San Francisco – The Pacific Research Institute, a free-market think tank based in San Francisco, released a new report today that reviews the state of California’s agriculture production, examines the barriers that are impeding California’s agricultural economy, and provides recommendations for policy reforms that will spur additional growth. Growing California’s Agriculture: Towards a More Vibrant and Productive Agricultural Sector by PRI senior fellow Amy Kaleita, Ph.D., is available HERE.
California’s agricultural sector is a strong and significant component of California’s economy as well as national and global food production. “Protecting and enhancing the industry, and encouraging innovation in water conservation, labor use, and development of consumer markets, provides benefits not only to farmers, but to the population as a whole,” Dr. Kaleita, said. In order to help California’s nationally and internationally important agricultural industry grow and strengthen, local, state, and federal governments should reevaluate counterproductive policies and strategies. The report makes the following recommendations:
Agriculture in California is under some unique and increasing pressures, and key state and federal policies and regulatory frameworks are counterproductive. Implementing these recommendations would significantly advance the state’s agricultural economy, making California a national and international leader.