Assembly Ag Chair Robert Rivas introduced a measure Tuesday that would put a $3.1 billion food and ag bond on the November 2022 ballot.
The funding would earmark a long list of provisions, ranging from climate-smart programs at CDFA to senior nutrition programs and recovery support for fairgrounds shuttered during the pandemic.
The proposal has won praise from labor, environmental and sustainable ag groups.
“I'm excited to see in there the opportunity for conservation easements,” said cattle rancher Dave Daley in a press call on the bill. “It helps us to achieve our 30x30 goal. It protects open space. It protects biodiversity.”
The funding would be spread over five years and administered by CDFA, the Department of Conservation, the Strategic Growth Council and several other state agencies.