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Our Partners

  • Nonprofit

    • American Farmland Trust

      American Farmland Trust helps farmers and ranchers protect their land, produce a healthier environment and build successful communities. Sustainable Conservation partners with American Farmland Trust on the "Best Management Practices Challenge" in California. The BMP Challenge rewards farmers for adopting practices that protect natural resources by reimbursing them for potential losses to their crops and income.

    • Great Valley Center

      Sustainable Conservation partners with the Great Valley Center on a variety of agriculture-related projects to help California farmers protect the environment while improving their operations. The Center supports activities and organizations that promote the economic, social and environmental well being of California's Central Valley.

    • The Nature Conservancy

      Sustainable Conservation is working with The Nature Conservancy - which protects ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people - on our popular PlantRight campaign to stop the spread of invasive plants in California. The Nature Conservancy trusts Sustainable Conservation's successful track record of partnering with the private sector to develop lasting, balanced solutions to environmental problems.

    • Resource Conservation Districts

      Resource Conservation Districts (RCDs) assist local farmers, ranchers and other private landowners in conserving and restoring the natural resources on their properties through education, technical assistance and funding. Through our Partners in Restoration program, we have worked with a variety of RCDs throughout California to improve water quality and wildlife.

  • Government

    • California Air Resources Board

      The mission of the California Air Resources Board is to promote and protect public health, welfare and ecological resources through the effective and efficient reduction of air pollutants. The Board identifies land preparation as a major source of air pollution in the Central Valley, and works with Sustainable Conservation to support the implementation of Conservation Tillage practices.

    • California Coastal Commission

      The California Coastal Commission (CCC) is responsible for carrying out California's federally approved coastal management program, and to plan for and regulate land and water uses in the coastal zone consistent with the policies of the California Coastal Act. That's the way the CCC identified Sustainable Conservation's Partners in Restoration program as a standard for cooperation to be applied to targeted geographic areas across the state where erosion and sedimentation from agricultural lands affect coastal waters and/or the state's inland water bodies.

    • California Department of Fish and Game

      The California Department of Fish and Game maintains native fish, wildlife, plant species and natural communities for their intrinsic and ecological value and their benefits to people. They are a key player in Sustainable Conservation's Partners in Restoration program and the Tricolored Blackbird Working Group that Sustainable Conservation's initiated, which developed a comprehensive recovery plan for the imperiled blackbird.

    • National Marine Fisheries Service

      The National Marine Fisheries Service is a part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, a federal agency dedicated to the stewardship of living marine resources through science-based conservation and management. Their active support and participation in Partners in Restoration streamlines the permitting processes for private landowners engaging in water-quality enhancement and wildlife protection.

    • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

      Sustainable Conservation partners with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on our Partners in Restoration (PIR) program. As part of PIR, NOAA published an action plan and strategy to simplify and coordinate their existing permitting process for practices which protect water quality, more effectively apply existing regulations, and strengthen collaborative efforts between the regulatory agencies and the landowners.

    • Regional Water Resources Control Board

      The Regional Water Resources Control Board has supported many of Sustainable Conservation's water quality efforts with agriculture, including our Dairies project. The goal of the Board is to protect and enforce the use of water, including for industry, agriculture, municipal districts and the environment.

    • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

      The nation's first cow-powered truck made its debut in 2009 due to a multi-stakeholder partnership that included the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Sustainable Conservation. The agency supported Sustainable Conservation's Dairies, conservation tillage and storm water management efforts as part of its mission is to protect human health and the environment.

    • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

      The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service works to conserve, protect and enhance wildlife and their habitats to benefit people. The agency partners with Sustainable Conservation on our Safe Harbor Agreement s, which provide incentives for landowners to restore, enhance and maintain habitats for imperiled species.

  • Private Sector

    • Akebono Brake Corporation

      Akebono leads the global automotive industry in the development of advanced braking solutions and brake noise, vibration and harshness control and analysis. Akebono has been an active member of the Sustainable Conservation-led Brake Pad Partnership, a multi-stakeholder consortium of industry, government and environmental groups working to reduce copper in California's waterways.

