Welcome to Ag Innovations Network
Ag Innovations Network brings people together to build a food system that works for all. We are facilitators of crucial conversations, conveners of meetings that matter, and enablers of change.
Our role is unique. We care deeply about creating a more economically viable, socially just, and environmentally sound way to grow and distribute food. We believe the best way to accomplish that goal is to create opportunities for individuals, farmers, businesses, and communities to better understand the changes that are needed and discover solutions that make sense. Our work is about bringing more democracy to decision-making about the future of food and farming.
We have three central programs:
- The Alliance Project: A growing network of California county-based alliances of food system stakeholders that meet monthly to work together to strengthen farms, improve access to good foods, and improve the infrastructure to support regional food distribution. These groups make policy recommendations and create local projects.
- The Roundtable Project: We convene and facilitate two California-based coalitions of statewide agriculture, environmental, and community organizations that are focused on finding shared policy solutions for the food system. The California Roundtable on Agriculture and the Environment focuses on issues that are of common concern to agriculture and environmental organizations including Farm Bill reform, climate change, land use, and food safety. The California Roundtable on Water and Food Supply focuses on the critical challenge of water use and availability for farms, cities, and the environment.
- Facilitation/Consulting Services: We offer facilitation and consulting services globally for organizations and government entities that are seeking to engage stakeholders, run more effective conferences, and understand the challenges facing the food system. Our core competency is cutting-edge facilitation and meeting design.
Thanks for visiting us. We hope you find our work and our site of benefit.
The Latest From the Field
News from our Alliances
Second Annual Ag Education Forum
Nov. 2013 VCAFA’s Ag. Education Committee hosted a forum for local agricultural educators to share resources, network, and to hear the results of a recent survey conducted by VCAFA’s Ag. Ed. Committee. Read about the forum here.Read More »
SANTA CLARA COUNTY FSA ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF THE SANTA CLARA COUNTY FOOD SYSTEM ASSESSMENT
Oct. 2013 The Santa Clara County Food System Alliance is pleased to announce the release of the Santa Clara County Food System Assessment. Click here to view the full Santa Clara County Food System Assessment.Read More »
Food Action Plan Forum Series Launched!
Sept. 2013 As part of the Food Action Plan (FAP) implementation phase, the Food System Alliance is hosting four community forums focused on each of the four action areas of the FAP.Read More »
News from our Roundtables
CRAE Releases Policy Considerations for Managing Agricultural Nitrogen
May 2013. The California Roundtable on Agriculture and the Environment reached consensus on a set of policy guidelines for decision-makers as efforts move forward to address the long-term impacts to groundwater from agricultural nitrogen.Read More »
CRAE Releases Ecosystem Services Guidelines
Nov. 2012. The California Roundtable on Agriculture and the Environment launched a new paper entitled Guidelines for Creating Effective Ecosystem Services Incentive Programs and Policy.Read More »
CRWFS Releases Report on Water: From Storage to RetentionRead More »
News and Events
Summit on Regulations Affecting Agriculture
June 2013 Ag Innovations Network held a successful Summit on Regulations Affecting Agriculture on June 12, 2013 in Davis, CA. Over 50 representatives of agriculture, conservation, and government agencies convened for a day-long meeting to build a common understanding of the key regulatory issues related to agriculture, and work together to identify potential short- and long-term improvements to the regulatory system that address the needs of all affected stakeholder groups. The Summit will inform a report that will be published on this site in late summer 2013.
Summit on Workforce Housing and Transportation
May 2013 Sacramento A group of 45 leaders representing agriculture, labor, labor contracting, affordable housing developers, housing and transportation service providers, supply chain partners, and government agencies met for an all-day Summit meeting to formally kick-off the project.
Karen Ross, Secretary of the California Department of Food & Agriculture Secretary, and Marty Morgenstern, Secretary of the California Labor & Workforce Development Agency, gave opening remarks and a charge to the group. Their comments stressed the importance of the project to the future of California’s agricultural economy, to the supply of adequate and affordable housing for the state’s ag workers, to our ability to attract and retain a sufficient labor force, and to the equitable and just treatment and living conditions of ag workers. The convening of such a diverse group to tackle these issues was particularly noted as a positive indicator that sufficient interest and commitment exists to give us confidence in the likelihood of our success.
DPR-commissioned Nonfumigant Strawberry Production Working Group Releases Action Plan
April 2013 A Working Group of industry and scientific leaders convened by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation released an action plan detailing research priorities for developing cost-effective management tools and practices for soilborne pests of strawberries in the absence of conventional fumigants.Read More »