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Reducing Water Loss Requires Upgrading Aging Ag Water Infrastructure

Expert BlogCaliforniaArohi Sharma
California’s ag sector will continue to struggle with unsustainable water use until it addresses broader inefficiencies across its aging water delivery system. Upgrades to California’s water delivery system, such as lining canals to reduce seepage, pressurizing water delivery pipes, installing…

CA’s Transformative Food & Farm Campaign Will Continue in 2024

Expert BlogCaliforniaArohi Sharma, Lena Brook
The California Legislature adjourned in September, officially turning the Food & Farm Resilience Coalition's climate bond campaign into a two-year effort. The bill proposes $3.65 billion for infrastructure that would reduce agriculture’s greenhouse gas emissions while bringing healthier food options…

CA Assembly Passes Climate-Resilient Food & Farming Bill

Expert BlogCaliforniaArohi Sharma
To help reduce agriculture-related emissions and create a more resilient food system, Assemblymember Lori Wilson introduced Assembly Bill (AB) 408, the Climate-resilient Farms, Sustainable Healthy Food Access, and Farmworker Protection Bond Act of 2024. The Assembly passed AB 408, sending…

FY22 California Budget Invests in Agricultural Resilience

Expert BlogCaliforniaArohi Sharma

California’s 2022 budget is finalized and it contains significant investments in climate friendly agriculture, soil health, on-farm water efficiency, farmworker housing, wildfire prevention, and so much more.

Proposed Newsom Budget Doubles Down on Climate, Food, and Ag

Expert BlogCaliforniaLena Brook, Arohi Sharma
Governor Newsom’s newly released proposal rightfully recognizes the profound impact of climate change on our state’s food and agriculture system and the need for significant investment.

USDA Equity Commission: A Giant Leap Forward

Expert BlogUnited StatesJohn Bowman, Arohi Sharma, Allison Johnson, Bianca Oden

Today, the USDA took an important step to dismantle generational discriminatory practices by formally establishing the Equity Commission Advisory Committee and Equity Commission Subcommittee on Agriculture.

Building Back Better—From the Ground Up

Expert BlogUnited StatesArohi Sharma
Carbon and water storage? Nutrient transportation and communication pathways? Homes for biodiversity? All these services make soil health critical to an economically resilient food system, and we need to invest in rebuilding this precious natural resource.

Chance for a More Resilient and Equitable Food System in CA

Expert BlogCaliforniaLena Brook, Arohi Sharma
With AB 125, California has an opportunity to reshape our food and farming system to help protect workers in fields, kitchens, and grocery stores while providing our most vulnerable communities improved access to healthy, sustainably produced food.

Regenerative Agriculture Part 4: The Benefits

Expert BlogUnited StatesArohi Sharma, Lara Bryant, Ellen Lee, Claire O'Connor
The regenerative agriculture movement is reviving an Indigenous approach to agriculture and flipping the narrative to show how agriculture can help restore ecologies, fight climate change, rebuild relationships, spark economic development, and bring people—consumers AND farmers and ranchers—joy.

Regenerative Agriculture Part 3: The Practices

Expert BlogUnited StatesArohi Sharma, Lara Bryant, Ellen Lee, Claire O'Connor
One size does not fit all with regenerative agriculture. Ergo, policy must support and grow the enabling environments and the multifaceted tools—the on-farm, financial, management, and social tools—that make regenerative farms and ranches successful.

Regenerative Agriculture Part 2: The Principles

Expert BlogUnited StatesLara Bryant, Ellen Lee, Claire O'Connor, Arohi Sharma
In describing what regenerative agriculture means to them and how they embrace the philosophy on their operations, our 100+ regenerative grower interviewees shared a handful of principles that underpin their approach to farming and ranching.

Regenerative Agriculture Part 1: The Philosophy

Expert BlogUnited StatesLara Bryant, Claire O'Connor, Ellen Lee, Arohi Sharma
The climate dread was quickly replaced with hope and joy as we learned from Indigenous stewards, Black and Brown farmers, and growers of all shapes, sizes, and in all geographies about how agriculture, and the soil under our feet, can…