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CalCAN Summit Recap
Welcome Kristine!
NHSPN Convening

Merrill Appointed to EPA
Take Action!

Support CalCAN's 2023 Vision

Dear CalCAN Network members,

As we approach year-end, I’m writing to ask you to consider making a donation in support of our 2023 efforts.

CalCAN continues to focus on integrated solutions that create multiple benefits for both people and the planet. Your generosity will help us continue to:

  • Accelerate ambitious agricultural solutions to mitigate and adapt to climate change
  • Provide incentives, research and technical assistance to small and medium-sized farmers and ranchers to make it economical and practical to adopt climate-resilient practices

  • Improve the health and wellbeing of farmworkers and communities at greatest risk of the impacts of climate change and pollution

Before 2022 is over, consider making a tax-deductible gift to help us achieve our 2023 vision.

We appreciate your continued support, involvement, and contributions!

Renata Brillinger
CalCAN Executive Director

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2022 CalCAN Summit Recap

In November, we hosted our two-day CalCAN Summit at University of California, Davis and at farms in the surrounding Yolo county area. With nearly 400 attendees and 50 speakers, we enjoyed the opportunity to connect and strengthen relationships in-person. If you missed the Summit or would like to learn more about the two-day event, visit our blog or access the series below. 

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Welcome Kristine!

I am thrilled to introduce you to Kristine Rebiero, CalCAN’s new Development & Communications Director. She brings two important qualities to the role: a strong background in communications, and both a personal and professional connection to agriculture. 

She has over 12 years of experience in agriculture communications and marketing and most recently served as the Sustainable Agriculture Communications Lead at Sustainable Environmental Consultants, serving a number of food and farming clients on their public relations communication strategy. Earlier in her career, she worked as marketing coordinator for Yosemite Farm Credit, giving her familiarity with the practical realities of keeping farm businesses viable.

Kristine is a third-generation California native and lives in Modesto where her grandparents arrived from the Azores and where most of her family has remained. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural business with a minor in mass communication and journalism from CSU Fresno and then a Master of Science in environmental science and policy from Johns Hopkins University. 

As we were getting to know each other, Kristine told me that she sees herself as a bridge between the environment and agriculture, a role that resonates with us at CalCAN. On behalf of the CalCAN team, I’m excited to welcome Kristine, and I encourage you to reach out to her at

— Renata Brillinger, CalCAN Executive Director

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NHSPN In-Person Convening Summary

Directly following November’s CalCAN Summit, the National Healthy Soils Policy Network (NHSPN) met in Davis, CA for our In-Person Convening. NHSPN is a national group of farmer-centered non-profits, that serves as a clearinghouse and resource-sharing platform for advancing state healthy soils and climate smart agriculture policies.

This convening was the 2nd ever in-person gathering since the group’s inception in 2018. To learn more about NHSPN and to read the summary of the discussion, visit our blog.

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CalCAN's Former Policy Director
Appointed to EPA Advisory Committee

Jeanne Merrill, CalCAN’s Policy Director from 2009 - 2022, was recently appointed to the Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Federal Advisory Committee (FRRCC) of the US Environmental Protection Agency. The FRRCC provides policy advice, information, and recommendations to the EPA Administrator Mike Regan on a range of environmental issues and policies that are of importance to agriculture and rural communities. 

There are a total of 37 members on the committee from across the country, and Jeanne will be one of three Californians. She brings 25 years of experience in agricultural, environmental and rural issues to the role, more than half of this time spent at the helm of CalCAN’s policy work influencing and advancing California’s trailblazing climate smart agriculture programs and climate plans and goals. Jeanne joins the FRRCC at a time when Administrator Regan has announced a new role for the FRRCC: to evaluate the agency’s policies and programs at the intersection of agriculture and climate change, looking at how EPA’s tools and programs can best support farmers and ranchers in their efforts to reduce emissions and accelerate a more resilient food and agriculture system. Jeanne’s familiarity with California climate and agriculture policy and programs give her the tools and knowledge to inform this important federal conversation.

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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!

Farmers and ranchers: Will you add your name to a letter supporting the Agriculture Resilience Act (ARA)? This bill lays out a package of resources that farmers and ranchers need to implement climate-friendly farming practices on their operations—resources such as incentive programs, research, and risk management tools. Demonstrating widespread support for the ARA will influence next year’s debates in Congress about the Farm Bill.

If you are a farmer or rancher, please take 30 seconds to show your support. We are aiming to gather more than 2,000 signatures nationwide.

Sign the letter here.

CA Strategic Growth Council Accepting Applications for the Land Equity Task Force

The California Agricultural Land Equity Task Force will develop recommendations to equitably increase access to agricultural land for food production and traditional tribal agricultural uses. It will meet at least quarterly over a three-year period and deliver a full report of recommendations at the end of the three years.

Organizations and individuals may nominate one or more persons qualified for membership on the Task Force. For individuals, this includes the option to self-nominate. 

Applications will be accepted from November 1–January 15, 2022

Learn more and apply 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. A paper questionnaire will follow in December and responses are due February 6, 2023 either online, by mail, or telephone.

Respond online here.

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Land Equity Associate Analyst
Strategic Growth Council
Sacramento County, CA - Eligible for telework
See details.

Fuels Captain
Tribal EcoRestoration Alliance
Upper Lake, CA
See details.

Administrative Manager
Tribal EcoRestoration Alliance
Upper Lake, CA
See details.

Project Manager
Tribal EcoRestoration Alliance
Upper Lake, CA
See details.

Agricultural Stewardship Program Manager
San Mateo Resource Conservation District (RCD)
Half Moon Bay, CA
See details.

Community Water Systems/Supply Area Advisor
Bakersfield, CA
See details.


Webinar: History of Racism in U.S Agriculture & Organic - Last 100 Years
Organic Farmers Association 
Thursday, December 15, 2022 at 2:00 PM EST
Register here.

Holistic Management Intensive Training
White Buffalo Land Trust
The Center for Regenerative Agriculture at Jalama Canyon Ranch
January 5th - 14th, 2023
Register here.

43rd EcoFarm Conference
Ecological Farming Association
Asilomar State Beach & Conference Grounds, Monterey, CA
January 18 - 21, 2023
Register here.

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

Drought Reimbursement Funding for Small & Underserved Producers
CARCD is administering $250k of CDFA's Small & Underserved Producer (CUSP) program funds for applications received between now and January 15, 2023. Small & underserved producers who have incurred drought-related expenses ranging from higher water bills to seed purchases are encouraged to apply. 
Learn more and apply here.

CalFire Wildfire Prevention Grants
CalFire is accepting applications for their Wildfire Prevention Grants Program which provides funding for wildfire prevention projects and activities. 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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