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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).

What's Next? 

What's Next?

We have been actively meeting with regional agencies relevant to this work, including the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), County of San Diego, and City of  San Diego.

Our team is finalizing the project report and is excited to share our work with you Spring 2024. If you would like to be the first to receive a copy of the digital report, email us at:

Thank you for all your input, patience and trust through this process. 

Grant Outcomes 


  • 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 process

See 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 topic

Land Presentation SlidesWater Presentation SlidesWorkforce Presentation Slides

Host (1) strategic planning meeting to identify 1 project per policy topic, and form the working groups responsible for each project. 


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Please reach out to our RCD Agricultural Team, Joel Kramer and Codi Hale | 619-562-009


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Hearing directly from the farmers and ranchers in our community was essential to understanding the needs of our region.


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