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New Nitrogen Management Specialty Offered for California Certified Crop Advisors

In February 2021, there will be a new opportunity for California Certified Crop Advisors (CCAs) to add a Nitrogen Management Specialty to their certification. The California Nitrogen Management Specialty will be available from the American Society of Agronomy for CCAs looking to provide nitrogen management planning services to their clients, including certifying Irrigation and Nitrogen Management Plans (INMP) for California …


Registration Now Open for 28TH Annual FREP/WPHA Nutrient Management Conference

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) and the Western Plant Health Association (WPHA) announce registration is now open for their 28th annual nutrient management conference October 28-29. This year’s conference will be an online webinar. The conference brings together industry professionals and academic researchers to learn about and share the latest research …


Research Update: Benefits of CropManage for Optimum Irrigation and Nitrogen Management in Central Valley

Note: This is part of a Research Update series that highlights projects funded by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) Grant Program. Project Title: Adapting CropManage Irrigation and Nitrogen Management Decision Support Tool for Central Valley Crops Project Leaders: Michael Cahn (UCCE), Patrick Brown (UCD), Allan Fulton (UCCE) Project Status: Complete (3-year …


Save the Date: 2020 FREP / WPHA Online Nutrient Management Conference

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 nutrient management conference. The agenda focuses on the latest FREP-funded research projects and practical applications of fertilizing materials for agricultural production in California. This year’s conference will be held online October 28 & 29. The agenda for this year’s conference …


Research Update: Field assessments and workshops support irrigation and nutrient management training

Note: This is part of a Research Update series that highlights projects funded by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) Grant Program. Project Title: Training on Crop Management that Integrates Climate, Soil and Irrigation System Data to Minimize Nutrient Loss and Optimize Irrigation Efficiency Project Leaders: Trina Walley, East Stanislaus Resource Conservation District (ESRCD), …


CDFA Announces Vacancies on Fertilizer Inspection Advisory Board Technical Advisory Subcommittee

The California Department of Food and Agriculture is announcing four vacancies on the Fertilizer Inspection Advisory Board (FIAB) Technical Advisory Subcommittee (TASC). This subcommittee serves as an expert scientific panel on matters concerning plant nutrition and environmental effects related to fertilizing materials use. It reviews all research and education proposals for the annual Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) grant …


Online-Based Continuing Education for Growers

The California Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board requires growers to prepare Irrigation and Nitrogen Management Plans (INMP) for land enrolled in the Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program. For land in areas designated as a high-vulnerability groundwater area, INMPs must be certified by a specialist or by a grower who has attended a California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) …


Research Update: Assessing Nitrogen Content to Improve Crop Management

Note: This is part of a Research Update series that highlights projects funded by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP). Read the first update on this project. Project Title: Assessment of Harvested and Sequestered Nitrogen Content to Improve Nitrogen Management in Crops Project Leaders: Charlotte Gallock, Dr. John Dickey and Dr. Ken Cassman Project Status: Year 3 Overview: This project …


Research Update: Nitrogen Management Adoption Rates

Note: This is part of Research Update series that highlights projects funded by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) (https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/is/ffldrs/frep/CompetitiveGrantProgram.html).   The first update on this project can be found here.  (https://blogs.cdfa.ca.gov/FREP/index.php/research-update-understanding-grower-decisions/) Project Title: Understanding Influences on Grower Decision-Making and Adoption of Improved Nitrogen Management Practices  Project Leaders: Mark N. Lubell, Jessica M. Rudnick, Sat Darshan S. Khalsa, Patrick H. Brown (University of California, …


Certifying Irrigation and Nitrogen Management Plans

The Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board requires growers to prepare Irrigation and Nitrogen Management Plans (INMP) for land enrolled in the Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program. INMPs are designed to promote awareness of irrigation and nitrogen management practices among growers and reduce the likelihood of nitrate, from fertilizer, entering the groundwater and degrading water quality. For land in an …