About the Program
California’s agricultural sector is the nation’s largest: it generates more than $50 billion in annual revenue and employs more than 420,000 people. But the ongoing drought is taking a toll on agriculture, related sectors, and rural communities. Join us for a panel discussion about the drought’s impacts on farming regions—and how the state and other actors can best respond to looming challenges.
This event and report are funded by the California Department of Food and Agriculture, NOAA/NIDIS, and the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation.
11:00 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks
Ellen Hanak, center director, PPIC Water Policy Center
11:05 a.m. Presentation
Alvar Escriva-Bou, senior fellow, PPIC Water Policy Center
11:20 a.m. Panel Discussion
Moderator: Caitlin Peterson, associate center director and research fellow, PPIC Water Policy Center
Maria Gallegos Herrera, Central California regional director of external affairs, Office of Governor Newsom
Eric Limas, general manager, Lower Tule River and Pixley Irrigation Districts
Nicole Montna Van Vleck, president and CEO, Montna Farms
11:45 a.m. Audience Q&A
12:00 p.m. Adjourn