as amended, Jackson.
begin deleteEnvironmental farming: agriculturalend delete innovation begin delete zones.end delete
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.
begin delete 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.end delete
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
5Code, to read:
The Legislature finds and declares both of the following:
7(a) It is the intent of the Legislature to support farmers in
8adopting environmental farming practices near schools and day
9care centers that are more resilient to the unavoidable consequences
10of climate change and that offer other societal and ecosystem
12(b) It is further the intent of the Legislature that the department
13establish agricultural innovation zones and prioritize incentives to
14farmers who maintain or intend to adopt an agricultural innovation
15zone to ensure the health and learning of future California
16generations and that the establishment of agricultural innovation
17zones in disadvantaged communities should be the highest priority.
Section 564 of the Food and Agricultural Code is
19amended to read:
Unless the context otherwise requires, the following
21definitions govern the construction of this article:
22(a) “Agricultural activities” means those activities that generate
23products as specified in Section 54004.
24(b) “Agricultural innovation zone” means an area within one
25mile of a school or day care center where farmers follow
26environmental farming practices, including organic farming
27practices, that promote the well-being of ecosystems, air quality,
28public health, water quality, soil health, and wildlife and their
29habitat and that do not rely on synthetic inputs.
30(c) “Department” means the Department of Food and
32(d) “Panel” means the Scientific Advisory Panel on
34(e) “Secretary” means the Secretary of Food and Agriculture.
Section 566 of the Food and Agricultural Code is
36amended to read:
(a) The department shall establish and oversee an
38environmental farming program. The program shall provide
39incentives to farmers whose practices promote the well-being of
P6 1ecosystems, air quality, public health, water quality, soil health,
2and wildlife and their habitat.
3(b) As part of the program, the department shall establish
4agricultural innovation zones and shall give priority to agricultural
5innovation zones for incentives to farmers, with special priority
6for agricultural innovation zones in disadvantaged communities.
7(c) The department may assist in the compilation of scientific
8evidence from public and private sources, including the scientific
9community, industry, conservation organizations, and federal,
10state, and local agencies identifying the net environmental impacts
11that agriculture creates for the environment. The department shall
12serve as the depository of this information and provide it to federal,
13state, and local governments, as needed.
14(d) The department shall conduct the activities specified in this
15article with existing resources, to the extent they are available.