The Cultivate California Program
California farming and ranching are pivotal to the health and stability of our state. A prolonged drought forced farmers to fallow more than half a million acres of California farmland in 2015, and is estimated to have had an economic impact to agriculture near $1.8 billion, with losses to the broader economy of more than $2.7 billion.
The situation has shed important light on the critical need to manage our limited water supplies responsibly and sustainably to support a growing population, productive farms, ranches and agricultural businesses, and a thriving ecosystem. For generations, farmers and ranchers have been using water-efficient methods to maximize a crucial resource – water. And there is a commitment to continue looking for new and better ways to get the most out of every drop.
Cultivate California is supported by individuals and organizations that represent California farmers, ranchers, non-profits, companies and cooperatives of all sizes and shapes. The following supporting organizations represent nearly all of California’s 76,400 farms and ranches, the majority of which are family-owned.