C-AGG is pleased to post the final meeting summary from the April 2018 C-AGG meeting in Sacramento, CA. All additional meeting materials such as presentations, speaker bios and the participant list are available on the meeting web page. The summary includes highlights of presentations and discussions, and key findings and outcomes, including:
- Since passing AB 32, the California Global Warming Solutions Act in 2006, California has been a leader in reducing state GHG emissions. California Climate Investment (CCI)-funded agricultural programs include agricultural land conservation, methane reduction at dairies, healthy soils, and water efficiency. California focused its initial agricultural GHG reduction programs on what is easier to measure in terms of emissions reductions (methane from dairies) which has allowed the state to grow other programs (Healthy Soils) where emissions reduction measurement tools and practices are still being developed.
- California is not only committed to significant GHG reductions inside the state, but also acting as a national leader for state-specific policies on GHG reductions in the absence of federal action on climate change.
- Soil health in California is hard to define, much less measure, due to the many crops, climates, soils, management practices, and assessment tools.
- Even outside California, soil health is very contextual depending on crop type, crop requirements, and climate, and definitions of soil health can vary significantly.
- Long term data on conservation adoption practices is valuable to showcase what practices are being adopted, where, how widely, and with what crops.