Ag Innovations

California Agricultural Vision

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The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), in partnership with American Farmland Trust, hired Ag Innovations to facilitate California Agricultural Vision (Ag Vision), a year-long planning process held in 2010 that included more than 100 agriculture, labor, environmental, and government leaders throughout the state. At the end of this planning year, the group completed the design of a 20-year blueprint for sustaining California’s agricultural economy into the future.

Upon the release of the Ag Vision report in December 2010, CDFA tasked the Ag Vision Advisory Committee to continue progress on the strategies and action items within the report to ensure a vibrant agricultural future for the state. The group continues to monitor and move forward the strategies and action items to this day.

The Ag Vision is a strategic plan for the future of the state's agricultural and food system which was motivated by the rapidly growing list of challenges facing agriculture, from regulations and water suppliers to urbanization and climate change.

The "California Agricultural Vision: From Strategies to Results" documents the ongoing progress of the Ag Vision Advisory Committee's work and that of other stakeholders in addressing the 12 key strategies for California's agriculture and food sector.

These strategies include:

  • Improve Access to Safe, Healthy Food for All Californians
  • Ease the Burden of Regulation on Agriculture While Maintaining Health, Safety and Environmental Standards
  • Secure an Adequate Supply of Water for Agricultural Purposes
  • Assure a Strong Labor Force through Fairness to Agricultural Workers and Employers
  • Effectively Detect, Exclude and Control Invasive Species
  • Adopt a Policy of Conserving Agricultural Land and Water Resources
  • Expand Environmental Stewardship on Farms and Ranches
  • Promote Renewable Energy & Substitutes for Fossil-Based Inputs
  • Assure Agricultural Adaptation to Climate Change
  • Promote Robust Regional Markets for All California Producers
  • Cultivate the Next Generation of Farmers and Ranchers
  • Promote Agricultural Research that Anticipates 21st Century Challenges

“Ag Innovation's work gets multi-stakeholder groups to the table for discussions that result in scaled shifts in how food is produced, packaged, shipped and consumed fairly. ”
Karen Karp, President, Karp Resources


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