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California Department of Food and Agriculture
Release #21-115
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CDFA ACCEPTING PUBLIC COMMENTS ON DRAFT REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR THE CONSERVATION AGRICULTURE PLANNING GRANT PROGRAM

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SACRAMENTO, September 16, 2021 - The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (CDFA) Office of Environmental Farming and Innovation (OEFI) is now accepting public comments on its Conservation Agriculture Planning Grant Program (CAPGP) Draft Request for Proposals (RFP). The PGP has been under development since 2020 with consideration of stakeholder input from the Environmental Farming Act Science Advisory Panel. The latest Draft RFP incorporates many of the public comments received between May 13 and June 15, 2021.
 
The CAPGP will fund the development of one or more plans to help farmers and ranchers identify actions for climate change mitigation and adaptation, with a goal of ensuring food security well into the future.
 
“We are grateful to the Environmental Farming Act Science Advisory Panel for its public process in proposing this program.,” said CDFA Secretary Karen Ross. “This second round of public comment ensures this program is fully vetted with the many diverse stakeholders we serve in California’s agricultural sector. CDFA looks forward to receiving written comments in addition to stakeholder participation in an upcoming workshop to support climate resiliency on our working agricultural landscapes.” 
 
CDFA has collaborated closely with the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in developing the CAPGP to complement and align with federal-level conservation planning efforts.
 
Stakeholders are encouraged to review the Draft Request for Proposals for the Conservation Agriclture Planning Grant Program and submit comments by October 19, 2021, 5 PM PST to cdfa.oefi@cdfa.ca.gov.
 
A stakeholder workshop is scheduled to update the public on the program and RFP changes. This workshop will be held as a webinar on the date provided below:
Thursday, September 23, 2021
10 AM to 11 AM (Pacific Time)
Topic: CDFA Conservation Agriculture Planning Grant Program Draft Solicitation Workshop
 
Register in advance for this webinar: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_dd2SMY6kSmeyQPlWc0M92A



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