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Sustainable Groundwater Management Act – What you Need to Know
Grapegrowing Regulatory Breakout Session

CEUs: 1Sign up sheet on-site

In January of 2020 the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) will take effect. Over the 1-hour session you will hear about the ins and outs of the SGMA and how it relates to you the grower and/or vintner. A sustainable California water system is the backbone of our industry and the two speakers will provide background from their experiences and involvement through the process. California grapes/wine need a will management water system to remain the world class wine region that it is, and this session will address how that will happen. 

*Session receives 1 Crop Management CEU for Certified Crop Advisors

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Craig Ledbetter
Vino Farms, LLC, California

Craig Ledbetter graduated from California State University, Fresno; with a BS in Agriculture Economics. He is the part of the third generation that has joined Vino Farms, LLC, and the fourth generation in California farming.

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Jenny Lester Moffitt
California Department of Food and Agriculture

Jenny Lester Moffitt is a 5th generation California farmer and Undersecretary at the California Department of Food and Agriculture, where she was Deputy Secretary from January 2015 – February 2018.  Her original appointment by Governor Jerry Brown was confirmed by Governor Gavin Newsom in early 2019. Jenny engages stakeholders on issues that affect ranchers and farmers, including climate change, biodiversity, land use, water policy, and food security.

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David Orth
New Current Water & Land LLC, California

David Orth, of Clovis, is principal of New Current Water and Land, LLC, which offers strategic planning, program implementation and water resource development services. Orth has over 35 years of financial and management experience, serving previously as general manager of the Kings River Conservation District from 2002 until August of 2015 and as executive officer of Friant North Authority from August 2015 until December 2016.

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Taryn Ravazzini
California Department of Water Resources

Taryn Ravazzini was appointed Deputy Director of Statewide Groundwater Management in May 2019. Taryn leads the Department’s implementation of the landmark 2014 Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, and established DWR’s Executive Sustainable Groundwater Management Office in January 2018. She served as an executive advisor to the California Water Commission, having previously held the position of acting executive officer for the Commission in 2016-2017.

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