The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) and California State Board of Food and Agriculture recently introduced Ag Vision. Ag Vision is a decade-long plan dedicated to creating opportunities for California citrus and other agriculture to thrive well into the future. The plan acts as a catalyst for collaboration between industry, public and private partnerships, universities and communities.
The plan’s purpose statement is, “Making California a better place to live because of what we grow and how we grow it.”
Ag Vision was developed by collecting input from a variety of diverse agricultural stakeholders. The result includes five areas of focus where CDFA can make the biggest impact in addressing the current and future challenges of California farmers and ranchers while also building trust among the public and encouraging climate action. The areas of focus are:
- Foster climate-smart, resilient and regenerative food systems.
- Build healthy local communities.
- Drive next-generation talent and tools.
- Enhance understanding of agriculture.
- Collaborate on smarter regulations.
Under these priorities, there will be an emphasis on developing what is needed to help solve challenges in agriculture that are familiar to California’s citrus growers. Those challenges include research on sustainable pest management practices to support farmers whose future is threatened by deadly pests and diseases.
Learn more about Ag Vision and how agriculturists can get involved.
Source: Citrus Pest & Disease Prevention Program
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