It’s hard to believe that this is the 15th year of the Sustainable Ag Expo! What started as a one-day educational event has evolved to a full three-day conference with top notch experts and a full service trade show. And to mark this milestone, we’re hosting the International Sustainable Winegrowing Summit, which represents its debut in the United States. 

We’ve loved collaborating with our Lodi friends on this event. Working with Cliff Ohmart in developing this robust program has been a pleasure of course; and, Stephanie Bolton will be joining Gerhard Pietersen in a GLRaV/VMB complex session. Overall the event features viticultural experts from around the world. From climate change to weed management to plant breeding, the program is a direct reflection of the emerging issues and hot topics identified by our grower committees. And as always, our sessions include the practical, as offered by grower presenters and panels. Don’t forget, we’re offering 15+ hrs of CE for DPR and CCA. It’s a great one-stop conference for learning, networking, continuing education, and visiting beautiful San Luis Obispo.

Wishing everyone a safe harvest and looking forward to seeing you at this year’s Sustainable Ag Expo & International Sustainable Winegrowing Summit.  Read on for more details!

Registration is open for the International Sustainable Winegrowing Summit to be held in the U.S for the first time. The event will run in conjunction with the Sustainable Ag Expo and will bring together leading experts from Italy, South Africa, France, Canada, and the US. It will be held be in San Luis Obispo, California on November 11-13, 2019.

The 15th Annual Sustainable Ag Expo includes three days of seminars and a full-service tradeshow and equipment showcase that provides an opportunity for farmers, ag professionals, and pest control advisors to learn about the latest in farming research, resource issues, business trends related to sustainable agriculture. Participants can earn 15+ hours of DPR/CCA continuing education.

“We are thrilled to welcome a number of distinguished international speakers to the International Sustainable Winegrowing Summit” said Kris Beal, Executive Director of the Vineyard Team. “They include Carlo Duso, PhD from the University of Padua, Italy, Gerhard Pietersen, PhD from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, Jose Ramon Urbez Torres, a research scientist at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, and Sabine Wiedemann-Merdinoglu, PhD from the Institut National de Recherches Agronomique (INRA) in France.”

The Sustainable Ag Expo will also feature numerous experts from the U.S. including Jennifer Lester Moffit, Undersecretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, Julian Gervreau, Vice President, Sustainability at Jackson Family Wines, Dr. Michael Costello, Department of Wine and Viticulture, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and Rachel Naegele, PhD, Research Horticulturist, USDA, ARS, US.

Seminar and panel discussions will cover a wide range of topics from “Climate Change and the Future of Agriculture” to “Insect, Pest, Environment and Ecology Systems.” A full list of speakers and topics along with registration information can be found at

Kris Beal
Executive Director
Vineyard Team

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