Date of Graduation

Spring 5-18-2024

Document Access

Project/Capstone - Global access

Degree Name

Master of Science in Environmental Management (MSEM)


College of Arts and Sciences


Environmental Management

First Advisor

Simon Scarpetta


The agriculture sector is responsible for 10% of the United States’ greenhouse gas emissions. In turn, anthropogenic climate change threatens crops. With its Mediterranean climate, California is the country’s largest agricultural-producing state. Many California crops are at risk due to increasing temperatures and changed precipitation patterns. This paper investigates regenerative farming techniques as a tool to protect California crops from a changing climate. Almonds are used as a case study to analyze the soil management practices, finances, and policies underlying regenerative agriculture in California. A literature review and comparative analysis are used to compare regenerative and conventional soil management practices and their ecological outcomes. Regenerative soil management practices can have ecological benefits including increased soil health and water retention. Additionally, regenerative soil management practices can have environmental benefits through reduced inputs and carbon sequestration. A literature review and SWOT analysis are used to assess the financial aspects of regenerative almond orchards. Regenerative agriculture can improve the profitability of almond orchards by charging a premium and reducing the costs of inputs. Policies, incentives, grants, and programs can be utilized to make a transition from conventional to regenerative agriculture. There is a need for collaboration amongst farmers, policymakers, and the private sector to encourage and implement the transition to regenerative agriculture in California almonds.