California, Sept. 30, 2010: “Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed … SB1142, by Sen. Pat Wiggins, D-Santa Rosa, which aims to expand the sources of grant money that the state can use to preserve farmland through easements. The bill allows the state to buy farmland-conservation easements that also require some environmental aim, like preservation of wildlife habitat. The state currently buys easements through its California Farmland Conservancy Program Fund, which requires that farming activity remain unimpeded by the easement. By expanding its efforts to include agricultural and environmental protections together — allowing farm activity to be impeded in limited ways — the Department of Conservation can access a larger variety of grant funding that can help protect farmland from development.” From Capital Press: The West’s Ag Site. See also CA Sen. Pat Wiggins’ website press release.