U.S. Federal & State Policy
U.S. Federal Policy
On December 5, 2016, World Soil Day, the White House office of Science and Technology Policy, under the Obama Administration, announced a Federal Strategic Plan for Soil Science. Although the subsequent administration has taken it down, the framework can be accessed here.
Soil Carbon Task Force Under Consideration in Hawai’i
On January 25th, the state of Hawaiʻi introduced House Bill 1578. Crafted by CFS staff attorney Sylvia Wu and introduced by State representative Chris Lee, the legislation would create a Carbon Farming Task Force with an aim to develop incentives for farmers and ranchers to improve the resilience of their land and protect their livelihoods as well as the island’s food security. Our Hawaiʻi team is partnering with Sierra Club of Hawaiʻi, and Surfrider Foundation O‘ahu Chapter on this initiative. With the help of Soil Solutions testimony, the measure has passed through its first committee hearing on February 7th. We will be watching closely as the bill moves through the legislature. Stay up to date on future hearings and action alerts on www.protectourkeiki.org
California’s Healthy Soils Initiative Funded
Vermont farmers, Jesse and Cally McDougall, initiated the legislation in 2016 after successfully transitioning from conventional to regenerative agriculture on their family farm, Studio Hill. Reintroduced this year by Vermont State Senator Brian Campion, the bill:
proposes to require the Secretary of Natural Resources to establish a regenerative soils program whose purposes include increasing the carbon sequestration capability of Vermont soils, reducing the amount of sediment and waste entering the waters of the State, and promoting cost-effective and healthy soil management practices.
Center for Food Safety’s soil team will be keeping an eye on the status of this innovative soil legislation and will post updates here.
After hearing a presentation by our partners at Biodiversity for a Livable Climate, Maryland Delegate Dana Stein introduced HB 1063. The bill established the Maryland Healthy Soils Program requiring the Department of Agriculture to provide incentives including research, education and technical assistance that contribute to healthy soils.