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Entering the blogosphere

By Mark Lubell - Posted on 25 February 2012

Not everybody reads university sponsored blogs. So I've opened a public blogosphere version of CEPB. We'll see how this works!
http://ucdavisenvironmentalpolicy.wordpress.com/

New Policy and Research Briefs on Farmer Perspectives of Climate Change

By Meredith Niles - Posted on 09 February 2012

Today at the Center we are pleased to announce the release of two new research and policy briefs for the climate change and agriculture project. Based on the results of a survey with farmers in Yolo County, California, these briefs discuss farmer perspectives of climate change adaptation and mitigation, adoption of practices to mitigate and adapt to climate change, and future concerns related to climate change. The first brief on farmers’ climate change attitudes highlights farmer perspectives on climate change including their belief in climate change, the risks and opportunities it presents, and whether humans are causing climate change. Some of the key findings include:

• A slight majority of farmers agree (54%) that the global climate is changing. Fewer agree that global temperatures are increasing (38%) and that human activities are an important cause of climate change (35%).

Most People in California are Clueless on the Delta

By Mark Lubell - Posted on 04 February 2012

Well, I'm stuck on a 7 hour layover at the Houston airport, en route back to California after giving talks on water governance at both Duke and University of Michigan. Both of these were very fun visits. So, after reviewing an interesting paper on IRWM in Southern California, I was browsing Aquafornia and came upon a story for this really interesting survey conducted by Probolsky Associates, I think paid for by the Southern California Water Committee.

2012 Wine Executive Program: Blending the Business and Science of Winemaking

By Matthew Hoffman - Posted on 30 January 2012

Spread the word! The UC Davis Graduate School of Management and the Department of Viticulture and Enology are hosting the 12th annual Wine Executive Program. The program is geared to help wine industry professionals of all types looking to boost their wine business skills and fortify their professional network. Complete details abut the program and registration can be found at www.wineexecutiveprogram.com.

CEBP to launch Lodi Winery Survey

By Matthew Hoffman - Posted on 25 January 2012

The CEPB's research team is preparing to launch our Lodi Winery Survey. Lodi is one of California's wine regions and is located in the northern Central Valley. A version of this survey will be delivered to winery managers in other regions later this winter. The survey will ask about winery managers' perspectives on winery sustainability practices, regional and state outreach and education programs, and the usefulness of various information resources. The results of this survey will be used by various vintner organizations to better serve the sustainability needs of California wineries. This is the winery version of our three grower surveys, which we have been reporting on in previous blog postings. Together, our grower and winery surveys take a systems perspective on sustainability practice adoption in the California viticulture and wine industry. We ask that our colleagues support us in survey promotion.

Whiskey is for drinking, water is for cooperation

By Mark Lubell - Posted on 09 January 2012

I hereby call for a ban on using "Whiskey is for drinking, water is for fighting over" to describe California (or any other) water politics. Instead, I suggest we use the phrase "whiskey is for drinking, water is for cooperation".

Now why would I possibly suggest discontinuing the use of such a colorful quote, from such a colorful historical figure as Mark Twain?

First, Mark Twain didn't say it. Or at least nobody can confirm that he said it. So really the quote is an urban legend that everybody seems to believe. For historical accuracy alone, it shouldn't be used.

New publication: Innovation, Cooperation, and the Perceived Benefits and Costs of Sustainable Agriculture Practices

By Matthew Hoffman - Posted on 08 January 2012

The Center for Environmental Policy and Behavior's director Mark Lubell, and PhD students Vicken Hillis and Matthew Hoffman are pleased to announce our recent publication in Ecology and Society titled "Innovation, Cooperation, and the Perceived Benefits and Costs of Sustainable Agriculture Practices. The abstract is included below. The full article can is included as an attachment to this posting.

Four Anecdotes about Sustainable Viticulture in Napa Valley

By Mark Lubell - Posted on 05 December 2011

The sustainable viticulture team visited Napa Valley last week to seek wisdom from our advisory council about the design of our study, and present some initial findings at the Green Wine Summit. During the course of the day, I heard some of the most interesting anecdotes about social networks and sustainable agriculture that I've yet encountered:

Napa Valley and Central Coast Winegrape Grower Surveys to be launched in Winter of 2012

By Matthew Hoffman - Posted on 05 December 2011

The CEPB's viticulture research team is gearing up to launch our Central Coast and Napa Valley winegrape grower surveys this coming winter. The Lodi version of this survey, which we have been reporting on in this blog, was delivered one year ago and yielded findings relevant to advancing the adoption of sustainability practices in California viticulture. This is a multi-regional and multi-organizational project. Our survey instruments were designed with the help of a 20-person advisory committee of growers, outreach professionals, and viticulture industry leaders from across California. We are coordinating with a multitude of organizations to encourage their growers to complete the survey. We ask that our colleagues in the industry to support us in survey promotion. Our methods resulted in a 48% response rate in Lodi, and we hope to repeat this success in Napa and the Central Coast.

New Research Brief: Winegrape Grower Perceptions of Sustainability Programs in Lodi, California

By Matthew Hoffman - Posted on 03 November 2011

The CEPB's sustainable viticulture research team has recently put out a new research brief: "Winegrape Grower Perceptions of Sustainability Programs in Lodi, California". Read the full version by accessing the document below.

The Lodi Winegrape Comission’s (LWC) Sustainable Winegrowing Program (SWP) promotes grower adoption of best management practices via informational meetings, workshops, vineyard demonstrations and research, the Lodi Winegrowers’ Workbook for sustainability self-assessment, and the Lodi Rules for Sustainable Winegrowing third-party certification program. Understanding grower perceptions of agriculture programs like the LWC is important because similar organizations are operating at the state level (California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance, CWSA), in other winegrowing regions, and in other agricultural commodities.

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