Thank you to the many participants who attended our Sacramento C-AGG meeting last week—it was a full house with excellent presentations, questions, ideas, and networking. We heard from a number of colleagues from California who highlighted progress made in reducing methane through the Dairy Digester Research and Development Program and the Alternative Manure Management Program, opportunities for significant growth in agricultural land conservation due to increased funding for the Natural and Working Lands Plan, and an update on the first year of Healthy Soils Program funding for incentives and demonstration programs. The CA Department of Food and Agriculture and CA Air Resources Board highlighted programs and opportunities for agriculture to continue to work within CA’s Cap and Trade program. We made progress understanding soil health and the innovations in (and challenges with) measuring and defining soil health and heard more on what is happening on the ground with farmers and ranchers. Speakers also highlighted the role of data in not only better understanding soil health but also to understand what USDA conservation practices farmers are implementing and where.
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