Yolo County walnut orchard

The Central Valley of California is the United States' main source of fruits and vegetables. It is also the nation's leading producer of milk and dairy products. Given the importance of agriculture statewide, there is a growing need to understand how climate change will impact production over the next 50 to 100 years. In the past, California's farmers and ranchers have demonstrated a unique ability to adapt to changing market and weather conditions. Constant innovation has always been the key to success. Likewise, anticipating the possible effects of climate change on our local agricultural systems will help ensure that California's farmers stay productive and competitive in the years ahead.

This website is designed to help equip farmers and local policy makers with relevant climate change information that can be used to plan for the future and ultimately adapt to any changes than may occur. This site, and the report upon which it is based, is a product of the University of California, Davis and is funded by the State of California through the California Energy Commission.

Photo Courtesy of Susan Ellsworth

If adaptation strategies are to be effective, they must be first be tailored to local production systems and then refined further by individual farmers. As such, Yolo County was selected for an in-depth case study on agricultural adaptation. This website therefore focuses on specific examples of adaptation from Yolo County. This website and the research have been put together using input from various farmers, extension specialists, local officials and independent agricultural organizations in Yolo County. That said, many of these examples will also be relevant to other regions.

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Over time, our goal is to add more examples of agricultural innovation based on ideas and input from you and other local stakeholders. Click here to offer your ideas and feedback.