The California Natural Resources Agency has issued a draft report for adapting the state to climate extremes. Among the many action items the Newsom administration is pursuing are goals for reducing pesticide use.

Success will be measured by the amount of reduction in pounds and acres treated with specific pesticides over the next five years. To support this effort, the report calls for more funding into research for alternative practices and for technical assistance.

In contrast to that goal, the next action item in the plan calls for protecting agriculture from invasive pests expanding into California as a result of climate change. But the document offers no details on how and when to achieve that.

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The proposal also calls for protecting farmland from development and for continuing the programs the administration laid out in its sustainable agriculture budget package, including prioritizing climate-smart agricultural practices among disadvantaged farmers and minorities.

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