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Ag Innovations cultivates the ideas and actions needed for healthy farms, communities, and ecosystems.

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Facilitating California’s Groundbreaking Groundwater Governance System

The historic Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) was signed into law in the fall 2014, providing the first comprehensive framework for regulating groundwater in California. It requires new Groundwater Sustainability Agencies in at-risk groundwater basins to develop management plans for their region. This is a huge undertaking, and the state has recognized the need to connect water management groups with professional facilitators to ensure success. About one year into the new act, let's explore where we are with SGMA implementation and how we got here.

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We are in the business of driving positive social change. We approach our work by building collaborative partnerships and facilitating dynamic, engaging dialogues. As process experts and trusted facilitators, we stimulate breakthrough thinking that solves complex problems.   More »

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Local Food

Communities across the country are looking at strategies to strengthen local farms, improve access to local food, and build more resilient local economies. Our work building effective collaborations and leadership makes local food systems more viable. From food system assessments, to facilitating county-based working groups that make policy shift happen, we seek to engage with organizations and leaders that are committed to effecting change.

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Water

As the arid west knows first hand, drought and climate change are ushering in a new era of water scarcity. Our work in water seeks to both develop new frameworks and models to guide policy about water, as well as bring our collaboratory style to the many efforts that we are engaged in. This work brings stakeholders together around issues ranging from groundwater management to new water storage programs.

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Working Lands

Farms, ranches, and forests are critical for the food and fiber they produce, the economic value they create, and the ecosystem services they provide. We need healthy and widespread working lands to feed us, enhance our watersheds, serve as water catchments, and provide plant and wildlife habitat. Our focus in our Working Lands is landscape scale management of this critical resource. We work with stakeholders and public agencies to identify and implement new strategies to keep working lands working, and working better, for all of us. 

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