The land of sun, sand and surf has another claim to fame - it’s the nation’s leading farm state.

Walnuts. Dates. Olives. Artichokes. Just a few of the many U.S. crops grown almost exclusively in California.

California is a global agricultural powerhouse and the nation’s leading agricultural state, producing more farm products than the combined total of its two closest competitors, Texas and Iowa. Increasing development pressures and the difficulty of farming have resulted in an average loss of nearly 40,000 acres of California farmland each year. 

We're losing irreplaceable farm and ranch land that grows many of our nation's most beloved foods. We need to act now.

Why are California farms and ranches so important?

What are the challenges?


Since 1983 AFT has published ground-breaking research and legislation, led smart growth and farming coalitions, and promoted responsible farming practices. Some of our many achievements include launching and financing local agricultural land trusts and championing statewide farmland conservation, monitoring, and mapping programs. 

Looking to the future, we continue to pursue creative initiatives to strengthen state and local policies that support permanent farmland protection, environmental improvements, and access to land for beginning farmers. 

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We achieve our mission through the following major programs areas: 


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