Daniel Sumner to testify on November 18 at the State Assembly Committee hearing on the Economic Impact of Wildfires for California Agriculture

The Impact of Wildfires on California Agriculture
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
State Capitol, Room 4202

Panel 1: Overview of the Impact of Wildfires on California Agriculture

  • Chief Nick Schuler, Acting Deputy Director for Communications, CalFire o
    • Overview of California Wildfires
  • Professor Dan Sumner, University of California – Davis
    • Economic Impact of Wildfires on Agriculture
  • Kevin Masuhara, Deputy Secretary Administration and Finance, California Department of Food and Agriculture
    • Emergency Services – Fairgrounds and CA Animal Response Emergency System (C.A.R.E.S)

Panel 2: Examples of Specific Wildfire Impacts on Farms, Farmland, and Farmworkers

  • Jamie Johansson, President, California Farm Bureau
  • Eddie Campos, No Boundaries Farm
  • Dr. Dave Daley, Rancher, California Cattlemen Association
  • Karissa Kruse, President, Sonoma County Winegrowers
  • Cole Mazariegos-Anastassiou, Brisa de Ano Farm
  • Arnulfo Solorio, Director, Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation

Panel 3: Agricultural-based Wildfire Mitigation

  • Dan Macon, University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources/California Woolgrowers)
    • Targeted Grazing and Wildfire Fuel Reduction
  • Kara Heckert, American Farmland Trust
    • Agriculture Land Preservation and Wildfire Mitigation

Closing remarks

Sonoma winery with UW ties gauges effects of wildfires

jsonline.com  11/27/2017

James T. Lapsley, a researcher at the University of California’s Agricultural Issues Center, where he studies economics regarding grape and wine production, wrote in an email that there’s a lot that is not known about smoke taint. But “one experiment shows that even 30 minutes of exposure can result in measurable compounds. Personally, I think that grapes that received several days of heavy smoke will have problems.”

For full article, click here: https://www.jsonline.com/story/life/food/on-wine/2017/11/27/sonoma-winery-uw-ties-gauges-effects-wildfires/864071001/

Napa Wine Growers Optimistic About Recovery After California Fires

wbur.org  Oct 19 2017

The wildfires in Northern California hit Napa’s wine country at one of its busiest times of the year. But the impact to the wine industry, while terrible for some, hasn’t been as bad as it could have been.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young speaks with Jim Lapsley, researcher at the Agricultural Issues Center at the University of California Davis.

Click here for link to audio: https://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2017/10/19/california-fires-wine-growers

Napa and Sonoma County Fires and the Wine Industry

James T. Lapsley and Daniel A. Sumner
Morning October 12, 2017

On-going wildfires have created great devastation in Napa and Sonoma Counties and have spread into Mendocino and Solano Counties as well. This region is among California’s best known wine-growing regions and many are interested in how these fires damage the wine industry and affect grape and wine supply and markets.

Click here for full paper:  cail.ucdavis.edu/publications/Napa and Sonoma County Fires and the Wine Industry.pdf

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