Animal Health & Food Security Policy

Local Policies at the Intersection of Environment, Animal Agriculture, and Food Security

Adapting to climate change through water policy for food security

September, 2015

Sacramento CA


Program Assignment

The program assignment is for the group (or subsets) to evaluate California's climate change policies and legislation. The focus will be on adaptation strategies and impacts of mitigation strategies on animal agriculture in California and associated food security. In particular, the emphasis is on gaps and opportunities within the existing policies that support future policy development. 
We will create three groups with different emphasis areas. The overarching theme is climate change and animal agriculture and three areas: food security (availability and access), food safety, and zoonotic disease. 
Each group will: 

1. produce a presentation delivered in the afternoon of the final day to a group of legislative fellows. It will be presented as a legislative hearing  with each group having 15 minutes to present and 10 minutes for questions. 

2. Produce a written brief outlining the findings of your group. This is due one-week after the program and will be disseminated to all program participants including the groups we visit. 
You will work on this assignment during the week and the people you visit during the program are additional resources for this assignment. It is important that you use the visits as opportunities to learn about the policy process from a variety of perspectives but also as part of your process to prepare for the hearing. These visits are not classroom sessions and you should use them as discussions to aid in your work. Be prepared with questions for these discussions.

For more information about these programs contact Bill Sischo ( or Jonna Mazet
Washington State University