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Sustainable Practices Program Development: Strategic Planning North Coast 2008 Pear Research Meeting Ukiah, CA February 11, 2009 Confidential 10/2/06 Version 1 ... – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: Sustainable Practices Program Development:


1
Sustainable Practices Program Development
Strategic Planning
North Coast 2008 Pear Research Meeting
Ukiah, CA February 11, 2009
2
Todays Agenda
  • 2008 Project Background
  • Sustainable Practice Programs
  • Practice Checklist Availability
  • Pursuing a Multi-Commodity Sustainable Practices
  • Program
  • Summary Next Steps 2009 Project

3
Sustainable Practices Lots of Activity
4
Sustainable Practices-Based Branding
5
Project Justification and Background
We need a strategic plan to develop a sustainable
practices program to address a rapidly evolving
market and regulatory environment driven by
environmental, social, and economic concerns.
Three forces acting on the industry are
Regulatory Compliance Meeting existing evolving
regulatory requirements Regulatory/Financial
Incentives Qualifying for public/private
incentives targeted at improving or recognizing
sustainable practices (e.g., NRCS EQIP,
Insurance, etc.) Commercial Compliance Meeting
market demands/opportunities
6
Business Process Leading to Practical Results
2007 Project
2008 Project
Business process management approach to the
integrated design, development and implementation
of sustainable practices programs
7
Strategy Development
What?
  • Industry leadership team formed
  • Research - 3 crop groups 8 UC researchers
  • Strategic planning meeting

Why?
  • Decision making formalized
  • Explore crop group cost sharing opportunities
  • Determine potential UC resources
  • Strategic plan lays out program roadmap

Continue?
8
Summary of Practice Program Strategy
  • Scope California growers only
  • California pear industry program goal will be to
    provide initial benchmarking and to continue to
    show leadership in specialty crop sector
  • Start with environmental practice areas using a
    combination of Yes/No and 4-Level Least-to-Most
    questions
  • Utilize existing free practice checklists
  • Explore working with other tree crop groups
  • Analyze historical production research from a
    sustainability perspective

9
Key Potential Program Benefits
Industry
  • Public relations proactive effort part of
    good story
  • Identify grower education outreach
    opportunities
  • Regulatory incentives via collaboration with
    agencies
  • Industry-level source for sustainably grown fruit

Grower
  • Operational cost reductions improved practices
  • Private incentives insurance, lending
  • Regulatory relief via program participation
  • Favorable contracts for sustainably grown fruit

10
Sustainable Practice Programs/Frameworks
  • Various models to choose from
  • Different models require different levels of
    effort and resources to develop
  • Framework selection depends on short- and
    long-term goals what is appropriate for the
    California pear industry?

11
Current Sustainable Practice Programs
SYSCO Sustainable/IPM Soil, Water, IPM,
nutrients, recycling, HR (little bit of many
things)
12
Example Sustainable Winegrowing Program
13
Example Food Alliance
  • Whole farm crop specific practices
  • Levels of sustainability

14
Example Positive Points for Citrus
  • Developed by UC Extension with citrus industry
  • Evaluation of usage of sustainable practices

15
UC Sustainable Ag Support Structure
Agricultural Sustainability Institute
UCD Researchers
UC ANR - UCCE
SAREP
  • Early organizational stage prioritizing
    activities
  • Laundry list of Sustainability Solutions
    (topics to be addressed)
  • No immediate tools, but will come Tom Tomich
    very interested in pear process

16
Checklist Summary
Practice Area Potential Sources Status
Pest Management (IPM) UC IPM Very Good
Water Conservation Quality UC, UC ASI, NRCS, RCD Good
Energy Efficiency PGE Not Available
Air Quality CARB, NRCS, UC ASI Fair
Nutrient Management UC, UC ASI Fair
Labor CIRS, APMA Fair
Solid waste/Recycling UC, CDFA Not Available
Economics UC cost/return studies across many
practice areas
17
Sustainable Practice Checklist Availability
  • UC Resources
  • IPM, water conservation, water quality, air
    quality, nutrient management
  • SYSCO Sustainable can use as long as proper
    credit is given
  • Sustainable Winegrowing Program no-fee
    licensing agreement to use their content
  • Very few others are immediately usable

18
Pear Industry Practice Program
  • Use available checklists UC IPM, SYSCO, SWP
  • Focus on environmental practice areas and maybe
    several practices from other areas
  • Create simple checklists for initial industry
    benchmarking

19
Pear Industry Benchmarking Potential
20
Multi-Commodity Practice Program
  • Contacted cherry, dried plum, pistachio, walnut,
    and stone fruit association executives and most
    are interested in getting together to discuss a
    program
  • Great Valley Center grant from Columbia and
    Heller Foundations to explore potential
  • Can pear industry leverage this cross commodity
    funding opportunity?
  • What the process might look like

21
Multi-Commodity Practice Program Concept
Tree Crop Overlap
Orchard Mgmt
Pest Mgmt
Ecosystem Mgmt
Water Conservation
Water Quality
Harvest
Air Quality
Soil Quality
Energy Efficiency
Harvest
Human Resources
Neighbors/Community
22
Next Steps Benchmarking Analysis
Business process management approach to the
integrated design, development and implementation
of sustainable practices programs
23
Select Practices from Existing Sources
Committee Review
  • Growers
  • Processor/Packer
  • UCCE

California Pear Industry Sustainable Practices
24
Industry Benchmarks in 2009
California Pear Industry Sustainable Practices
Data Capture Survey
Aggregate Results
Generate Reports
Individual growers
All growers
  • Industry averages
  • Grower vs. industry average
  • Year-to-year comparison

25
Continue Good Story Background Work
What?
  • Link historical research to Sustainability
  • Results/benefits conveyed in sustainable-ese
  • Incorporate into future research decisions

How?
  • Compile historical research project info
  • Analyze each project against resources 3 Es
  • Analyze final results for communication needs

26
Questions?
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