April 27, 2016

Contact: Center for Sustainability

Cal Poly to Host May 18 Panel Discussion on Innovations in Agriculture 

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s Center for Sustainability (CFS) will host a panel discussion on “Climate Smart Agriculture” from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, in Room 007-2 in the Advanced Technology Laboratories’ Keck Lab.

Panelists Renata Brillinger of the California Climate and Agriculture Network, Jeff Creque of the Carbon Cycle Institute and Marin Carbon Project, and Jean-Pierre Wolff of Wolff Vineyards will discuss the critical role of agriculture in addressing variations in climate change through mitigation and adaption strategies.

In 2015, Gov. Jerry Brown called for policies and actions to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from agriculture and natural and working lands. California is aiming for a 40 percent reduction below 1990 levels by 2030, and effective land management and conservation practices support these goals.

At the same time, carbon offset programs are providing incentives for agriculturists to adopt “climate smart” practices, notably through the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF), also called the California Climate Investments program.

The panel presentation will provide an overview of the evolving framework for addressing climate challenges in the agricultural sector, new incentive programs to support innovation, and real-world examples that producers are using to sequester carbon and improve climate resilience. The panel will be followed by a discussion and question-and-answer period.

Admission is free and open to the public. The event precedes a forum on Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund initiatives featuring Jenny Lester Moffitt, CDFA deputy secretary to be held at Cal Poly on May 19.

For more information about the Climate Smart Agriculture event, go to

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