SB 1247, as introduced, Jackson. Environmental farming: agricultural innovation zones.
Existing law requires the Department of Food and Agriculture to establish and oversee an environmental farming program that provides incentives to farmers whose practices promote the well-being of ecosystems, air quality, and wildlife and their habitat.
This bill would also include practices that promote public health, water quality, and soil health and would require the department, as part of that program, to establish agricultural innovation zones, as defined, and to give priority to agricultural innovation zones for incentives to farmers, with special priority for agricultural innovation zones in disadvantaged communities. The bill would state the Legislature’s intent relating to environmental farming practices and the establishment of agricultural innovation zones, as specified.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.
The people of the State of California do enact as follows:
Section 563 is added to the Food and Agricultural
2Code, to read:
The Legislature finds and declares both of the following:
P2 1(a) It is the intent of the Legislature to support farmers in
2adopting environmental farming practices near schools and day
3care centers that are more resilient to the unavoidable consequences
4of climate change and that offer other societal and ecosystem
6(b) It is further the intent of the Legislature that the department
7establish agricultural innovation zones and prioritize incentives to
8farmers who maintain or intend to adopt an agricultural innovation
9zone to ensure the health and learning of future California
10generations and that the establishment of agricultural innovation
11zones in disadvantaged communities should be the highest priority.
Section 564 of the Food and Agricultural Code is
13amended to read:
Unless the context otherwise requires, the following
15definitions govern the construction of this article:
16(a) “Agricultural activities” means those activities that generate
17products as specified in Section 54004.
25 “Department” means the Department of Food and
28 “Panel” means the Scientific Advisory Panel on
31 “Secretary” means the Secretary of Food and Agriculture.
Section 566 of the Food and Agricultural Code is
33amended to read:
(a) The department shall establish and oversee an
35environmental farming program. The program shall provide
36incentives to farmers whose practices promote the well-being of
37ecosystems, air quality,
38 and wildlife and their habitat.
4 The department may assist in the compilation of scientific
5evidence from public and private sources, including the scientific
6community, industry, conservation organizations, and federal,
7state, and local agencies identifying the net environmental impacts
8that agriculture creates for the environment. The department shall
9serve as the depository of this information and provide it to federal,
10state, and local governments, as needed.
12 The department shall conduct the activities specified in this
13article with existing resources, to the extent they are available.