Assembly Bill 2106 would incentivize farmers to create nesting habitat for waterfowl by planting cover crops and other vegetation or by idling farmland. Duck hunting fees would pay for the program.
Asm. Cecilia Aguiar-Curry of Winters presented her bill on the Assembly floor on Monday.
“AB 2106 complements our statewide goals for carbon sequestration, improving air quality and protecting waterfowl species,” she said.
The lawmakers advanced the measure to the Senate with 67 votes in favor and not a single vote against it.
AB 2954 was also up for a floor vote. It proposes adding agricultural lands to California’s climate goals for reducing carbon emissions and has gained wide opposition from farm groups. The measure passed and is now in the Senate.