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Conservation & Biodiversity

Apr 18, 2019

Mark Browning, owner, Barn Owl Box Company and Head Researcher, Barn Owl/Rodent Project discusses barn owls and their role on the farm.

Mar 26, 2019
Verhoeven, Decock, Garland, Lazcano Wine Business Monthly

Factors contributing to nitrous oxide emissions from vineyards.

Mar 21, 2019

Raymond Baltar, Director, Sonoma Biochar Initiative explains how to execute a conservation burn and make biochar to reduce smoke and capture carbon.

Feb 21, 2019

Mark Chien shares highlights from his career helping grapegrowers in some of the most difficult growing regions in the world. From his years as a vineyard manager to Penn State viticulture extension agent, and now Program Coordinator for the Oregon Wine Research Institute.

Feb 7, 2019

Production methods for making high-quality compost and sequestering greenhouse gasses in the soil from two professors at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California.

Dec 20, 2018

Kris Beal, M.S., Executive Director of Vineyard Team, recounts some of the history of the organization, it’s current activities and what the future holds in store.

Nov 15, 2018

Jean-Pierre Wolff, Owner & Vintner of Wolff Vineyards, talks about how restoring the creeks around his vineyard created steelhead trout habitat and prevented losing his land to erosion.

Aug 29, 2018
Jacob Hernandez & Craig Macmillan, PhD

In winegrowing regions with insufficient rainfall, the importance of a well-functioning irrigation system cannot be overstated. Here are some of the most common problems found with drip irrigation systems in vineyards and some practical solutions.

Aug 29, 2018
Joe DiTomasso & Guy Kyser Weed Control in Natural Areas of the Western United States

Recommendations for control of stinkwort.

Aug 29, 2018
Rachel Brownsey, G.B. Kyser & J. DiTomaso California Agriculture

Description of the weed stinkwort (Dittrichia graveolens), its rapid spread through California, and its life cycle.

Aug 29, 2018

Two articles on the spread, biology, and control of stinkwort (Dittrichia graveolens).

Aug 21, 2018
Ashley Poupart

Ashley Poupart explores why sustain practices are important to the wine and winegrape industries followed by an overview and comparison of the major sustainability certifications available to vineyards.

Aug 16, 2018

Vineyard Manger Lucas Pope describes how he farms 281 acres of winegrapes situated on a 2,000+ ranch of undisturbed oak woodland where he and his team regularly come across deer, coyotes, mountain lion, and rattlesnakes.

Jul 20, 2018
Sustainable Winegrowing Podcast

Check out some favorite episodes Here are ten episodes of the Sustainable Winegrowing podcast you don’t want to miss.

May 3, 2018

Bart Haycraft, Vineyard Manager, Jackson Family Wines- Los Alamos describes some of the techniques he uses in his vineyards for managing vineyard pests.

Apr 23, 2018
CD11 Mealybug Biocontrol Research Focus Group Lodi Winegape Commission

This chart shows the relative impacts on beneficial insects of 36 common insecticides.

Apr 9, 2018
Dan Rodrigues 2017 Sustainable Ag Expo

Dan Rodrigues, Owner/Viticulturist of Vina Quest LLC talks about ways to reduce the environmental impacts of developing a vineyard and preventing future pest problems through careful planning and paying attention to the unique topography and ecosystems of individual parcels of land.

Apr 9, 2018
Dan Rodrigues 2017 Sustainable Ag Expo

Dan Rodrigues, Owner/Viticulturist of Vina Quest LLC, takes questions about ways to reduce the environmental impacts of developing a vineyard and preventing future pest problems through careful planning and paying attention to the unique topography and ecosystems of individual parcels of land.

Apr 9, 2018
Dan Rodrigues 2017 Sustainable Ag Expo

Dan Rodrigues, Owner/Viticulturist of Vina Quest LLC talks about ways to reduce the environmental impacts of developing a vineyard and preventing future pest problems through careful planning and paying attention to the unique topography and ecosystems of individual parcels of land.

Apr 4, 2018

Growing grapes in Michigan is fraught with challenges, from sub-zero temperatures in the winter to high humidity in the summer. Chantal Lefevbre of WaterFire Vineyards talks about how she manages her vineyards in a sustainable way despite these challenges.

Mar 27, 2018
Brian Dugas 2017 Sustainable Ag Expo

Principal Biologist, Terra Verde Environmental Consulting talks about regulatory agency reviews, permit requirements, road/culvert designs, permitting strategies, and ecological considerations for vineyard development and management at the 2017 Sustainable Ag Expo.

Mar 1, 2018

Peter Work - Owner, Winemaker, and Vineyard Manager of Ampelos Cellars - recounts how becoming a certified organic vineyard led to becoming Demeter® biodynamic certified and eventually Sip Certified®.

Feb 26, 2018
Margy Lindquist 2017 Sustainable Ag Expo

Slides from Margy Lindquist's talk about the importance of conservation planning as part of vineyard development at the 2017 Sustainable Ag Expo.

Feb 26, 2018
Andrew Johnson 2017 Sustainable Ag Expo

Slides from Project Manager Andrew Johnson's talk about how the Upper Salinas-Las Tablas RCD and Resource Conservation Districts can help growers protect and improve their land during vineyard development.

Feb 15, 2018

Lino Bozzano, Vice President of Vineyard Operation at Laetitia Vineyard & Winery, describes how he uses goats and sheep to protect and improve the estate.

Jan 11, 2018
San Luis Obispo County Agriculture Department

Contacts, definitions, and processes for disposing of pesticides (hazardous waste in San Luis Obispo County.

Dec 14, 2017
Craig Macmillan, PhD

The annual meeting of the Association of Applied IPM Ecologists took place November 29 to December 1 at the Visalia Marriott at the Convention Center in Visalia, California. Here are some highlights.

Oct 27, 2017
Craig Macmillan, PhD

The Conservation Burn Technique creates less smoke than a traditional burn and can create biochar.

Oct 5, 2017

Stacie Clary, Communications Manager for Western SARE discusses the program and some of its many successes from funding grower-lead projects to find sustainable solutions to agricultural problems.

Sep 13, 2017
Mark Browning

A scientific study of prey consumption by nesting barn owls over a three year period.

Sep 5, 2017
Craig Macmillan, Ph.D. Technical article

A fact sheet about cover crops and tillage.

Jul 10, 2017

Sustainability rests on the principle that we must meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

May 18, 2017

Greg Gonzalez, Director of Vineyard Operations at Scheid Vineyards, discusses the ins and outs of sustainability practices.

May 15, 2017
Craig Macmillan, PhD

Although symptoms of the disease aren't apparent until late in the season, the vectors are on the move.

Apr 3, 2017
Craig Macmillan, PhD

A conservation plan is a living document a landowner creates to help them manage the resource conservation issues on their property.

Mar 28, 2017

A template for creating your own plan to better manage the natural resources in and around your vineyard.

Mar 16, 2017

Conservationists Margy Lindquist with NRCS and Devon Best with RCD discuss the importance of and the process of creating a conservation plan.

Mar 2, 2017

Find out how NRCS can help you conserve the resources on your property.

Nov 15, 2016
Jenny Lester Moffitt

Jenny Lester Moffitt, Deputy Secretary of the California Department of Food & Agriculture, describes the programs and climate smart practices agriculture can use to help the state reach it's goals for greenhouse gas reductions.

Sep 22, 2016
Craig Macmillan, PhD

Barn owls play an important role in both the ecosystem and in Integrated Pest Management.

Jul 1, 2006
Malone, Julian Wine Business Monthly