The CALS Speaker Series aims to bring in distinguished guest speakers to provide our community with insightful perspectives on a variety of topics. All presentations are free and open to the public.
2018 CALS Speaker Series
What is it? Where has it been? Where is it going?
Friday, Sept. 28
Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre
This presentation will cover how sustainable agriculture relates to organic agriculture and biodynamic farming, and the challenges currently facing organic and sustainable farming.
Cliff Ohmart is a recently retired senior scientist with SureHarvest, a food and agriculture sustainability information and technology company. Ohmart worked with clients to design, develop and implement sustainability programs for many cropping systems including wine grapes, cherries, cut flowers and almonds.
He was principle research scientist for CSIRO Division of Forest Research in Australia for 13 years, an IPM consultant for seven years in orchard crops and sustainable winegrowing director at Lodi Winegrape Commission for 14 years developing a world renowned sustainable winegrowing program.
Ohmart received a bachelor’s in forest biology from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and a doctorate in entomology from the University of California, Berkeley.
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Fred Gould, Distinguished University Professor, North Carolina State University
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