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Leveraging Vegetated Practices to Enhance Crop Production & Improve Water Quality Webinar

September 9, 2021 @ 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM


Vegetated practices provide environmental and crop benefits (improved water quality, infiltration, pollination, yield, greenhouse gas (GHG) sequestration, reduced erosion, etc.) and can an inexpensive way to meet water quality regulatory requirements. Current science shows that non crop vegetation practices does not increase food safety risks from pathogens, and that bare ground buffers may not be a necessary mitigation measure. Learn about the water quality benefits of vegetated practices including buffer strips, hedge rows, wind breaks, riparian areas and vegetated ditches as well as how they can help ranches meet regulatory requirements by retaining sediment and removing pesticides and nutrients. Find out about the crop and ecosystem benefits of these practices as well as the most recent scientific evidence that they do not pose an increased food safety risk. Also hear how the regionwide third-party program, Preservation Inc., intends to help growers identify which vegetated practices can help resolve specific water quality issues. And how one farmer manages different non-crop vegetation practices in his production.

Speakers: Dr Daniel Karp – UC Davis, Paula Richter – Regional Water Quality Control Board staff, Sarah Lopez – Preservation Inc., Pam Krone – California Marine Sanctuary Foundation, and Javier Zamora – JSM Organics


California Marine Sanctuary Foundation