The Future of California Climate Law & Policy: View to 2030 -- The ELS Symposium 2017 -- 3: Panel 2 - Climate Change and Agriculture in California

The Future of California Climate Law & Policy: View to 2030 The ELS Symposium 2017 The 2017 UC Davis Environmental Law Symposium explores California’s role as a prominent national and international climate leader by bringing together legal and policy authorities from government agencies, academia, business, industry, nonprofit organizations, private practice, and communities. The day-long event features panels addressing the challenges and opportunities associated with California’s bold new climate legislation; the relationship between climate change, agriculture, and water scarcity; strategies to promote zero emission vehicles and alternative transportation systems; and the future of our state’s distinctive climate change “foreign policy.” As part of the discussion each panel addresses the potential impacts of President Trump’s political agenda on California climate law and policy. Panel 2: Climate Change and Agriculture in California What will climate change mean for California as a leader in global food production? This panel will address the challenges associated with maintaining sufficient crop production to feed a growing population in the face of a changing climate and increasing drought conditions. Lawyers in attendance will learn about the nexus between climate law, water law, land use law, and agriculture law, and about what can be done to ensure that California becomes a more sustainable food producer. The audience will learn how California’s water laws and policies, such as the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, could affect water allocation to agriculture in the context of climate change. Panelists will also teach the audience about pesticide and fertilizer regulation and climate-friendly alternatives to the existing regulatory framework, and will address the impact of agriculture law on rural, often impoverished communities. Panelists will also discuss why nearly all of the 2016 state legislation (e.g., SB 1317 and SB 1350) that was slated to have a positive impact on agriculture and climate change was stalled or voted down. Renata Brillinger, Executive Director, California Climate and Agriculture Network Sonja Brodt, Academic Coordinator, UC Davis Agricultural Sustainability Institute Jennifer Lester Moffitt, Deputy Secretary, California Department of Food and Agriculture Jay Lund, Director, UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences MODERATOR: Dane Jones, UC Davis School of Law (’18)