Ag Innovations published two reports -- Permitting Restoration (2010) and Regulating for Agricultural and Public Outcomes (2014) -- that advanced recommendations to improve the efficacy of California's regulatory framework for projects improving environmental outcomes. It seems that California has heeded the call for change. New policies and information tools are streamlining permit application processes, expediting projects with clear environmental benefits, providing permit assistance, and increasing the flow of information critical to decision making.
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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In this issue, we take a look at the California Water Action Plan as the first succinct, centralized, and actionable water mandate in California’s history. We also review five key strategies that the California Roundtable on Agriculture and the Environment employs for successful collaboration and problem solving. And, finally, we are proud to announce that Lucy Norris, a nationally recognized food systems leader, has joined Ag Innovations as Regional Food Systems Program Director. More updates from our Impact Area blogs and Approach blog can be found on our website.
Our May Newswire, following on the heels of our website redesign launch, debuts a new format. In this issues, we highlight three articles from our new blogs, featuring content in our three impact area -- Local Food, Water, and Working Lands -- as well as a fourth blog on Our Approach. The news posts in May's Newswire include: "Applying the Connectivity Approach: Kings Basin," "Ag Innovations Adds Stellar Expertise to our Facilitation Team," and "Welcome to our New Look!"
Our April 2015 Newswire highlights drought solutions from our project, the California Roundtable on Water and Food Supply (CRWFS). Like all of our projects, CRWFS is composed of a balanced membership who agree to work towards solutions that serve all of California’s public interests. Their latest work focuses on how we can utilize a watershed approach to groundwater management to create long-term solutions for our state’s drought.
Evan Wiig of The Farmers Guild, a fiscally sponsored project of Ag Innovations, was interviewed about the Growing Our Farms forum in Sonoma County. Ag Innovations' project, the Sonoma County Food System Alliance helped produce the event and President, Joseph McIntyre facilitated.
Ag Innovations collaborated with local partners to produce the Hunger Forum, an event targeted to raise awareness, and create solutions for the hunger disparity in Sonoma County. Joseph McIntyre facilitated the event.