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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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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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Noted Ag and Natural Resource Leaders Join Ag Innovations Board of Directors

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Ag Innovations is pleased to announce that three of our most respected colleagues have recently joined our Board of Directors: climate scientist Juliet Christian-Smith, PhD from the Union of Concerned Scientists; retired USEPA water expert Jovita Pajarillo; and natural resources management consultant Mark Rentz. These additions bring a high degree of expertise and credibility to our governing body, providing valuable guidance, advice, and oversight during a period of exciting growth and transition at Ag Innovations. 

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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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A Strategic, Connected, and Adaptive California Water Action Plan

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In California’s multiple responses to the drought, there is one key initiative that remains relatively unknown: the California Water Action Plan. The Plan calls for coordinated action to address the dynamic and interconnected challenges faced by the state’s water system. Efficient and effective coordination is exactly what is needed, but the question is, how do the actions of multiple agencies align to advance solutions that are strategic, connected, and adaptive?

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Nationally Recognized Food Systems Leader Joins Ag Innovations

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Ag Innovations is pleased to announce that Lucy Norris has joined our team as our Regional Food Systems Program Director. Lucy joins us after eight years in Seattle where she was most recently the Director of Marketing for Northwest Agriculture Business Center. She collaborated with farmers, businesses, and partner organizations to develop the Puget Sound Food Hub to increase farm sales, reduce costs and waste, address regulatory requirements, improve food safety standards, and increase access to locally produced foods.

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Welcome to our New Look!

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We proudly introduce you to the new Ag Innovations! With an updated look and website, we're ramping up our efforts to develop collaborative models that tackle complex social problems in our three impact areas: Local Food, Water, and Working Lands. Listen to Ag Innovations President, Joseph McIntyre, talk about our vision. 

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