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Don’t Miss These 5 Experts at the Sustainable Ag Expo

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Precision Agriculture, Trunk Renewal, Healthy Soils, Red Blotch, & Compost Tea for Powdery Mildew

October 31st – Atascadero, CA: Looking for the latest viticulture and technology from the world’s top experts? Then you will not want to miss presentations and discussions from these five winegrowing experts at the premiere sustainable winegrowing event of the year, the Sustainable Ag Expo:

Dr. Andrew McElrone, USDA-ARS and UC Davis

Dr. McElrone’s research focuses on sustainable water use strategies by developing crops with improved drought tolerance, efficient irrigation strategies, and new technology to better quantify crop water use and stress. 

He joins a panel of experts on AI- and sensor-enabled yield estimation, precision irrigation and water management from space and all the variable rate management and decision support in between.

Presenting November 14, 2023: Trunk Myths, Misperceptions and Motivations for Precision Vineyard Management.

Dr. Kendra Baumgartner, USDA-ARS

Dr. Baumgartner’s research focuses on developing vineyard practices that reduce chemical inputs while achieving production and quality demands. Her presentation will address managing winegrape trunk diseases with trunk renewal.

Presenting November 14, 2023: Trunk Renewal for Management of Trunk Diseases.

Charlotte Decock, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Decock’s current work on carbon and nutrient cycling focuses on soil and nutrient management practices that protect water and air resources while maintaining agronomic productivity and economic viability. She is presenting on a panel discussing the use of Soil Health practices promoted by both USDA-NRCS and CDFA to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and improve soil carbon sequestration.

Presenting November 15, 2023: Soil Health and Regenerative Management to Support the Goals of Winegrape Producers.

Dr. Marc Fuchs, Cornell University

Dr. Fuchs’ program emphasizes research on virus diseases including disease spread; the interface between viruses, their vectors, and plant hosts;and innovative approaches for management.

His talk will address the epidemiological dynamics and landscape movement of the red blotch disease insect vector, and how this information informs disease management.

Presenting November 15, 2023: Epidemiology Studies and Landscape Movement of the Virus Insect Vector Inform Red Blotch Disease Management.

Dr. Annemiek Schilder, UCCE Ventura County

Dr. Schilder’s career in agriculture has spanned the Netherlands, New York, Africa, Michigan, and now California. She is particularly interested in sustainable crop production, including organic approaches.

Her online course describes what compost tea is, how it is made, and the results of a research project that used compost tea to control powdery mildew.

Presenting Virtually: Compost Tea as a Tool in Integrated Management of Powdery Mildew.

The Event

For 18 years, the Sustainable Ag Expo has brought together farmers, ag professionals, and pest control advisors to learn about the latest in farming research, resource issues, and business trends related to sustainable agriculture. 

When you attend the Sustainable Ag Expo, you will:

  • Get up to date on the latest grower-tested practices
  • Earn up to 20+ Continuing Education (CE) hours
  • Attend in-person seminars (Nov 14-15)
  • Watch 10+ hours of online courses (Oct 16 – Nov 30)
  • Gain actionable tips from more than 40 of the world’s top experts and experienced growers

Tickets are on sale now at sustainableagexpo.org.

The Sustainable Ag Expo is sponsored by Vineyard Industry Products along with Advancing Eco Agriculture, Apollo Ag Technologies, BioWorks, CalWest Rain Inc, Corteva Agriscience, FBSciences, Inc., Gearmore, Inc., Helena Agri-Enterprises, Jim’s Supply Co., Inc. (JSC), Martinez Orchards Inc., Nutrien Ag Solutions, Phytech, SAN Agrow, Sunridge Nurseries, and Vineyard Professional Services. 

About Vineyard Team

Vineyard Team is a 501(c)3 non-profit grower group dedicated to sustainable winegrowing since 1994. For nearly 30 years, Vineyard Team has built a network of over 300 local farmers, educating and guiding them toward sustainable vineyard practices.

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