Central Coast Organic Amendment Workshop

On Saturday, November 17, 2018 the University of California Cooperative Extension presented a workshop alongside Monterey County Resource Conservation District and the Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association (ALBA). The Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) attended this workshop along with approximately 50 other participants interested in learning about or using organic amendments in their production […]

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Research Update: Irrigation Training to Optimize Irrigation Efficiency and Minimize Nutrient Loss

Project Leaders: Trina Walley, Program Coordinator with East Stanislaus Resource Conservation District and Khaled Bali, Irrigation Water Management Specialist for University of California Kearney Agriculture Research and Extension Center Project Status: Year One Project Location: Stanislaus County Overview With growing advancements in technology, there is a high demand for individuals with technical training in irrigation […]

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Central Coast Irrigation and Nutrient Management Farm Tour Highlights

On the day before this year’s annual conference, FREP hosted a field tour to emphasize challenges and innovations in Central Coast agricultural irrigation and nutrient management. Over 70 people attended the tour of two ranches, where growers presented their personal nutrient and irrigation management experiences. The tour began with a bus ride from Seaside to […]

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Recap: The 2018 FREP WPHA Annual Conference

The twenty-sixth annual Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) and Western Plant Health Association (WPHA) Conference took place October 23-24, 2018 in Seaside, CA. Speakers from industry, academia, and agricultural consulting provided cutting edge information on nutrient and irrigation management in California agriculture. Below you will find a highlight reel featuring key talks at this […]

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FREP Awards Projects to Improve Agricultural Fertilizer Management and Water Quality

The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (CDFA) Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) is pleased to announce the award of over $1.1 million in grant funds to agricultural organizations and universities. These grants will fund six projects that will improve the efficiency and reduce the environmental impact of fertilizer use in California agriculture and […]

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2018 Central Coast Irrigation and Nutrient Management Farm Tour

What: This year, the Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) has added a pre-conference farm tour to the agenda of the 2018 FREP/WPHA Annual Conference. The tour will visit Huntington Farms and Tanimura & Antle to discuss the companies’ efforts in implementing nutrient and irrigation best management practices. Why: Managing irrigation and nutrients in the […]

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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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