The California Department of Food and Agriculture serves the citizens of California by promoting and protecting a safe, healthy food supply, and enhancing local and global agricultural trade, through efficient management, innovation, and sound science, with a commitment to environmental stewardship.
The goals of the California Department of Food and Agriculture are to:
- Promote and protect the diverse local and global marketability of the California agricultural brand which represents superior quality, value, and safety.
- Optimize resources through collaboration, innovation, and process improvements.
- Connect rural and urban communities by supporting and participating in educational programs that emphasize a mutual appreciation of the value of diverse food and agricultural production systems.
- Improve regulatory efficiency through proactive coordination with stake holders.
- Invest in employee development and succession planning efforts.
Since Department programs drive the need for infrastructure investment, each department has a related capital outlay program to support this need. For the specifics on the Department of Food and Agriculture's Capital Outlay Program see "Infrastructure Overview."