CDFA has released a report detailing the climate impacts that specialty crop growers in Southern California are likely to face in the coming years. Prepared by the Climate Science Alliance of San Diego and with a consortium of about 50 stakeholder participants, the report covers issues and needs for Imperial, Kern, Riverside and San Diego Counties.

Farmers in this region are dealing with some of the most extreme climate events in the nation, ranging from intense heat to high winds, extreme wildfires, floods and droughts. The report recognizes existing efforts to mitigate their impact and spells out the breadth of new policies, research and funding needed to maintain a viable industry.

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“This is what I hope is the first of many regional efforts to listen and hear from farmers and ranchers throughout California on what we are doing now and what we need to do to prepare for and adapt to a changing climate,” said CDFA Secretary Karen Ross in statement. 

CDFA will hold webinars on the report later this month.