Climate Smart Agriculture programs provide the financial resources for farmers and ranchers to adopt practices to protect the soil, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and increase carbon sequestering. Assembly Bill 2377, introduced by Democratic California Assembly member Jacqui Irwin, was conceived as a means to help the agriculture industry adopt and implement climate smart practices.
The bill sets aside critical resources in order to ensure the design and implementation of Climate Smart Agricultural programs and provides technical assistance to small and medium-scale farmers on their climate smart projects.
The goal of the proposed legislation is to assist small and socially-disadvantaged farmers and ranchers in order to ensure that they are not overlooked as the state moves to increase its investment in agricultural climate solutions. California currently leads the nation in food production with over 77,000 farms and ranches vulnerable to the effects of climate change.