Bill aimed at repurposing farmland is a step closer to passing
Lawmakers may be close to passing a bill aimed at helping farmers cope with water restrictions.
Assembly Bill 252, the Multibenefit Land Repurposing Incentive Program, would set up a program under the California Department of Conservation to use grant money for repurposing former ag land in critically over drafted groundwater basins. The bill was authored by Assemblymembers Robert Rivas (D-Hollister) and Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield.)
The bill has passed the Assembly and is heading to the Senate Appropriations Committee on August 23 where it will likely go to the Suspense File.
“I think everyone recognizes we’re locked into a certain amount of irrigated land becoming idled in the next few years,” said Miles Horton, legislative director for Rivas. “Let’s make the most of this opportunity.”