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CDFA joins partners at USDA, UC and CARCD in agreement to streamline services to land managers

At today’s signing — from right, CDFA Secretary Karen Ross, UC ANR Vice-President Glenda Humiston, NRCS California State Conservationist Carlos Suarez, and CARCD board president Don Butz.

Secretary Karen Ross participated in an a signing ceremony today committing CDFA to an agreement with partners including the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR), and the California Association of Resource Conservation Districts (CARCD).

A memorandum of agreement binds the parties together as the California Conservation Planning Partnership. The signatories will work together to streamline their services when assisting land managers like farmers, ranchers, and foresters who are implementing conservation and climate-smart agriculture practices on their lands.

While these organizations have worked together for many decades, there is significant coordination required to ensure they are providing services to historically underserved farmers and ranchers; offering coordinated advice about on-farm practices; and working to provide on-the-ground technical assistance providers with the resources they need to rapidly scale up climate-smart practices to address climate change.

The partners will provide joint trainings and materials, work to address barriers to the adoption of practices, and collaborate to better disseminate the latest research to technical assistance providers. Follow-up workshops will be held in January and March.

Read the memorandum of agreement here

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