April 2011

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Sustainability as a Strategy


At SureHarvest, sustainability is best understood and implemented as a strategic approach to how you farm or manage your food company. In this video, Dr. Cliff Ohmart, VP of Professional Services, walks you through the SureHarvest 5Ps of Sustainability applied to a farming operation.


Almond growers proactive on sustainability

Motivated by questions from their buyers and pressure from regulators, the Almond Board of California is preparing their members for the future. Over 100 growers have participated in a self-evaluation of their growing practices in order to benchmark current practices and identify priorities for improvement. SureHarvest is designing self-assessment modules in irrigation and nutrient management, air quality, energy and pest management. Read more in this Ag Alert report.

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SureHarvest customers top the list

Wine & Spirits Top 100 Wineries of the Year of 2010 include several SureHarvest customers who use Farming MIS to make quality-focused vineyard management decisions resulting in top-quality wines. Our congratulations to

Adelsheim Vineyard
Au Bon Climat - grapes by Bien Nacido
Bond Estates- Harlan Family Estates
Chateau Ste. Michelle- grapes by Bien Nacido
Concha y Toro- grapes by Bien Nacido
Duckhorn- grapes by Dutton Ranch and Bien Nacido
Hartford - grapes by Dutton Ranch
L'Ecole No 41 - grapes by Seven Hills Vineyards
Leonetti Cellars- grapes by Seven Hills Vineyards
Nickel & Nickel - grapes by Dutton Ranch
Pepper Bridge - grapes by Seven Hills Vineyards
Qupé - grapes by Bien Nacido
Ravenswood- Constellation Wines U. S.

Bien Nacido

Technology at Bien Nacido For Quality, Consistency, Efficiency

Honored as the 2010 California State Fair Vineyard of the Year, Bien Nacido is clearly one of the state's exceptional vineyards. Farming winegrapes, lemons, avocados and blueberries, the Miller family is entering its 5th generation of farming in the Santa Maria region. In 2007, the Miller family tried SureHarvest Farming MIS on 100 acres at Solomon Hills and just recently, expanded SureHarvest to manage the farming data for 1500 acres including all of Bien Nacido Vineyards.

"For us, technology is an integral tool to the farming processes at Bien Nacido,” according to Marshall Miller, partner and IT manager. "Having all farming data in one place - pesticide reports, irrigation use, fertility plans - gives managers the ability to talk the same language, increase interaction and synergies between the 3 vineyards and 2 wineries.”

In addition, data management provides insight to improve operational efficiencies. The IT plan is to integrate SureHarvest with other systems, including SalesForce, to enable timely reports to their winegrape customers throughout the season. Most importantly, better access to vineyard data gives Bien Nacido the edge in making day-to-day management decisions that ultimately yield premium quality grapes for award winning wineries, like Qupé, Au Bon Climat, Concha y Toro and Chateau Ste. Michelle, recognized as Wine and Spirits Top 100 for 2010.

Growers technology solutions

TrueTrac chooses SureHarvest as sustainability partner

TrueTrac, a food safety and produce traceability software company based in Salinas, CA, chose SureHarvest as its sustainability partner for serving the data-driven needs in the specialty crop sector.

TrueTrac was recently selected as one of two technology companies by Western Growers Association to provide food safety, traceability and sustainability data management solutions for its member growers and shippers. SureHarvest will contribute its sustainability data collection, benchmarking and reporting technology of its Sustainability MIS to the TrueTrac product offering. SureHarvest CEO Jeff Dlott said, "WGA is wise to provide its grower-members with tools that integrate the data demanded by the marketplace of the future and SureHarvest is excited about providing these solutions in partnership with TrueTrac.”

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ipm innovators

SureHarvest recognized as 'IPM Innovator' by California DPR

SureHarvest was honored recently as an IPM Innovator by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) for its leadership in developing and implementing the California Sustainable Winegrowing Program and supporting sustainability information management technologies. "Our work at SureHarvest, and that of my fellow honorees, is a manifestation of the groundbreaking contributions of Hagen, van de Bosch, Huffaker and Stern who built the scientific foundations of IPM at UC Berkeley and UC Riverside,” stated Dr. Cliff Ohmart, VP of Professional Services for SureHarvest.  Read press release.

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Dr. Jeff Dlott, DPR Director Mary-Ann Warmerdam and Dr. Cliff Ohmart.

Dlott chosen as guest columnist

Given the growing relevancy of sustainability in the agricultural industry, the American Vegetable Grower magazine launched a column entitled "Sustainable Ag” with SureHarvest CEO Jeff Dlott writing as a guest columnist.

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In his debut column, Jeff articulated the benefits of integrating sustainability as a business strategy to drive day-to-day operations. Noting that, "It would be impossible to find a successful manufacturing company that does not have "measure to manage” baked into their corporate DNA,” Jeff suggests that agriculture too, would benefit from similar performance management approaches. Read Jeff's column and watch for more to come.


Upcoming Events

May 2 - 5 United Fresh 2011
May 6 Friend's Day at Duarte Nursery
May 20 - 22 Monterey Bay Aquarium's Cooking for Solutions
May 24 Certification, Consumption and Change
June 28 - 30 Sustainable Food Lab Leadership Summit 2011
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