Analysis of California agricultural issues
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.
MOCA: The Measure of California Agriculture
This publication documents California agriculture and its relationships to the rest of the economy by providing statistical details and an overview of unifying forces and trends. Selected key facts are also listed in a brochure format.
Highlights - The Measure of California Agriculture, updated 2012. Also available in Spanish.
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. They do not analyze in any detail implications of alternative responses to the issues. They are designed to provide quick readable introductions to major issues that will be useful to industry and stakeholders and analysts, as well as public decision makers and advisors.
The Farm Bill and Western Agriculture
Presentation slides from the May 14, 2013 workshop about the new Farm Bill and its impacts on agriculture in the West.
"What Is a Farm Bill, What Is in the 2013 Version, and What Does It Mean to California Agriculture?" Sumner, Daniel A. ARE Update, Jul/Aug, 2013
"Changes Are Coming to U.S. Dairy Policy." Balagtas, Joseph V., Daniel A. Sumner, and Jisang Yu. ARE Update, Jul/Aug, 2013
"What Can Be Done to Reinvigorate U.S. Agricultural Research?" Pardey, Philip G., Julian M. Alston, and Connie Chan-Kang. ARE Update, Jul/Aug, 2013
"Risk Management and the Farm Bill: The Role of Crop Insurance." Lee, Hyunok and Daniel A. Sumner. ARE Update, Jul/Aug, 2013
2011 California Agricultural Export Data
New Demand for Old Food: the U.S. Demand for Olive Oil
Bo Xiong, William Matthews, Daniel Sumner
U.S. consumption of olive oil has tripled over the past twenty years, but nearly all olive oil continues to be imported.
Asian Citrus Psyllid Management
The deadly huanglongbing is spreading towards California and threatens commercial citrus production. This web site is designed to show citrus growers where the Asian citrus psyllid and the HLB disease are located. Since there is currently no cure for the disease, the best management strategy is reducing the psyllid vector with insecticides. This web site will also provide a list of the ACP-effective insecticides, information about the best timing of their use, strategies for treatment and cost projections.
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 analyzes critical public policy issues concerning agriculture, food systems, natural resources, rural communities, and the environment. Principal Investigators for the partnership include members of the Departments of Agricultural and Resource Economics at both OSU and UC Davis. The partnership is one of the five agricultural and resource policy centers funded by the US Department of Agriculture.
AIC researcher Bill Matthews spoke at the Far West Chapter Annual Meeting of the National Society of Accountants for Cooperatives in Monterey in May, 2013. “International Agricultural Issues, Trends in the Local Food Market”.
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
AIC Associate Director Julian Alston’s paper in ARE Update, Mar/April 2013:
"The Elasticity of Demand for California Winegrapes." Fuller, Kate B. and Julian Alston.
Papers by AIC post-doctoral scholar Bo Xiong
- Estimating Gravity Equation Models in the Presence of Sample Selection and Heteroskedasticity
- Stringent Maximum Residue Limits, Protectionism, and Competitiveness: The Cases of the US and Canada.