Engaging Growers in the California Almond Sustainability Program

Engaging Growers in the California Almond Sustainability Program

Patrick Cavanaugh
Patrick Cavanaugh
Eric Harris is the Senior Director of Science and Sustainability for SureHarvest--- the technical advisor to the Almond Board of California to help develop the sustainability program and of course a big piece of that is getting grower participation.

“The cornerstone of CASP is about engagement with the grower community and a piece of that is getting grower participation,” said Harris. “Participation could be in a variety of outreach events that are organized by the Almond Board of California and SureHarvest also supports those in particular to introduce the online platform

And the online platform mainly consists of the assessments. “It's where growers can log on and complete a number of questions that describe a variety of farm management practices,” Harris explained.

And the assessments are a key piece to the online platform, but there is more there.

“The CASP online platform includes other tools that are there to support decision making for key farming aspects. It also includes an irrigation calculator, a nitrogen calculator, as well as some other tools to support regulatory reporting. So there's a tool there for supporting the irrigation and nitrogen management plan report,

which is a relatively recent addition to regulatory reporting requirements for growers,” he said.

For more information, just search online for California almond sustainability program.

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