Focus on Farmland
Completing Projects in Many Regions
While CFCP has suspended publication of a newsletter, we have been busily completing easement projects! A total of 20 easements were completed since December 2010. This is by far the largest cohort of projects in the program's history.
To a degree, this success was rooted in a 2008 stop work order that affected the state's bond-funded projects--a number of easements were delayed while the status of bond funds was sorted out in 2009 and 2010. The USDA Farm and Ranchland Protection Program partnered with CFCP on ten of the completed easements.
The projects represent the range of California's premier crops and almost all are located on Prime agricultural soils:
San Joaquin Valley
Fresno County - 89 acres of tree fruit near Kingsburg.
Kern County - 571 acres of almonds near Wasco. A celebration of this easement and its neighboring easement was held in February 2012.
Kings County - 153 acres of almonds and pistachios near Hanford.
Merced County - 212 acres of almonds near the City of Merced, and 244 acres of sweet potatoes near Livingston.
San Joaquin County - 174 acres of walnut and cherry orchards near Stockton
and: 253 acres of walnuts near Lockford.
Stanislaus County - 151 acres of almonds and grapes near Modesto.
A poster of the easements in Merced, San Joaquin, and Stanislaus counties is available.
San Francisco Bay and Central Coast
Contra Costa County - 132 acres of vegetable crops near Brentwood.
Marin County - more than 1,000 acres of coastal rangeland land near Tomales.
Monterey County - 103 acres of grapes near Greenfield Santa Barbara County - 395 acres of vegetables, nuts, and seed crops near Lompoc.
Santa Cruz County - 75 acres of apples near Watsonville.
Solano County - 595 acres of crop land near Winters.
Sacramento Valley, Northern California and Eastern Sierra
Butte County - 145 acres of orchards near Chico.
Mono County - 719 acres of pasture near Bridgeport.
Siskiyou County - More than 4,000 acres of alfalfa, pasture and grazing land near Etna.
Sutter County - 189 acres of rice and waterfowl habitat near Lincoln
Tehama County - 530 acres of alfalfa, corn, and various other crops near Red Bluff.
Yolo County - 237 acres of walnuts and prunes near Winters NEW!
The Focus on Farmland Newsletter
Due to a combination of increasing easement project workload and decreasing discretionary funds, CFCP has suspended publication of our newsletter until further notice. This allows the CFCP staff to focus on our core work of funding projects in cooperation with our conservation partners. We will continue to post information on our recently completed projects on this page. A list of the program's easement and planning grant projects completed since 1996 is also available.
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