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Lake County Farmers Gather to Discuss Drought Conditions

March 04, 2014


Kelseyville, CA – In response to the statewide and local drought situation, the Lake County Winegrape Commission and Lake County Farm Bureau recently collaborated to present “Lake County Farm Drought Response,” a forum for the exchange of drought-related information.

More than 75 people attended the February 26 forum at the Soper-Reese Theatre in Lakeport. A range of topics were discussed including groundwater status, water rights, vine and tree response to drought, irrigation conservation practices and techniques, management of ag wells and pump-efficiency techniques, as well as information on available programs and resources for agricultural operations.

The session featured presentations by expert speakers, including Scott De Leon, County of Lake Water Resources; Nancy Comstock, Pump Efficiency Testing Services; Korinn Woodard, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service; Katie Delbar and Karri Bartolomei, both with USDA Farm Service Agency; Jack Rice, California Farm Bureau Federation; and Glenn McGourty and Rachel Elkins, both with the University of California Cooperative Extension. Lake County Farm Bureau President Marc Hooper facilitated the day’s session.

The forum wrapped up with a panel discussion moderated by Lake County Winegrape Commission’s Education Director Paul Zellman and featured Jeff Lyon, Winegrape Commission director, vineyard owner and viticulturist; David Giese, David Giese Well Drilling; and Broc Zoller, The Pear Doctor and a Winegrape Commission director.

To view a video of the event (2 hours, 55 minutes), go online to:

For additional information, visit the Commission’s Drought Resources web page:

The Lake County Winegrape Commission is a marketing order established in 1991 to promote the region’s premium winegrapes and to assist winegrape growers through marketing, research, and educational programs. For further information about the Lake County Winegrape Commission, call 707-279-2633, or visit

Lake County Farm Bureau strives to protect and promote farming and agricultural interests throughout Lake County and to find solutions to challenges on the farm, at the ranch home and throughout the rural community. Lake County Farm Bureau is Lake County’s largest farm organization, representing over 550 farm families and individual members. For more information about Lake County Farm Bureau, call 707-263-0911, or visit

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