The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) will be holding stakeholder meetings in February to solicit feedback from the public and agricultural stakeholders on farmer-and rancher-led climate solutions that sequester carbon, reduce greenhouse gases and enhance biodiversity.
The meetings will be organized around three agricultural categories: livestock and dairy; row and field crops (annual crops); and trees and vines (perennial crops). The resulting report will be made available for a 30-day Public Comment period, after which the information will be used to inform CDFA and other state agencies about farmer-and rancher-led climate solutions. The collected information will also inform the next update of the California AB 32 and SB 32 Scoping Plan, and ongoing and future work of the Natural Working Lands Climate Smart strategy.
- Livestock and Dairy Meeting #1, February 8 at 2 p.m.:
o Livestock and Dairy Meeting #2, February 12 at 9 a.m.:
- Annual Crops Meeting #1, February 16 at 2 p.m.:
o Annual Crops Meeting #2, February 19 at 9 a.m.:
- Perennial Crops Meeting #1, February 23 at 2 p.m.:
o Perennial Crops Meeting #2, February 26 at 9 a.m.:
CDFA has engaged previously with agricultural stakeholders on farmer- and rancher-led climate solutions and produced several reports, including the Climate Change Consortium and Climate Assessment reports. Farmer- and rancher-led climate solutions are also highlighted in CDFA’s Climate Smart Agriculture programs under the Office of Environmental Farming and Innovation and include the Healthy Soils Program, State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program, Dairy Digester Research and Development Program and Alternative Manure Management Program. Stakeholders are encouraged to review these programs prior to the public meetings noted above.
If you have questions regarding these meetings, please contact CDFA’s Office of Environmental Farming and Innovation by email at email@example.com. The meeting agenda can be found at www.cdfa.ca.gov/oefi/climate.