    • California Dairy Quality Assurance Program

      The California Dairy Quality Assurance Program (CDQAP) is a voluntary partnership between dairy producers, government agencies and academia to promote the health of consumers, the environment and dairy animals. CDQAP's certification program, which Sustainable Conservation helped establish, assists California dairy producers in meeting federal, state, regional and local requirements for manure and water quality.

    • California Dairy Campaign

      The California Dairy Campaign is a partner of Sustainable Conservation's Dairies project - a collaborative partnership of dairies, government agencies and environmentalists working to find cost-effective solutions to managing dairy waste. The Campaign is a statewide membership organization of dairy farmers working to achieve a system that will provide fair prices, economic viability and income support for diary farmers.

    • Milk Producers Council

      The Milk Producers Council is a nonprofit organization representing dairy families throughout California. The Council serves on the Sustainable Conservation-led National Dairies Environmental Stewardship Council to identify successful treatment options for dairy waste that are both environmentally beneficial and economically viable, and to recommend strategies for increased adoption of these practices.

    • Pacific Gas & Electric Company

      PG&E supports Sustainable Conservation's "cow power" efforts to convert dairy manure on California farms into clean, renewable energy. PG&E has purchased offsets from methane digesters on California dairy farms, as part of their "Climate Smart" program.

    • Western United Dairymen

      Sustainable Conservation partners with Western United Dairymen on a range of agriculture-related programs - from climate change to clean water. Western United Dairymen works to promote sound legislative and administrative policies and programs for the profitability of the dairy industry and the welfare of consumers.

    • Western United Growers Association

      The Western United Growers Association is an agricultural trade association whose 3,000 members grow, pack and ship roughly half of the nation's fresh produce. The Association encourages members to improve their operations to ensure they minimize their environmental footprint on the world. Their support of Sustainable Conservation's conservation tillage and BMP Challenge efforts is key to effective collaboration among government, private and environmental stakeholders.

  • Farming

    • Fiscalini Farms

      A third-generation family dairy, Fiscalini Farms lies in the heart of California's San Joaquin Valley. Fiscalini Farms was among the first dairies in California to be certified by the California Dairy Quality Assurance Program for environmental responsibility. Their early adoption of one of nation's most advanced methane digester systems to convert cow manure to clean energy has been a model for the Central Valley and state.

    • Hilarides Dairy, Inc.

      In partnership with Hilarides Dairy, Sustainable Conservation developed the nation's first "cow powered" semi-trucks. The farm converted two commercial milk trucks that normally use diesel to run on biogas produced from cow manure on the Central Valley dairy. Doing so reduces the farm's global warming emissions, air pollution (from diesel emissions) and dependence on fossil fuels. The dairy is also certified by the California Dairy Quality Assurance Program.

  • Academic

    • California State University, Fresno

      The Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology is dedicated to improving the environment and quality of life through education, research and public service in the areas of agriculture, food, technology and the family. Experts from the university are involved in several Sustainable Conservation initiatives including PlantRight and our Dairies project.

    • University of California Conservation Tillage Workgroup

      A program operating under the UC Cooperative Extension, the Conservation Tillage Workgroup consists of members from UC Cooperative Extension, Agricultural Experiment Station, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service and Natural Resources Conservation Service, private industry, and students and farmers. Sustainable Conservation is an active member of the Workgroup, promoting conservation tillage practices across California's Central Valley to improve air quality and boost farmers' operations.

    • University of California, Davis/University of California Cooperative Extension

      Sustainable Conservation partners with UC Davis and the UC Cooperative Extension on many of our environmental initiatives, including our climate change, conservation tillage, PlantRight and Safe Harbor Agreement efforts. UC Davis and the Cooperative Extension researches and tests agricultural solutions, promoting the application of research findings.