term viability of our farms and food system are outlined in the Agriculture Resilience Act (ARA). Sign the letter and share it with your fellow farmers to show your support and to help us reach more than 2,000 signatures nationwide. This letter will be delivered to Members of Congress in March during a farmer fly-in in Washington, DC.

Sign the letter here.

The 2022 Census of Agriculture is here! 

This is your chance to have a voice in the future of agriculture in our state and the U.S. The ag census is required by law, but more importantly, good data means good decisions about policies, programs, disaster assistance, finance, and more. If you only fill out one survey this year, this is the one to do. USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) mailed an invitation to respond online to the 2022 Census of Agriculture on November 22 and a paper questionnaire followed in December. Responses are due February 6, 2023 either online, by mail, or telephone.

Respond online here.

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Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Rodale Institute
Kutztown, PA
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Land Equity Associate Analyst
Strategic Growth Council
Sacramento County, CA - Eligible for telework
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Fuels Captain
Tribal EcoRestoration Alliance
Upper Lake, CA
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Administrative Manager
Tribal EcoRestoration Alliance
Upper Lake, CA
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Project Manager
Tribal EcoRestoration Alliance
Upper Lake, CA
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Community Water Systems/Supply Area Advisor
Bakersfield, CA
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Diversifying Orchards for Pest Control, Pollination & Healthy Soil Field Day
Wild Farm Alliance
Livingston, CA
January 25, 2023
Free event - Space is limited to 50 attendees
Register here.

World Ag Expo®
International Agri-Center
Tulare, CA
February 14-16, 2023
Purchase tickets here.

35th Annual California Small Farm Conference
Community Alliance with Family Farmers
Virtual and In-Person
February 26 - March 2, 2023
Register here.


CLIM³ATE-RP Grants Availabe
CDFA is now accepting grant applications for the California Livestock Methane Measurement, Mitigation and Thriving Environments Research Program (CLIM³ATE-RP). The RFP for CLIM³ATE-RP, including detailed information on the application processes and requirements, as well as application assistance workshops conducted by CDFA is available online. Applications to CLIM³ATE- RP will be accepted through 5:00 P.M. PT Tuesday, February 28, 2023.
Learn more and apply here.

CalFire Wildfire Prevention Grants Available
CalFire is accepting applications for their Wildfire Prevention Grants Program. Funded activities include hazardous fuels reduction (including prescribed grazing), wildfire prevention planning, and wildfire prevention education with an emphasis on improving public health and safety while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Applications are due March 15, 2023 by 3:00 PM PST. Learn more and apply here.

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