2002 Grants for Biologically Integrated Farming Systems (BIFS)

Two Biologically Integrated Farming Systems (BIFS) projects were granted a total of $479,907 by UC SAREP for the 2002--2004 funding cycle. BIFS projects were chosen in winegrapes and dried plums (prunes). The winegrape project is a first-time recipient of a UC SAREP grant. The dried plum project was funded to continue the work begun in its previous funding cycle.

Dried Plums (Prunes) (1998-2004)

Gary Obenauf, Principal Investigator and Project Manager, California Dried Plum Board, "California Dried Plum Board Integrated Prune Farming Practices/BIFS": $180,000 over a three-year period.

The prune BIFS project is a part of the larger Integrated Prune Farming Practices Program working with 33 prune growers in 10 counties in the Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys. The project focuses on reducing the use of dormant season organophosphate pesticides, increasing orchard monitoring activities, and reducing applications of synthetic nitrogen fertilizers. The BIFS for prunes project utilizes extensive outreach, collaborating with the California Dried Plum Board (formerly the California Prune Board) for broad adoption of biologically integrated farming practices throughout the commodity.
For more information, see: http://www.agresearch.nu/ipfp.htm

Winegrapes (2002-2004)

Kris O'Connor, Executive Director, Central Coast Vineyard Team (CCVT) "Using the Positive Points System to Reduce Chemical Reliance in Vineyards": $299,907 over a three-year period.

This project proposes to collect chemical use data to determine whether there is a correlation between a high score on the Positive Point System and reduced use of agricultural chemicals. The Positive Point System, developed by the Central Coast Vineyard Team, provides a point system for evaluating the extent of sustainable practices incorporated by a farm manager. A higher score indicates more environmentally friendly management. This project has strong grower support and represents a collaborative partnership of growers, wineries, farm advisors, researchers and consultants. The project has potential not only for chemical use reduction, but for compliance regarding eliminating off-site movement of soils and water.
For more information, see: www.vineyardteam.org