San Diego Agricultural Planning Program

How Can We Help our Agricultural Community and Producers Thrive?

The San Diego region has the highest number of small and certified organic farms of any county in the nation[1], yet according to the 2015 California Farmland Conversion Report, our region has consistently ranked in the top 10 counties in California with the largest net loss of irrigated farmland since 1994. From 2019 to 2020, land dedicated to commercial agriculture decreased by almost 10,000 acres[2].

The San Diego Agricultural Planning Program will identify, monitor, and assess the ownership of active agricultural lands within the San Diego region to determine effective methods to strengthen agricultural production and the growing agricultural economy.

This two-year planning grant is funded by the California Department of Conservation with Cap-and-Trade proceeds through the Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation Program (SALC). The project is managed by the San Diego Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) and coordinated by the Resource Conservation District of Greater San Diego County (RCDGSDC).


Grant Outcomes


  • Mapping of historical, current and potential agricultural lands in San Diego County
  • Estimation of carbon sequestration potentials on San Diego County agricultural lands


  • Producer needs assessment with more than 100 agricultural producers targeting under-represented operations
  • Two listening sessions with a variety of producers and demographics in different regions of the county


  • Inventory of policies at local, regional and state level affecting priority policies identified in Outreach process
  • Strategic plan to pursue initiatives to address priority policies
    • Land Access
    • Water Availability
    • Workforce Development

What’s Next?

During the Summer of 2022, we are focusing on the Policy Phase of the program. With the support of San Diego State University, we are identifying policies that address the 3 focus areas our program –  Land Access, Water Availability and Workforce Development. We are holding a series of stakeholder meetings to discuss these policies on the following dates:

Land Access – Tuesday, July 12th

Water Availability – Tuesday, July 19th

Workforce Development – Tuesday, July 26th

If you are a farmer or rancher interested in attending a policy meeting, you can register here.


Please reach out to our RCD Agricultural Team, Joel Kramer and Codi Hale, at: | 619-562-0096