California Department of Food and Agriculture
The California Department of Food and Agriculture strives to support the state's long tradition of innovation and agricultural diversity by working with private industry, academia and public sector agencies. These partnerships allow the department to adapt public policy to a rapidly changing industry – California agriculture.

Agriculture is a major industry for the Golden State. With 88,000 farms and ranches, California agriculture is nearly a $36.6 billion dollar industry that generates at least $100 billion in related economic activity.

Mission Statement:

The California Department of Food and Agriculture protects and promotes California's agriculture. California's farmers and ranchers produce a safe, secure supply of food, fiber, and shelter. These commodities are marketed fairly for all Californians and produced with responsible environmental stewardship.

  • Ensure that only safe and quality food reaches the consumer.
  • Protect against invasion of exotic pests and diseases.
  • Promote California agriculture and food products both at home and abroad.
  • Ensure an equitable and orderly marketplace for California's agricultural products.
  • Build coalitions supporting the state's agricultural infrastructure to meet evolving industry needs.

Contact California Department of Food and Agriculture

Karen Ross
Secretary of Food & Agriculture
1220 N Street
Sacramento, California  95814
Phone: 916-654-0466
Fax: 916-657-4240


Service Area

Statewide service provider in:
  • California

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