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As San Diego grows, so too does the need for local food sources and the preservation of suitable agricultural land. This luncheon program focuses on the evolving landscape of agriculture in our region, trends in community development and the growing drivers for locally sourced food, economic impacts, environmental regulatory and land use planning policies and programs, including the Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easement (PACE) program, and the academic research perspective of San Diego’s food systems and food-water-energy nexus. Speakers include the following representatives:

• Eric Larson, Executive Director – San Diego County Farm Bureau
• Karen Melvin, Deputy Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer Pesticide Regulation Program – San Diego County Department of Agriculture, Weights and Measures
• Melanie Tylke, PACE Program Manager – County of San Diego
• Keith Pezzoli, Director of Urban Studies and Planning Program – UCSD