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Agriculture and Land Stewardship

Framework and Strategies

 

I. Framework for Agricultural and Land Stewardship (ALS) Planning

A. Incorporate Toolbox of ALS Strategies into planning processes (061014)(Revised)

B. Develop ALS Plans for projects (061014)(Revised)

II. Potential Strategies

 

The ALS Strategies can be used by project proponents when their proposed projects will affect agricultural land. Some of the ALS Strategies can be used to work with local government and landowners to avoid or minimize impacts on agriculture and to consider local and regional plans. Some of the ALS Strategies provide options to consider for environmental mitigation required under the California Environmental Policy Act (CEQA). Other ALS Strategies could assist in maintaining the agricultural sustainability of the area where the project is located. Finally, some of the ALS Strategies discuss opportunities to keep local landowners and farmers on the land by participating in project activities, when a project involves conversion from agriculture to other open space uses.

 

A. Strategies to help maintain agriculture

1. Improve flood management

1.1. Improve flood protection for agriculture (102913)(no change – October 2013 posting was 1a)

1.2. Help landowners comply with FEMA flood insurance regulations (102913)(no change – October 2013 posting was 1b)

1.3. Help with local flood preparedness and response efforts (061014)(under development-October 2013 posting was 1c)

2. Improve on-farm agricultural productivity, including soil and water quality (102913) (no change – October 2013 posting was 2)

3. Control weeds and other pests

3.1. Reinvigorate County Weed Management Areas (061014)(revised - October 2013 posting was 6a)

2. Prioritize weeds and other pests for area-wide control (061014)(revised – October 2013 posting was 6b)

3.3. Encourage use of weed-free construction materials (102913)(no change – October 2013 posting was 6c)

4. Reduce conflict between agriculture and nearby habitat lands

4.1. Establish good neighbor policies (061014) (revised - October 2013 posting was part of 7)

4.2. Provide "take" coverage for neighboring lands (061014)(revised - October 2013 posting was part of 7)

4.3. Support local efforts to reduce nuisance and illegal activities (061014) (new)

5. Provide agricultural conservation easements (102913)(no change – October 2013 posting was 11)

 

B. Strategies that provide incentives for conservation on agricultural land

 

1. Partner with others to maintain and enhance environmental quality on agricultural land (102913)(no change – October 2013 posting was 12)

2. Provide incentives for farmers and landowners to take part in market-based conservation programs (061014)(revised – October 2013 posting was 14)

C. Strategies to manage land to reverse subsidence and sequester carbon

 

1. Provide incentives to stabilize or reverse land subsidence (102913)(no change – October 2013 posting was 15)

2. Assist farmers and landowners to produce and sell greenhouse gas offset credits (102913)(no change – October 2013 posting was 16)

3. Investigate options to designate subsidence reduction and carbon sequestration crops as agricultural production for regulatory and incentive purposes (061014)(new – October 2013 posting was 18)

D. Strategies that support an agricultural economy

1. Develop area-wide economic and land use studies

1.1. Develop an historic and current land use study (102913)(no change – October 2013 posting was 19a)

1.2. Develop an economic study of agricultural activity and related infrastructure (102913)(no change – October 2013 posting was 19b)

1.3. Develop a plan for protection and restoration of habitat areas that takes into consideration the vitality of the agricultural economy (under development – October 2013 posting was 19c)

2. Promote economic development (102913)(no change – October 2013 posting was 20)

3. Improve transportation infrastructure (10291)(no change – October 2013 posting was 21)

4. Help farmers and landowners earn new revenue from recreation and tourism (102913)(no change – October 2013 posting was 22)

5. Assist farmers and landowners in working with governmental agencies

5.1. Public advisor for government projects (061014)(new – October 2013 posting was 23a)

5.2. Farmbudsman – Help farmers and landowners navigate regulatory requirements for agricultural activities.(102913)(no change – October 2013 posting was 23b)

5.3. Work with others to better align regulatory processes to expedite wildlife friendly agriculture(102913)(no change – October 2013 posting was 23c)

 

E. Strategies for successful planning by project proponents

1. Project planning

1.1. Early project planning (061014)(new – October 2013 posting was 3a)

1.2. Work with farmers and landowners

1.2.1. Involve farmers and landowners in project planning (061014)(new – October 2013 posting was 3b)

1.2.2. Compensate farmers and landowners to manage agricultural land for project purposes (102913)(no change – October 2013 posting was 13)

1.2.3. Compensate farmers and landowners to manage project habitat lands (102913)(no change – October 2013 posting was 17)

1.3. Avoid, minimize and mitigate for impacts to agricultural land from project

1.3.1. Reduce impacts on land (061014)(new)

1.3.2. Reduce impacts on ground water levels (061014)(new)

1.3.3. Mitigate for conversion of agricultural land (061014) (new – October 2013 posting was 3c)

1.4. Implementation and funding (061014)(new – October 2013 posting was 24 and 25)

2. Work with local government

2.1. Coordinate with local planning efforts (061014)(new – October 2013 posting was 9a)

2.2. Implement actions required by the Williamson Act (061014)(new)

2.3. Work with counties to expand Williamson Act authorized uses (102913)(no change - October 2013 posting was 9b)

2.4. Investigate options for in lieu tax revenue for local government (102913)(no change - October 2013 posting was 9c)

2.5. Work with others to explore the value of reinstating state funding of Williamson Act subventions (102913)(no change – October 2013 posting was 8)