2017 PROGRAM

2017 Sustainable Ag Expo Program

November 13-15, 2017 | Madonna Inn Expo Center | San Luis Obispo, CA                                                                   REGISTER NOW


 

The 2017 Sustainable Ag Expo is a three-day event.  Participants may attend 1, 2, or 3 days, in whichever combination they choose.

 

The program is dynamic and subject to change. Please stay tuned for detailed session and speaker information.

 

Monday, November 13, 2017


 

Featured Speaker: Dr. Marc Fuchs
Dr. Fuchs will talk about the future of virus management in crop plants. Dr. Fuchs will participate in all three days of the Expo including his featured talk on the future of virus management in crop plants (Monday), moderating a panel on Red Blotch research (Tuesday), and contributing to a session on addressing virused vines in the field (Wednesday).

• Marc Fuchs, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section, Cornell University

 

Update on Farm Labor Supply
Farm labor experts and growers discuss the current and future environments for finding and keeping agricultural workers.

 

Vine Mealybug Management
Entomologists and growers present the latest science and IPM practices for managing the vine mealybug.

• Kent Daane, Ph.D., Cooperative Extension Specialist, Kearney Agricultural Research and Education Center

 

Farm Sensor Data and Decision Making
How to collect useful information using a variety of sensors and devices and then use that information to improve efficiency.

• Chandra Krintz, Ph.D., Professor, Computer Science, UCSB
• Greg Gonzalez, Director of Vineyard Operations, Scheid Vineyards

 

Pesticide Issues
Growers and regulators discuss the safe disposal of pesticide containers and the current regulatory and social environment surrounding pesticides that are unpopular or at risk of losing their registration.
• Bart Haycraft, Vineyard Manager, Jackson Family Wines- Los Alamos

 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017


 

IPM in Organic Farming Systems
Experienced growers share their strategies and methods for controlling pests and diseases in certified organic vineyards.
• Willy Cunha, Manager, Sunview Shandon

 

The Red Blotch Virus
An update on current and future research on the Grapevine Red Blotch-associated Virus.

• Marc Fuchs, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section, Cornell University

 

Recent Research on Herbicides
Cooperative Extension researchers share their latest work on the performance of new herbicides.

• John Roncoroni, M.S., Weed Science Farm Advisor, UC Cooperative Extension
• Brad Hanson, Ph.D., Cooperative Extension Weed Specialist, Dept. of Plant Sciences, UC Davis

 

Grower-Driven Research and Education
Growers and others present their original research funded by Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education.

• Hunter Francis, M.S., Director, Center for Sustainability, College of Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Sciences, Cal Poly SLO
• Jason Melvin, Vineyard Manager, Zabala Vineyards

 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017  -  Sustainable Vineyard (Re)Development Symposium


 

Ecological and Regulatory Considerations in Vineyard Development
Planting vineyards with resource conservation in mind and navigating the legal and regulatory environment successfully when planting vineyards are explored.
• Dan Rodrigues, M.S., Owner/Operator, Vina Quest LLC

 

Vine Plant Material and Trellising
Scientists and growers discuss selecting the best rootstocks, varieties, and clones for a site and decisions regarding spacing and trellis type.

 

Disease Considerations with Young Vines
Effective disease control begins before the vines are planted. Learn about the most common diseases and what to do about them.
• Marc Fuchs, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section, Cornell University

• Kari Arnold, Ph.D., Post Doctoral Researcher, Dept. of Plant Pathology, UC Davis

 

Vineyard Mechanization
As labor becomes increasingly expensive and scarce, mechanization will likely play a larger role in how vineyards are managed. Experts explain the key features of vineyard design that make mechanization efficient and effective.
• Kaan Kurtural, Ph.D., Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist, Depart. of Viticulture and Enology, UC Davis.

 

*The program is dynamic and subject to change. Please stay tuned for detailed session and speaker information.         REGISTER NOW