Including Agricultural Carbon Sequestration in the County's Climate Action Plan
San Mateo County is updating its Climate Action Plan. This plan will incorporate agriculture, more specifically, the ability of agricultural lands to draw down carbon and store it in soils and plants (carbon sequestration). This document explains how carbon is sequestered in agricultural landscapes so that you can provide input on the Climate Action Plan. http://bit.ly/SMCCAPAG

Please note that this plan is not a regulatory document, but a path for the County to meet its climate goals, and provides an important opportunity for the development of policies that support the agricultural community.

The County has partnered with the Resource Conservation District to conduct outreach with the agricultural community on this effort. The purpose of this outreach is to get important input from the agricultural community on the potential of agricultural management practices that sequester carbon that could be used in San Mateo County, and to understand what would be needed to scale those practices, like funding, technical assistance, access to supplies and equipment, etc.

The “actions” in the Climate Action Plan will be developed based on the feedback of San Mateo County agricultural producers and will be about how to support the agricultural community.
How many acres your farm? *
What crops do you grow? *
Do you own or lease your farm? *
How long have you been farming? *
Please read this document which explains how agricultural management practices can draw down and store carbon.
The following questions reference these agricultural practices, which build soil health and increases the capacity of the agricultural lands to sequester and store carbon. Please review them before answering the next questions.
For each of the following management practices, share if you have used them on your farm or could use them on your farm. *
Have used this practice.
Could use this practice.
Haven't and don't want to.
Compost as fertilizer
Hedgerows
Windbreaks
Cover crops
Crop rotation
Reduced tillage
Mulch
Riparian restoration
Please explain further if you don't want to use any of the practices.
For each of the following management practices, share if you think they could be more widely used in San Mateo County. *
Yes, a good practice for SMC.
No, doesn't make sense for SMC ag.
Maybe.
Compost as fertilizer
Hedgerows
Windbreaks
Cover crops
Crop rotation
Reduced tillage
Mulch
Riparian restoration
Please explain further why these practices could or couldn't be utilized in San Mateo County.
If you wanted to implement these practices, what help, if any, would you be interested in? Check all that apply.
Financial assistance
Technical assistance
Equipment
Research
Easier access to supplies
Assistance maintaining practice
Other
Compost as fertilizer
Hedgerows
Windbreaks
Cover crops
Crop rotation
Reduced tillage
Mulch
Riparian restoration
Please explain:
What would be needed to adopt these practices more widely in San Mateo County?
Financial assistance
Technical assistance
Equipment
More research
Easier access to supplies
Assistance maintaining practice
Other
Compost as fertilizer
Hedgerows
Windbreaks
Cover crops
Crop rotation
Reduced tillage
Mulch
Riparian restoration
Please explain:
What other practices that reduce emissions or drawdown and store carbon could be implemented on San Mateo County farms?
Please share your contact information if you would like to provide more feedback on the Climate Action Plan.
Please share your information if you would be interested in working with the RCD to develop a carbon farm plan, or would like more information about the carbon farming program.
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