In 1992, a group of progressive farmers launched a grassroots program aimed at reducing pesticide use through education of the vineyard ecosystem, commonly referred to as integrated pest management (IPM). In 2005, after more than a decade of research and contributions from farmers, viticulturalists, and leading environmentalists, this IPM program of humble beginnings led to the creation of America’s first sustainable winegrowing program – LODI RULES. Held to a high standard of scientific rigor and excellence, the LODI RULES for Sustainable Winegrowing emphasizes environmentally and socially responsible practices, while keeping economic feasibility in mind for long-term business success. The program is accredited, certified, and audited by an independent third party, Protected Harvest. Today, there are more than 55,000 acres certified across 16 California crush districts (Lodi included), Washington, and Israel.