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  •  The Business of Beer

    The Food and Agribusiness Institute is pleased to announce the upcoming “The Business of Beer” speaker panel and tasting on Friday, October 17th from 5:00pm-8:00pm.

    Big names in the beer industry will provide an evening of conversation, beer sampling and an opportunity to connect with industry leaders in a casual setting while indulging in some of the finest brews on the West Coast.

    Our panel discussion will include:

    • Dan Gordon: Owner/ Brewmaster, Gordon Biersch Brewing Company

    • Lloyd Knight: Marketing Manager, 21st Amendment Brewery

    • Jenny Merit: Craft Beer Ambassador, DBI Beverage

    • Keegan Raines: Beer Buyer, Whole Foods Market Cupertino

    • Jenny Lewis: Co-Founder & CEO, Strike Brewing Company

    • Marty Kuchinski: Hops Farmer, Hops-Meister LLC

     Our dialogue will be moderated by Jay Brooks, a freelance beer writer and blogger. Following our panel discussion, enjoy hors d'oeuvres and beer tastings from numerous local breweries including:

    • Gordon Biersch Brewery

    • Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

    • Lagunitas Brewing Co.

    • Strike Brewing Company

    • Anchor Brewing Company

    • Drake’s Brewing Company

    • No Name Cider Company

     Mingle with friends, students, alumni and brewery representatives to learn more about how you can get involved in this exciting, burgeoning industry. Interested in a career in the beer industry? Breweries will be offering opportunities and contact information at their tasting tables.

    To register visit:

    Your ticket covers admission to the panel discussion, all tasting activities, hors d'oeuvres and an FAI tasting glass. 


  •  Drought Watch 2014: What's Happening and Why You Should Care

    May 28th, Locatelli Activity Center, 12:00 p.m. Lunch provided 
    In December 2013, California Governor Jerry Brown convened an inter-agency task force to assess, and seek solutions for, the California drought, and appointed Secretary Karen Ross, of the California Department of Agriculture to lead the task force. Secretary Ross will address the scale and scope of the drought, the estimated impact and solutions for our state. 


  •  Ecopia Farms: Growing More with Less

    April 29th, 5:00pm, Lucas Hall, Forbes 126

    Ecopia Farms is a local farm researching ultra-low water use methods for agricultural production. The USDA reports that the average head of lettuce requires more than 75 gallons of water to reach harvest. Ecopia Farms uses less than 12 ounces of water per head. This reduces the use of precious water by over 97% compared to conventional farm practices. Dan Perez will discuss their research and explain how ultra-low water methods could be one of the answers to decreasing water usage in California and worldwide.

  •  Thirsty Earth: The Impact of the Drought on Farming

    April 3rd, 5:00pm, Lucas Hall, Forbes 126


    Thirsty Earth will feature a small-scale farmer, Marsha Habib, owner of Oya Organics, and a large-scale farmer, Greg Pruett, CEO of Ingomar Packing Company, discussing the impact of the drought on their farms, potential options for accessing water in agricultural areas, and alternatives for their farms in the future.

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