Videos

Kurt Kautz - Kautz Farms

Kurt Kautz discusses the importance of groundwater recharge, drip irrigation and what policy changes could be beneficial for the area. Kurt graduated from UC Davis with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Economics and has continued to work on his family farm since he was very young: "Farmers are a fantastic steward of this land." Learn more of what he has to say in the video interview.

Glenda Humiston

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Strategies for Innovative Financing

Glenda Humiston, UC Systems Vice President of Agriculture & Natural Resources, discusses strategies for financing with Frances Spivy-Weber, former Vice Chair of the State Water Resources Control Board. Humiston talks about the California Financial Opportunities Roundtable’s (CalFOR) Access to Capital Guidebook and the idea of regional investing. Watch her interview to learn more!
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Regional Urban-Rural Collaborations

Glenda discusses how it is vital to build upon the synergies that exist naturally between urban and rural communities to spur innovation, share resources and fill gaps so that more funds can be invested at a local level. As she states, “We’re better off collaborating than not.” Learn more by watching her interview above.
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Increase Food & Ag Research

The U.S. needs to continue to increase the amount of research being done to help move ag into the 21st and 22nd centuries. Research includes developing new crop varietals that can withstand higher temperatures, growing the same quality of crops with less water and studying different feeding regimes to manage dairy methane emissions. Watch Glenda…
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Farming & the Legislature

Fran and Glenda discuss the importance of getting the general public engaged with the ranch by having farmers partner with urban interests to help educate folks on where their food comes from. Glenda also targets three key areas to help move rural California forward in the legislature – biomass, water infrastructure and broadband. Watch to…
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Optimism in Collaborations

“I’m basically an optimist in general…I find there are a lot of people out there that want to find solutions.” Glenda shares her view and discusses the importance of collaboration: cities won’t thrive without thriving/working landscapes and the working landscapes won’t thrive without partnerships with the cities. Listen to Glenda share her insight above.
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UC System & STEM

Glenda discusses global interest and collaborations in agriculture, climate, water and drought: “When you put scientists from different disciplines and different cultures together they spark new ideas off each other.” She also shares her thoughts on the importance of STEM subjects. Learn more about the UC’s collaborations on research and the importance of STEM.
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Advice for the Future

Glenda reiterates the importance of cooperation and collaborations to help bridge gaps.
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Business Profiles

Denise England – Tulare County Water Resources Director

Denise England, Tulare County Water Resources Director, discusses the County’s drought resilience planing, major challenges the County faces, and dairies: “It’s not just the dairies that feed the economy but all of the business that goes along with the dairies. It is a big part of Tulare County.” Learn more about the County from Denise…
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David Malcom – High Sierra Showerheads

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Jeff Gibbons – Setton Farms

Jeff Gibbons, Grower Relations Manager of Setton Farms, discusses the pistachio farm’s operations, how the crop is affected by the drought, and the water efficiency efforts that Setton Farms employs including a reservoir for wastewater and a processing plant that recycles 100% of its water to reuse on the pistachio trees: “We are taking all…
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John Lollis – Porterville City Manager

John Lollis, Porterville City Manager, discusses the extreme drought impacts that the incorporated communities of East Porterville faced as they were left without drinking water. This spurred the East Porterville Water Supply Project: “It was pretty remarkable to see the single largest water connection project in the history of the state of California happened in…
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Sam Siam – Waterdrops Car wash

Sam Siam, Technology Manager of Waterdrops Car Wash, discusses water conservation, the benefits of their PureWater recovery system and opportunities for a State incentive program. Roughly between 60-90% of the car wash water is collected, purified, and returned to the wash basin as clean water. Watch his video interview to hear more of what he…
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Soapy Mulholland – SRT

Soapy Mulholland, President and CEO of Sequoia Riverlands Trust (SRT), discusses land trusts, how the drought has dramatically impacted the region, solutions for water replenishment, and the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA).
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Kurt Kautz – Kurtz Farms

Kurt Kautz discusses the importance of groundwater recharge, drip irrigation and what policy changes could be beneficial for the area. Kurt graduated from UC Davis with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Economics and has continued to work on his family farm since he was very young: “Farmers are a fantastic steward of this land.” Learn…
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Tom Barcellos – Barcellos Farms

Tom Barcellos, owner of T-Bar Dairy and Barcellos Farms, provides feed to dairies in Tulare county. He discusses dairy operations and water use, impacts of the drought, the importance of water conservation and solutions to big challenges. As he states – “Agriculture is a family, the people that work for me, they’re part of my…
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