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Welcome to Ag Innovations Network

Ag Innovations Network brings people together to build a food system that works for all. We are facilitators of crucial conversations, conveners of meetings that matter, and enablers of change.

Our role is unique. We care deeply about creating a more economically viable, socially just, and environmentally sound way to grow and distribute food. We believe the best way to accomplish that goal is to create opportunities for individuals, farmers, businesses, and communities to better understand the changes that are needed and discover solutions that make sense. Our work is about bringing more democracy to decision-making about the future of food and farming.

We have three central programs:

Thanks for visiting us. We hope you find our work and our site of benefit.

The Latest From the Field

News from our Alliances

Fresno County Food System Alliance Member Sally Tripp Receives USDA Highest Award

Jan. 2014 Fresno County FSA member Sally Tripp receives 2013 USDA Secretary’s Honor Award for outstanding collaborative efforts involving a regional economic strategy in Fresno.

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SANTA CLARA COUNTY FSA ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF THE SANTA CLARA COUNTY FOOD SYSTEM ASSESSMENT

Jan. 2014 The Santa Clara County Food System Alliance is pleased to announce the release of the Santa Clara County Food System Assessment.

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AIN launches the Alliance Producer Advisory Council (PAC)

Nov. 2013 AIN is pleased to announce the launch of the Alliance Producer Advisory Council! For more information click here.

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News from our Roundtables

Recommendations for Increasing Regulatory Effectiveness

Jan. 2014. AIN’s recent report, Regulating for Agricultural and Public Outcomes: Perspectives and Recommendations, builds on CRAE’s earlier work aimed at helping agricultural land stewards succeed in meeting California regulatory requirements for environmental restoration.

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Policy Considerations for Managing Agricultural Nitrogen

May 2013. The California Roundtable on Agriculture and the Environment reached consensus on a set of policy guidelines for decision-makers as efforts move forward to address the long-term impacts to groundwater from agricultural nitrogen.

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CRAE Releases Ecosystem Services Guidelines

Nov. 2012. The California Roundtable on Agriculture and the Environment launched a new paper entitled Guidelines for Creating Effective Ecosystem Services Incentive Programs and Policy.

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News and Events

Housing & Transportation Recommendations for CA’s Farmworkers

April 2014 SHELTER + MOBILITY: Recommendations for California’s Specialty Crop Ag Workforce details the findings and recommendations of the California Agricultural Workforce Housing and Transportation Project, a yearlong multi-stakeholder investigation into the community, political, and industry challenges and barriers to the provision of adequate and affordable housing and transportation to the state’s specialty crop workforce and their families.

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Santa Clara County FSA Announces Launch of the Santa Clara County Food System Assessment

January 2014 The Santa Clara County Food System Alliance is pleased to announce the release of the Santa Clara County Food System Assessment. The Alliance analyzed key baseline data regarding the Santa Clara County’s food system and developed recommendations aimed at building a more just, vibrant, and durable food system.

The Santa Clara County Food System Alliance produced the Assessment to be a practical tool that will serve as a foundation for positive change in Santa Clara County’s food system. To that end, the Assessment functions as a tool to educate and engage food system stakeholders and the public at large, as well as a basis for planning the Alliance’s future actions.

Click here to view the full Santa Clara County Food System Assessment.

Click here to view the Assessment Summary Document, which highlights a number of important sections from the report, including the reports key findings and recommendations.

AIN Releases Report on Regulations Affecting Agriculture

January 2014 Ag Innovations Network’s newest report, Regulating for Agricultural and Public Outcomes: Perspectives and Recommendations, presents shared recommendations for constructively addressing key regulatory challenges in both the short and long term.

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AIN Recognized in “101 Food System Organizations to Watch in 2014”

January 2014 Ag Innovations Network is excited to receive recognition from Food Tank’s list of 101 Food System Organizations to watch in 2014. This is a list highlighting organizations across the country with focused efforts on addressing and alleviating environmental, agriculture, food and water issues.

Ag Innovations Network would like to extend an big thank you to Danielle Nierenberg, an influential East Coast-based, journalist and food system leader, for this wonderful recognition.

Summit on Workforce Housing and Transportation

May 2013 Sacramento A group of 45 leaders representing agriculture, labor, labor contracting, affordable housing developers, housing and transportation service providers, supply chain partners, and government agencies met for an all-day Summit meeting to formally kick-off the project.

Karen Ross, Secretary of the California Department of Food & Agriculture Secretary, and Marty Morgenstern, Secretary of the California Labor & Workforce Development Agency, gave opening remarks and a charge to the group. Their comments stressed the importance of the project to the future of California’s agricultural economy, to the supply of adequate and affordable housing for the state’s ag workers, to our ability to attract and retain a sufficient labor force, and to the equitable and just treatment and living conditions of ag workers. The convening of such a diverse group to tackle these issues was particularly noted as a positive indicator that sufficient interest and commitment exists to give us confidence in the likelihood of our success.