Food Processing in Ventura County Executive Summary

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Agriculture has long been a characteristic component of the Ventura County economy. However, as with many economic sectors, agriculture must evolve to meet constantly changing market challenges. The present report addresses the need and opportunity to increase the level of value added processing in the county to better support the farming community and a comprehensive food systems strategy.

Our interest is to assure the sustainability of our region’s agriculture sector, simultaneously diversifying job opportunity, improving regional food security and preserving regional quality of life as defined by a regional balance of the built and open space environments.

A shift toward a broadly embraced local food systems strategy, to which this analysis of food processing opportunities contributes, will result in the following benefits:

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