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Leaders Convene to Discuss the Future California Bioeconomy

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The CRAE Summit invited 60 leaders in California agriculture, government, industry, and NGOs to peer over the horizon towards an emerging bioeconomy, to learn about what is driving the need to find new solutions to reducting and reusing woody biomass from farms and a wide range of other byproducts of the food system. 

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California Roundtable on Water & Food Supply Reviews the California Water Action Plan

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After five years of deep dialogue, research, and case analysis on key water issues, the California Roundtable on Water & Food Supply (CRWFS) took on a new challenge this past year: assessing a gubernatorial initiative. What happens when you bring the CRWFS Connectivity Approach to bear on one of the state’s most holistic efforts at water management to date? Read on to find out.

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Cultivating California’s Bioeconomy: Turning Ag Waste Into Profit

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Is waste wasted? Or is our thinking too limited? There is an emerging body of research and practical applications that suggests California is ready to create a genuine Bioeconomy – an economy where every byproduct is an input to another valuable product. This provocative one-day event is an invitation to peer over the horizon towards this emerging bioeconomy, to learn about what is driving the need to find new solutions to reducing and reusing woody biomass from farms and a wide range of other byproducts of the food system.

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Sonoma County Healthy & Sustainable Food Action Plan: 2016 Status Report

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Four years ago, the Sonoma County Healthy & Sustainable Food Action Plan (FAP) was issued as a call to action to answer this and many other food and farming related questions. Last month, Ag Innovations, in partnership with the Sonoma County Food System Alliance, published a status report featuring an implementation overview, inventory of local food and farming initiatives, and updated indicators.

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200+ Leaders Convene for 2016 Sonoma County Food Forum

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It’s been four years since Sonoma County’s landmark Healthy & Sustainable Food Action Plan (FAP) became the Sonoma County Food System Alliance's shared vision for the local food system. Last month, over 200 food, farming, and community leaders came together to celebrate the progress made since the adoption of the FAP, and to shape the next phase of action and implementation.

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New Collaboration: North Bay Climate Adaptation Initiative

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Every day, a growing number of people come to realize how the changing climate is affecting (and will affect) our lives, economy, health, and environment. Though our solutions must include bold steps to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, we must also prepare for the coming crises - that preparation is called climate adaptation. Incidentally, that preparation also brings a host of other benefits that help our community, the natural world, and our society, thrive.

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Taking a More Holistic Approach to Food Hub Feasibility: Measuring the Impact of Value Chain Coordination

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In this 3-part series, Ag Innovations is examining food hub feasibility in a non-traditional way. This series weaves together insights from a growing body of food systems research and past experience in food hub development. In our first post, Efficacy of Food Hubs, we agreed on the USDA’s current definition of a food hub, then called for practitioners to expand their thinking about how their projects affect other parts of the food system. In our second post, we called on practitioners to build collaborative processes into their planning phases to reduce risk and create thriving partnerships. This final blog in our series shines a spotlight on the importance of value chain coordinators (also known as market facilitators) in food hub development and operation, and illustrates the need to measure the impact of their efforts.

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CRAE Summit: New Perspectives on How Working Lands Work

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Last month, over 70 leaders from diverse sectors came together to co-create recommendations on the enhancement of California’s working lands - its farms, ranches and forests. The day-long Summit built on a decade-long history of the California Roundtable on Agriculture & the Environment (CRAE), a statewide forum convened by Ag Innovations where leaders come together to talk about what matters and how to solve key problems at the intersection of agriculture and the environment. 

 

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California's Drought: We’re All in This Together

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California has endured four years of severe drought, causing a new level of anxiety about the future of our water supply. The members of the California Roundtable on Agriculture and the Environment (CRAE)—a forum for dialogue among agricultural, environmental, and governmental leaders—ask our fellow Californians to work together to find common ground and collaborate on long-term solutions in service of the greater public good.

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Tips for Successful Collaboration Kick-off Events

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Kick-off meetings for new collective action projects are like big games in sports: if it doesn't go well, it hurts. You have lost a golden opportunity to help a unique collaboration get started on the right foot, and will have to work a lot harder to ensure success. But when it goes well, the group builds the momentum, connections, and buy-in needed to succeed. And that makes any facilitator smile. So how can you set up such a meeting for the win? Read on to find out. 

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