San Diego Agricultural Planning Program
The San Diego region has the highest number of small and certified organic farms of any county in the nation, yet according to the 2015 California Farmland Conversion Report, our region has consistently ranked in the top 10 counties in California with the largest net loss of irrigated farmland since 1994. From 2019 to 2020, land dedicated to commercial agriculture decreased by almost 10,000 acres.
The San Diego Agricultural Planning Program will identify, monitor, and assess the ownership of active agricultural lands within the San Diego region to determine effective methods to strengthen agricultural production and the growing agricultural economy.
This two-year planning grant is funded by the California Department of Conservation with Cap-and-Trade proceeds through the Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation Program (SALC). The project is managed by the San Diego Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) and coordinated by the Resource Conservation District of Greater San Diego County (RCDGSDC).
Our team is finalizing the project report and is excited to share our work with you in Spring 2023.
- Mapping of historical, current and potential agricultural lands in San Diego County
- Estimation of carbon sequestration potentials on San Diego County agricultural lands
- Producer needs assessment with more than 100 agricultural producers targeting under-represented operations, with support from our outreach partners at Mission RCD, CHIP's Farm to Institution, and Foodshed
- Two listening sessions with a variety of producers and demographics in different regions of the county
- Watch this overview of the Outreach Phase from UC Cooperative Extension’s 2022 Climate Symposium
Inventory of policies at local, regional and state level affecting priority policies identified in Outreach processSee here for a list of local policies affecting the primary agricultural regions of San Diego
Host (3) policy meetings to discuss priority issues for each topicLand Presentation Slides
- Water Availability and Efficiency
- View the recording of the Water policy meeting here
- Workforce Development
- View the recording of the Workforce policy meeting here
Host (1) strategic planning meeting to identify 1 project per policy topic, and form the working groups responsible for each project.
- You can view the working group project sheets below. If you are interested in joining a working group, please reach out to our Ag Outreach Assistant to be included - email@example.com.
Please reach out to our RCD Agricultural Team, Joel Kramer and Codi Hale
firstname.lastname@example.org | 619-562-009