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Welcome to our New Look!

Welcome to our New Look! Youtube Presentation

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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Tags: Leadership, Systems Change

Ag Innovations Adds Stellar Expertise to our Facilitation Team

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Ag Innovations is pleased to announce the additions of Brooking Gatewood and Genevieve Taylor as Senior Facilitators. Joining Ag Innovations President Joseph McIntyre on the facilitation team, Brooking and Genevieve bring diverse expertise in social innovation labs, coalition-building, organizational development, and meeting and conference design and facilitation.

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Tags: Facilitation

Applying the Connectivity Approach: Kings Basin

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The California Roundtable on Water and Food Supply (CRWFS) took on the challenge of identifying strategies for advancing groundwater sustainability within the context of watershed-scale, integrated water management. A recent report details their study of California’s Kings Basin region.

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Tags: Kings Basin, Groundwater, Connectivity, CRWFS

The Drought Blame Game

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So, who really IS to blame for California’s drought? With media headlines demonizing the almond industry for their gallon-per-nut water usage and scolding urban populations for their lack of water conservation, there’s no single, clear-cut answer. The members of the California Roundtable on Agriculture and the Environment (CRAE) recently met to untangle the myths surrounding our current water crisis.

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Tags: Water, CRAE, Drought, Agriculture, Ecosystems

Growing Our Farms: Connecting Landowners & Prospective Farmers

Growing Our Farms: Connecting Landowners & Prospective Farmers Youtube Presentation

Growing Our Farms brought together 150 diverse food and farming interests to share resources and forge new partnerships between landowners, land seekers, and support organizations working to improve land availability and affordability for local food production in Sonoma County.

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Tags: Local Food, Food System Alliance, New Farmers

Media Mentions

Science news: Designing for uncertainty with Theory U; California’s Delta-groundwater nexus; Missing the boat on freshwater fish conservation in California; Measuring drought in more than dollars and cents; and more …

Designing for uncertainty with Theory U:  “As anyone who has ever tried to work with a group on a complex design challenge knows, uncertainty is one of the most predictable parts of the job. Whether the topic is groundwater management, farm-worker housing, or building a local food alliance, project leaders are faced with the same challenge: they must bring together diverse …

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Blog round-up: Speaker Boehner blames CA drought on Obama, Public land management at a crossroads, Water wars from the top of the watershed, Groundwater crap detecting 101, and more …

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. The timeline is tight for local agencies to implement the act, and the state has recognized the pressing need to connect water …

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Blog round up: Temperature management on the Sacramento River, Economist advise how to manage drought, changing California’s water rights system, Arizona’s Colorado River zeitgeist and more …

A strategic, connected and adaptive California Water Action Plan?  Lucas Patzek writes, “In California’s multiple responses to the drought, there is one key initiative that remains relatively unknown: the California Water Action Plan (Plan). The Plan calls for coordinated action to address the dynamic and interconnected challenges faced by the state’s water system. Thus …

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Growing Our Farms Forum

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.

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Hunger Forum Radio Coverage

Joseph McIntyre was interviewed about the issue of hunger in Sonoma County on radio station KRCB.

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