Food & Ag Economy

Overview

Food production is critically important to the Capital Region’s way of life and its economy. Valley Vision has a long history working on a variety of food system initiatives and is known as a regional leader in food, agriculture and related health systems. Our initiatives focus on pioneering innovations to make food and ag sustainable, healthy, productive and accessible.

Valley Vision has defined the route to get there:

  • Identify future labor demands
  • Promote ag sector innovation
  • Assess ag production needs
  • Improve food distribution
  • Support access to locally-grown food
    • Our objective is to increase food security and strengthen the support for an economically viable and environmentally sustainable regional food system.

      Our Metric: Currently more than 500,000 individuals in the Capital Region are experiencing food insecurity. By 2027 this number will be reduced by 20%.

      • Increase value in our food system by improving the food and beverage manufacturing ecosystem throughout the Central Valley.
      • Support the implementation of the City of Stockton’s Food and Ag Action Plan.
      • Gain approval by Sacramento City Unified School District Board for a revised School Wellness Policy and develop a plan to implement across all schools in the district.
      • Provide access to funding opportunities and network connections for food and beverage manufacturers and the supply chain, including underserved populations such as rural, small-business owners.
      • Document the importance of broadband infrastructure in rural areas to change policy and increase investments.
    • Creating and improving the food network and its systems ensures that enough healthy foods get to individuals, families and children in our communities, while growing the region’s food and agricultural advantages, jobs, and economy.

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Featured Projects

AGTECH PILOT

Agricultural has become increasingly reliant on technology for water and energy conservation, reduction of chemical inputs, and increased productivity. Most of this technology requires Internet access, yet many rural areas do not have access to …

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ACE 10 – Americas Competitiveness Exchange

The 10th Americas Competitiveness Exchange (ACE 10) is coming to Northern California October 21-27, 2018. For more information about sponsoring ACE 10, email Tammy Cronin at tammy.cronin@valleyvision.org. The ACE 10 program will bring together 50 …

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FOOD & AG WORKFORCE PATHWAYS

In order for the Sacramento region to remain competitive in global markets, we must ensure next generation career pathways exist for middle skills jobs. This means meeting the highest priority workforce needs of employers and …

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Blogs

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Rural Broadband a Top Priority for Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue

On Wednesday, April 18, the 2018 Cap-to-Cap Food & Ag policy team had the opportunity to meet with Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue. The meeting, secured through the leadership and persistence of Linda Budge, mayor …

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Bringing Partnerships Across the Americas to Sacramento

The 2018 Cap-to-Cap delegation of 370+ people had the opportunity during the Chairman’s Reception Sunday evening to revel in the beautiful, historic building that houses the world’s oldest regional organization. Within the building’s first-floor atrium …

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Harvesting Opportunity Through Local Food System Investments

Valley Vision, the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, and USDA Rural Development hosted over 125 people on January 30th, 2018 for a forum on the economic power associated with investing in regional food systems. …

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