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CDFA Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) invites crop consultants / advisors to join group session for feedback on FREP informational products and services

The FREP team is inviting crop consultants and advisors to take part in evaluating how FREP can better support their work across California. FREP will be holding a series of focus group sessions to gather feedback and suggestions on irrigation … Continue reading

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FREP’s Mark Cady named president of California Chapter of American Society of Agronomy

California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) Supervisor Mark Cady on Feb. 7 became president of the California Chapter of the American Society of Agronomy (CalASA). “I’m excited to take on this responsibility,” Cady … Continue reading

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Sign up for Fertilizer Research and Education Program’s quarterly newsletter – “Bringing Research into Practice”

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) now offers a quarterly newsletter, “Bringing Research into Practice.” With this newsletter, FREP intends to provide updates on the FREP Grant Program, including information on funding … Continue reading

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CDFA awards $1.4 million for research and education projects to improve irrigation and nutrient management

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) is announcing $1.4 million in grant funding for six projects to advance California growers’ understanding and implementation of improved nitrogen and irrigation management practices. This funding … Continue reading

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Nutrient Management Conference recap available on Fertilizer Research and Education Program blog

The 31st Annual Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) and Western Plant Health (WPH) Nutrient Management Conference was held in Modesto, CA, on November 8-9, 2023. The conference had over 120 attendees including crop consultants, growers, industry representatives, researchers and government … Continue reading

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CDFA accepting pre-proposals for 2024 Fertilizer Research and Education Program grant cycle

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) is now accepting pre-proposals for the 2024 grant cycle.  FREP’s competitive grant program funds proposals that advance fertilization and irrigation practices and minimize environmental impacts of … Continue reading

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Registration, call for posters open for 31st annual FREP/WPH Nutrient Management Conference

Registration is now open for the 31st Annual Nutrient Management Conference, hosted by the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (CDFA) Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) and Western Plant Health (WPH). This year’s conference will be held at the DoubleTree … Continue reading

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Conserving Natural Resources: Nitrogen and Irrigation Initiative offers farmer support in seven county offices

As part of the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s work to support efforts that improve agriculture’s effect on the environment and encourage wise stewardship of water and natural resources, CDFA announces that work is progressing in the Nitrogen and … Continue reading

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Fertilizer Research Update: Next Generation Nitrogen Management Training for Certified Crop Advisors online course open for enrollment

A new research update on an ongoing California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) project “Next Generation Nitrogen Management Training for Certified Crop Advisors” has been published to the FREP blog. The FREP-funded project … Continue reading

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Apply by July 31 to fill vacancy on Fertilizer Inspection Advisory Board’s Technical Advisory Subcommittee

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) is announcing four vacancies on the Fertilizer Inspection Advisory Board’s (FIAB) Technical Advisory Subcommittee (TASC).  This subcommittee serves as an expert scientific panel on matters concerning … Continue reading

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