The Biden administration issued an executive order Wednesday to more than double the amount of land conserved in the nation. USDA will engage agriculture and other stakeholders in conserving 30% of U.S. land and water by 2030 in what is known internationally as a 30x30 commitment.

The announcement came as secretaries in the Newsom cabinet hosted a webinar to shed more details on how the governor plans to implement his own 30x30 goal.

“I am eager to work with my friend and former boss Secretary Tom Vilsack to expand climate-smart agriculture practices,” said CDFA Secretary Karen Ross. USDA helped establish CDFA’s climate programs when Vilsack was previously secretary during the Obama administration.

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CDFA plans to hold six roundtables to solicit ideas for farmer-led solutions that will mitigate climate change and enhance biodiversity. The topics will cover livestock and annual and perennial crops. CDFA will release meeting details today or tomorrow.

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