8570 Department of Food and Agriculture
Mission Statement

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."