The California Roundtable on Agriculture and the Environment (CRAE) is California’s preeminent forum for agricultural and environmental leaders to resolve conflict, find common ground, and work together to support agriculture and improve environmental outcomes. In celebrating CRAE’s 10th anniversary, founding member Paul Martin from Martin Family Ranch, described the organization as a place where members have an unwavering “commitment to collaborative problem solving.”
“CRAE is a unique and extremely valuable forum that brings together members of the agriculture and environmental communities to work towards sustainable agriculture and sustainable ecosystems for California. Members believe strongly that we can work together to make progress on our share objectives.”
CRAE’s long list of policy accomplishments include:
- Successfully advocating for increased Environmental Quality Improvement Program (EQIP) funding for California
- Advocating for effective and environmentally sound invasive pest management policies
- Creating joint support for immigration reform between agricultural and environmental organizations
- Developing principles to mitigate the unintended environmental impacts of food safety practices on farms that were ultimately included in federal legislation
CRAE’s reports and sign-on letters have particular weight in California, as they represent the careful and thorough thought of diverse leaders.
In 2021,CRAE is identifying solutions that will build upon the Governor’s Water Resilience Portfolio and the 30 x 30 Order on Biodiversity. By encouraging the State to implement actions in alignment with agricultural and environmental viability, we can work at the intersection of watershed-scale coordination and regional planning, while establishing a foundation for new collaborations to successfully build climate resilience across all sectors.
CRAE reflects Ag Innovations’ deep commitment to, and skill in convening, collaborations with impact. We carefully construct agendas to assure the group finds common ground and effectively summarize the group’s views into reports and sign-on letters. We pursue outreach and communications efforts to disseminate recommendations and encourage adoption by relevant agencies, and we provide essential backbone services to enable and empower CRAE to accomplish its goals.
Members and Partners
- Audubon California
- Bowles Family Farming
- California Association of Resource Conservation Districts
- California Farm Bureau Federation
- Common Ground Solutions
- Agricola: Flora et Fauna
- San Joaquin Resource Conservation District
- Sequoia Riverlands Trust
- The Gualco Group
- The Nature Conservancy
Institutional Partners (non-signatory)
- Almond Board of California
- CA Department of Water Resources
- CA Department of Conservation
- CA Department of Food and Agriculture
- CA State Water Resources Control Board
- Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy
- UC Agriculture & Natural Resources
- Natural Resources Conservation Service
Guidelines for Creating Effective Ecosystem Services Incentive Programs and Policy is a synthesis of best practices to support ecosystem service programs in developing successful and comprehensive conservation incentives.
Permitting Restoration: Helping Agricultural Land Stewards Succeed in Meeting California Regulatory Requirements for Environmental Restoration Projects
Permitting Restoration: Helping Agricultural Land Stewards Succeed in Meeting California Regulatory Requirements for Environmental Restoration Projects provides a set of recommendations to facilitate the permitting processes for on-farm environmental restoration projects. Four case studies accompany the report.