Great news for California’s new “Healthy Soils Program” out of Sacramento this morning! Congratulations to all our colleagues, particularly California Climate and Agriculture Network who helped lead the charge.
Some exciting news to share — a hard-won victory in the California legislature late last night!
Sweeping Climate Legislation Will Help Grow Crops and Local Economies
We crunched the numbers on California’s important on-farm water & climate program. Here’s what we found.
SWEEP Round 4 Update: Small Projects Bring Big Savings, SoCal Farms Missing Out
Great news!! Over $5 million of Water Bond dollars to be spent on much-needed ground-level training and demonstration projects for water use efficiency. Many thanks to the staff at California Department of Water Resources for hearing our feedback on the program.
Read more: http://calclimateag.org/water-bond-funds-to-support-irrigation-training-soil-water-demonstrations-and-sweep-technical-assistance/
Among the all-stars to be funded for these exciting projects: California Association of Resource Conservation Districts, Resource Conservation District of Tehama County, Resource Conservation District of Monterey County, Sonoma Ecology Center, SIP Certified
There is no other term for it, but OUTRAGEOUS!!! Monsanto Company sold a new soy bean seed engineered to resist the impact of a powerful herbicide not yet legal to use, called dicamba. Farmers in Arkansa and Missouri used the seed and then sprayed dicamba and it has caused extensive damage to farmers on adjoining lands who did not use the new genetically modified seed. The harmed farmers are crying foul to their Commissioners of Agriculture, but the fines for violation are so low they are not stopping the offending farmers from using the herbicide. Monsanto is saying they told farmers not to use dicamba, but wanted the farmers to have other traits engineered into their new seed. Despite the claim of good intention, it appears to us that corporate greed and a disregard for the needs of others is at work here. We hope there is a major price to pay by Monsanto, which is a company that never seems to care what the world thinks of it. It reveals the arrogance that emerges from a culture in which profits trump all other values, including the rule of law.
March Against Monsanto Occupy Monsanto Soil Not Oil Coalition Soil Association Civil Eats Friends of the Earth U.S. NRDC Food & Sustainable Agriculture Ewg Union of Concerned Scientists National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) Slow Food Russian River Slow Food USA
Slow Food Denver Slow Food California California Climate and Agriculture Network The Farmers Guild
Check this out: National Farmers Union has just released a new set of resources, blogs and social groups devoted to recognizing the impacts of climate change and discussing the ways agriculture can play a part in mitigating those impacts.
Join in the conversation by joining the NFU Climate Leaders Facebook group (http://bit.ly/2a8whC9), signing up for the email list (http://bit.ly/2a09QLP), and visiting the NFU website (http://nfu.org/climateleaders).
NFU Climate Leaders
AFT will be co-presenting with California Climate and Agriculture Network on the importance of conserving farmland for meeting California’s climate goals on Friday, August 5th at the 2016 Soil Not Oil International Conference in Richmond, CA. We hope to see you there!
You can read some of our research here:
We’re headed to Long Beach for the 2nd California Adaptation Forum! CalCAN is on a panel with American Farmland Trust, California Office and the Community Alliance for Agroecology. Hundreds of other adaptation experts will be there to work through some of the biggest #climate challenges facing California.
The forum takes place September 7-8, 2016 and registration is NOW OPEN. Visit CaliforniaAdaptationForum.org to learn more and register today! #CAF16
We’re hiring a Program & Operations Coordinator!