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Making the Most of Every Drop: Sustainable Ag Expo Takes on Topic of Water Management

October 15, 2013


San Luis Obispo, Calif. (October 8, 2013) – Balancing finite water resources like the Paso Robles Groundwater Basin will be a critical issue at the upcoming Sustainable Ag Expo, Nov. 18 and 19 at the Madonna Inn Expo Center in San Luis Obispo, California. (

Presented by the Vineyard Team, the Sustainable Ag Expo’s general session entitled “Balancing Water Resources in Expanding Communities” will take place on Monday, Nov. 18, and will present tools and resources to help growers improve and document their responsible management of water and prepare for possible policy changes in the future.

“Competition for limited water resources is bound to heat up as the demand for water grows,” said Vineyard Team executive director, Kris Beal. “Not only do growers need to achieve the highest water use efficiency for their farms, but they need to be engaged in the long term conversations about sustainable basin management.”

During the session, Beal will outline the demonstration and education programs of the Vineyard Team’s water initiatives, alongside a distinguished three-person panel addressing topics specific to the Paso Robles Groundwater Basin, statewide trends and case studies regarding groundwater management. The panel will include Paavo Ogren, director of SLO County Public Works; Paul Sorensen, principal hydrogeologist of Fugro; and Tim Quinn, executive director for the Association of California Water Agencies.

Staged in an accessible format under one roof at the Madonna Inn Expo Center, the 9th Annual Sustainable Ag Expo offers inventive presentations and an innovative trade show specifically targeted at farmers, agricultural professionals, and pest control advisors. The two-day educational meeting provides ample continuing education credits and an exhibitor showcase.

Since its inception, the Sustainable Ag Expo has focused on the latest trends in sustainability and hot topics in California agriculture. Visit for more information, including attendee registration and the full schedule of events. The Vineyard Team can be reached at 805-466-2288.

The Vineyard Team is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting sustainable viticulture practices on the Central Coast since 1994. Visit to learn more about the Vineyard Team and its SIP (Sustainability in Practice) Certification Program.

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