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California Roundtable on Agriculture and the Environment

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The California Roundtable on Agriculture and the Environment (CRAE) is California’s preeminent forum for agricultural and environmental leaders to resolve conflict, find common ground, and work together to support agriculture and improve environmental outcomes. In celebrating CRAE’s 10th anniversary, founding member Paul Martin from Western United Dairymen, described the organization as a place where members have an unwavering “commitment to collaborative problem solving.”


CRAE’s long list of policy accomplishments include: 

  • Successfully advocating for increased Environmental Quality Improvement Program (EQIP) funding for California
  • Advocating for effective and environmentally sound invasive pest management policies
  • Creating joint support for immigration reform between agricultural and environmental organizations
  • Developing principles to mitigate the unintended environmental impacts of food safety practices on farms that were ultimately included in federal legislation

CRAE’s reports and sign-on letters have particular weight in California, as they represent the careful and thorough thought of diverse leaders.

In 2014-15, CRAE has focused on a range of issues, including better management of the Sierra headwaters to increase available water in the state, policy for managing privacy and information exchange issues created by the emergence of big data in agriculture, and collaborative solutions to the California drought that benefit both agriculture and the environment.

CRAE reflects Ag Innovations’ deep commitment to, and skill in convening, collaborations with impact. We carefully construct agendas to assure the group finds common ground and effectively summarize the group’s views into reports and sign-on letters. We pursue outreach and communications efforts to disseminate recommendations and encourage adoption by relevant agencies, and we provide essential backbone services to enable and empower CRAE to accomplish its goals.


“Win/win solutions for agriculture and the environment happen at the intersection of agriculture, community interests, and government, and would not be possible without a group like Ag Innovations bringing leaders together to collaborate and create new ways of thinking about the most pressing issues of our time.”
Rich Rominger, Rominger Brothers Farms

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A Call to Action to Preserve California Agricultural Land

A Call to Action to Preserve California Agricultural Land describes a suite of policy recommendations for slowing the rate of farmland conversion.

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Policy Considerations for Managing Agricultural Nitrogen to Reduce Groundwater Contamination in California

Policy Considerations for Managing Agricultural Nitrogen to Reduce Groundwater Contamination in California communicates both a set of key facts important to building policy regarding nitrate in the agricultural context, and a set of key considerations to support effective policy-making.

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Guidelines for Creating Effective Ecosystem Services Incentive Programs and Policy

Guidelines for Creating Effective Ecosystem Services Incentive Programs and Policy is a synthesis of best practices to support ecosystem service programs in developing successful and comprehensive conservation incentives.

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Guiding Principles for National Food Safety Programs for Produce

The Guiding Principles for National Food Safety Programs for Produce includes 10 principles for safe and sustainable produce to protect public health.

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