The Roundtable Project

The Roundtables use a consensus process and bring together diverse groups of leaders from across California to address key issues at the intersection of agriculture and the environment. The California Roundtable on Ag and the Environment has been active since 2004, working to promote an agriculture that is economically viable, environmentally sustainable and socially responsible. The California Roundtable on Water and Food Supply was launched in 2010, and will be working to uncover obstacles, identify strategic and widely accepted solutions, and generate recommendations to assure a reliable, long-term supply of water to California’s specialty crop producers.

Ag Water Resource Center

Dec. 2011 On December 8, 2011, CRWFS launched a new and expanded online Agricultural Water Stewardship Resource Center.

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CRAE testifies before Cannella Panel

Nov. 2011 The newly re-formed Cannella Environmental Farming Act Science Advisory Panel held their inaugural meeting on November 7, 2011, with the main focus being ecosystem services. CRAE partner Casey Walsh Cady, with the California Department of Food and Agriculture, provided the Panel with an update on the Roundtable’s efforts on the subject, which include identifying key elements of ecosystem services frameworks, compiling a list of pilot projects in California, and building a strategy for creating an enabling policy environment for growing ecosystem services markets in California.

CRWFS testifies before State Board of Food and Agriculture

Oct. 2011 On October 26, 2011, the California State Board of Food and Agriculture met on the subject of water transfers for agriculture. Katy Mamen, of Ag Innovations Network, presented to the Board about the progress the multi-stakeholder collaboration has made in the water supply space, and shared lessons learned about building bridges among various interests to craft collaborative policy that serves a variety of needs.

Cultivating Civility - A New Approach to Old Water Wars

July 2011 This op-ed by Roundtable member, Dr. Juliet Christian-Smith of Pacific Institute, describes the power of consensus-building bodies like the California Roundtables.

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CRWFS Releases Ag Water Stewardship Recommendations

 June 2011 On June 22, the California Roundtable on Water and Food Supply released a set of recommendations to shift thinking and spur appropriate action to balance the water needs of both farms and aquatic ecosystems.

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