The $267.8 billion budget that California Gov. Gavin Newsom submitted on Friday, May 14 would include a big boost for state programs related to agriculture.
Newsom's "California Comeback Plan" builds on the $285 million set for the state Department of Food and Agriculture in his initial budget in January, proposing an additional $641 million over two years for a total $926 million, according to the CDFA.
The upgrade will support "strategic investments" in the Golden State's agriculture industry as it addresses continued challenges while also producing food and advancing the state’s climate resilience objectives, the agency reported in its Planting Seeds blog.
“Every Californian has been impacted by this pandemic, and the sacrifices we’ve all made this past year have resulted in a historic surplus – I’m here to announce that we’re investing it in you,” Newsom said as he unveiled his "May revise."
According to CDFA, the plan includes:
- $67.5 million to develop a healthier, more resilient and more equitable food system.
- $532 million to advance climate smart agriculture, improve drought resiliency, fund alternatives to agricultural burning, increase pollinator habitat on working lands and support conservation planning to build resilience.
- $42 million for such economic-recovery initiatives as investing in innovation, assistance to underserved farmers, and farmer training and manager apprenticeships.