Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation (SALC) Planning Grant

For professional services to evaluate threatened agricultural lands in Ventura County and develop strategies for protection of these lands.

The Ventura County Resource Management Agency – Planning Division and Department of Agriculture/Weights & Measures, in partnership with the Ventura County Farm Bureau and the Nature Conservancy, were awarded a Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation (SALC) planning grant. On December 14th, 2021, the Ventura County Board of Supervisors authorized a consultant services contract with Cultivate LLC to develop the Ventura County Agricultural Conservation Planning Strategy (Strategy). The result has been the production of a suite of reports and assessments, culminating in the Ventura County Resilient Agricultural Lands Initiative (RALI), which received Board of Supervisors approval May 23rd, 2023.

The RALI, available at the link below, is the result of a community-led effort to support local agriculture for the future. This means securing its economic viability and preserving the lands upon which it depends. The RALI provides a strategic plan to enhance and identify interventions to minimize the impacts of climate change and risks to agriculture’s long-term viability. The foundational strategies of this effort are to strengthen the agricultural economy through conservation, land-use planning tools and policies, financial incentives, and enhanced partnerships among farmers, ranchers and members of the general public. Development of the RALI was a years-long, community effort that also resulted in the production of reports with a broad utility, also available below: the Ventura County Agricultural Economic Impact Report, Ventura County Agricultural Risk Assessment Report, Community Education & Awareness Strategy, and Stakeholder Input Report

For more information about the SALC program, use this link to the California Department of Conservation’s SALC webpage.

If you’d like to get involved with future projects to implement strategies from the RALI, please email us at, or make comments and utilize the mapping tools at the Ventura County SALC Project Gateway. The Project Gateway is a map-based collaborative platform built to help anyone interested in evaluating and protecting agricultural values in the county to explore, integrate, and contribute data to increase our understanding on how best to achieve a sustainable agricultural future.


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