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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

San Mateo County Local Food Feasibility Report Released

The San Mateo County Food System Alliance is thrilled to announce the release of a feasibility study report that explored how to distribute more local produce to public (e.g., hospital, school, and county facilities) and private institutions.

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SC3 Releases Healthy Lands & Healthy Economies Initiative - Nature’s Value in Santa Clara County

SC3: Landmark Research Collaborative Releases Healthy Lands & Healthy Economies Initiative – Nature’s Value in Santa Clara County

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San Mateo County FSA Releases Food System Assessment Report

May 2014 The San Mateo County Food System Alliance developed a food system assessment report to support our community’s collective efforts to build a better food system for every resident of San Mateo County.

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News from our Roundtables

Call to Action to Preserve CA Agricultural Land

July 2014. The California Roundtable on Agriculture and the Environment released A Call to Action to Preserve California Agricultural Land, outlining policy recommendations to slow the loss of California’s farmland.

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From Crisis to Connectivity

April 2014. From Crisis to Connectivity: Renewed Thinking About Managing California’s Water and Food Supply describes the connectivity approach, which provides a whole-systems framework for our water management decisions.

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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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News and Events

Introducing Lucas Patzek, Project Manager

Ag Innovations Network is pleased to announce the addition of Lucas Patzek to our team. Lucas brings an extensive level of expertise having spent the past nine years working on agricultural and natural resource issues in the U.S. and abroad.

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Temra Costa Joins Ag Innovations Network

July 1, 2014: Ag Innovations is working to create a new communications platform to engage our key audiences that will launch in early 2015. To realize this goal, we are pleased to announce that author and communications consultant, Temra Costa, has joined the Ag Innovations team to assist with this pivotal project.

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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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