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Friday, April 28, 2017

The Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument in Northern California is among 24 national monuments that are at risk of losing their federally protected status.

President Trump issued an executive order Wednesday asking for an unprecedented review of the two dozen monuments that make up 100,000 acres of more, and were created by presidential proclamation since 1996.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

A new bill unanimously approved by the Assembly Agricultural Committee Wednesday could significantly alter the way the California Department of Food and Agriculture works with farmers of color. 

The Farmer Equity Act would support minority farmers by adding them to the definition for “Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers” in existing California Food and Agriculture code.  Kristyn Leach is a Korean grower who runs a small vegetable farm in Alameda County. She says the bill gives farmers of color that have been subject to racial, ethnic or gender prejudice a larger say in California agriculture.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

A bill unanimously approved by the Assembly Agricultural Committee Wednesday could significantly alter the way the California Department of Food and Agriculture works with farmers of color.

The Farmer Equity Act would support minority farmers by adding them to the definition for “Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers” in existing California Food and Agriculture code.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

CA Climate and Agriculture Network

Every legislative session, CalCAN reviews dozens of bills proposed by California legislators for their potential impact on farmers, their communities, and the climate. Below is an initial list of bills we have taken a position on (we are still tracking and analyzing more!)...

Assembly Bill 1348 (Aguiar-Curry): Farmer Equity Act
SUPPORT

This bill takes an important step toward ensuring equitable access to California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) programs by farmers of color by requiring that CDFA begin reporting outreach efforts and program usage data for “socially disadvantaged farmers,” which include farmers and ranchers who identify as African American, American Indian, Hispanic, Asian, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander…

Thursday, February 9, 2017

As the mayor of the small town of Winters, Cecilia Aguiar-Curry advocated powerfully for computers in the schools and faster Internet speeds in her rural community.

Students in Winters’ classrooms now have computers and their parents learned how to use tablets — opening a new world for both them and their children.