California Department of Food and Agriculture

California Agricultural Vision

Progress Report on Ag Vision Released Spring, 2012


Since the release of the California Agricultural Vision (Ag Vision) report in December 2010, the Ag Vision Advisory Committee has continued progress on the strategies and action items within the report to ensure a vibrant future for the state. 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

California Agricultural Vision: From Strategies to Results Report (pdf) - Spring 2012

California Agricultural Vision: Strategies for Sustainability Report (pdf) - December 2010

The California Agricultural Vision project is made possible in part by grants administered by:
  • Columbia Foundation
  • Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation
  • S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation
  • California Agricultural Technology Institute
  • California State University Agricultural Research Initiative
Special thanks to American Farmland Trust for their continued work.

Ag Vision

California Agricultural Vision

The California State Board of Food and Agriculture hosted seven listening sessions across the state asking for a vision of agriculture in 2030. Here is preview of those comments. (8:29)