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Sustainable Ag Expo to Address Declining Availability of Labor


Dr. Philip Martin to lead session related to agricultural labor as part of the three-day conference featuring over 40 research, grower, and technical presenters

Atascadero, Calif., — In its 12th year, the Sustainable Ag Expo, a multi-day educational conference and tradeshow, will address a number of emerging topics surrounding sustainable farming on November 13 to 15 in San Luis Obispo, California. 

Farm labor scarcity, an issued addressed at the 2016 conference, will be a hot topic at this year’s event. Leading a discussion directed towards this subject will be Philip Martin, PhD Professor Emeritus, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at UC Davis. Dr. Martin, alongside farmers who face these challenges, will dive into demographic trends, policy implications, and grower approaches to operating with less labor within this session.

From farm labor to irrigation management, over 40 academics, experts, extentionists and growers from around the nation will provide insight, practical solutions, and present current research. The event offers significant continuing education for PCA’s and CCA’s. 

“The ability to bring all of these great minds to one place to discuss tough topics for farmers is what the Sustainable Ag Expo is all about,” said Kris Beal, Executive Director of the Vineyard Team. “We must continue the conversations of social responsibility and sustainability in order to learn, research, and develop practical business approaches for all farmers as it is necessary for our future.”

Bringing together researchers, academics, policy experts, and farmers from around the United States, the Sustainable Ag Expo has become the premier agricultural conference to address the environmental, social, and economic aspects of sustainable farming. The event provides farmers, ag professionals, and pest control advisors an opportunity to learn about and discuss the latest in farming research, resource issues, practical approaches, and business trends all related to sustainable agriculture. 

Registration is now open for the three-day Sustainable Ag Expo taking place at the Madonna Inn Expo Center in San Luis Obispo, California on November 13 to 15. To secure a seat and for more information, visit www.sustainableagexpo.org or call 805-466-2288.

About the Sustainable Ag Expo

The Sustainable Ag Expo is a three-day educational conference bringing the latest scientific and technical information to growers, pest control advisors, and other agricultural professionals interested in and committed to sustainable farming across a range of crops. Cultivated in 2004, the Sustainable Ag Expo aims to produce insights and conversations surrounding the most pressing issues in the field including pests and diseases, natural resource conservation, technology adoption, and regulatory compliance. To learn more about the Sustainable Ag Expo, please visit www.sustainableagexpo.com.

About the Vineyard Team

Formed in 1994, the Vineyard Team is a nationally recognized 501c3 dedicated to protecting valuable resources for farms and communities. The organization includes a diverse mix of farmers, winemakers, and industry partners who are passionate about sharing and educating each other, and consumers, on new and innovative ideas about sustainable farming practices. The Vineyard Team holds a strong focus on science and education, and informs decision makers on important issues such as resource conservation, best management practices, and industry concerns. To learn more about the Vineyard Team, please visit their website at www.vineyardteam.org.

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