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February 1-3 California Plant and Soil Virtual Conference provides continuing education units about interrelationship of plants, soil, and the environment

The 2022 California Plant and Soil Conference will be held virtually February 1-3, 2022. The conference is organized by the California Chapter of the American Society of Agronomy (CA ASA), which launched the annual event in 1972. Registration is now open through the conference website (https://calasa.ucdavis.edu/). The registration fee is $90 until January 25, 2022, after which it increases to …


CDFA Accepting Concept Proposals for 2022 Fertilizer Research and Education Program Grant Cycle

The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) is now accepting concept proposals for the 2022 grant cycle. FREP’s competitive grant program funds research that advances fertilization practices and minimizes environmental impacts of fertilizing materials. The 2022 Request for Proposals (RFP) includes several initiatives put forth by the department to help effectively manage fertilizing materials in …


2021 FREP/WPH Nutrient Management Conference Recap

The 29th Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) and Western Plant Health (WPH) Nutrient Management Conference was held in San Luis Obispo, CA, October 27-28, 2021. The conference had over 100 attendees including crop consultants, growers, industry representatives, researchers, and government personnel. This blog provides a quick recap of the event. For more detailed information, including summaries from presented FREP …


CDFA Awards $4.14 Million for Research and Education to Improve Nutrient Management Practices

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) is announcing $4.14 million in grant funding to agricultural organizations and universities. The funding includes $3 million for the University of California, Agricultural and Natural Resources (UCANR) to conduct targeted nitrogen and irrigation education and training in California’s Central Valley and Central Coast and $1.14 million for …


CDFA Seeking Trainers for Irrigation and Nitrogen Management Training Program

The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (CDFA) Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) is looking for qualified individuals to serve as trainers for the Irrigation and Nitrogen Management Training Program. This training program is designed for Central Valley growers interested in self-certifying their Irrigation and Nitrogen Management Plan (INMP) Worksheets. Who is eligible to be a trainer? Individuals qualified …


Registration, Call for Posters Open for 29th Annual FREP/WPH Nutrient Management Conference

Registration is now open for the 29th annual Nutrient Management Conference, hosted by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) and Western Plant Health (WPH). This year’s FREP/WPH Nutrient Management Conference will be held at the Embassy Suites hotel in San Luis Obispo, CA, October 27-28 and includes a farm tour which will …


CDFA Announces Vacancies on Fertilizer Research and Education Program’s Technical Advisory Subcommittee

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


Research Update: Drip Irrigation and Nitrogen Management of Onions

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) annual grant program. Project Title: Assessing Drip Irrigation and Nitrogen Management of Fresh Onions Produced in California Low Desert Project Leader: Jairo Diaz, Director, Desert Research & Extension Center, University of California, Division of …


Save the Date!

Save the date! October 27-28, 2021, is when the annual FREP/WPH Nutrient Management Conference will be hosted by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) in collaboration with Western Plant Health (WPH). The conference agenda focuses on the latest FREP-funded research results and practical applications of fertilizing materials for agricultural production in the …


Research Update: Biochar as a soil amendment

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) annual grant program. Project Title: Soil biochar amendment to improve nitrogen and water management Project Leaders: Suduan Gao and Dong Wang (United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, San Joaquin Valley Agricultural Sciences …