Financial Incentives for Climate-Smart Agriculture
There are powerful management practices that farms and ranches can use to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, sequester carbon and make their operations more resilient. Among the farming practices with the greatest climate benefits are: soil building, increased biodiversity, water and energy conservation, and on-farm renewable energy generation.
SALC funds permanent conservation easements on cropland and rangeland at risk of sprawl development, preventing GHG emissions associated with urban and suburban development.
The Governor's Healthy Soils Initiative is an interagency effort led by CDFA to improve the sustainability and resilience to climate change of California's soils.
SWEEP provides financial incentives to agricultural operations to invest in water irrigation treatment and distribution systems that reduce water and energy use, augment supply and increase agricultural water and energy efficiency.