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

Farm-to-Fork Live Series!

About Farm-to-Fork Live is the Sacramento Valley’s premier food and Ag event series, featuring topics and leaders who are shaping the future of Farm-to-Fork. Valley Vision is working with Visit Sacramento to strengthen and deepen …

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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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Farm-to-Fork Live!: Technology for the Food and Ag Economy

“Farm-to-Fork Live! is broadening across the region… [it is an] opportunity to show the ag-tech and food-tech assets that we are growing in our community.” City of Woodland Mayor Xóchitl Rodríguez Part I: Introductions to …

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Fighting Fire with Innovative Partnerships

In 2019, wildfires continue to threaten our quality of life here in California. Annual wildfire-related deaths grew tenfold between 2016 and 2018. Toxic smoke from these fires threatens public health and economic activity. Fire suppression, …

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Crossing Continents to Address Food Insecurity

It’s not every day that you get to discuss food security with a delegation of experts from across the world, but on Monday, March 25th, we did. Valley Vision staff members Adrian Rehn, Emma Koefoed …

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