Sustaining California Agriculture in an Uncertain Future

Published: July 2009

Authors: Heather Cooley, Peter Gleick and Juliet Christian-Smith

Pages: 81



Agriculture is an essential economic and cultural force in California. But with increasing pressures on water supply such as severe drought brought on by climate change and population growth, the future of the agricultural sector is uncertain. The driving question of this report is: how can Californians help ensure the state’s vast natural beauty and agricultural bounty for future generations?

The authors outline some of the tools that can help maintain a thriving agricultural sector in California, report on recent trends in the state’s agricultural sector, and address emerging challenges, such as climate change, that will pose new difficulties for farmers. They determine that with focused efforts from farmers, policymakers, and other water managers, California agriculture can adapt to future challenges and flourish in the process.