American Pistachio Growers presents a grower preparation for SGMA with professional expertise and advice.

SCHEDULE

THREE LOCATIONS – SAME SCHEDULE

November 5: Bakersfield Music Hall of Fame
2231 R Street, Bakersfield, CA 93301

November 6: Madera Municipal Golf Course
23200 Avenue 17, Madera, CA 93637

November 12: Energy Education Center, Tulare
4175 S Laspina Street, Tulare, CA 93274

1:30 pm: Introductions/SGMA Update

1:45 pm: Panel One – Technical Discussion on Groundwater and Ag Technology

2:15 pm: Q & A

3:00 pm: Panel Two – Policy Discussion, how growers can stay abreast and influence SGMA

3:45 pm: Q & A

4:00 – 5:00 pm: BBQ Mixer

PANELISTS

SPEAKING AT MADERA LOCATION

Stephane Anagnoson is the director of water and natural resources for Madera County where she works on issues of groundwater sustainability, levee maintenance and watershed health. She has worked in the water industry for ten years as an analyst, conservation supervisor and water resources planner focusing on work at the intersection of science and public policy. She also teaches part time online at College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita in the Water systems Technology Department for water distribution and treatment education.

SPEAKING AT ALL THREE LOCATIONS

Greg Allen is Vice President and Partner at REDtrac, a cloud-based monitoring, metering, analysis and control firm that specializes in water and energy management for agricultural and industrial processes. He has over 25 years experience in the water and energy industries having previously advised water districts, food processors, universities and industrial firms on energy procurement and management information systems. Mr. Allen is a veteran of the oil and gas exploration business and is a graduate of The University of Texas, Austin and attended South Texas School of Law.

SPEAKING AT MADERA LOCATION

Lindsay Cederquist is a Water Resource Manager and a member of the Maricopa Orchards team since 2015. Lindsay began her career at Maricopa Orchards as a Water Accountant. Over the last few years with the adoption of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, her role has increased to the monitoring and strategic management of water for both long-term and short-term initiatives.

Lindsay is a graduate of California State University, Fresno, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accountancy.

SPEAKING AT ALL THREE LOCATIONS

Austin B. Ewell III joined the Department of the Interior as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Water and Science in October 2017. In this role, he assisted the Assistant Secretary for Water and Science, who is “responsible for overseeing the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (USBR).” Austin Ewell is an attorney who has “specialized in land use, water supply and regulatory matters” who has worked “as a regulatory consultant on a variety of projects, including water rights,   READ MORE >

SPEAKING AT BAKERSFIELD LOCATION

Commissioner Fankhauser has worked for the Kern County Ag. Dept. for over 20 years.  He is a former educator who was born and raised in Bakersfield with an appreciation for all that Kern County is about. He enjoys traveling and spending time with his wife and young son.

SPEAKING AT ALL THREE LOCATIONS

Benjamin Francis is currently launching a fund in the Central Valley of California to support early stage technology ventures solving critical industry problems involving water. Prior to this, Francis launched and managed the Valley Ventures ag-tech accelerator program at the WET Center at California State University, Fresno where the program has helped companies significantly grow their sales and raise capital. His previous experience includes venture capital analyst and sales and management positions in the financial industries. He holds a Master of Science in Finance from Vanderbilt University and a Bachelor in Entrepreneurship from California State University, Fresno.

SPEAKING AT ALL THREE LOCATIONS

Dr. Scott Hamilton has been involved with delta smelt and resource allocation issues in the Delta since 2008. He is currently a co-chair of the Delta smelt scoping team within CSAMP (the Collaborative Science and Adaptive Management Program). He is the lead scientist for the Center for California Water Resources Policy and Management – an organization interested in promoting more effective water management in California.  Recent research efforts have focused on the use of publicly available data to better understand how native fish use the estuary.  Scott has his PhD in resource economics from Oregon State University.

SPEAKING AT ALL THREE LOCATIONS

Chris Johnson, President of Aegis Groundwater Consulting, LLC, has been a practicing professional geologist and hydrogeologist for 31 years.  Mr. Johnson has extensive experience in aquifer characterization, pumping tests, and in particular with well design, construction, maintenance and rehabilitation.  Additionally, Mr. Johnson has developed an expertise in addressing naturally occurring metals such as arsenic and uranium, specifically identifying the presence in the subsurface prior to well   READ MORE >

SPEAKING AT MADERA AND TULARE LOCATIONS

Lauren D. Layne is a Shareholder at Baker Manock & Jensen, PC and chairs the firm’s Reclamation and Water Law and Public Agency practice groups. Her law practice focuses on general water and environmental law, including CEQA and NEPA compliance, and includes various business transactional matters in the areas of flood control, water rights, water quality, public agency law, agribusiness, and real property. She also assists clients with land acquisitions and eminent domain proceedings. In addition to   READ MORE >

SPEAKING AT ALL THREE LOCATIONS

Kiel Taylor is a Valley native; raised in Bakersfield, studied Civil Engineering at Fresno State, and resides in Visalia with his wife and kids.  Over the past 12 years, he has consistently produced the highest quality designs by engineering the most efficient solutions for a wide range of development types.  Having completed projects for crops varying from blueberries to walnuts, Kiel continues to address issues faced by growers and landowners by being progressive during the design process.  He maintains a   READ MORE >

SPEAKING AT ALL THREE LOCATIONS

Representative from CSU Fresno Water, Education and Technology Center.

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