4R Nutrient Stewardship Research Fund Request for Pre-Proposals

Here is an announcement from the International Plant Health Institute (IPNI) that may be of interest to CDFA FREP stakeholders. The 4R Nutrient Stewardship Research Fund has released a request for pre-proposals to conduct field research and demonstration projects that evaluate and promote the economic, social, and environmental outcomes of 4R Nutrient Stewardship. 4R Nutrient […]

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Research Update: Implementing Practices to Reduce Nitrous Oxide Emissions from Agricultural Soils

Project Title: N2O emissions under different on-farm irrigation and nutrient management BMPs that reduce groundwater nitrate loading and applied water Project Leader: Arlene Haffa, School of Natural Sciences, California State University, Monterey Bay Location: Central Coast Focus Crops: Strawberry, Lettuce, Broccoli Overview: The primary goal of this project is to develop a better understanding of […]

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Registration Now Open for the FREP/WPHA Conference on October 22-24, 2018

The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (CDFA) Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) and the Western Plant Health Association (WPHA) will host the 26th annual nutrient management conference at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Seaside, California, on October 23-24. The event also includes a pre-conference farm tour on October 22. This conference brings together […]

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Nitrogen Management Update Meeting, Oct. 13, 2018

The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (CDFA) Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) has teamed up with the California Association of Pest Control Advisers (CAPCA) and the Western Region Certified Crop Adviser Board (WRCCA) to host a nitrogen management update meeting on October 13, 2018, open to all agricultural professionals. The meeting will be […]

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2018 FREP Grant Cycle, Phase II

In this year’s competitive grant process, twelve project leaders were invited to submit full proposals. The proposals, listed below, are now under review by experts in the field and the Fertilizer Research and Education Program’s Technical Advisory Subcommittee (TASC). Proposals are evaluated based on scientific merit, applicability to California agriculture, and the potential for impact […]

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2018 FREP/WPHA Conference: Save the Date and Call for Posters

Every fall, the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) and the Western Plant Health Association (WPHA) host a two-day nutrient management conference. The agenda focuses on the latest FREP-funded research results and practical applications of fertilizing materials for agricultural production in the state of California. On October 23 and […]

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Research Update: Nitrogen management of organic leafy green vegetables on the Central Coast

Project Title: “Evaluation and demonstration of nitrogen management of organic vegetable production in leafy green vegetables on the Central Coast” Project Leaders: Richard Smith, Michael Cahn, and Tim Hartz Location: California Central Coast Overview: This project aims to evaluate the proportion of crop nitrogen (N) that is provided by soil organic matter mineralization in organic leafy vegetable production under […]

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Biochar Field Day Recap

On June 6, 2018, FREP teamed up with the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources and the Agricultural Sustainability Institute of the University of California, Davis, to host a Biochar Field Day. The event brought together over 100 stakeholders from industry, academia and government to discuss and learn about past and ongoing research with […]

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Vacancies on FREP’s Technical Advisory Subcommittee

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is announcing three vacancies on the Fertilizer Research and Education Program’s (FREP) Technical Advisory Subcommittee (TASC). TASC reviews and recommends research and education proposals for funding and implementation to the department’s Fertilizer Inspection Advisory Board. Funded through a mill assessment on the sale of fertilizing materials, FREP […]

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