California Climate and Agriculture Network

The California Climate and Agriculture Network (CalCAN) is a coalition that advances policy solutions to support California agriculture in the face of climate change. We believe that agriculture can play a constructive role in responding to the climate crisis by reducing its carbon footprint and thus help to ensure the long-term viability of our food and farming system.

The vision for California’s agricultural future that has long been articulated and modeled by sustainable agriculture provides powerful solutions to the climate crisis. These include practices and policies that minimize nitrogen-based fertilizer use, decrease tillage, increase biodiversity, conserve water, encourage local food production, protect farmland, produce on-farm renewable energy, and build the organic content of soil to sequester more carbon – all of which mitigate and help farmers adapt to climate change.

Who is CalCAN?

CalCAN members have a demonstrated commitment to an economically, ecologically sustainable and socially just food and farming system. Members include representatives from agricultural, environmental, food safety, and other organizations. We strive to be a voice for the positive contribution agriculture can make on climate protection and adaptation, and to assemble diverse expertise and stakeholders to advance specific policy proposals. 

Climate work from this organization

Renata Brillinger, Executive Director of the California Climate and Agriculture Network, offers insight into how the California drought is impacting farmers and what responses are necessary.


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This paper summarizes the current and emerging threats to California farmland and illustrates the role agricultural land can play in mitigating and adapting to climate change. It goes on to outline the limits of current farmland protection policies and programs for preventing urban sprawl, and concludes with a set of... Read more

Given California’s leadership in tackling climate change, and its importance globally as an agricultural producer, it is essential to understand to what extent state government is supporting California agriculture in addressing its unique climate change challenges. To that end, CalCAN conducted an assessment of the... Read more

In this series of stories and videos, CalCAN profiles many of California’s most innovative sustainable farmers and ranchers. Learn about growers who are employing climate-friendly approaches to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and sequester carbon, using practices that can also provide benefits such as water... Read more