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Save the Date – FREP/WPH Nutrient Management Conference October 26-27 in Visalia

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Fertilizer Research and Education Program highlighted during #EarthWeek

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FREP-funded research project highlights best nitrogen management practices for container plant production

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) blog, Research Update: Nitrogen Management for Container Plant Production, reviews a FREP-funded project measuring nitrogen (N) input and output from a woody ornamental plant production system … Continue reading

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CDFA receives $2 million from USDA for project aimed at improving fertilization and irrigation practices

CDFA has received $2 million from the USDA for a research consortium to implement a demonstration and outreach approach to help farmers improve nitrogen fertilization and irrigation practices. These funds are being awarded through the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Conservation … Continue reading

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FREP blog encourages registering for California Plant and Soil Virtual Conference Feb. 1-3

The 2022 California Plant and Soil Conference will be held virtually February 1-3, 2022. Organized by the California Chapter of the American Society of Agronomy, this annual conference provides an opportunity for students, professionals and other attendees to increase their … Continue reading

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CDFA scientist Cady published in Progressive Crop Consultant magazine

California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) Senior Environmental Scientist Mark Cady had an article he co-authored, “Nitrogen Regulations in California and the Certified Crop Adviser’s Role,” published in the September 2021 edition of … Continue reading

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Showcasing the work of CDFA’s Inspection Services Division

CDFA’s Inspection Services Division has released its Annual Report for 2021 (Fiscal year ’20-’21). The report gives an overview of programs within the Inspection Services Division (ISD), as well as information about boards and committees; a fiscal year summary; and … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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FREP blog offers recap of 2021 FREP/WPH Nutrient Management Conference

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 more than 100 attendees, including crop consultants, growers, industry representatives, researchers and … Continue reading

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CDFA Secretary Karen Ross welcomes Nutrient Management Conference attendees

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