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Episode 171. Climate-Smart Agriculture

In this episode of Voices from the Field, Colin Mitchell, a sustainable agriculture specialist based out of NCAT’s Southwest Regional Office in San Antonio, Texas, is joined by Jeanne Merrill, policy director at the California Climate and Agriculture Network (CalCAN).

Colin and Jeanne discuss different “Climate Smart Agriculture” tools and policies in California, including the Healthy Soils Program; the State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program; the Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program; the Sustainable Agriculture Lands Conservation Program; the Alternative Manure Management Program; and the Climate Adaptation Program.

They also discuss carbon markets, water quality trading, and other issues.

Related ATTRA Resources:


Payments for Ecosystem Services

Agriculture, Climate Change, and Carbon Sequestration

Managing Soils for Water

Marketing Manure


Payments for Ecosystem Services Part I

Payments for Ecosystem Services Part II: Carbon Markets and Credit Stacking

Payments for Ecosystem Services Part III: Water Quality Trading


Water Quality Trading

Conservation Easements and Ecosystem Service Markets

Using Cover Crops to Sequester Carbon

Soil Health and the Five Soil Health Principles

Soil Health and Regenerative Agriculture


Other Resources:


National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition: Climate Change and Agriculture

California Air Resources Board California Climate Investments

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