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 Analysis of California agricultural issues

The University of California Agricultural Issues Center (AIC) is a statewide program within UC Agriculture and Natural Resources.
We study topics such as international markets, invasive pests and diseases, the value of agricultural research and development, agricultural policy and the rural environment among others. The issues are often global, but we emphasize implications for agriculture and natural resources in California. The audience for AIC research and outreach includes decision makers in agriculture and government, scholars and students, journalists and the general public.


Recent media items:

- Gabrielyan and Lapsley discuss export issues facing the grape and wine industries
- California dairy's impact ripples through state's economy
- Food Prices Drought-Resistant. Wall Street Journal Op-Ed
- Hot Winter Prevented a Spike in Food Prices
- CA WaterBlog. Food prices and the California drought
- Drought Not Likely To Cause Higher Grocery Bills
- Drought Is Bad News for Your Budget
- Calif. drought challenges state's businesses
- When water runs dry, farmers focus on profit
- Why the drought will be worse...
- Groundwater Crisis Grows
- Drought loss could be $1 billion in two years
- California Agricultural Board Heads To Mexico
- Congress in no hurry to pass meat-labeling fix

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Public Symposium.
Food for a Healthy World: Monitoring Progress Towards Food Security
Thursday June 4,  8:30-12 Student Community Center, UC Davis


Gabrielyan and Lapsley discuss export issues facing the grape and wine industries

Western Farm Press May 2015.
Presentation slides:
    Introduction to Wine Trade Weighted Exchange Rates
    What Drives Imports and Exports of Bulk Wine?

Contributions of the California Dairy Industry to the California Economy

A Report for the California Milk Advisory Board.
Daniel A. Sumner, Josué Medellín-Azuara and Eric Coughlin May 2015.

USC Schwarzenegger Institute and PPIC Join With State Leaders to Find Solutions to Water Crisis
. April 2015. AIC Director Dan Sumner on panel.
To Watch the WEBCAST of This Event Click Here.
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Alfalfa and Grass Hay Exports Decline after Seven Years of Dramatic Growth.

Alfalfa Alfalfa and Forage News (Blog) April 28, 2015.
Daniel H Putnam, Bill Matthews, Daniel A Sumner.

Introduction to Wine Trade Weighted Exchange Rates
. Georgi T. Gabrielyan.
What Drives Imports and Exports of Bulk Wine? James T. Lapsley.
Presentations to California Association of Winegrape Growers, April 2015.

Port Slowdown Impacts California Agriculture.
Georgi T. Gabrielyan and Daniel A. Sumner. ARE Update, Vol. 18, No. 4, 2015.
The West Coast port delays that began in the summer of 2014 and lasted until near the end of February 2015 cost California agriculture dearly. As the delays extended into the winter, citrus exports were hit while exports of storable crops to Asia also slowed. The story for wine is more complex, because California both imports and exports wine through West Coast ports.

Why Food Prices Are Drought-Resistant.
California farmers are using a variety of tactics to stay competitive in a global marketplace. Tim York And Daniel A. Sumner, Wall Street Journal, April 12, 2015. (pdf text version)

California’s farms face growing water management challenges
Ellen Hanak, Jay Lund, Charles Burt, Richard Howitt, Josué Medellín-Azuara, Doug Parker, Daniel Sumner, David Zoldoske. Public Policy Institute of California April 2015

Daniel Sumner on the Political Economy of Agriculture
EconTalk Episode with Daniel Sumner Hosted by Russ Roberts. Feb 2015.
Daniel Sumner of the University of California talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about agricultural subsidies in the United States, the winners and losers from those subsidies, and how the structure of subsidies has changed from the New Deal to the present.

Dairy Policy in Canada and the United States

Daniel A. Sumner, Joseph Balagtas and Martha Hall Findlay, July 2014.
An integrated North American dairy market will benefit consumers and producers alike, but it requires policy changes on both sides of an open border. To avoid disruptive trade disputes, the United States needs to remove its remaining dairy subsidies in tandem with Canadian reforms to deal with supply management.

Laying Hen Housing Research Project
The goal of this commercial-scale study of housing alternatives for egg-laying hens in North America was to understand the sustainability impacts of three laying hen housing systems – cage-free aviary, enriched colony and conventional cage. Dan Sumner and Bill Matthews of AIC provided the economic analysis for this study.

Effects of housing system on the costs of commercial egg production
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W. A. Matthews and D. A. Sumner. Poultry Science, December 2014.
This article reports the first publicly available egg production costs compared across 3 hen-housing systems.

2013 California Export Data
Table 1 - California agricultural product export values and rankings, 2011-2013
Table 2 - California Share of U.S. Agricultural Exports by Category and Commodity, 2012-2013
Table 3 - Major Destinations for California Agricultural Exports, 2012 and 2013
Table 4 - Major California agricultural exports to the top 15 destinations, 2012 and 2013
Table 5 - Major California agricultural exports to the European Union, 2012 and 2013
Table 6 - Ratio of California farm quantity exported to farm quantity produced, 2012 and 2013
Click here for previous years data

$3 million study aims to boost health of immigrant Latino farmworkers
A new, collaborative study aimed at designing and evaluating worksite-based health programs to lower the risk of obesity and diabetes among immigrant Latino farmworkers has been launched under the leadership of the University of California, Davis.

Contributions of the California Almond Industry to Local, State and National Economies   (click for full report)

Daniel A. Sumner, William A. Matthew, Josué Medellín-Azuara and Adrienne Bradley Dec 2014.
This report describes the growth and current economic relationships in the California almond industry and then estimates the economic contributions and impact of the industry in California and in the Central Valley where the almond orchards and much of the processing are located.

Economic Analysis of the 2014 Drought for California Agriculture
Richard Howitt, Josué Medellín-Azuara, Duncan MacEwan, Jay Lund, and Daniel Sumner. Center for Watershed Sciences University of California, Davis. July 15 2014.

Statistical Review of California's Organic Agriculture 2009-2012
October 2013, pdf, 732KB) Karen Klonsky, Brian D. Healy. This publication quantifies the current size and growth of the organic industry in California in terms of acres, farm gate sales and number of growers statewide and by commodity, commodity group, county, and region, based on California Department of Agriculture registration data from 2009 - 2012.

AIC White Papers on California Agricultural Issues
This series of 15 AIC white papers outlines many major issues facing California agriculture.  They describe the important factual circumstances, policies and economic relationships surrounding each issue. 

Asian Citrus Psyllid Management
The deadly huanglongbing is spreading towards California and threatens commercial citrus production. 

OreCal
The OSU-UCD Partnership for Agricultural & Resource Policy Research (OreCal) is a collaboration between the Center for Agricultural & Environmental Policy at Oregon State University and the University of California Agricultural Issues Center.
OreCal presentations by AIC Director Dan Sumner:
- Risk Management and Commodity Policy OreCal Review
- Local and National Government-set rules for Production of Agricultural Products

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