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

AGPLUS

AgPlus, also called the Central Valley AgPlus Food and Beverage Manufacturing Consortium, was granted an Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) Designation by the U.S. Economic Development Administration in July 2015, one of just 24 …

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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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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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Manufacturing the 21st Century Workforce

Manufacturing is alive and growing in the Capital Region – just look at our new maker spaces, new manufacturing workforce programs at our community colleges, and K-12 kids participating in robotics programs! With a skilled …

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Touring the Region’s Food and Ag Ecosystem

August kicked off with a focus on many aspects of our region’s food and ag systems, including a site visit from Bryan Zulko, our USDA Rural Development federal representative for the Central Valley AgPlus Food …

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Could Hackathons Fix the Food System?

Hackathons could solve some of the world’s biggest problems. That was my main takeaway from volunteering at the recent Apps for Ag Hackathon, where over 50 people worked feverishly for 48 hours to build cutting-edge …

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