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Register for the California and Agriculture Summit Today!


November 13: Farm Tours 
Yolo County Farms

November 14: Conference
UC Davis Conference Center 

Join us for a day of workshops and speakers to learn about the policy, science, and practice of climate-resilient agriculture in California. Our summit program brings together leaders from diverse backgrounds in farming, research, advocacy, and policymaking. 

Gathering together for the first time since early 2019, the conference will include topics such as farmworker well-being in the face of climate change, the State of California’s plans to reach its climate goals, the latest science on healthy soils, and practical strategies for wildfire resilience and coping with drought. 

We are excited to provide networking and learning opportunities, and to create an inclusive space for all stakeholders!

Ticket discounts are available for farmers, ranchers, and students. We expect to sell out, so don’t delay in registering.

We can’t wait to see you there!


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CDFA Announces $18.94 million in Alternative Manure Management Program (AMMP) Funding Awards

CDFA recently announced $18.94 million in awards for 27 projects under the Alternative Manure Management Program (AMMP). AMMP provides financial support for dairy and other livestock producers to implement manure management practices that reduce methane emissions.  

While AMMP has historically received less funding than anaerobic digester projects (a related program that primarily benefits large dairies), this year marks the first time the programs received roughly equal levels of financial support, with CDFA providing $18.71 million in grant funding for 14 dairy digester projects. CalCAN has been calling for parity between the programs for years, most recently in late 2021 after the passage of legislation that directed CDFA to prioritize AMMP projects over dairy digesters.         

Read more here.


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USDA Invests $550 Million to Assist Underserved Producers: Funding Seeks to Increase Access to Land, Capital, and Markets and to Train the Next Generation of Agricultural Professionals

This blog is reposted from National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC). NSAC advocates for federal policy reform for the sustainability of food systems, natural resources, and rural communities and CalCAN is a member. See the original post here.

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is making a historic new investment to fund and direct action to help underserved producers with the resources, tools, programs, and technical assistance they need to succeed in agriculture. With funding through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Section 1006, as amended by Section 22007 of the Inflation Reduction Act, USDA will make available $550 million for projects that enable underserved producers to access land, capital, and markets, as well as train the next generation of agricultural professionals.


Building on previous efforts to increase technical assistance, USDA is also investing in other initiatives to support underserved farmers. This includes funding for the following two programs:

  • $300 million for Increasing Land, Capital, and Market Access Projects Aimed at Helping Underserved Producers.
  • $250 million for the “From Learning to Leading” (NEXTGEN) Program Aimed at Career Development Opportunities for Next Generation Scholars at Minority-Serving Institutions

Read more here.     

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Deputy State Director
US Department of Agriculture
Accepting applications through October 24, 2022
Davis, CA
See details.

Senior Associate for our Land Access and Business Education Program
California FarmLink
Remote or in the office with regular travel to Sacramento and Santa Cruz
See details.

California Conservation Technician
American Farmland Trust
CA/Central Valley/Central Coast/Inland Empire or Coachella Valley
See details.

California Water Resource Specialist
American Farmland Trust
CA/Central Valley/Central Coast/Inland Empire or Coachella Valley
See details.

Statewide Director Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education Program
University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR)
Davis, CA
See details.

Communications Manager
Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF)
See details.



Sustainable Ag. Expo
San Luis Obispo, CA // November 14-16
Register here.

Webinar: Understanding Laboratory Soil Health Tests: Where Are We Now and Where Are We Going? 
Dr. Roland Wilhelm, Assistant Professor of Soil Microbiology in the Department of Agronomy at Purdue University
Online // November 16
Register here. 

Latino Farmer Conference / Conferencia de Granjeras/os Latinxs
Escondido, CA // November / Noviembre 17-18 
Register here / Regístrese aquí

2022 Intertribal Agriculture Council Annual Conference
Las Vegas, NV // December 6-8
Register here.

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California Farmland Conservancy Program (CFCP)
Eligible projects:
  • Agricultural Conservation Easements: Grants to protect agricultural lands under threat of conversion to nonagricultural uses through the acquisition of voluntary, permanent agricultural conservation easements.
  • Land Improvement Grants: Grants for the improvement of lands protected by a conservation easement or similar long-term conservation agreement as determined by the Department’s Director if the improvement will directly benefit the protected land.
Key Dates:
  • November 10: Application Workshop. Register here
  • November 25, 2022: Preproposals Due
  • January 6, 2023: Applications Due
See details here.

USDA’s Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education Projects
The following grant programs are accepting proposals:
  • Farmer/Rancher: Due November 2, 2022
  • Professional + Producer: Due November 3, 2022
  • Professional Development: Due November 9, 2022
  • Research to Grassroots: Due November 9, 2022
  • Sabbatical R & E: Due November 17, 2022
Apply and learn more here. 

Biologically Integrated Farming Systems (BIFS) Program by CDFA
The goal of the revitalized Biologically Integrated Farming Systems grant program is to provide outreach of innovative, biologically integrated plant-based farming systems that reduce chemical pesticide inputs. Projects from this program should demonstrate IPM-based alternative pest management options that focus on economical and efficacious biological and cultural pest management techniques that allow growers to maintain yields and quality.

Applications are due by October 31, 2022 
Learn more and apply here. 

State Water Efficiency & Enhancement Program (SWEEP) by CDFA
SWEEP provides financial assistance in the form of grants to implement irrigation systems that reduce greenhouse gases and save water on California agricultural operations. Eligible system components include (among others) soil moisture monitoring, drip systems, switching to low-pressure irrigation systems, pump retrofits, variable frequency drives, and installation of renewable energy to reduce on-farm water use and energy.

Applications are due by November 8, 2022
Learn more and apply here. 

Pine Cone Foundation (PCF) Micro-Grant Program 
The PCF micro-grant program seeks to support those pursuing long-term careers in agriculture, ranching, fishing, and aquaculture. To ensure that our grants are contributing to ending systemic inequity in access to foodways careers, we commit to providing a minimum of 50% of our grants to Black, Asian, Hispanic, Indigenous, and other people of color, as well as to female-identifying, non-binary, and trans purveyors. 
The PCF micro-grant application is open to established small California-based farms, ranches, fishing, and aquaculture operations that are looking to accomplish a specific project within one year. Two grants from $2,000 to $3,500 will be distributed this year. 
Applications are being accepted from October 12 to November 7, 2022 
Learn more and apply here.

California Underserved and Small Producers Program (CUSP) by CDFA
CUSP facilitates direct assistance to individual small and mid-scale and socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers who are facing challenges related to the current drought. The program supports community-based organizations, Resource Conservation Districts, Tribal governments, and the UCANR small farm advisor network to provide direct technical assistance support and relief grants to small-scale socially disadvantaged producers.

Application closes October 31, 2022 

Apply here or call: (559) 402-0067
Learn more here. 

UC SAREP Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems 2023-24 Small Grants Program
The program funds research, education, and demonstration projects that support the development of sustainable community food systems and environmentally-sound and economically viable farming enterprises.

Proposals due January 10, 2023, 12 pm
Learn more and submit your proposal here.

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