Climate Change: Challenges to California’s
Agriculture and Natural Resources


Monday, May 19, 2014 

About the Conference

The University of California’s Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics is an economics research foundation whose members focus on issues related to agriculture and California’s natural resources. The Giannini Foundation is sponsoring a one-day forum to discuss the implications of climate change for California’s agriculture and natural resources.

Conference Theme

California is the nation's largest agricultural producer, with an output of $44.7 billion last year. The agricultural industry is a critical component of the Californian economy and it is the “canary in the coal mine” when it comes to climate change. Agricultural production is directly linked to climate and therefore will likely be affected by climate change. At the same time agriculture and food consumption are important drivers of environmental pressures, including greenhouse gas emissions. Understanding the impacts of climate change for California’s agriculture and natural resources is paramount for the industry and for policy purposes.

The conference will bring together leading economists, analysts, scientists and policy makers from University of California, the state government, non-profits, and the private sector to discuss the potential impacts of climate change and the associated challenges to California agriculture and natural resources. The speakers and panelists will provide comprehensive, objective, and up-to-date information of the likely impacts of climate change on California’s agricultural economy and its natural resources.


The California Museum, 1020 "O" Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

Contact :

Julie McNamara, Outreach, Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics, julie@primal.ucdavis.edu, 530-752-5346
Stephani Shone, sshone@ucdavis.edu, 530-304-6164

Attendance is free.  Registration is required. 

Last Update: April 15, 2014