State funding to retire valley farmland could more than double under Gov. Newsom’s proposed budget

May 25, 2022
Jesse Vad, SJV Water
by Jesse Vad, SJV Water
A newly planted almond orchard stretches to the horizon near Kimberlina Road and Highway 99 in Kern County in this May 2022 photo. CREDIT: Lois Henry
Jesse Vad, SJV Water
Jesse Vad, SJV Water

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A state program aimed at retiring and repurposing farmland could get $60 million – more than doubling its current funding – under Gov. Newsom’s proposed budget. 

The Multibenefit Land Repurposing Program was created with $50 million from the 2021 state budget. The program helps pay for farmland to be taken out of production and repurposed to less water intensive uses. 

Farmers in the San Joaquin Valley have pumped groundwater for crops without limits for generations.

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