California Partnership to Advance Climate-Smart Agriculture

The California Department of Food and Agriculture and University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources have signed a memorandum of understanding to initiate a new partnership to advance climate-smart agriculture in California. This partnership will provide $1.1 million to hire 10 UC Cooperative Extension community education specialists who will be deployed to 10 counties statewide to assist and encourage farmers to participate in CDFA programs aimed at increasing adoption of smart farming and ranching practices. The CDFA programs involved are the State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program, the Healthy Soils Program, and the Alternative Manure Management Program. The partnership is focused on implementing on-farm solutions to improve soil health, nutrient management, irrigation management, on-farm composting, and manure management.