Assemblymember Irwin Introduces Bill to Help Farmers

Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin (D – Thousand Oaks) introduced a bill into the California State Assembly, AB-2377, to establish a technical assistance grant program for farmers and ranchers applying for California’s Climate Smart Agriculture programs. The technical assistance grants will address the difficulty in designing, applying for, and implementing projects for the programs.
 
The bill requires CDFA to provide funding to technical assistance providers, such as resource conservation districts or nonprofit organizations, to assist farmers and ranchers applying to the Healthy Soils Program, State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP), or Alternative Manure Management Program (AMMP)
 
The bill also requires that technical assistance be prioritized to small and moderately-scaled farms and ranches, farmers and ranchers of color, and female farmers and ranchers. Additionally, the state would be required to coordinate program guidelines with the California Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). 
 
The bill is endorsed by the California Climate & Agriculture Network (CalCAN) coalition:
- Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF)
- CCOF
- California FarmLink
- Ecological Farming Association
- Wild Farm Alliance
- Center for Food Safety
- Occidental Arts & Ecology Center
 
Contact your state representatives to support the bill as it moves through the legislature. For more information, please contact CCOF’s Policy department.

Tags: