California is the nation’s cornucopia, producing over a third of vegetables and nearly two-thirds of fruits and nuts consumed in the U.S. Leading all other states in farm income, California maintains a $50 billion farm economy that provides countless jobs.
The state’s farming industry is equally important for its contribution to the environment and regional culture. With more than half of California’s land in agriculture, its landscapes draw tourism, promote diverse ecosystems and mitigate climate change.
Increasing development pressures and the difficulty of farming have resulted in an average loss of over 40,000 acres of California farmland each year. The state has lost a whopping one million acres since 1990.
We can no longer lose more irreplaceable farm and ranch land that feeds and provides for our nation.