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FREP ‘research update’ blog examines CDFA-funded project assessing drip irrigation and nitrogen management of onions in California low desert

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) posted a blog: Research Update: Drip Irrigation and Nitrogen Management of Onions. The post, which is part of a “Research Update” series that highlights projects funded … Continue reading

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Save the date! FREP/WPH Nutrient Management Conference will be October 27-28 in San Luis Obispo

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) October 27-28, 2021, at the Embassy Suites hotel in … Continue reading

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FREP blog shows results of research project examining biochar as soil amendment to improve nitrogen and water management

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) released a bog post: Research Update: Biochar as a soil amendment. The post, which is part of a “Research Update” series that highlights projects funded by … Continue reading

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New members appointed to committee that reviews proposals for annual fertilizer research and education grants

The Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) welcomes Jan Hopmans, Daniel Rodrigues and Sebastian Saa to the Fertilizer Inspection Advisory Board (FIAB) Technical Advisory Subcommittee (TASC). FREP also welcomes Jerome Pier as the reappointed TASC chair. TASC is a group … Continue reading

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FREP blog highlights transition of Irrigation and Nitrogen Management Training Program to CDFA, including new webpages

As of March 1, 2021, the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) assumed full management responsibility of the Irrigation and Nitrogen Management Training Program. The management transition includes the addition of two FREP … Continue reading

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2020 Nutrient Management Conference presentations and proceedings now accessible online

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) announces that all session recordings of the 2020 Nutrient Management Conference are now available on CDFA’s Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) website. Also available is access to the 2020 conference Proceedings … Continue reading

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CDFA awards $2 million for nutrient management projects through FREP Grant Program

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) announces $2.18 million in grant funds are being awarded to agricultural organizations and universities as a result of the 2020 cycle of the competitive FREP Grant … Continue reading

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CDFA accepting proposals for 2021 Fertilizer Research and Education Program grants

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) Grant Program is now accepting proposals for the 2021 grant cycle. Applicants are invited to submit two-page concept proposals to FREP by Friday, January 29, 2021. … Continue reading

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FREP blog highlights project promoting adoption of soil nitrate quick tests by Spanish-speaking operators on strawberry ranches in Santa Cruz and Monterey counties

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) released a blog post: Research Update: Soil Nitrate Quick Tests to Improve Nitrogen Fertilization in Strawberry Ranches. The post, which is part of a series that … Continue reading

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FREP Blog examines nitrogen-rich reference zones in small grain crops

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) released a blog post: Research Update: N management case studies: Utilizing N-rich reference zones in California small grain crops. The post, which originally ran on the … Continue reading

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