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California Roundtable on Ag and the Environment

Founded in 2004, the California Roundtable on Ag and the Environment (CRAE) is a broad coalition of agriculture, environment, labor, and public agency leaders working to promote an agriculture that is economically viable, environmentally sustainable and socially responsible. CRAE works primarily at the policy level, providing information and perspective to state and federal legislators and regulators. We invite you to browse our recent news, areas of action, and governance structure (also available by selecting the tabs in the left hand navigation bar).

2014 Focus Areas


Each of CRAE’s six meetings for 2014 will focus on a different topic area, allowing CRAE members the chance to become informed on timely and emerging issues at the intersection of agriculture and the environment. Topics identified thus far include drought, climate & agriculture, water storage and upper watershed management, and data collection & technologies.

CRAE’s Mission


The California Roundtable on Agriculture and the Environment (CRAE) is an alliance of agricultural, environmental, labor, and public agency leaders seeking to promote an agriculture that is economically viable, environmentally sustainable and socially responsible. Roundtable participants strive to learn from each other about agricultural, environmental, labor and regulatory issues, identify common interests and advocate in support of the group’s common goals and principles.

By “economically viable,” we mean agriculture that is profitable and long-lasting. By “environmentally sustainable” we mean the production, processing, transport, and consumption of agricultural products in such a way that conserves natural resources and protects human and ecosystem health. By “socially responsible,” we mean contributing to the needs of the community, including farm families and employees, protecting consumer and worker health and safety, and supporting state, regional and local agriculture in the marketplace. We believe that agricultural producers, consumers, policymakers and public interest organizations must all play a critical role in achieving these objectives.

Recent News

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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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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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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