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California Department of Food and Agriculture

Office of Environmental Farming & Innovation

Supplemental Information for Climate Change Consortium for Specialty Crops


In the summer of 2012 CDFA announced the formation the Climate Change Consortium for Specialty Crops to identify solutions for climate change impacts to California's valuable specialty crop industry. The Consortium was comprised of 21 people representing growers from the top ten specialty crops; agricultural associations and stakeholders; researchers from the University of California and California State University systems; an agricultural commissioner; a certified crop advisor/ pest control advisor; and a member of the California Resource Conservation District. The Consortium members met for four two-day meetings over the course of six months. At each meeting the Consortium heard from various researchers working on the interface of agriculture and climate change. The Consortium was asked to assume that climate change is occurring and to make recommendations to CDFA drawing on their own backgrounds and expertise. The final report summarizes the potential impacts of climate change to California's specialty crop industry and outlines the recommendations of the Consortium.

Climate Change Consortium Supplemental Material

For questions please contact Carolyn Cook, Sr. Environmental Scientist, at carolyn.cook@cdfa.ca.gov