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Healthy Soils Week 2023 — CDFA partners with State Legislature to host soil biodiversity briefing

(Bottom photo, L-R) CDFA Deputy Secretary for Legislative Affairs Rachael O’Brien; Dr. Eoin Brodie, Deputy Director of the Climate and Ecosystem Sciences Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab; Dr. Margaret Smither-Kopperl with USDA-NRCS; Dr. Daniel Rath, a soil scientist with the Natural Resources Defense Council; and Drew Cheney, Operations Manager with Machado Family Farms in Linden.

Culminating Healthy Soils Week 2023, a hearing on soil biodiversity was held today at the State Capitol in association with the Assembly Committee on Agriculture and the Senate Natural Resources Committee.

The hearing focused on CDFA’s recently released report: Soil Biodiversity in California Agriculture: Framework and Indicators for Soil Health Assessment.

CDFA Deputy Secretary for Legislative Affairs Rachael O’Brien moderated a panel of leading soil scientists delivering a presentation about soil biodiversity, soil health, and sustainable agricultural practices. The briefing was attended by nearly 30 legislative staff and set the stage for a discussion to share insights into innovative farming approaches focused on biodiversity and soil health.


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