Extension

I do outreach and extension because I am committed to fostering a strong, two-way connection between Californians and the University’s research activities. As an extension economist in agricultural and natural resource issues, I play a role in informing policy and management decisions through partnerships with government agencies, private industry, and other stakeholders. I am committed to understanding stakeholder needs, letting those needs inform my research agenda, and disseminating research results in accessible formats (like ARE Update and ARE Discussions).


ARE Discussions

ARE Discussions is a non-technical economics webinar for California’s agricultural and natural resource communities organized by the UC ANR Cooperative Extension Specialists in Agricultural and Resource Economics (ARE). We host experts to discuss economic issues facing California, spanning wildfire and water management, international trade, COVID-19 and more. Recordings of past talks are available on our UC ANR YouTube Playlist.


Outreach Publications

Designing Groundwater Markets in Practice: Lessons from Three California Groundwater Basins.” 2022. With Andrew Ayres, Christina Babbitt, and Arthur R. Wardle. Property & Environment Research Center (PERC) Policy Brief.

Could Fixing Leaky Pipes Help Solve California’s Water Problems?” 2022. With Amanda Rupiper, Joakim Weill, Katrina Jessoe, and Frank Loge. ARE Update 25.4: 1-4.

Identifying Policies to Mitigate the Costs of Drought.” 2021. ARE Update 25.1: 13 – 15.

Improving California’s Water Market: How Water Trading and Banking Can Support Groundwater Management.” 2021. With Andrew Ayres, Ellen Hanak, Brian Gray, Gokce Sencan, Alvar Escriva-Bou, and Greg Gartrell. Public Policy Institute of California, Technical Report.

The Outlook for California’s Almond Market.” 2021. With Brittney Goodrich and Richard Sexton. ARE Update 24.6: 9-11. University of California Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics.

Differential Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on California’s Produce and Nut Industries.” 2021. With Brittney Goodrich and Kristin Kiesel. Western Economics Forum 19.1: 58-74.

Why Wall Street investors’ trading California water futures is nothing to fear – and unlikely to work anyway.” 2021. With Heidi Schweizer. The Conversation.

A Progress Report on California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act.” 2021. With Arthur R. Wardle and Paige Griggs. ARE Update 24.3: 1-4. University of California Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics.

Assessing the Costs and Benefits of Winter Cover Cropping in California.” 2020. With Alyssa DeVincentis, Sam Sandoval Solis, and Daniele Zaccaria. ARE Update 23.6: 9-11. University of California Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics.

The Coronavirus and the Food Supply Chain.” 2020. With Richard J. Sexton and Daniel A. Sumner. ARE Update 23.4: 1-4. University of California Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics.

Managing Flood Water for Aquifer Recharge: Economic Considerations for Policy.” 2019. With Andrew Ayres and Emmanuel Asinas. Global Water Forum.

Livestock Guardian Dogs: Do the Benefits Outweigh the Costs for Sheep Producers?” 2019. With Tina Saitone. ARE Update 22.6: 9-11. University of California Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics.

“What Does the 2018 Farm Bill Mean for California and the Environment? Spotlight on the Conservation Programs” 2019. With David Zilberman. ARE Update 22.3: 6-8. University of California Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics.

“Climate Change and California’s Water Supply: How Can We Adapt?” 2018. With Katrina Jessoe. ARE Update 22.1: 1-3. University of California Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics.

“The Economic Impacts of Agricultural Groundwater Markets.” 2018. ARE Update 21.6: 9-11. University of California Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics.

“Leveraging Hydrologic Accounting and Water Markets for Improved Water Management: The Case for a Central Clearinghouse.” 2018. With Stephen Maples, Alejo Kraus-Polk, Stacy Roberts, and Lauren Foster. Water 10.12: 1720.

“California’s New Groundwater Law and the Implications for Groundwater Markets.” 2017. ARE Update 20.4:1-4. University of California Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics.

“Coping with Future Water Woes in the Western United States” 2015. EOS 96.


Podcast Episodes & Radio Segments

The Ethics and Economics of Trading Water Futures” with Heidi Schweizer on Interlochen Public Radio hosted by Patrick Shea and Morgan Springer. April 29, 2022.

Cover Crop Hydro-Economics” with Alyssa DeVincentis on Water Talk Podcast Season 3 Episode 31 hosted by Mallika Nocco, Faith Kearns, and Sam Sandoval. March 4, 2022.

Can Groundwater Trading Help California Save $580 Million per Year?” on Don’t Waste Water Podcast Season 4 Episode 13 hosted by Antoine Walter. February 2, 2022.

Groundwater Price Sensitivity” on California Ag Today Radio hosted by Tim Hammerich. June 14, 2021.

Groundwater Economics” on California Ag Today Radio hosted by Tim Hammerich. June 11, 2021.

Interview with UCCE’s Ellen Bruno on the Outlook for California’s Almond Market” on MyAgLife Podcast Episode 91 hosted by Taylor Chalstrom. November 12, 2021.

Economic of Cover Crops” on California Ag Today Radio hosted by Tim Hammerich. December 22, 2020.

Economics of Cover Crops with Alyssa DeVincentis and Ellen Bruno” on Growing the Valley Podcast Episode 117 hosted by Pheobe Gordon. November 17, 2020.

“Will Agriculture Survive the Coronavirus?” on The Food Chain Radio Show, Podcast Episode 1228 hosted by Michael Olson. May 1, 2020.

The State of California’s Water Resources w/ Dr. Ellen Bruno” on Prof Talks Podcast hosted by Adam Vassallo. May 2019.