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:
- The Alliance Project: A growing network of California county-based alliances of food system stakeholders that meet monthly to work together to strengthen farms, improve access to good foods, and improve the infrastructure to support regional food distribution. These groups make policy recommendations and create local projects.
- The Roundtable Project: We convene and facilitate two California-based coalitions of statewide agriculture, environmental, and community organizations that are focused on finding shared policy solutions for the food system. The California Roundtable on Agriculture and the Environment focuses on issues that are of common concern to agriculture and environmental organizations including Farm Bill reform, climate change, land use, and food safety. The California Roundtable on Water and Food Supply focuses on the critical challenge of water use and availability for farms, cities, and the environment.
- Facilitation/Consulting Services: We offer facilitation and consulting services globally for organizations and government entities that are seeking to engage stakeholders, run more effective conferences, and understand the challenges facing the food system. Our core competency is cutting-edge facilitation and meeting design.
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.Read More »
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.Read More »
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.Read More »
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.Read More »
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.Read More »
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.Read More »
News and Events
Housing & Transportation Recommendations for CA’s Farmworkers
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.April 2014 Read More »
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
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.January 2014 Ag Innovations Network’s newest report, Read More »
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.