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AB-391 Pollinator habitat conservation: funding.(2021-2022)

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Date Published: 02/02/2021 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2021–2022 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 391


Introduced by Assembly Member Villapudua

February 02, 2021


An act relating to food and agriculture, and making an appropriation therefor.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 391, as introduced, Villapudua. Pollinator habitat conservation: funding.
Existing law authorizes the Department of Food and Agriculture to expend in accordance with law all money which is made available for its use.
This bill would appropriate $5,000,000 from the General Fund to the department in order to provide funding to partner with the University of California Extension Services, California resource conservation districts, and the United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service to deliver technical assistance, outreach, and provide grants to incentivize participation in state and federal conservation programs where pollinator habitat and forage is established. The bill would make related findings and declarations.
Vote: 2/3   Appropriation: YES   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 The Legislature finds and declares both of the following:
(a) Working lands offer an opportunity to expand habitat and forage for pollinators which will help sequester carbon and contribute to climate risk reduction.
(b) In order to engage growers in delivering solutions that benefit pollinators, funding is needed for activities that accelerate the adoption of conservation practices that integrate pollinator habitat and forage on working lands.

SEC. 2.

 The sum of five million dollars ($5,000,000) is hereby appropriated from the General Fund to the Department of Food and Agriculture in order to provide funding to partner with the University of California Extension Services, California resource conservation districts, and the United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service to deliver technical assistance, outreach, and provide grants to incentivize participation in state and federal conservation programs where pollinator habitat and forage is established.