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Sustainable Ag Lecture Series - Fall 2010

Each term, the Center for Sustainability hosts a free public lecture and/or event highlighting topics in sustainable agriculture, food or resource management.

SureHarvest & "The 5 P's of Sustainability"

VP Professional Services at SUREHARVEST

Fall 2010 Lecture
Tuesday, November 16
4-5:30 PM
Room 186-C203

renata Brillinger Dr. Cliff Ohmart joined SureHarvest* in September, 2009 to lead the Professional Services team in the design, implementation and evaluation of sustainability strategies for the agrifood supply chain.

Prior to joining SureHarvest, Cliff served as the Sustainable Winegrowing Director at the Lodi Winegrape Commission (LWC) for13 years. Working with the Commissions 750 growers who farm over 100,000 acres, Cliff established the LWC as a national and international leader in sustainable farming practices. Cliff is the senior author of the Lodi Winegrowers Workbook: A self assessment of integrated farming practices, to guide grower innovation and adoption of sustainable farming practices. Cliff was the architect of the LodiRules for Sustainable Winegrowing program for third-party certification by Protected Harvest. In 1990, as a pest control advisor for Scientific Methods, he designed what was likely the first computer database system for commercial pest management, including programmable hand-held data loggers for in-field data collection using barcodes. This innovation was the inspiration for SureHarvest and its Farming MIS technology.

Dr. Ohmart received his PhD in Entomological Sciences in 1976 from the University of California-Berkeley and a Bachelor of Science in Forest Entomology from the SUNY College of Environmental Sciences and Forestry. After graduation, Dr. Ohmart served 13 years as a research scientist in Australia with CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization) Division of Forest Research, where he worked on population ecology of insects on Monterey Pine and Eucalyptus.

Dr. Ohmart has delivered over 300 lectures and presentations around the world and has written over 50 publications.

*SUREHARVEST provides a full set of solutions for growers and agrifood companies pursuing sustainability strategies - farming management software, sustainability management software, sustainability consulting services and third-party sustainability certification - throughout the agrifood supply chain. Since 1999, SureHarvest has helped growers farming a total of over 300,000 acres to improve profitability by increasing efficiencies, enhancing product quality and practicing environmental stewardship. All are welcome to attend!

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